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July 29, 2014
Commentary: What keeps poor U.S. students from going to college? (Chicago Tribune)
To judge by this summer's banner policy proposals, the most important question for higher-education reform right now is giving students easier access to loans. But evidence from Canada suggests those changes won't address the greater need: Getting more kids from poor families into college, the key to moving up in an increasingly unequal society.

Spending Shifts as Colleges Compete on Students' Comfort (Chronicle of Higher Education)
When someone stops by Bethany College, claiming that they’re just passing through, Scott D. Miller knows they’re lying. This West Virginia college, where he has been president since 2007, is only 39 miles from Pittsburgh, but it’s a long 39 miles, down one of three winding country roads.

Social-Psychology Researchers Are Very Liberal. Is That a Problem? (Chronicle of Higher Education)
During a 2011 talk at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Jonathan Haidt asked the roughly 1,000 researchers gathered how many considered themselves liberal. About 800 hands went up.

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