Fri.Mar 29, 2024

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Life and Learning, the Washington Way

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Do no harm. More than just a guiding principle for medicine, this philosophy permeates the life and livelihood of the Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington — an educator, author, student affairs administrator, pastor, consultant, president and co-founder of the Social Justice Training Institute (SJTI), past-president of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA), and much more.

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‘A Difficult Time to Be Working in Student Affairs’

Confessions of a Community College Dean

‘A Difficult Time to Be Working in Student Affairs’ Johanna Alonso Fri, 03/29/2024 - 03:00 AM Amelia Parnell, who will take over as president of NASPA on July 1, spoke with Inside Higher Ed about AI, mental health, holistic student support and more.

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The Missing Paradigm: Concordance Between Cultural Responsiveness and Institutional Policies and Practices

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

As the call for equity for all students grows louder, community college educators (and other sector leaders) seek to implement equity initiatives to decrease outcome disparities. But something is missing in the conversation and implementation strategies. This author argues that cultural responsiveness and institutional policies and practices must be deeply integrated into the equity conversation.

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More Campus Cuts in March

Confessions of a Community College Dean

More Campus Cuts in March Josh Moody Fri, 03/29/2024 - 03:00 AM Citing enrollment and financial challenges, numerous institutions are eliminating jobs while others have announced budget cuts that may lead to future layoffs.

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MUSA ELBULOK

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Dr. Musa Elbulok Musa Elbulok has been appointed acting assistant vice president of institutional effectiveness and strategic planning in the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Analytics at Borough of Manhattan Community College. Elbulok holds a bachelor’s degree in business management and finance and a master’s in experimental psychology from Brooklyn College as well as a Ph.D. in measurement and evaluation from Teachers College, Columbia University.

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CUNY Awarded $5M for Black, Race and Ethnic Studies Graduate Program

Confessions of a Community College Dean

The City University of New York system has received $5 million from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to launch the state’s first graduate degree program in Black, Race and Ethnic Studies, according to a press release from the system.

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Less hope schools will process FAFSA forms in time as blunders continue

University Business

Last week, the Department of Education announced its latest setback to this year’s mightily turbulent FAFSA season. The Department and the Federal Student Aid office have miscalculated the data of “several hundred thousand financial aid forms,” CNN reports. Consequently, fewer students will be ready come college decision day, May 1.

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What is The Future of RDs? – Addressing The Challenges of Underappreciation And Overwork

Roompact

This blog series features different writers responding to the prompt, “What is the future of the RD position and role?” Guest Post by Younna Gooden, Residence Life Professional Resident Directors, Residential Life Coordinators, Hall Directors, Community Coordinators, what are we to our institutions? Most consider us a catch all, to be all things to all.

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S.C. House Bill Says Colleges Can’t Request DEI Statements

Confessions of a Community College Dean

The South Carolina House of Representatives has passed a bill that would ban public colleges and universities from asking applicants for admission or employment to submit statements that agree or disagree with diversity, equity and inclusion or “any political ideology or movement.

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Four-year low in early acceptance applications at Harvard University

University Business

There is a noticeable dip in students applying for early acceptance at Harvard University. The volume of early applications for the Ivy League school fell by 17% for the class of 2028. Harvard said Thursday it received 54,008 applicants for the class of 2028, down 5% from the year before. This is the lowest the rate has been in four years. Harvard’s acceptance though has jumped from 7.6% to 8.7%.

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Do you leave your home town or stay behind? It’s a question at the heart of British politics | John Merrick

The Guardian Higher Education

Graduates are more likely to migrate to the big cities. But any political benefits from this are decidedly mixed When I picture the state of the British economy outside London, it’s my sister I think of first. Born a year before me in the post-industrial town of Crewe in England’s north-west, at school there was little to separate us. Both of us did well in our GCSEs, at least compared with many in our cohort, getting decent, if hardly outstanding grades.

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Apple is reportedly exploring a partnership with Google for Gemini-powered feature on iPhones - Ivan Mehta, TechCrunch

Ray Schroeder

Apple is looking to team up with Google for a mega-deal to leverage the Gemini AI model for features on iPhone, Bloomberg reported. This will put Google in a commanding position as the company already has a deal with Apple as the preferred search engine provider on iPhones for the Safari browser. The publication cited people familiar with the matter saying that Apple is looking to license Google’s AI tech to introduce AI-powered features with iOS updates later this year.

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3 New Updates with CSM 9.1

Symplicity

Symplicity CSM is constantly innovating based on the career services needs of our university partners. Check out the latest updates to help provide your student job seekers more opportunities and career preparation tools than ever before.

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Buffalo State Rescinds Offer to Presidential Hire

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Buffalo State University has rescinded an offer to presidential hire Chance Glenn amid an apparent controversy over a grant application at another institution, The Buffalo News reported.

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Ithaca College’s deficit projected to reduce by about $5M by end of FY24 - Prakriti Panwar, Ithacan

Ray Schroeder

Downs started by giving a summary of fiscal year 2024 (FY2024) which will end June 30. Downs said the college went into the 2023–24 academic year with a deficit of $12.5M but forecasts that by the end of FY24, the deficit will be $7.6M. A deficit refers to a situation where the college’s total expenses are greater than its total revenue. “Right now we are trending slightly favorable to [the $12.5M deficit],” Downs said.

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President’s corner: How John Nicklow keeps ‘Florida’s STEM University’ nimble in changing times

University Business

John Nicklow felt heavy when he learned about the recent bridge collapse in Baltimore. But as an academic leader in civil engineering practicum and the president of Florida Tech Institute of Technology (FIT), the wreckage piqued his interest. Could this have been prevented? Was the bridge’s construction material sound at the time of the cargo ship collision?

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Faces of PUC: Raijan Joseph C. Villacruel 

PUC

Being Filipino, nursing was always the major that was a possibility for Raijan Joseph C. Villacruel. After graduating high school, he wasn’t sure what he wanted to pursue in college. Ultimately- as he learned from growing up as a missionary kid, Raijan left his decision to God and told Him he would go with the major He would open the doors to.

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‘Completely devastated’: Oak Point University abruptly closing

University Business

Oak Point University announced internally Wednesday its closing at end of the semester in three weeks — leaving employees without a job and students confused and upset. A school employee, who WGN News is keeping anonymous, said staff members are not being retained and their last day is April 19 as well. They said no severance pay will be paid out, according to a company meeting they attended after the decision.

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Linda Bonnar of Upstrive: Pulse Podcast

Confessions of a Community College Dean

This month’s episode of The Pulse podcast features Linda Bonnar of Upstrive, an app aimed at measuring student well-being. In the interview with host Rodney Murray, Bonnar discusses how Upstrive lets students communicate their emotions to instructors and helps institutions improve student and teacher well-being.

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Celebrating the 2024 Women Trailblazer Awards

UMSL Diversity

Greetings UMSL Community, Thank you to everybody who attended our 2024 UMSL Women Trailblazer Awards this month in the Millennium Student Center Century Rooms. It was an incredible experience to conduct our 29 th year of honoring UMSL women who continue to “blaze trails” at UMSL and in the greater community that we serve. The Trailblazer Award is presented to women who have worked to forge new pathways for women and/or women who have contributed significantly to the University and/or the greater

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Wine Nutrition Labels May Surprise Consumers: Academic Minute

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Today on the Academic Minute: Deidre Popovich, associate professor of marketing at Texas Tech University, says customers might not like wine labels that may be coming soon.

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Employee Services wins national award for student loan forgiveness campaign

CU Work-Life Balance

The University of Colorado won a national award for its work to promote Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) repayment plans using the Savi service. Pensions & Investments (P&I) awarded CU and TIAA a first place 2024 Eddy Award in in the financial wellness category for public plans with more than 5,000 participants. TIAA accepted on the university’s behalf during a ceremony at the P&I Defined Contributions East conference on March 12 in Orlando.

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Report: Title IX Rule on Trans Athletes Delayed Until After Election

Confessions of a Community College Dean

The Biden administration has decided to delay a new rule that would prevent blanket bans barring transgender students from participating in the sport consistent with their gender identity, the Washington Post reported Wednesday.

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Tennessee politicians strip historically Black university of its board

University Business

Trustees of Tennessee’s only publicly funded historically Black university were removed Thursday under legislation signed into law by Republican Gov. Bill Lee. Black lawmakers and community leaders said state leaders, a majority of whom are white, are unfairly targeting Tennessee State University. The new appointees, largely from the business community, are now subject to confirmation by the Legislature.

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Lawmakers Vote to Vacate Tennessee State University Board

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Tennessee House Republicans voted to vacate the entire board of Tennessee State University on Thursday, reversing a previous deal reached in committee with House Democrats to keep three of the 10 board members in place for continuity, The Tennessean reported. The bill now awaits Governor Bill Lee’s signature. Lee would be responsible for appointing new board members.

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