Notes in the Margins: Knighthood, transgenders and law rankings

Florida school offers transgender students dorm options The University of South Florida is offering transgender students the opportunity to live alone or with a friend of a different gender in campus housing. (Associated Press via the Sun Sentinel)

U.S. News May Change Its Law School Ranking Methodology There is a very strong likelihood that U.S. News will change the way it computes “at graduation” and “nine months after graduation” legal placement rates that will be used in the methodology for the upcoming 2013 edition of the Best Law Schools rankings, as a result of recent action taken by the American Bar Association. (US News & World Report)

Clarifying career college guidelines Gainful employment has become the “Goldilocks” of federal rules: many argue that it is too onerous; others say it doesn’t do enough to address the issue of rising student debt, and others insist the department missed an opportunity to hold all of higher education to high standards. The only thing about the rule that everyone agrees on is it’s not “just right.” (Politico via NAICU)

UC fears talent loss to deeper pockets The departure of three star scientists from UC San Diego has officials worried about a possible brain drain tied to budget cuts. UC San Diego faced a losing battle recently when it tried to hang on to three star scientists being wooed by Rice University for cutting-edge cancer research. The recruiting package from the private Houston university included 40% pay raises, new labs and a healthy flow of research money from a Texas state bond fund. (Los Angeles Times)

French Tweets Lead To Knighthood A University of South Carolina professor who encourages her students to use Twitter in French class will be getting honorary knighthood from the French government. Associate professor Lara Anderson has been awarded the Order of Academic Palms for advancing the French language. (Associated Press via The Huffington Post)