Highlights from Higher Ed: Affirmative Action and Attrition

RJ Nichol
Feb 16, 2018


That’s how much of the college student population is white. Affirmative action opponents often cite “reverse racism” as their issue with the practice, but even so, almost 75% of private external scholarships in four-year bachelor’s programs, almost 66% of institutional grants and scholarships and over 75% of all merit-based grants go to them over black, Latino and Asian students.

Source: The Atlantic


That’s how many BSN degrees Colorado is expected to be short of in 2024. To combat this crisis, the Colorado Community College System (CCCS) wants to offer four-year nursing degrees, but the University of Colorado system is fighting against it.

Source: The Denver Post

That’s how many white men named Larry have served as president of Harvard, including Lawrence S. Bacow, who was named president on Sunday. Only one woman has ever held the title. In today’s social climate, the announcement comes as a disappointment to those hoping for more diversity in higher education leadership.

Source: The Chronicle of Higher Education


That’s how many Americans who take out a loan to pay for their degree never actually receive one. In fact, more than 100,000 students in Georgia who took out federal loans withdrew from the state’s public colleges and universities between 2013 and 2015.

Source: The Atlantic

RJ Nichol

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