Blog: Higher Ed Beat
Higher education reporters have produced some first-rate stories in the past few days on a complex and critical topic: Title IX and campus sexual assault.
This week, the spirits of undocumented immigrant students were lifted in two large states: Virginia and Florida.
In Virginia, Democratic Attorney General Mark Herring announced on Tuesday that students raised in the state but brought into the country illegally as young children could qualify for in-state tuition.
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Education and civil rights groups are already reacting with concern to the U.S. Supreme Court’s 6-2 decision Tuesday to uphold Michigan’s ban on affirmative action in state public universities’ admissions.
Many pointed toward the dissenting opinion by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who as a Latina raised in a low-income home has insights into the issue on a personal level.
For the first time, more Latino than white California students have been offered admission to attend the University of California system as freshmen.
Hope is fading that Florida will join other states in offering in-state tuition to certain undocumented immigrant residents attending public colleges and universities.
The Miami Herald reports that Florida Senate Budget Chairman Joe Negron, a Republican, cut off the bill’s progress by announcing that his committee would not hold a vote on it.
The states with the largest Latino populations don’t necessarily have the best track record for graduating Latinos from college, a new state-by-state analysis shows.
According to the report from the advocacy group Excelencia in Education, in 2011-12 only about 20 percent of Latinos ages 25 and older had at least an associate’s degree. The overall population had a much higher rate, at 36 percent.
When the National Hispanic University opened in California in 1981, founder B. Roberto Cruz was frustrated about how few Latinos were enrolled in college.
NPR reports that the San Jose-based university’s mission was to create a culturally sensitive space for Latino college students in the same way that historically black colleges and universities had done for black students many years earlier.
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Several reports dropped this week about the difficulties community college students face transferring into a four-year college.
Nearly half of all postsecondary students are enrolled at a community college, and a poll from 2012 indicates 80 percent of those students aim to complete a degree at a four-year college or university. But while that goal is shared by many students, few actually successfully jump from a two-year to a four-year program.
Despite having one of the largest Hispanic populations in the country, Florida legislators have struggled for years to drum up support for a measure granting in-state tuition to undocumented immigrant college students.
Now the proposal is beginning to look more within reach. Florida Governor Rick Scott, a Republican, expressed support for the measure for the measure this week.