Notes & Coffee: June 11 -17

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Seeking votes on PROSPER, GOP appears to come up short – “House leaders were mum on plans for the PROSPER Act after reportedly taking the temperature on members’ support for the bill earlier this week. College groups, student organizations and veterans' representatives meanwhile renewed pressure on lawmakers to withhold support for the GOP plan to overhaul the Higher Education Act.”

Under DeVos, a smaller Department of Education – “Inside Higher Ed analysis of employee data shows the agency has shed more than 500 workers -- 13 percent of its total staff -- since the start of the Trump administration. Former officials say that means employees are stretched thin.”

The minority-serving-college mobility bump – “Lower-income students who attend minority-serving colleges are more likely to see a jump in their economic status than are those who attend other colleges. That’s the bottom-line finding from a new report by the American Council on Education, which crunched numbers from the Equality of Opportunity Project, the highly cited data project released last year by Raj Chetty, a Stanford University economist, and several other researchers.”

States struggle to close degree-attainment gaps – “Most states have set goals for the proportion of their residents that should have a college degree or certificate in the next few years. But many of those states will not reach those goals if they don't close gaps between black and white and Latino and white adult students, according to a set of reports released today by the Education Trust.”

Where grad students struggle with loan repayments – “A new report examines student loan repayment rates among graduate students -- and finds borrowers who attended historically black colleges struggled the most to pay down their loans within a few years of leaving school.”

More Notes

As California goes?

Defending affirmative action

Harvard’s first female professor reflects on her tenure

15 Syracuse students suspended over fraternity videos that ignited campus protests

A journal implodes

Gender gap without gender bias?