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Posted by Arjendu on May 20, 2011

Like college and university presidents across the country, [Leo Higdon is] appalled at the drinking that goes on among some college students. It’s not just the frequency; the amounts are alarming as well. According to the most recent data from the CORE Institute, which maintains the largest national database of statistics on college students’ drinking and drug use, 72 percent of all college students consumed alcohol in the preceding 30 days, 65 percent of under-age students consumed alcohol during the same period, and 46 percent of all students reported binge drinking—consuming five or more drinks in one sitting—in the previous two weeks. As the statistics show, despite colleges’ best efforts, students still find ways to drink—a lot.

A forthcoming study finds that [ …] Democratic professors appear to be “more egalitarian” than their Republican counterparts when it comes to grading, meaning that more of the Democratic grades are in the middle. Republicans are more likely than Democrats to award very high grades and very low grades.

The ivory ceiling of service work: Service work continues to pull women associate professors away from research. What can be done?


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