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Report: Racial and Gender Hiring Practices in College Athletics is Concerning

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Racial hiring practices in college athletics saw minor improvement but gender hiring practices declined, according to the 2022 College Sport Racial and Gender Report Card (CSRGRC) from the University of Central Florida (UCF). Dr. Richard Lapchick The report card, issued by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) at UCF, assessed racial and gender hiring practices of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and member institutions – it excludes historically Black colleg

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In defense of languages (opinion)

Confessions of a Community College Dean

In the age of Google Translate and ChatGPT, one might reasonably ask what the goal of learning foreign languages is. After all, artificial intelligence is more than capable of getting most messages across, typo-free and complete with flawless grammar and punctuation. Why put ourselves and our students through the tedium of verb endings, endless pronouns and the often-stultifying niceties of syntax?

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Does That Filipino Harvard joke in the New Yorker Sound the Death Knell for Affirmative Action?

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

The anxiety level is rising. Harvard’s class of 2027 will be told if it’s thumbs up or down on March 30. The class based on Early Action admits is already 30 percent Asian American, could that number go even higher to indicate a loosening of a cap on Asian American admissions that may be borderline discriminatory? As we wait to see, did you hear the one about the Filipino in The New Yorker ?

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Study finds women college leaders of color face more bias

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Image: When Julianna Barnes set her sights on a career in academia, she envisioned eventually becoming a vice president of an institution and assumed it would be her pinnacle role in the profession. She couldn’t imagine herself, a Mexican Filipina American, as a college president, much less a university chancellor, because she’d never seen someone like herself in those positions.

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CHEMEN NEAL

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Chemen Neal Chemen Neal has been appointed executive associate dean for diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice and chief diversity officer at the Indiana University School of Medicine. She earned her medical degree at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the Indiana University School of Medicine.

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January course promotes spring semester student success

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Image: Going back to school after winter break can be a challenge for students. To ease the transition into spring term, Aurora University in Illinois launched its January Jumpstart, offering prep classes on study and self-help skills. What it is: January Jumpstart runs for three days in early January prior to the start of the spring semester. Faculty and staff teach the one-hour virtual workshops three times to give students multiple opportunities to join across the three days.

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How The New York Times is giving students control over college rankings

University Business

Harvard Law’s departure from U.S. News and World Report’s Best College Rankings list quickly drew the support of schools across the nation and even the Department of Education. One news heavyweight is joining the pushback with the debut of a unique ranking tool that re-envisions the coveted student guide from the ground up. The New York Times’ brand new “Build Your Own Rankings” tool allows students to curate a Top 10 college list based on priorities that are import

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Ohio higher-ed bill would require instructors to teach ‘both sides’ on climate change

University Business

Ohio college and university instructors could be barred from teaching climate science without also including false or misleading counterpoints under a sprawling higher education bill that received its first hearing last week. To say climate change is controversial is “simply wrong,” despite efforts to pretend otherwise, said Cyrus Taylor, a Case Western Reserve University physics professor whose work focuses on climate science.

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JMU administrator leads with student experience in mind

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Image: Growing up, Rudy Molina thought he was going to be a doctor. In fact, he found the idea of being a teacher a little insulting. But now, with decades of experience in teaching and higher education under his belt, he’s looking at new ways to shape the student academic experience, leading with equity and access in mind. As vice provost of student academic success and enrollment management at James Madison University in Virginia, Molina approaches student success from a curricular persp

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Your Ultimate Guide to Classes Abroad 

AIFS Abroad

Curious about what classes abroad are like? While academics may not get the most hype out of the study abroad experience, most students are surprised to find how much they learn from the courses they take on their program. Although the classes you can take abroad vary depending on your program, they do share some general similarities. Here are some of the things you can expect from your classes abroad: Your professors When you take classes abroad, your professors will likely be passionate about

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The risks of unregulated availability of one's image online (opinion)

Confessions of a Community College Dean

A website full of smiling faces is more appealing than a list of faculty members’ names, writes Jeremy Birnholtz, but unrestricted availability of photos poses risks. Job Tags: FACULTY JOBS Ad keywords: faculty Editorial Tags: Career Advice Information Technology Show on Jobs site: Image Source: aelitta/digitalvision vectors/getty images Image Size: Thumbnail-horizontal Is this diversity newsletter?

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A Love Letter to College Student Housing

Roompact

As I sat down to author my final blog submission for this yearlong reflection through writing, my relationship with the profession kept coming up. If you add up my first experience of on-campus housing as a first-generation freshman, elected as hall president in my mostly male residence hall, I am wrapping up my 21st year.

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Divided Appeals Court Allows Suit Seeking COVID Tuition Relief

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Another federal appeals court on Monday cleared the way for a lawsuit seeking reimbursement of tuition and fees from a college that shifted to virtual instruction in the spring of 2020 because of COVID-19. Last week the U.S. Court of Appeals overturned a lower court’s ruling to allow a case to proceed against New York University; Monday it was the U.S.

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Assessment as a Catalyst for Change

Student Affairs Assessment Leaders (SAAL)

Source: [link] Education and assessment have always been an integral part of my professional life. I earned a BA from a teacher's college to become a secondary school teacher, followed by a master's in educational administration and a PhD in higher education and student affairs with a secondary focus on inquiry methodology. After the postsecondary level work for a decade, I started my professional career as a quantitative researcher at education policy research institutes and later as an asses

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Campuses Face Steep Shortfall in Deferred Capital Renewal

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Colleges and universities face an “unsustainable” shortfall in deferred capital renewal, according to the 10th State of Facilities in Higher Education report from Gordian, a Building Intelligence Solutions provider. While preliminary data from fiscal 2022 show a 10 percent year-over-year capital investment increase, inflation has greatly expanded the amount of funding necessary to steward existing space, creating a 36 percent shortfall.

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Student Life at Hope

Hope College Network

Is there something that you’ve always wanted to try, but have never gotten the chance to? Do you have a hobby that you love? Do you want to spend some time on an activity that isn’t homework? If so, I have excellent news for you. Hope has a ton of ways to get involved on campus, and I’m here to highlight them. Clubs There are a ton of clubs on campus.

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Rates for Low-Income Students Up More Than for High Income

Confessions of a Community College Dean

At nearly 700 colleges and universities and colleges, the rates paid by low-income students increased by larger percentages than the prices paid by their highest-income ones, according to federal data analyzed by the Hechinger Report and published in USA Today. The study is based on what students actually paid, not tuition rates. The net price for the lowest-income students at Connecticut College rose 235 percent in the last decade, compared to 9 percent for the highest-income students.

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Living Away From Home

Hope College Network

In my four years at Hope, I have met only a handful of people that are more obsessed with their hometown than I am. I’ve been more and more aware lately of how early in my first conversation with someone I tell them, “I’m from Petoskey!” The love I have for the little laketown I grew up in, and the community that still loves me so well from afar, will never be taken for granted.

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Print Encyclopedias, Universities and ‘All the Knowledge in the World’

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Blog: Learning Innovation All the Knowledge in the World: The Extraordinary History of the Encyclopedia by Simon Garfield Published in February 2023 The only time that I ever worked outside higher education was when I worked for Encyclopædia Britannica. If you are interested, that story is detailed in a blog post I wrote in 2010. My professional connection to Britannica is why I couldn’t wait to read Simon Garfield’s new book, All the Knowledge in the World: The Extraordinary H

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Start, Stop, or Grow: A Master Class on Academic Program Evaluation and Management

Gray Associates

Improve your institution's academic program portfolio with Gray's free Master Class series led by experienced higher-education decision-makers. This four-part series covers data analysis, AI and machine learning, program evaluation, and student success integration. Stay ahead of the competition and ensure success by evaluating programs based on mission, academics, markets, and margins.

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Arizona Admits Failings in Murder of Professor, Faces Suit

Confessions of a Community College Dean

University of Arizona president Robert C. Robbins admitted failings in the October murder of a professor, Thomas Meixner, on the campus. “There were systemic issues across our university that should’ve been identified and corrected. I’m angry at myself that I did not do more to prevent this tragedy and most of all I’m angry at this man that took from us our loved one, friend and colleague,” Robbins said at a press briefing, 13 News reported.

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With upcoming vote, U of M joins national wave of higher-ed unionization efforts

University Business

Graduate students at the University of Minnesota are now joining the wave of unionization efforts sweeping across the country in higher education. After collecting around 2,800 union cards since their campaign launch in February , The Graduate Labor Union–United Electrical is now planning an election to determine whether graduate student workers at the U of M will form a union.

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It can tell you the reason for climate change but does not know what the climate is

Teaching Matters Online Learning

In this post, Irene Xi shares her day-to-day experience with ChatGPT and discusses how artificial intelligence is different from human intelligence. She highlights areas where the strengths of AI can be harnessed and where caution should be exercised.

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How to Engage “Stealth Shoppers”

EAB

Podcast How to Engage "Stealth Shoppers" Episode 144. March 28, 2023. Welcome to the Office Hours with EAB podcast. You can join the conversation on social media using #EABOfficeHours. Follow the podcast on Spotify , Google Podcasts , Apple Podcasts , SoundCloud and Stitcher or visit our podcast homepage for additional episodes. EAB’s Michelle DiMenna and Emily Upton discuss the growing “stealth shopping” phenomenon that is forcing colleges to change how they recruit and engage prospective stude

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Higher education accountability: Measuring costs, benefits, and financial value - Katharine Meyer, Brookings

Ray Schroeder

The U.S. Department of Education recently requested feedback on a policy proposal to create a list of “low-financial-value” higher education programs. The Department hopes the list will highlight programs that do not provide substantial financial benefits to students relative to the costs incurred, in hopes of (1) steering students away from those programs and (2) applying pressure on institutions on the list to improve the value of those programs—either on the cost or the benefit side.

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US colleges face loss of racial diversity if race-conscious admissions banned – study

University Business

If the U.S. Supreme Court bans the consideration of race in college admissions, enrollment of minority groups at selective colleges will likely stall or decline – even if the schools give more weight to factors such as class, a new study found. Students for Fair Admissions, the group suing Harvard and UNC, argues that class-conscious admissions would allow schools to create a diverse student body and boost disadvantaged students without focusing on race.

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How 11 community colleges boosted minority male success and retention - Laura Ascione, eCampus News

Ray Schroeder

Results from a project targeting academic progression and completion of minority male students in North Carolina community colleges show that overall retention rates for those students increased by more than 22 percent when actively engaged with a success coach. Findings from the Minority Male Success Initiative (MMSI), a three-year project designed to increase the progression and completion rate of minority male students, were announced by Watermark, a provider of solutions for higher education

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Unknown Pictures and Stories of the Holocaust: Academic Minute

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Today on the Academic Minute : Wolf Gruner, Shapell-Guerin Chair in Jewish Studies and professor of history at the University of Southern California, explores the Holocaust history still to be told through images. Learn more about the Academic Minute here. Is this diversity newsletter?: Hide by line?: Disable left side advertisement?: Is this Career Advice newsletter?

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The Best Purchases I’ve Made in London (So Far)

ISA Journal

Being one of the most famous cities in history, London has become a major center…

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#LastSeen Project: Unknown Pictures and Stories of the Holocaust

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Photos of the Holocaust are still being found. In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Southern California’s Wolf Gruner explores the history still to be told through images. Gruner is the Shapell-Guerin Chair in Jewish Studies and founding director of the USC Dornsife Center for Advanced Genocide Research at USC. A transcript of this podcast can be found here.

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New Report: Selective Schools Likely Can’t Maintain Diversity if Affirmative Action Ends

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

As the world of higher education awaits a U.S. Supreme Court decision expected to strike down race-conscious admissions policies, a new report from the Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University is offering more evidence of what a post-affirmative action landscape might look like. Its findings are unambiguous: selective colleges and universities are likely to become less ethnically and racially diverse.

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Boost Higher Ed Enrollment and Graduation Rates – The Power of Student Support and Belonging: Changing Higher Ed Podcast 148 with Host Dr. Drumm McNaughton and Guest Elliot Felix

The Change Leader, Inc.

In stark contrast to prevailing trends in higher education, colleges and universities have or are boosting their enrollment, retention, and graduation rates by improving their students’ sense of belonging, student support services, student-faculty relationships, and career readiness programs. In this podcast, Dr. Drumm McNaughton explores how higher ed leaders can follow these actionable steps with CEO Elliot Felix of Brightspot Strategy, a consultancy focusing on attracting and retaining stud

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As microcredentials boom, employers' hiring platforms fumble

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Image: Microcredentials —quality, verifiable, bite-size, low-priced, nondegree online offerings targeted to specific industries—have boomed in recent years in response to demand from employers and would-be workers alike for additional options that can better prepare learners for the workforce. But it turns out that employers’ own hiring platforms and third-party intermediaries often act as barriers to matching the right talent to the right positions, according to a recent North

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University Research Fact Sheet Guidelines

EAB

Infographic University Research Fact Sheet Guidelines 12 Suggested Fact Sheet Components Institutions need to better articulate the value of university research to a broad group of stakeholders, ranging from boards and legislators to the general public. Use these university research fact sheet guidelines to create a compelling one-pager that communicates the value and impact of university research on the local community.

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The Fight to Save the Town

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Blog: Confessions of a Community College Dean “In this, the most diverse big city in America, first kisses cross color lines.” – Michelle Wilde Anderson, The Fight to Save the Town How do you interrupt an austerity-driven death spiral? They’re familiar in the US. A public agency gets its funding cut. It responds by letting people go, and overworking those who remain.

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KJB-Tel Records’ Higher Ed Breakup Album

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Blog: Just Explain It to Me! The higher education sector seems fraught for every employee these days—faculty, staff and administrators alike. Many people feel burned out and demoralized and want to give up on their institution. Leaving your institution can be a challenging prospect. It’s like breaking up in a relationship. Are you thinking about leaving your position?

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Trying to teach students to tolerate disagreeable speech

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Image: About a dozen students gathered at the Culver Family Welcome Center on the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh’s campus in February to participate in the first of a new discussion series designed to promote open and civil discourse on the First Amendment. Called It’s Just Coffee, the idea was lifted from a student-led initiative of the same name.