What’s Dennis Reading? – March 13

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“Completing College: A National View of Student Attainment Rates” from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center

This report, released in December 2012, takes a closer look at college student persistence and graduation, tracking students who transfer between institutions. While IPEDS (Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System) reports the percentage of first-time, full-time students who remain enrolled at an institution, the Clearinghouse is able to account for the students who earned degrees at their transfer institutions, giving a clearer picture of student attainment. Early this year, the Clearinghouse issued a follow-up report, “Completing College: A State-Level View of Student Attainment Rates.”

“‘That’s So Gay!’: Examining the Covariates of Hearing this Expression Among Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual College Students” by Michael R. Woodford, Michael L. Howell, Perry Silverschanz and Lotus Yu in Journal of American College Health

While the popular expression “that’s so gay” is so commonplace as to seem harmless, this study calls the phrase a form of “heterosexist harassment.” A survey of 114 gay, lesbian and bisexual students at a large public university in the Midwest revealed a correlation between hearing “that’s so gay” and physical and mental health problems, such as headaches and feeling left out. The researchers recommend working to eliminate “that’s so gay” from our campuses to ensure an inclusive environment for LGBTQ students.

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