Notes in the Margins: Hispanics, SAT security and the middle class

Top lawyer helped win many college chiefs’ perks Ramond Cotton, who works for the Boston-based law firm Mintz Levin, has carved out a niche as one of the nation’s most prominent consultants on academic salaries, helping to negotiate or assess contracts for more than 250 clients. He is also is the common link between two recent Massachusetts controversies over large salaries and corporate-style perks for university presidents. (The Boston Globe)

Tighter security for SAT, ACT in wake of cheating A host of new security measures have been announced in the aftermath of a major cheating scandal on Long Island. (USA Today)

Group: Without Middle Class, Community Colleges Will Be ‘Separate and Unequal’ Educating just the ‘have-nots’ will help widen the higher education divide, experts say. (U.S. News & World Report)

Hispanics are crucial to college completion goals The numbers suggest Hispanics are making astonishing gains in college attainment. From 2001 to 2011, the number of Hispanics with at least a bachelor’s degree nearly doubled from 2.1 million to 3.8 million, and overall attainment rose from 11 percent to 14 percent. Yet, an attainment gap persists. (The Washington Post)

Analytical Mind No Longer Valued I wish I had time to think. But college is not designed to develop your critical thinking skills anymore. According to the current model of American higher education, you’re here to graduate. (The Huffington Post)