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The Program Went On As Planned

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

The news of Temple University Acting President JoAnne Epps' death on Tuesday, September 19 sent shockwaves across the nation. She was attending a memorial service at Temple for Charles L. Blockson, the legendary Black historian, author, and bibliophile who served as curator of the university’s Blockson Afro-American Collection when she collapsed on stage.

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AAUP, Itself a Union, Is Locked in a Contract Fight With Its Own Staff Union

Confessions of a Community College Dean

AAUP, Itself a Union, Is Locked in a Contract Fight With Its Own Staff Union Ryan Quinn Tue, 09/26/2023 - 03:00 AM Sabbaticals, in-person workdays and guaranteed raises are elements of a dispute that’s meant staff members at the American Association of University Professors have been out of contract for a year.

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Initiative Promotes Financial Literacy by Investing in HBCU Students

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

A group of students at Spelman College are receiving a rare opportunity to start an investment journey through a new social impact initiative. The financial wellness initiative will offer a cohort of students a finance and investing course plus a seeded Stackwell account to begin building wealth during their college career. The pilot program results from a new partnership between investment platform Stackwell and social impact organization Fintech In Action and part of a broader strategic partne

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Higher Ed Groups Have a Plan to Improve Financial Aid Offers

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Higher Ed Groups Have a Plan to Improve Financial Aid Offers Katherine Knott Tue, 09/26/2023 - 03:00 AM Nearly a year after the Government Accountability Office said that colleges are failing to tell students how much their education will actually cost, a new initiative aims to provide students with more clarity. But skeptics say Congress still needs to act.

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Dr. Lynn Akey Appointed Chancellor at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Dr. Lynn Akey will become chancellor at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, effective Jan. 2. Dr. Lynn Akey Akey is currently vice president for student success, analytics, and integrated planning at Minnesota State University, Mankato. In this role, she has improved re-enrollment, retention, and graduation rates for the school. “Dr. Akey’s leadership at Minnesota State Mankato has steered our University’s direction to be one of student focus and data-driven priorities,” said Minnesota State M

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College Completion Most Influenced by Who’s Teaching and How

Confessions of a Community College Dean

College Completion Most Influenced by Who’s Teaching and How jessica.blake@… Tue, 09/26/2023 - 03:00 AM A new study found that high school GPA and socioeconomic status are not as determinative as instructors in helping students pass introductory college math and earn degrees.

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Coconino Community College Receives $4 Million to Bolster Male Student Enrollment Efforts Amid National Declines

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Coconino Community College (CCC) has received $4 million to bolster male student enrollment efforts, Knau reported. The donation funds will go towards the creation of a program through Flagstaff High School that will let students concurrently enroll at CCC and work with a success coach. The hope is that this effort will attract people to pursue higher education who may not have considered it before.

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HARRY L. TITUS

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Dr. Harry L. Titus Harry L. Titus has been named dean of students at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, North Carolina. He served as director of strategic initiatives and assessment at Coastal Carolina University. Titus holds a master’s in education from Coastal Carolina University and an Ed. D. in organizational leadership from Gardner-Webb University.

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A Clash Over Student Journalism

Confessions of a Community College Dean

A Clash Over Student Journalism Johanna Alonso Tue, 09/26/2023 - 03:00 AM Ted Daniels, the former adviser for The Collegian at Ashland University, believes his contract was not renewed because he taught students investigative journalism. Administrators deny his claims.

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College Possible Minnesota celebrates three Posse Scholar semi-finalists

College Forward

This year, three College Possible high school seniors are semi-finalists to become Posse Scholars at the Posse Foundation , an organization that recruits students with leadership potential and connects them with full-tuition scholarships. Students are nominated at the end of their junior year and after their application is accepted, they go through group and individual interviews during the beginning of senior year.

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Pacific Oaks College Reaches Hispanic Learners With Podcast

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Pacific Oaks College Reaches Hispanic Learners With Podcast Ashley Mowreader Tue, 09/26/2023 - 03:00 AM A Hispanic-serving institution uses Title V grant funding to support Hispanic and Latino student success with a podcast, decoding the hidden curriculum of higher education in English and Spanish.

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Report: When it comes to recruitment methods, social media is key

University Business

Thanks to digital platforms increasing students’ awareness of postsecondary opportunities, colleges’ recruitment processes have become crowded with other suitors. With nearly three-quarters of students (69%) finding the Common App as the most appealing method to apply for college, it’s no wonder that this year’s graduating seniors sent out an average of 10 or more college applications, according to a new report from Spark 451 , an enrollment strategy firm.

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Advice on Selecting Service Opportunities

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Advice on Selecting Service Opportunities Sarah Bray Tue, 09/26/2023 - 03:00 AM Steve Baule describes some service options that might be available to new faculty members and provides advice on those they may want to consider.

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Higher education protected in the near-term from government shutdown

University Business

With the new fiscal year beginning at the turn of the month, disagreement between moderate and far-right Republicans has stonewalled the House of Representatives’ efforts to pass its 12 appropriation bills on time. And with efforts to pass a short-term spending bill that will keep government funding alive through October 31 appearing unfruitful, a federal government shutdown next week appears imminent. “Everyone I talk to—people in Congress and people in the agencies—say we will abso

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In Christchurch NZ for ASCILITE 2023 3 to 6 December

Higher Education Whisperer

Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre, Photo by Klajban, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia CommonsWhat is there to do in Christchurch in December? I will be in and around the Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre, 3 to 6 December for the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education ASCILITE 2023 Conference.

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For-Profit Art Institutes Shutter Remaining Campuses

Confessions of a Community College Dean

The Art Institutes, a system of for-profit colleges, will close its eight remaining campuses by the end of the month, The New York Times reported Monday.

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Statistical Standards vs. Student Support: The 'Good Data' Dilemma

Student Affairs Assessment Leaders (SAAL)

On day one of a typical Stats 101 course, your subject’s introduction likely revolves around these foundational concepts: the pursuit of statistical significance and generalizability. We’re taught, fifteen minutes in, that good data must meet specific criteria, including: an n > 30, p-value < 0.05, a sample that is representative of its population.

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SUNY Potsdam May End 14 Degree Programs

Confessions of a Community College Dean

The State University of New York at Potsdam may eliminate 14 academic programs—including its bachelor’s degrees in Spanish, French and physics—amid a “$9 million structural deficit,” the institution announced last week.

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CATs Out of the Bag: Using Classroom Assessment Techniques in Residence Life

Roompact

The year is kicking off, training is in the rear-view mirror, Welcome Week has flown by, and we caught our breath as we said goodbye to summer with Labor Day. Now, we are looking at the experience we are offering our students this year and wondering: how am I supposed to assess these events we.

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Chatham University initiates a campus-wide reorganization amid a $6 million deficit - Maddie Aiken, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Ray Schroeder

Weighed down by a $6 million deficit, Chatham University is undergoing a campus-wide reorganization to mitigate the effects of financial hardship. About 8% of staff positions have been eliminated — putting 20 staffers out of a job — and the university leadership team has been restructured, according to school officials. The private university has also consolidated four departments — International Affairs, the Office of Academic & Accessibility Resources, Academic Advising and the Office of C

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UK university students facing ‘unprecedented rent rises’

The Guardian Higher Education

Maintenance loan failing to keep pace with rising rents, which have jumped by more than 8% since last year University students in the UK are facing “unprecedented rent rises” amid record demand for accommodation, while the value of the maintenance loan designed to cover living costs stagnates, according to a report. Many students are struggling to find affordable rooms, as rents have jumped by more than 8% overall this year compared with 2022-23, a survey by the real estate services firm Cushman

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Colleges need to help students measure ROI in real time to win back their trust

University Business

Americans are growing increasingly unsure about the return on their investments in higher education, according to a survey by New America. While about 70% of U.S. adults believe people with a college degree can earn a more livable wage than those who have only graduated from high school, many are concerned about the price they must pay to earn that degree.

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‘It’s quite depressing’: the UK students struggling to find accommodation

The Guardian Higher Education

Three students share their experience of trying to find somewhere to live as academic year begins As freshers’ events get into swing for Manchester Metropolitan University students this week, mechanical engineering student Karl still doesn’t know where he will be calling home for the first year of his studies. After Karl gained a place on his course through clearing, he quickly realised securing housing would be a struggle.

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AI writing tools will not fix academia’s language discrimination problem - Natalia Kucirkova, Times Higher Education

Ray Schroeder

Affordable AI-powered writing software offers some hope to scholars unfairly criticised for their imperfect English, but more radical change is required, says Natalia Kucirkova. AI writing tools will not fix academia’s language discrimination problem. Last week I received a reviewer comment on my (rejected) paper. “Stay away from trendy progressive jargon like ‘lived experience’, ‘interrogating’, etc,” it recommended, adding: “Just talk like a human being.

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Reflections from a former College Possible student turned AmeriCorps service member

College Forward

Morgan Henry is a college graduate and a former student of the College Possible program. She’s also a former AmeriCorps service member , helping students achieve their dream of earning a college degree, just like she did. Originally from Portland, OR, Morgan comes from a limited-income, single parent household. Morgan’s mother wanted a better life for her children than the one she was able to provide for them and made it clear that college was the only option for her children once they had gradu

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Ways To Manage Your Classes 

PUC

The start of the school year can be a challenge. Especially being back to in-person learning, the struggle is real to get back into a routine. You’ll have to wake up much earlier to get to class and your energy may not be the same as it once was staying on top of schoolwork.

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Meet returning College Possible AmeriCorps service member Landry

College Forward

Whether students are enrolled in high school or college, classes have begun, and College Possible AmeriCorps coaches around the United States are busy forming new relationships and learning about students’ academic goals. At College Possible Minnesota, we are lucky to welcome back nine returning coaches and we’re grateful they have chosen to dedicate another year to supporting students.

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3 Pitfalls to Avoid When Starting a Course-Sharing Initiative

Parchment

In an environment where nearly one-third of students struggle to complete their 4-year degree within six years and only one out of every three financially-independent students completes a degree at all, colleges and universities are looking for new, innovative ways to provide the pathways students need to stay on track. One strategy that many institutions are exploring is course sharing.

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Debunking Imposter Syndrome by Mentoring New Professionals

NACADA

If you had told me 20 years ago when I was just starting out as an academic advisor that one day I would be mentoring new professionals, I probably would have laughed out loud. Not only am I a somewhat shy introvert, but as a first-generation college student, I would also rate myself fairly high on the imposter syndrome scale. The social stress and self-doubt that accompany these characteristics seemingly work in opposition to qualities needed to be an effective mentor.

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Richard Englert returning as Temple University president following loss of JoAnne Epps

University Business

A former Temple University president is stepping back into the role as the school weathers a sudden loss. The university’s Board of Trustees appointed Richard Englert as Temple’s transitional president on Tuesday, saying he will carry on the work that the late President JoAnne Epps started “and provide a steady hand of leadership while the search for Temple’s next chief executive continues.” Epps, 72, died suddenly last week after becoming ill at a memorial service

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Pedagogy of Humanization: Academic Minute

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Today on the Academic Minute, part of University of St. Thomas Week: Chelda Smith Kondo, assistant professor of education, examines the idea that who you are influences how you teach.

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Robberies at Loyola, DePaul prompt safety concerns among college students across Chicago

University Business

From the University of Illinois Chicago to DePaul University and Loyola University, Chicago has recently seen an uptick in armed robberies on or near college campuses at all different times of the day. On Saturday, Loyola University Campus Police sent out an alert, advising that three students were robbed outside Marquette Hall before 4 a.m. Read more from NBC Chicago.

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Expressive Activity – Fall 2023

The Student Affairs Blog

Dear Students, As you get settled into the fall semester, we want to share some information regarding expressive activity on campus. VCU is a very diverse community with a host of differing viewpoints reflecting each of our personal lenses through which we see, and experience, the world. This diversity of viewpoint and opinion is a tremendous asset to our community.

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The big problems with college and K-12 school rankings

University Business

The U.S. News & World Report’s 2024 college rankings came out last week, as my colleague Nick Anderson notes , with a somewhat revamped methodology that does not escape what has been growing criticism of the enterprise. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona captured some of the criticism last year when he said that any college ranking system that values wealth, reputation and exclusivity more than economic mobility and return on investment is “a joke.

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Your student loan payments are due: 3 strategies to support community college students’ financial wellness

EAB

Blogs Your student loan payments are due: 3 strategies to support community college students’ financial wellness When I think back to my time in college, student loans were something that nearly everyone had, but not something any of us fully understood. Specifically, we weren’t educated on how to repay them. They were a necessary evil to be addressed “later.