Around the industry: Penn aims to bolster Latino representation in humanities

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  • Delaware: University of Delaware's (UD) Faculty Senate voted Monday to launch a pilot program in Fall 2017 that will allow in-state students to decline to include their SAT scores as part of their application. Students will still be able to include their scores in their applications if they choose to do so. UD will monitor how students fare under the new policy over a four-year period and consult with faculty to consider expanding it (Albright, News Journal/Delaware Online, 2/9).
  • Maryland: The Middle States Commission on Higher Education will investigate the accreditation practices at Mount St. Mary's University of Maryland, following the termination of two faculty members and resignation of the provost. It is not clear whether an investigation will take place before the next review of the university. Meanwhile, President Simon Newman expressed his disagreement with press coverage of the controversy (Inside Higher Ed, 2/11).
  • Pennsylvania: The Center for Minority Serving Institutions at the University of Pennsylvania's (Penn) Graduate School of Education is launching a new program that aims to help Latinos obtain doctoral degrees to teach in humanities departments. Under the Pathways to the Professoriate program, Penn will work with Latino-serving colleges and research universities including Northwestern University and Florida International University. Each Latino-serving institution will select 10 undergrads to participate in the program, which will provide them with various resources and mentorship. Ninety students will go through the program, with the first cohort to be chosen next fall (Smith-Barrow, U.S. News & World Report, 2/9).

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