Notes in the Margins: Hazing, legacies and successful cohorts

Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary and Slovakia Aim to Raise Their Higher Education Profile Education ministers from those countries have decided to band together to learn from each other and make strides toward reforms to help them compete with their Western counterparts. (The New York Times)

Tenured UC Riverside professor faces rare firing discussions The UC Board of Regents is scheduled to discuss firing Sarkis Joseph Khoury, who has a history of quarrels with the university and says he’s the victim of a witch hunt. The highly unusual proposal would fire a veteran tenured professor and deny him the perks of emeritus retirement. (Los Angeles Times)

National anti-hazing campaign launched The parents of a Florida A&M University drum major beaten to death in November joined advocates to kick off a national anti-hazing campaign. (USA Today)

Do legacies make private schools look good in college admissions? The legacy advantage is big. If one of your parents attended Yale, that gives you a leg up. One parent I know made careful notes about all of the students at her daughter’s very prestigious private school who got into her very selective college. Most of them had parents who attended that same college. (The Washington Post)

Choose Cohorts for College Success Today 60% of students drop out or fail out of college, and among the top reasons they do so is failure to find peers that are interested in their success. Cohorts are your partners for success. United by similar goals, knowledge and camaraderie, they lift you up when you’re down and celebrate your achievements with you. (The Huffington Post)