Innovative Partnership Breaking Down Barriers in the Science World

NPR’s CodeSwitch blog featured a great story last week on a partnership between Vanderbilt University and Fisk University—both located in Nashville—that is successfully helping women and minority students earn PhDs in the sciences.

The Times Takes on STEM. What Can Higher Ed Do?

The New York Times editorial board recently took on the issue of diversity—or the lack thereof—in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) as part of a larger education series. So What role should higher education play in broadening STEM participation?

Debating the Necessity for “Positive Discrimination” at the Oxford Union

The legal and societal debate over the higher education community’s use of race and ethnicity as one way to pursue diversity on college campuses isn’t confined to the United States, even if the terminology can be a bit different. Read about Ada Meloy’s experience at a recent Oxford Union debate, “This House believes positive discrimination is a necessary evil.”

Pursuing a Diverse Campus in a Post-Fisher World

There’s no need in the wake of the Fisher ruling for colleges and universities to put the brakes on the use of race and ethnicity in admissions decisions, as long as their senior leaders, admissions officers and legal counsels keep certain principles in mind and implement carefully crafted policies, writes Ada Meloy.