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Past articles by Deirdre:

Future of affirmative action in higher education in limbo as Supreme Court agrees to hear Harvard case

The Supreme Court’s new conservative majority could mean that for the first time, the plaintiffs will find sympathy on the bench. → Read More

How Brigham Health helped create a Chinese hospital for elites — and almost nobody came

“Unfortunately, the Evergrande hospital was not a business success for its owners,” said Brandon Eldredge, the chief new clinical business officer for parent company Mass General Brigham, in a striking understatement. → Read More

Supreme Court asks Biden administration for views on Harvard affirmative action case

The Supreme Court on Monday asked the US acting solicitor general to file a brief in the case involving Harvard University’s use of race in college admissions. → Read More

Harvard urges Supreme Court to sit out affirmative action case

Four justices must agree before the case is taken up by the full court. → Read More

Growing calls for BC president Leahy to step down after allegations of sexual assault surface about former priest

Boston College’s president, the Rev. William P. Leahy, is facing growing criticism that he mishandled student complaints about inappropriate behavior by a priest in the late 1990s who has recently been accused of sexual assault. → Read More

Colleges are starting to require student vaccinations

But while vaccine mandates could ease students’ and parents’ worries about returning to campus and appeal to those eager for a semblance of normalcy, they also could prompt legal challenges and risk alienating students and families who object to the mandates. → Read More

The pandemic has upended college admissions with more surprises and more wait lists

Many selective colleges have admitted a more racially and economically diverse first-year class. But they have also rejected more students than ever before. → Read More

With more applications than ever, Harvard admits slightly a more diverse class

After a record number of applications forced Harvard University to delay admissions decisions, the college on Tuesday announced that it had admitted 1,968 first year students to its class of 2025. → Read More

Community colleges will receive a lifeline in new stimulus package

Across Massachusetts, community colleges are hoping the latest and largest infusion of aid — the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan recently signed by President Biden — will serve as incentive to keep students in school and bring back many of those who have walked away from their degree programs. → Read More

The state board of higher education is pushing community colleges to offer more in-person classes this fall

The Massachusetts Board of Higher Education is pushing the state’s 15 community colleges to plan for significantly more in-person and on-campus classes this fall to curb plunging enrollments among Black and Latino students and reengage younger learners who may be turned off by virtual classes. → Read More

Harvard is studying its ties to slavery, but is that enough?

Harvard University owns some stark images of an enslaved father and his daughter, a victory that the college says will allow it to find an appropriate home for the controversial daguerreotypes and ensure that they are more accessible to the public. But the case is far from resolved. Calls from students and scholars for Harvard to make restitution for its ties to slavery and the financial and… → Read More

Harvard could receive $25 million from recent stimulus plan

Harvard University could receive more than $25 million from the recent COVID economic relief plan passed by Congress and hasn’t decided yet whether to accept the money. → Read More

UMass expected to freeze tuition for the second year in a row

UMass President Martin Meehan will recommend a freeze on in-state tuition rates for a second year in a row, a nod to the continuing financial strains that many of the system's students face in the pandemic. → Read More

Becker College’s financial woes could make it the next school to close

The 1,500-student college has been struggling for several years, but the pandemic has deepened its financial woes, like many tuition-dependent schools with small endowments and shrinking enrollments. → Read More

Nobel Prize winners and other scientists come to defense of Harvard professor Charles Lieber

Dozens of scientists are publicly questioning the federal government’s prosecution of Lieber, suggesting that US scientists are becoming increasingly vocal in opposing the government’s crackdown on academics with financial and research ties to China. → Read More

Students for Fair Admissions asks Supreme Court to review Harvard case

The group, which has sued Harvard over its use of race in college admissions, lost in lower courts. → Read More

Boston College faces big challenges repairing trust on race

The vandalism last month of the first-year women’s multicultural floor at Boston College has elevated long-simmering frustrations. → Read More

The trashing of a BC multicultural floor deepens long-standing concerns about racism on campus

Recent incidents targeting students on the multicultural floor point to an exhausting pattern, according to Black students at the college. → Read More

College of the Holy Cross looks outside of the religious order for its new president

The College of the Holy Cross tapped Vincent D. Rougeau, dean of Boston College Law School, as its 33rd president. → Read More

Harvard could find an ally in the DOJ under Biden

As the Harvard University case on the use of race in college admissions approaches the US Supreme Court, the school’s onetime foe is likely to become an ally. → Read More