Notes in the Margins: Racial clustering, mainstream social science and the easy A

We need more mainstream social science, not less  Alex Golub welcomes some of the criticism levied at the social sciences but finds a lack of evidence supporting many of the sweeping claims. (Impact of Social Sciences)

An Unusual Feat in Congress: Student Loan Bill Breezes On Democrats and Republicans eagerly voted to reset and cap student loan interest rates after a failure last month forced rates to double. (The New York Times)

Law School Problems, Proposed Reforms Could Affect Colleges Law schools could be the canary in the coal mine for colleges – both in terms of problems and reforms. (U.S. News & World Report)

M.B.A. Admissions Tip: Always Go for an Easy ‘A’ Business-school applicants with a high undergraduate grade-point average are more likely to be admitted than those who performed slightly less well amid tougher grading standards. (The Wall Street Journal)

Minorities and whites follow unequal college paths The nation’s system of higher education is growing more racially polarized even as it attracts more minorities: White students increasingly are clustering at selective institutions, while blacks and Hispanics mostly are attending open-access and community colleges, according to a new report. (The Washington Post)