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Vanderbilt University Expands Popular Financial Aid Program

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Vanderbilt University is expanding its nationally recognized no-loan financial aid program, known as Opportunity Vanderbilt. Dr. Daniel Diermeier Dr. Daniel Diermeier, the university's chancellor, announced the university’s commitment to offering full-tuition scholarships to admitted students of families whose annual income is $150,000 or less. “We want everyone who has what it takes to get into Vanderbilt to be able to enroll, regardless of their financial background.

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Indiana Bill Threatens Faculty Members Who Don’t Provide ‘Intellectual Diversity’

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Indiana Bill Threatens Faculty Members Who Don’t Provide ‘Intellectual Diversity’ Ryan Quinn Wed, 02/21/2024 - 03:00 AM One critic says a bill passed by the state Senate would mandate “a system of surveillance and political scrutiny.

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Sacramento State Creates Nation's First Black Honors College

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Sacramento State — home to the largest number of Black students within the California State University (CSU) system — is launching what will become the nation’s first-ever Black Honors College. Slated to begin operating in the fall, the honors college will enroll students who have a GPA of 3.5 or higher and an interest in Black history, life, and culture.

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Segmented, Scattered and Misunderstood

Dr. Josie Ahlquist

How would you describe the state of your division’s marketing and communications? Are strategies effective and consistently funded? Is staff centralized or dispersed? In a new bi-annual study, Dr. Josie Ahlquist sought to discover trends, challenges, and strengths in student affairs.

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Are two more-than-halves spurious? Sociopolitical underpinnings behind adoption rates of Generative AI in casualised Higher Education – An actionable critique

Teaching Matters Academic Communities

In this extra post, Vassilis Galanos invites us to reflect on the sociopolitical backdrop behind the fast adoption of technologies like Generative Artificial Intelligence in Higher Education, such as the casualisation of academic employment in a landscape pressured by research excellence frameworks.

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Three-year degree programs may be easier to implement than you think

University Business

The University of Minnesota Morris is excited to share with potential students that they could potentially save $20,000 on tuition costs for a bachelor’s degree, which may appease a public and federal government pushing for a more affordable higher education. The fix? It’s scraping an entire year off a student’s academic calendar with its Degree in Three programs.

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The End of the Dean’s List

Confessions of a Community College Dean

The End of the Dean’s List Johanna Alonso Tue, 02/20/2024 - 03:00 AM Two Ivy League universities recently did away with certain age-old academic honors, arguing they cause unnecessary stress and competition.

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How and Why Higher Ed Institutions Should Elevate Digital Fluency

EdTech Magazine - Higher Education

For college and university leaders, the landscape is shifting. In the past, the ability to produce a substantial term paper meant a graduate was ready to enter the workforce. That’s no longer the case. In the work world today, “they’re being asked to create and communicate through video or through audio. They’re perhaps being asked to create eye-catching imagery or social media posts,” says Patrick Hoy, senior manager of product marketing at Adobe.

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President’s corner: Katherine Frank, the “curator” of today’s most innovative cross-sector partnerships

University Business

University of Wisconsin-Stout Chancellor Katherine Frank has the honor of claiming many “firsts” for her university. As one of only two special mission universities in the Wisconsin system and its designated polytechnic university, Stout has maneuvered onto the cutting edge of workforce development and explored different college pathways for K12 graduates and learners of all backgrounds, thanks to Frank’s thoughtful leadership.

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Report: Hardships of Black LGBTQ+ Youth Span School, Family, and Multiple Community Settings

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Black LGBTQ+ youth face both racism and homophobia as a result of their intersectional identity. As a result, they also face hardships related to a number of facets in their lives, including school safety, religion, community support, and higher education, according to a new report from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation. Charleigh J. Flohr The " 2024 Black LGBTQ+ Youth Report " – which the HRC Foundation created in partnership with the University of Connecticut – examines data from thei

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Another Wave of Campus Cuts

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Another Wave of Campus Cuts Josh Moody Tue, 02/20/2024 - 03:00 AM Numerous colleges announced or completed plans to cut academic programs or jobs in February. Many of those institutions are in the Midwest—particularly Ohio.

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We Ask ChatGPT: Write A Behind Closed Doors Scenario

Roompact

What does the future of AI-based technology hold? We’re doing a little experiment, specifically with the AI chat-bot, ChatGPT. This post is part of a series where we ask ChatGPT interesting, unusual, or just plain fun questions related to residence life and college student housing. All answers were generated by the AI. At the end.

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UNH Closes Art Museum Due to Budget Cuts But Keeps DEI Administrators - Mike Lachance, Legal Insurrection

Ray Schroeder

As it grapples with slashing $14 million from its annual budget, the University of New Hampshire recently shuttered its Museum of Art and announced it’s laying off 75 faculty and staff members to balance the books. However the university has yet to publicly identify cuts into personnel dedicated to diversity, equity and inclusion, which reportedly costs an estimated $1 million-plus in annual salaries.

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This is the biggest misperception keeping Hispanic students from attending college

University Business

In recent agency research, a young first-generation Hispanic college student shared that she was initially not going to attend college because she did not know what to study. She and her parents knew of only a few career paths: doctor, nurse and engineer (her parents were janitors for an engineering firm). The challenge was that none of these paths aligned with this young Hispanic student’s interests or strengths—she did not like math.

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Western Wyoming Expands Support for Rural, Working Students

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Western Wyoming Community College has launched a new partnership to provide students with immediate access to teletherapy. Amy Galley The college, a public community college serving nearly 3,000 students across a rural and remote five-county region, selected Boston-based Uwill to increase its existing counseling capabilities for all students. Uwill is a leading mental health and wellness solution for colleges and students.

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Catholic University Fires Instructor Over ‘Abortion Doula’ Speaker’s Comments

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Catholic University Fires Instructor Over ‘Abortion Doula’ Speaker’s Comments Sara Weissman Tue, 02/20/2024 - 03:00 AM The instructor was fired after a doula spoke in her class about clients having abortions. Antiabortion activists celebrated, while academic freedom advocates were horrified.

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What Are Ghost Students, and How Do They Operate?

EdTech Magazine - Higher Education

The looming enrollment cliff and a slow recovery from pandemic-related enrollment dips have left higher education institutions across the country looking for ways to boost interest and applications from potential students. But not every bump in applications is a positive sign. In fact, the ease with which prospective students can now apply to college — and be accepted — is one of the factors behind a disturbing trend: the rise in so-called ghost students.

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3 in 10 Hiring Managers Say They Avoid Hiring Gen Z Candidates - Resume Builder

Ray Schroeder

In recent years, there has been a growing perception that Generation Z (Gen Z) presents unique challenges in the workplace. To find out how this perception of Gen Z may be impacting hiring, in January, ResumeBuilder.com surveyed 782 U.S. workers involved in hiring for entry-level positions (referred to as hiring managers from here on out).

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The top 20 university endowments of 2023

University Business

Enrollment wasn’t the only significant metric to bounce back in higher education in 2023. After an 8% percent drop off in fiscal year 2022, endowment has surged back, nearly recouping its loss with a 7.7% gain, according to the latest report by the National Association of College and University Business Officers and Commonfund (NACUBO-Commonfund).

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Educators Strategize on How to Diversify the K-12 Teaching Profession

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

AURORA, Colo.— Educators who train and prepare students to become teachers, gathered this weekend at the annual meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) to call attention to the ongoing challenges that face K-12 learning. AACTE officials said that this year’s theme, “Ascending New Heights: Propelling the Profession into the Future,” aligns with the association’s vision and mission “to revolutionize education for all learners by elevation education and educato

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Duke Stops Assigning Point Values to Essays, Test Scores

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Duke University is no longer assigning numerical ratings to applicants’ standardized test scores and essays, a university spokesperson confirmed in an email to Inside Higher Ed. The change was made earlier this year and has been in effect for the latest round of applications.

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Capital One-Discover Merger

Higher Education Inquirer

Capital One and Discover Financial Services have publicly announced plans to merge. The deal worth a reported $35B would give this new entity greater power, competing (or colluding) on a higher level with JP Morgan Chase, Visa, and Mastercard. For working people who know anything about finance and debt, and have debt themselves, this should be frightening.

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Higher education advocates and lawmakers prepare for public hearing on CT budget - Molly Ingram, WSHU

Ray Schroeder

Connecticut lawmakers and higher education advocates are preparing for a public hearing over funding for the state’s colleges and university system. It’s scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 20, and is expected to be widely attended by students, educators and advocates — many of whom have called for more state funding for the system. Before the session began, advocates gathered at the state Capitol to call for increased funding.

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Academics win claim against Oxford University over ‘sham contracts’

The Guardian Higher Education

Rebecca Abrams and Alice Jolly claimed they were denied important workplace rights for 15 years Two academics who sued Oxford University for employing them on “sham contracts” as gig economy workers, have won their claim for employee status in a ruling that could have implications for other higher education workers on precarious contracts. Rebecca Abrams and Alice Jolly, both respected authors, taught on Oxford’s prestigious creative writing course for 15 years, but were employed on fixed-term “

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Achieving the Dream Convening Highlights Student Success

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

ORLANDO— Achieving the Dream (ATD), the national reform network of more than 300 community colleges committed to increasing student success, kicked off its annual convening this week showcasing the powerful narrative of its member institutions. College presidents, senior leaders, faculty and students have come to this year’s conference with the goal of sharing best practices on how they’ve transformed their institutions to benefit students.

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Survey: Graduate Students Expect a Financial Return on Investment

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Survey: Graduate Students Expect a Financial Return on Investment Ashley Mowreader Tue, 02/20/2024 - 03:00 AM A new survey finds graduate students want greater transparency about outcomes prior to enrolling in an advanced degree program.

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Listen to Lead the Way: Audience Insights Guide Your FAFSA Response

Campus Sonar

It’s no secret by now that the redesign and relaunch of the FAFSA form at the federal level has caused stress and confusion for higher ed leaders and college-going families alike. Staff and administrators are navigating frequent updates and shifting processes and timelines; and further uncertainty about aid and finances has added to the worries prospective students already feel about affording a degree.

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Positive Partnership: Connecting Local Employers and Institutions to Stop the Brain Drain - Ashley Mowreader, Inside Higher Ed

Ray Schroeder

In Baton Rouge, La., only 36.4 percent of adults aged 25 or over hold a bachelor’s degree or higher, according to U.S. Census Bureau data, which is on par with the state’s attainment rate of 36.3 percent, according to figures from the Lumina Foundation. To combat the “brain drain” of local students, the Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) worked with its local business partners to market internship and job opportunities to college students, connecting employers and students on a singular job platfor

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Last Call for Brilliance: NACADA Annual Conference Proposal Deadline Approaching!

NACADA

The clock is ticking on your chance to submit a proposal for the 2024 NACADA Annual Conference , held this year October 27-30 in Pittsburgh, PA. The call for proposals closes this week on Thursday, February 22 at 11:59 pm central! Whether you are a novice to the field of student success and advising or a seasoned expert, we are looking for YOUR amazing ideas to help shape the future of our profession and contribute to a diverse, global, and collaborative community of learning.

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Building Opportunities for Black Men

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

When Adrianne Washington, dean of special academic programs at the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC), found that the Honors Program was overlooking the school’s Black men, it didn’t sit right with her. Adrianne Washington "It was difficult for me to think that I had a thriving Honors Program — our students find considerable success — but that there was a group of students who was invisible,” says Washington.

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Maryland House Passes Legacy Ban

Confessions of a Community College Dean

The Maryland House of Delegates passed a bill Thursday that would ban the consideration of legacy status in admissions for all colleges that receive state funding, both public and private. It will move on to the state Senate next. “With this legislation, we end an unfair practice that benefits a select number of students over those less privileged and connected,” Delegate Jazz Lewis, the bill’s sponsor, tweeted after the vote.

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What is The Future of RDs? – Transformational Teambuilders And Relationship Experts

Roompact

This blog series features different writers responding to the prompt, “What is the future of the RD position and role?” Guest Post by Dr. Tiffany Schmidtberger-Okolo, Residence Life Professional In my current role, I am developing an assessment framework for residential life services. This process has necessitated a thorough reflection on what students should know when.

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Iowa House Democrats Propose Tuition Freeze, Regents Universities Budget Increase - Tom Robinson, Western Iowa Today

Ray Schroeder

Iowa House Democrats are proposing a tuition freeze at the University of Iowa, Iowa State University, and the University of Northern Iowa for the next four years. “This tuition freeze is accompanied by a corresponding budget increase to make sure they can afford it without compromising its regular services,” said House Minority Leader Jennifer Konfrst.

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FAFSA Strategy To Support Student Success

Credo Higher Ed

Delays in the release of the FAFSA and the distribution of information necessary for financial aid awarding are a hot topic across higher education currently. Concerns about how this will impact admissions and incoming student enrollment are at the forefront of this conversation, but we have been considering the ways in which these challenges will impact the success and retention of current students.

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When a Lesson on Diversity Goes Wrong

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Recently, yet another case of traumatic racism made the headlines. A two-year old Black girl (toddler) was fingerprinted and handcuffed by a white classmate during a play about Rosa Parks. While we often cannot know intentions, the impact of such incidence is profound. This is especially unfortunate as there are numerous cases of related forms of school-based discrimination in the U.S.

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A FAFSA of Their Own

Confessions of a Community College Dean

A FAFSA of Their Own Liam Knox Mon, 02/19/2024 - 03:00 AM After months of FAFSA delays and missteps, some colleges are sending students homemade aid forms and early offer estimates. That could be a risky gambit.

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ResEdChat Ep 62: Strategies to Foster Resident Assistant Belonging with Ashtyn Davis

Roompact

Belonging is important not just for residents, but the student staff who work in the residence halls to create that community and sense of belonging for others. Current University of Oklahoma graduate student, Ashtyn Davis, joins Dustin on this week's episode to explore this concept and ways to foster more belonging amongst RAs, such as the tool Ashtyn developed called the Resident Assistant Sense of Belonging Assessment (or RASBA).

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