Notes in the Margins: Retaliation, affirmative action and a prof's worth

Court upholds California affirmative action ban Affirmative action proponents took a hit Monday as a federal appeals court panel upheld California’s ban on using race, ethnicity and gender in admitting students to public colleges and universities. (Associated Press via University Business)

To Enroll More Minority Students, Colleges Work Around the Courts No matter how the court acts, recent history shows that when courts or new laws restrict affirmative action, colleges try to find other ways to increase minority admissions. The aggressiveness of those efforts, and the results, vary widely by state, but generally they increase minority enrollment — though not as much as overt affirmative action once did. And they have tended to help Hispanic applicants far more than blacks, at least partly because of the demographics of the states where they have been tried. (The New York Times)

Oakland shooting suspect had string of debts The former nursing student who authorities say gunned down seven people at an Oakland Christian college left behind a string of debts and minor traffic citations in his former home state of Virginia, where he was evicted from one apartment complex. He attended Oikos University before being kicked out several months ago. (San Francisco Chronicle)

How Much Is a Professor Worth? How much is a professor worth? It might help to know what professors are actually paid and how that figure compares with other salaries — and with the salaries of academics in other countries. But as Philip Altbach and his colleagues at the Center for International Higher Education discovered, such questions are a lot easier to ask than to answer. (The New York Times)

CSU whistle-blower loses job; accused teaches on Rather than thank a whistle-blower, Cal State East Bay fired him. The colleague who appeared to have bilked the school still teaches there. In the past three years, cash-strapped CSU has paid $9 million to settle and defend seven cases of retaliation against campus whistle-blowers. (San Francisco Chronicle via University Business)