Notes in the Margins: Santorum, older grads, and hot for teacher

Liberal learning: Only for the elite? President Obama’s American Graduation Initiative has thrown our nation into a global contest for primacy in college attainment. It also, arguably, threatens to seed a sort of class system in American higher education. Other nations already unabashedly steer students into distinct tracks: baccalaureate degrees for the privileged, and career training for the not-so-privileged. Indeed, America’s community college model now takes flak for offering both traditional collegiate fare and job training. (The Washington Post)

US college grads get older, shift workplace trends Americans 60 or older are more likely than ever to have college degrees, helping redefine work and retirement as educated baby boomers swell the senior population at rates faster than young adults earn diplomas. (Associated Press via The Boston Globe)

University student kicked out over ‘Hot for Teacher’ essay A 56-year-old Michigan university student says he’s considering legal action after he was kicked out of an English class for writing a “Hot for Teacher” essay that contained sexual fantasies about the instructor. (USA Today)

Harvard Asian-American discrimination probe ends Federal civil rights investigators have closed an investigation into whether Harvard and Princeton universities discriminate against Asian Americans in admissions, because the complaint has been withdrawn, a Harvard spokesman says. (The Washington Post)

Santorum: Obama wants to ‘indoctrinate’ students by boosting college enrollment Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum said Thursday that President Obama wants more young adults to go to college so they can undergo “indoctrination” to a secular world view. (CBS News via NAICU)