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College Transfer Process Is ‘DIY’ for Many Students

Confessions of a Community College Dean

College Transfer Process Is ‘DIY’ for Many Students jessica.blake@… Tue, 11/14/2023 - 03:00 AM A new report magnifies existing hurdles students face when attempting to transfer from a two-year college to a four-year institution.

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AFT Calls on Colleges to Respect Freedom of Speech and Fight Hate on Campus

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) is calling for people to respect intellectual and academic freedom and speech, and combat antisemitism, Islamophobia, and other racist hate on college campuses. Randi Weingarten The move stems from a unanimous AFT executive council resolution on Nov. 9, Condemning Hate and Affirming Freedom of Speech on Campus.

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Establishing Belonging for Creative Scholars and Teachers

The Scholarly Teacher

Tracy W. Smith , Appalachian State University Brooke Anne Hofsess , Appalachian State University Key Statement: Creating intentional, flexible, and interdisciplinary programming cultivates a campus culture where diverse scholarship is supported and creative teacher-scholars feel valued. Keywords: Mentoring, Creative Scholarship, Belonging The Purpose The faculty at Appalachian State University is composed of artists, photographers, sculptors, media makers, creators, composers, performers (dancer

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Should I Take a Gap Year?

Great College Advice

Let’s face it: high school in America has become exhausting and unpleasant for many high school students. They spend so much time and energy preparing for college that they barely have time to think about what’s important. Many kids are just burned out by the age of 18. As a result, more and more students are asking themselves, “should I take a gap year?

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New College of Florida Seeks $400M for Conservative Transformation

Confessions of a Community College Dean

New College of Florida Seeks $400M for Conservative Transformation Josh Moody Tue, 11/14/2023 - 03:00 AM The high-priced business plan emphasizes new facilities and academic programs, as well as athletics. Officials say the money is needed to reach state goals.

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Panel: Erasing Black History Threatens to Harm Black Community, Students, and Nation's Future

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

The exclusion and omission of Black history threatens to harm not just the Black community at large but also students and the very future of the nation, experts said during a Nov. 14 panel. Janel George The panel – part of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s larger National Racial Equity Initiative for Social Justice (NREI) Summit – brought together experts to discuss contemporary attacks against the inclusion of Black history in societal awareness and education.

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Maximizing the value of higher education: A shift towards personalized student pathways

University Business

Higher education has reached an inflection point. The cost of a four-year education has increased to an average of $26,000 per year, which has put strain on students. Furthermore, more than 50% of recent high school graduates reported not pursuing a traditional four-year college pathway, and 64% stated they had changed their major since their initial selection.

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University of Arizona Miscalculated by Millions

Confessions of a Community College Dean

University of Arizona Miscalculated by Millions Josh Moody Thu, 11/16/2023 - 03:00 AM UA has much less cash on hand than the Board of Regents requires. The faculty is accusing the administration of financial mismanagement.

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From Classrooms to Ballots: Unpacking the Significance of School Boards in the 2024 Elections

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

In the upcoming 2024 election , more than 20,000 school board seats will be up for grabs, coinciding with the presidential race. These positions wield significant influence over local education budgets, curriculum decisions, and the hiring and firing of school leaders. Alarmingly, a substantial percentage of these seats are expected to remain uncontested, ranging from 25-50%.

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Why reengaging stopped-out students provides a well of opportunity for enrollment

University Business

More colleges and universities are stepping away from focusing on enrolling potential prospects, opting to reengage with stopped-out students. Colleges overlooking this cohort may not be aware of the data that illustrates they’re ripe for picking. Despite freshman enrollment dropping this fall, overall undergraduate enrollment grew for the first time since the pandemic thanks to swaths of students choosing to reenroll, many of whom dropped during the pandemic.

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‘Unthinkable cruelty’: Kenyan expert working at Bristol University denied visa for six-year-old daughter

The Guardian Higher Education

Furious colleagues denounce decision that there are ‘no compassionate grounds’ to allow the child to join her mother Dr Doseline Kiguru, a Kenyan expert in world literature, was overjoyed when she secured a permanent position at Bristol University. But that all changed last week when the Home Office refused to allow her six-year-old daughter to join her.

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End-of-Year FAFSA Launch Could Cause More Delays, Headaches

Confessions of a Community College Dean

End-of-Year FAFSA Launch Could Cause More Delays, Headaches Katherine Knott Thu, 11/16/2023 - 03:00 AM Colleges and universities will face a tighter timeline to get students their financial aid offer letters, and students will have less time to make decisions.

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First Doctoral Program at a TCU Will Contribute to Native Sovereignty

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

When Dr. Elmer Guy first came to Crownpoint Institute of Technology in 1999 as dean of instruction, he could not have known that, 24 years later, he would oversee the institution’s renaming to Navajo Technical University (NTU). It became the first tribal college and university, or TCU, to offer a Ph.D. program — Diné (Navajo) Culture and Language Sustainability.

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FAFSA delayed until Dec. 31: How does this complicate your admissions team?

University Business

Colleges and universities’ admissions and enrollment teams were already preparing for one of the most complicated years in financial aid history with the release of FAFSA Simplification. Aside from its revamped methodology, they have also been preparing for its release sometime in December. Now, another hurdle has arisen: The new FAFSA will not be released until the last possible day of the year, Dec. 31, nearly three months deferred from its usual date.

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ResEdChat Ep 55: Natasha Monteith on Effective Student Affairs Assessment and Evaluation

Roompact

Dustin welcomes Natasha, one of our faithful bloggers, to the show this week. She shares her perspective on how student affairs divisions need to approach assessment to better manage their teams as well as support their students.

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Foreign Language Enrollment Sees Steepest Decline on Record

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Foreign Language Enrollment Sees Steepest Decline on Record Ryan Quinn Thu, 11/16/2023 - 03:00 AM The MLA’s new census shows plummeting class head counts far outstripped the general student enrollment decrease. Korean continued its rise, while Western European languages further shrank.

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Higher Education Reexamined at ASHE Conference

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

MINNEAPOLIS—Amid the ongoing attacks to higher education, experts who study the field are gathering this week to debate and respond to the growing political challenges that have impacted colleges and universities. The annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) has become the go-to place for practitioners looking to call attention to a wide-range of topics including academic freedom, campus sexual violence and the growing legislation against efforts to promote dive

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Why are 87% of these community college students not earning a bachelor’s degree?

University Business

Although community college may be regularly associated as an equitable pathway to bachelor’s degrees, wealthier students typically capitalize on the opportunity. As for low-income students, a new report from the Department of Education details how infrequently their college hopes pan out. Only 13% of Title IV students who start at community colleges ultimately earn bachelor’s degrees within eight years.

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How Can Biometrics Be Used in Higher Education Classrooms?

EdTech Magazine - Higher Education

Biometrics are often associated with identity verification, but this rapidly advancing technology has now found its way into the higher ed classroom. There, it has the potential to bring about a more comprehensive learning experience and help institutions tackle test-taking challenges. Biometrics as Tools to Enhance Learning Outcomes Instructors can take advantage of cameras with motion detectors and face recognition to identify when students are not engaged or attentive, adjusting their coursew

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Early Application Data Are Rosy, if Complex

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Early Application Data Are Rosy, if Complex Liam Knox Thu, 11/16/2023 - 03:00 AM Applications this fall rose 41 percent over pre-pandemic levels, buoyed by a big upswing in minority applicants, according to preliminary data from the Common App.

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CHINENYE ANYANWU

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Dr. Chinenye Anyanwu Chinenye Anyanwu has been named faculty director of the new Black Sisters Optimizing Unity & Leadership (BSOUL House) Learning Community at the University of Connecticut. Anyanwu holds a bachelor’s degree and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Connecticut as well as an MPH from George Washington University.

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President moves: Leaders cross state lines for new opportunities; 1 steps down

University Business

Whether the president of a state system or a college within, leaders across the country have shifted their focus to new opportunities, sometimes crossing state lines. Charles Welch of the Arkansas State University System is packing his things and moving to D.C. At the same time, Black Hills State University’s Steve Elliott finds himself in S.D. as a first-time president.

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Stories that Shaped Us: Meeting My Local Italian Friends

ISA Journal

Regan Prieto is an ISA Florence alumna at the University of Kentucky whose experience abroad during Spring 2023 led to discovering life-long friendships. We reached out to learn more about why she chose to go abroad with ISA Italy and how she was able to connect with the locals. Check out this unique story below.

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Columbia Altered Protest Policy Before Suspending Pro-Palestinian Groups

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Columbia Altered Protest Policy Before Suspending Pro-Palestinian Groups Liam Knox Fri, 11/17/2023 - 06:20 PM Administrators, who cited alleged violations of the policies in acting against the groups, confirm they made the changes unilaterally.

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St. Mary’s College of Maryland Receives $4 Million, Largest Gift Commitment in School History

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) has received $4 million, the largest gift commitment in the school’s history. The commitment was made by SMCM alum R. Scott Raspa, a class of 1986 graduate, and contributes to SMCM’s 2023 $20 million Taking the LEAD fundraising campaign. The money will go toward the school’s endowment and the R. Scott Raspa and John M.

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Looking to the future of advising: 6 takeaways from the 2023 NACADA conference

EAB

Blogs Looking to the future of advising: 6 takeaways from the 2023 NACADA conference The academic advising profession faces shrinking budgets, expanding student and administration expectations, and increasing turnover—all of which make it harder for institutions to think strategically about advising structure and staffing to support student success.

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Symplicity Recruit Spotlight: Meirav Abramovitz

Symplicity

Finding the ideal candidate for a job is not an easy task. It involves hours of searching, sourcing, and interviewing applicants to establish a professional connection. Symplicity has been nurturing relationships with universities and career centers for decades to help students search for opportunities that get them a little closer to their career goals.

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Getting the President-Board Relationship Right

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Getting the President-Board Relationship Right Sarah Bray Fri, 11/17/2023 - 03:59 AM It is one of any president’s most important tasks, write Julie A. Peterson and Laurie Fenlason, who offer 10 best practices. Byline(s) Julie A.

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Identifying Gladiator Institutions: Welcoming Institutions for Athletes of Color Only

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Now that college football season is in full swing again, millions of fans will be planted in front of their televisions cheering on their favorite teams. Thousands of other fans who can procure tickets will watch the games in person, and many of these folks will be alumni of one of the two teams competing on the field – both teams are likely to feature star players who are young men of color.

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2024 Maclean’s University Rankings: Undergraduate Schools

Study and Go Abroad

Find out what universities that are primarily focused on undergrad education have ranked in the top 20 for 2024. Are you in high school looking ahead to your bachelor’s degree from a university in Canada? Are you currently in undergrad? In either case, it’s always good to know where universities rank in comparison to one another, especially for your undergraduate degree.

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ACS Digital Pulse 2023

Higher Education Whisperer

Greetings from the National Press club in Canberra, where the ACS Digital Pulse 2023 report was just launched by Mr Jerome Laxale MP, Member for Bennelong. The report confirms a looming tech skills crisis, with 1.3 million additional skilled workers being needed. This is also bad news with women's share of the tech workforce going backwards in the last year.

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The Department Chair Triumvirate 

Confessions of a Community College Dean

The Department Chair Triumvirate Sarah Bray Tue, 11/14/2023 - 03:00 AM Vicki L. Baker shares case studies that shed light on new ways department chairs need to operate in terms of leadership, management and personnel. Byline(s) Vicki L.

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Morris Brown College Receives $500,000 from Chick-fil-A, Inc. to Support Student Leaders

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Morris Brown College (MBC) will receive $500,000 from Chick-fil-A, Inc. to build leadership skills in students. David Goldman/Associated Press The money – the company’s second gift to the school – will help fund a leadership development initiative to prepare select scholars for careers in hospitality and organizational leadership. “We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Chick-fil-A, a tenured leader in the restaurant industry,” said MBC President Dr.

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Narcissistic presidents linked to “deterioration” in performance, study shows

University Business

The root of your institution’s dwindling finances and performance challenges might very well be a narcissistic president. If this was once a gut feeling, a scientific study supports it with research-backed data. The British study published on Research Policy examined the performance of higher education institutions by collecting data from the National Student Survey (NSS) website, the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) and

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Supporting Neurodivergent College Students with Dr. Liz Norell

Dr. Al Solano

LISTEN TO THE EPISODE Learn how to support neurodivergent college students. In this episode, I interview Dr. Liz Norell, Associate Director of Instructional Support in the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at the University of Mississippi. The focus of the episode is her article, Recap: What Instructors Need to Know When Working with Neurodivergent Students (Scroll down to access the transcript.

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Some Good News on Campus Veterans

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Some Good News on Campus Veterans Doug Lederman Tue, 11/14/2023 - 03:00 AM There is progress amid the discouraging developments about the state of veterans on campuses, Wick Sloane writes.

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Report: Communication Key to Improving Transfer Rate

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

A new report from the Center for Community College Student Engagement (CCCSE) indicates that while 8,836 entering students at 40 community colleges around the country indicate that they intend to transfer to a four-year institution, the number that actually do is remarkably low. "Helping Community College Students Climb the Transfer Ladder" is based on the 2022 Survey of Entering Student Engagement (SENSE).