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Highlights from Higher Ed: Cyberbullying and Free Speech

Myths surrounding affirmative action are affecting admissions

A Stanford University professor’s research shows that when both race and class are considered in admissions, the highest level of socioeconomic diversity is reached. That’s because economic inequality, particularly in the U.S., is not race neutral — The average white family’s wealth is five times higher than that of the average Latino family and seven times more than that of the average black family.


Cyberbullying in the admissions world

A former applicant to Georgetown recently pled guilty and was sentenced to almost four years in prison after cyberstalking and cyberbullying an alumnus who interviewed him. In 2014, the potential student had an alumni interview that went poorly and resulted in a rejection. The rejected student blamed the interviewer and published slanderous messages on social media, and the harassment continued even after the student gained acceptance elsewhere.

Source: Inside Higher Ed

Free speech and federal research money

Should federal research money be linked to free speech? The President believes so, as he announced that he will soon (no date or timeline announced) sign an executive order that will cut off research money to colleges that don’t support free speech. Terry Hartle of the American Council on Education believes that this is based on an incident out of Berkeley in which neither the victim nor the person who assaulted him were students.

Source: The Chronicle of Higher Education