Notes in the Margins: Diversity, dog therapy and doing the math

Obama urges states to raise college completion rate Many states are doing little to advance President Obama’s goal for the United States to move from ninth place to first in the world in college completion by the end of the decade. (The Washington Post)

Mass. college plan would require 4 years of math The state Board of Education is scheduled to vote Tuesday on a new standard requiring four years of high school mathematics for all students seeking admission to four-year state colleges and universities. (The Boston Globe)

What NCAA tournament players study Here, courtesy of Slate.com, are the top academic majors being pursued by members of most of the NCAA basketball tournament teams, a list that differs somewhat from the general college population. (The Washington Post)

For Law Students With Everything, Dog Therapy for Stress For three days, a pup named Monty will be available for Yale law students to check out of the library for half-hour “stress-therapy” sessions. (The New York Times)

Loyola Law Dean: What’s Really Behind U.S. News’ Refusal to Consider Diversity? Once again, the magazine refuses to consider diversity as a factor in its ranking system. Yet there is a broad consensus among law school deans and professors that diversity enriches law school education. (The Huffington Post)