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Changes to Title IX Under Betsy DeVos
The Department of Education has rolled back Obama administration guidelines for how colleges and universities should address and handle, and comply with Title IX regulations. Under the leadership of Betsy DeVos, new, interim rules were released on September 22.
From HGSE professor Paul Reville: "These changes to sexual misconduct review procedures apparently seek to rectify what DeVos and other critics regard as imbalance in the rights and processes afforded to accusers and accused. This guidance vacates the Obama Administration's guidance by assuring the accused of equal access to all documents being reviewed, providing for equal rights of representation, allowing for informal resolutions, providing an option for reviewers to increase the evidentiary standard from a 'preponderance of evidence' to 'clear and convincing evidence' and allowing universities longer timelines for rendering a decision."
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Educational Opportunities
Harvard University President Drew Faust recently sent a letter to President Donald Trump expressing her concern about reports that the administration plans to eliminate DACA and sharing her perspective on the impact the program has had on undocumented students at Harvard and across the country. The struggles and challenges undocumented students face and the supports they need in our educational system is an ongoing effort and touches many different sectors of education - from K-12 to higher ed.
Key faculty: Roberto Gonzales
The Aftermath of Charlottesville: Teaching Tolerance and Responding to Bias
Violent clashes broke out in Charlottesville, VA over the weekend during a rally by white supremacist and alt right groups. In the aftermath, questions are on how educators can respond to bias in the classroom, teach about ethical dilemmas and civic controversies in complex times, and how to cultivate empathetic, tolerant individuals.
Affirmative Action in College Admissions
The New York Times recently reported on a memo obtained from the Department of Justice, searching for lawyers to investigate affirmative action in college admissions.
Key faculty: Natasha Kumar Warikoo
HGSE Dean, James E. Ryan, was selected to be the new president of the University of Virginia. (The Washington Post: September 15, 2017)
Professor Daniel Koretz discusses his new book, The Testing Charade, and makes the argument that America should be utilizing professional judgment and objective measures instead of high-stake testing. (US News & World Report: September 15, 2017)
Professor Fernando Reimers announces the launch of his book, One Student at a Time. Leading the Global Education Movement, and discusses his theory that technology is key to the success of the global education movement. (The Huffington Post: September 15, 2017)