Notes in the Margins: Diversity, natural gas and gay military students

College Diversity Nears Its Last Stand A case involving racial preference in university admissions is headed to the Supreme Court and could mean the end of affirmative action at public universities. (The New York Times)

Gay military college students come out, start club Gay students at Norwich University make presence known after “don’t ask, don’t tell” repeal. (USA Today)

Community college placement falters The U.S. community college course-placement system is a mess. That includes the many well-regarded two-year colleges in the Washington area. (The Washington Post)

Colleges expand offerings amid natural gas boom Zane State is among dozens of public colleges and universities across the northeastern shale states that are moving to add new staff, academic majors or job-training courses in fields related to natural gas. (Associated Press via the Boston Globe)

With Goldman’s Foray Into Higher Education, A Predatory Pursuit of Students and Revenues Education Management Corp. was already a swiftly growing player in the lucrative world of for-profit higher education, with annual revenues topping $1 billion, but it had its sights set on industry domination. (The Huffington Post)