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Higher Ed Workers Seek to Coordinate Nationally

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Higher Ed Workers Seek to Coordinate Nationally Ryan Quinn Tue, 03/26/2024 - 03:00 AM A group called Higher Ed Labor United is trying to overcome the silos that divide unions and keep them from working together against the many threats to colleges and universities.

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HBCUs in the Time of Turnover

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Albany State University recently announced its president, Dr. Marion Ross Fedrick, had been appointed executive vice president for administration and chief of staff at Georgia State University, effective July 1. Her departure from the university meant she would step away from her role as president one year before the conclusion of the school’s 2025 strategic plan.

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Britain’s universities are in freefall – and saving them will take more than funding | Gaby Hinsliff

The Guardian Higher Education

Fundamental restructuring must happen, along with an honest debate about what – and who – higher education is really for Imagine a beach before the tsunami. Out at sea, the wave is gathering force, yet on the sand people are still sunbathing, blissfully unaware. That’s how it feels, one professor tells me, to be working in higher education. Academics by their nature don’t look outwards much, he argues, so not all have registered the risk to their profession.

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English majors earn similar salary earnings, life quality than other degree holders, report

University Business

Despite questions around the value of an English degree, graduates who earned one were found to possess similar rates of life satisfaction, peak salary earnings and unemployment rates to non-English degree graduates, according to a recent report by the Association of Departments of English (ADE), a subsidiary of the Modern Language Association. The Report on English Majors’ Career Preparation and Outcomes draws on quantitative data from multiple U.S. government resources and contributions

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University of Kentucky President Proposes to Strip Faculty Body’s Power

Confessions of a Community College Dean

University of Kentucky President Proposes to Strip Faculty Body’s Power Ryan Quinn Thu, 03/28/2024 - 03:00 AM Eli Capilouto released a “draft of principles” Wednesday that would dissolve the University Senate and replace it with an advisory group.

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Benedict College Names Building After its First Woman President

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

The Benedict College Board of Trustees recently hosted a rededication and naming ceremony for the college’s administration building named in honor of Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis. Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis A. J. Shorter Photography “I am very grateful for the opportunity to lead Benedict College into the next chapter of her storied history,” said Artis, during the March 22 rededication.

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Higher Education Institutions Are Using Firewall as a Service to Enhance Security

EdTech Magazine - Higher Education

Cybercriminals are increasingly targeting higher education institutions. Ransomware attacks in the sector, for instance, were up 70 percent in 2023, according to a report from Malwarebytes. And a Sophos survey suggests that the average recovery cost can top $1 million per incident. In recent years, as cyberattacks have become more nuanced, the firewall technology that colleges and universities use to prevent them has also evolved.

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Arizona GOP Bill Would Stifle Faculty Power in Governance

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Arizona GOP Bill Would Stifle Faculty Power in Governance Ryan Quinn Mon, 03/25/2024 - 03:00 AM The legislation, nearing passage, would bolster the power of presidents and regents while reducing faculty members to merely “consulting” on governing, academic and personnel decisions.

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HBCUs Continue to Meet Their Mission During Tough Times

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

NEW YORK — Dr. Brandi Waters, senior program manager of AP African American Studies at the College Board, and Dr. Ericka Armstrong Dunbar, professor of history at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. When Dr. Ericka Armstrong Dunbar first got the call in 2019 to proofread scripts for accuracy in Julian Fellowes’ new series The Gilded Age on HBO, she was surprised.

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New Scholarships at PUC 

PUC

PUC offers many scholarships based on academic performance, leadership experience, test scores, athletic ability, artistic aptitude, and more! Check out our four new scholarships: Pioneer Promise Scholarship – Grant Varies We want all students to be able to receive a high-quality Christian education. PUC offers a full-tuition scholarship for four years to all students of high character, quality, and financial need.

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Today’s strategic planning: Backward design to move an institution forward

University Business

Traditionally, university boards ask their new presidents to begin a strategic planning process upon their arrival at an institution In a desire for the process to be inclusive, sometimes it becomes unwieldy, too broad to be truly actionable or too all-encompassing to provide a clear roadmap for the institution’s next chapter. On the flip side, a less inclusive process often yields critiques of a lack of transparency and a “top-down” process that does not adequately reflect th

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Digital Media Literacy Becoming a Graduation Requirement

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Digital Media Literacy Becoming a Graduation Requirement Lauren.Coffey@… Tue, 03/26/2024 - 03:00 AM As concerns mount about online misinformation, AI-created images and the ethics of the digital landscape, several institutions are requiring courses in digital media literacy.

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Bill to Codify Postsecondary Student Success Grants Met with Support and Criticism from Scholars and Advocates

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Legislators are looking to enshrine the Postsecondary Student Success Grant (PSSG) program, a student outcomes-centered federal effort, into law through new legislation this March. Although the effort has received support generally, some higher ed scholars and advocates have levied some criticisms and concerns about it. Dr. Jhenai Chandler The Postsecondary Student Success Act – a bipartisan effort that seeks to solidify the ongoing existence of the grant program, which gives funds to higher ed

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Good Online Learning Design is Good Learning Design

Higher Education Whisperer

Associate Professor Elaine Huber, University of SydneyIt is good to have a study which confirms, with scholarly rigor, what educators already knew: engagement is most important, with a focus on the student experience, and a supportive environment (McEwen & Huber, 2024).What makes good teaching applies equally in a classroom, & online. It is just easier to hide bad teaching in a classroom.

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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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State Support Turns Minnesota’s Enrollment Tide

Confessions of a Community College Dean

State Support Turns Minnesota’s Enrollment Tide Liam Knox Wed, 03/27/2024 - 03:00 AM Enrollment at public colleges rose for the first time in a decade. Higher ed leaders credit historic state funding and innovative college access initiatives.

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Diversity, Equity and Student Success Conference Plots Agenda for the Future

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

PHILADELPHIA— Despite the ongoing attacks to diversity, equity and inclusion within higher education, more than a thousand educators gathered in-person and virtually late last week to share strategies and brainstorm ways to center equitable outcomes for the students who attend their institutions. Sponsored by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), this year’s “Conference on Diversity, Equity, and Student Access: What Unites Us,” drew faculty, students, administrators

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‘Cultural and social vandalism’: job cut plans at Goldsmiths attacked

The Guardian Higher Education

Union claims up to a quarter of all academic roles at financially pressed London institution face the axe Plans for mass redundancies at Goldsmiths, University of London, have been called a “horrifying act of cultural and social vandalism” and the “biggest assault on jobs at any UK university in recent years”. The job cuts, which are now subject to a consultation, are the latest in a series of redundancies at Goldsmiths and elsewhere in the higher education sector, as universities struggle with

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5 tips for college and university presidents to support diversity, equity and inclusion

University Business

There’s new momentum building on college and university campuses to rescue and reinvigorate diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) programs, vital initiatives that have been the target of a coordinated national assault for over a year. Conservative groups, politicians and organizations launched a coordinated attack on DEI in higher education in 2023, in some cases disrupting these programs established to promote fairness and student success, and to address decades of exclusionary policies and pra

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Boston University Graduate Student Workers Strike

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Boston University graduate student workers began striking Monday, calling for better pay, improved health care coverage and guaranteed childcare subsidies, among other demands. The Boston University Graduate Workers Union (BUGWU), part of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 509, has been negotiating with the university for eight months.

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Making Equity a Priority

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Dr. Keith Curry likes to walk the campus of Compton College, the two-year school that he has led for the last 13 years — two as interim president and chief executive officer (CEO) and 11 as its permanent leader. On this January day, Curry — who grew up just a short distance from the college — greets the groundworkers and buttonholes administrative staff about the latest developments taking place across campus.

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‘Left without a voice’: October general election could leave students in UK unable to vote

The Guardian Higher Education

Universities fear an autumn election will not leave undergraduates enough time to register Hundreds of thousands of students could be left unable to vote if the government calls an October general election, because there may not be enough time to register them, universities and student unions have warned. Jeremy Hunt, the chancellor, last week hinted at a possible election October date during questioning by a House of Lords select committee.

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Here are 4 ways to boost the reputation of your continuing education units

University Business

Continuing education programs, which institutions are using to create lifelong learning modalities for working adults and retirees, are continuing to catch fire nationwide, according to a new report by Modern Campus. However, insight from its survey respondents suggests that the nascent academic offerings are suffering setbacks that constrain them from reaching full institutional buy-in.

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‘Another Unforced Error’ in the FAFSA Fiasco

Confessions of a Community College Dean

‘Another Unforced Error’ in the FAFSA Fiasco Liam Knox Mon, 03/25/2024 - 03:00 AM The education department said calculation errors rendered hundreds of thousands of student aid forms unusable, setting time-strapped colleges back further.

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General Assembly Vacates TSU Board of Trustees, Governor Makes Appointments

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has announced new appointees to the Tennessee State University (TSU) Board of Trustees after signing a bill from the General Assembly to reconstitute the body. Lee said his “administration, in partnership with the General Assembly, is committed to ensuring students are being served.” Gov. Bill Lee On March 28, t he state House voted 66-25 to pass SB 1596 , which called for TSU’s board of trustees to be vacated and reconstituted with 10 members.

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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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The academic schedule is a barrier to student progress and outcomes

University Business

It has been 12 years since Stan Jones, the founder of Complete College America, told Congress that time was the enemy of college completion. Jones said college students took longer to graduate—if they were even finishing—because they couldn’t juggle degree progress, work and other responsibilities. He noted that colleges and universities must no longer ignore this new reality to help meet the needs of a growing majority of their students.

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Lincoln Alumni Outraged by Reinstatement of President

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Lincoln Alumni Outraged by Reinstatement of President Sara Weissman Thu, 03/28/2024 - 03:00 AM An investigation cleared Lincoln University’s president of charges he’d bullied an administrator who died by suicide. Some alumni and students object to his return.

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Unapologetic Leadership Thought: Freedom Dreaming

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

In the fall of 2023, at Compton College, we invited Dr. Gina Garcia, professor of policy, politics, and leadership at Berkeley School of Education, University of California, Berkeley, to serve as our fall professional development day opening speaker — to provide insight for our campus as we continue our journey, serving as an Hispanic Serving Institution.

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Enrollment Strategies and the Evolving Expectations of Students in 2024

HEMJ (Higher Ed Marketing Journal)

Strategies for Increasing Student Enrollment The traditional paradigms of higher education enrollment have shifted, driven by technological advancements and changing student demographics. The industry is undergoing not just surface-level adjustments that require minor alterations to enrollment strategies, but rather a deeper evolution that reimagines the very fabric of educational delivery and consumption.

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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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‘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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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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So You Are A New Hall Director And Are Just Starting The Job, So Now What?

Roompact

Guest Post by John Lantz, Residence Life Professional So you are a new Hall Director and are just starting the job, so now what? Being a Hall Director is a thrill but also can come with a lot of stress if you let it consume you. With over 11 years of experience in the world.

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Engineering majors earn top salaries for grads—with a caveat

University Business

AI and its related fields are forecasted as the academic programs of tomorrow , and the University of South Florida and Vanderbilt University have already begun to build on this by introducing new colleges. The starting salaries for recent bachelor’s degree earners, however, show that while universities are quickly preparing for a new workforce, traditional pathways in engineering are still the most lucrative positions for the young workforce.

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Cease-Fire Now

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Cease-Fire Now Elizabeth Redden Mon, 03/25/2024 - 03:00 AM Michael S. Roth pushes back against calls for college leaders to stay silent. Byline(s) Michael S.

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Florida’s Anti-DEI Actions Hit Hard for Alumna and Mom of Recent Grad

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

And my equity journey continues. Four years ago, I wrote a column about sending my son off to college and my fears for him as a young Black man finding his way as a student and citizen. Today, I’m the proud mom of a college graduate. Though the world shut down during my son’s freshman year, and he spent his early college experience staring at a screen in his dorm room, he overcame every obstacle to reach his goal.

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