By Erin Landau, The Dartmouth Staff
Published on Wednesday, May 30, 2012
A study by Morehouse College and Howard University economists concluded that black graduates of historically black colleges maintain an advantage in their professional lives over black graduates from other colleges, Inside Higher Education reported. Although a 2007 study conducted by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology suggested that graduates from historically black colleges do not have this “career advantage,” the more recent study used different data and methods, including information from the National Survey of Black Americans and the Duncan Socioeconomic Index, according to Inside Higher Ed. The new database includes information about both wages and employment in “high-prestige professions,” statistics that are relevant due to the number of black graduates who give back to their communities by working in low-income urban environments, Inside Higher Ed reported.
The University of Missouri announced plans to begin shutting down its university press beginning in July, The Chronicle of Higher Education reported. While similar undertakings at other institutions have been met with controversies, the University of Missouri community has produced little protest, according to The Chronicle. While the state of Missouri did not cut funding for higher education this year, it will allocate funds away from traditional publishing. The Missouri Press, established in 1958, publishes approximately 30 books per year, with subject matter ranging from military history to poetry. Other universities, including the University of Arkansas and Southern Methodist University, have also attempted to phase out their presses as a result of emerging technology and educational budget issues, according to The Chronicle.
Princeton University will increase the number of residence hall rooms available for freshmen and the capacities of many introductory-level courses in order to accommodate the over-enrolled Class of 2016, according to The Daily Princetonian. The university will also broaden its selection of writing seminars and plans to increase the number of part-time non-tenure track faculty it hires. Princeton Dean of Admissions Janet Rapelye said that the class is over-enrolled by 50 to 65 students as a result of Princteon’s reinstated early admissions program, which had not been in place since 2006, The Princetonian reported. Representatives from other Princeton programs — such as eating clubs and the Bridge Year program — said they will not make accommodations for the larger Class of 2016, according to The Princetonian.