This week's highlights.
In revisiting a challenge to the University of Texas at Austin’s consideration of race, the justices pressed lawyers for data showing whether the policy is necessary.
Justice Antonin Scalia drew widespread condemnation by raising the idea that black students might fare better at "less-advanced" colleges. Scholars have been studying — and debating — the "mismatch" theory he referenced for years.
As the justices heard oral arguments on race-conscious admissions, protesters discussed links between college access and the demonstrations over racial climate that have recently roiled campuses.
Studies suggest that when minorities account for 35 percent of the student body, a campus’s climate improves. But researchers hesitate to endorse a specific figure for diversity goals.
With many Muslim students fearing for their safety in a contentious political climate, Muslim professors and students say their roles as campus leaders are shifting before their eyes.
Leaders of historically black colleges say there’s reason to be concerned about professors' being poached by wealthier institutions. But they can make a convincing case for faculty to stay where they are.
Colleges face growing pressure to hire more minority professors, but the latest data show little progress in awarding more doctorates to black students.
Student hunger and homelessness appear more widespread than many campus leaders had realized. Hattie Elmore, director of a program that helps students at a New York college navigate money and housing problems, talks about the issues she confronts daily.