Notes in the Margins: Getting unranked, suing over grades and smoking pot on campus

Three million open jobs in U.S., but who’s qualified? It’s called “the skills gap.” How could that be, we wondered, at a time like this with so many people out of work? No place is the question more pressing than in Nevada. The state with the highest unemployment rate in the country. A place where there are jobs waiting to be filled. (60 Minutes)

Former Concordia University Student Sues Over B+ Grade A Montreal college student is so upset over a B+ he received in a political science class that he wants to teach the school a lesson in court. He is claiming the school arbitrarily made the change to meet a quota, even though he deserved the higher grade. (Montreal Gazette via The Huffington Post)

New marijuana state laws spark discussion about school policies Colorado and Washington state legalized the recreational use of marijuana last Tuesday, sparking conversation about federal policies that prohibit marijuana use on college campuses. (USA Today)

On GWU, (un)rankings and class rank George Washington University systematically overstated the credentials of its incoming freshmen for several years. It disclosed that problem last week. U.S. News & World Report, as a result, removed GWU Wednesday from its list of top national universities. GWU had been in a three-way tie for 51st with Boston and Tulane universities. Now it is unranked. (The Washington Post)

Colleges can help battle global warming Beginning last week, 350.org went on a roadshow — 20 cities in 20 nights — designed in part to spark a movement for campus divestment from fossil fuel stocks. (The Boston Globe via NAICU)