2023

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School Librarians: One of a Student’s Best Resources

Ed.gov Blog

Educators and students, don’t forget to tap into one of your best resources as you begin this school year…your school librarian! In today’s school libraries, you can find lively, vibrant spaces focused on learning and community. A school librarian provides personalized learning environments and offers equitable access to resources to ensure a well-rounded education for Continue Reading The post School Librarians: One of a Student’s Best Resources appeared first on ED.gov Blog.

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California Students Going Out-of-State to Attend HBCUs Eligible for One-Time $5,000 Grant Per New Law

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed a bill that gives community college students transferring to HBCUs a one-time grant of up to $5,000. Gov. Gavin Newsom Patrick T. Fallon/AFP/Getty Images Given that the state of California itself does not have any HBCUs, students who want to attend and experience one have to pursue it out-of-state but may miss out on state aid in the process.

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These 25 schools are tops for producing the nation’s leaders

University Business

The working person can thank their degree for helping them land the big job , but where that credential was earned says a lot about their potential as the nation’s next leader, according to a new analysis from TIME. As might be expected, the Ivy League Pluses were responsible for producing the majority of leaders across sectors such as law, media and academia.

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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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EDUCAUSE 2023: Collaboration Is Key for Flexible Learning Environments

EdTech Magazine - Higher Education

The way higher education institutions think about learning spaces has changed dramatically in the past few years. Today’s college classrooms must do many things at the same time, offering instruction to students in the room, to others participating remotely, to more who will absorb the lesson later and to still another group who may want to gather outside the classroom to go into even more depth.

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Trouble at Saint Augustine's University

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Saint Augustine’s University (SAU) President Dr. Christine Johnson McPhail has been fired from her position at the school’s helm, cutting her contract and term short. The move comes as the Southern Association of Colleges (SACSCOC) voted to strip the small Historically Black College and University of its accreditation. The university has vowed to appeal the decision and will remain an accredited institution on probation during the appeal process.

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Colleges Look to Cluster Hires Amid Diversity Hostilities

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

As a Black woman who studies the educational experiences of Black women and girls, Dr. Tiffany Steele says she always felt like her work was never quite valued. “If you focus on minoritized populations, there’s a lack of understanding about why this research is relevant,” she says. Editors of top-tier journals couldn’t comprehend why she chose to focus on Black women instead of Black people generally, and if she wanted to talk about Black women and girls in the courses that she taught, she had t

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Met police agree six-figure payout to student hit by baton at protest

The Guardian Higher Education

Exclusive: Alfie Meadows underwent brain surgery after being struck by officer at tuition fees demonstration The Metropolitan police have apologised and agreed to pay a six-figure settlement to a man who needed emergency brain surgery after being hit by an officer’s baton during the 2010 university tuition fees protests. Alfie Meadows, then a 20-year-old philosophy student at Middlesex University, sustained a brain injury after he was struck on the head during demonstrations against the tripling

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Rutgers University Workers Waging Historic Strike For Economic Justice (Hank Kalet)

Higher Education Inquirer

[Editors note: The Higher Education Inquirer thanks Hank Kalet for allowing us to reprint his substack Channel Surfing as a record of the Rutgers strike. News sources state this is the first labor strike at the school in its entire 256-year history. Hank is a lecturer at the Rutgers University School of Communication and Information. We encourage you to subscribe to his substack.

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Supreme Court Strikes Down Race-Conscious Admissions

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

In a pair of votes, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down race consciousness in college admissions on Thursday, upending four decades of precedent. The court voted 6-3 against the race conscious practices of the University of North Carolina (UNC) and 6-2 against the practices of Harvard, due to the recusal of Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson The court’s opinion, written by Chief Justice John Roberts, articulated three main reasons that the affirmative action programs at Harvard and UNC violated the eq

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New Book Centers the Voices of Black Women Department Chairs

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Dear Department Chair: Letters from Black Women Leaders to the Next Generation is a compelling book about leadership, service, and the importance of mentorship/sponsorship within the academy. The book is edited by Drs. Stephanie Y. Evans, Stephanie Shonekan, and Stephanie G. Adams. And its publication by Wayne State University Press earlier this month comes right on time, as a new academic school year gets underway.

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New Report Offers Insight into HBCU ‘Secret Sauce’

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

America has woken up to the unique benefits of HBCUs for Black students. Enrollment is up , and, after a century of underfunding , some money has been coming in, from sources both public and private. Suddenly, HBCUs have cultural cachet, thanks to celebrities like Beyoncé, who honored the schools in her 2019 concert documentary Homecoming , and Deion Sanders, who brought Jackson State University’s football team to national prominence before departing last December.

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Study: Almost One in Four Undergrads Experienced Food Insecurity

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Significant portions of the college student population have faced food insecurity, according to an analysis of data from the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study: 2020 (NPSAS:20). Dr. Tammeil Y. Gilkerson Evergreen Valley College NPSAS:20 – released earlier this year – offers the first nationally representative data collection about food insecurity and homelessness among U.S. graduate and undergraduate college students, according to Leanne Davis, managing researcher at Education Northwest, a

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Race & Justice Imperative Focuses on the Need for Sustained Political Energy

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

This year’s Race & Justice Imperative—a series of conversations with Black political leaders put on by the DC-based newspaper The Hill —came at an auspicious moment for Black power. More Black Americans were elected in 2022 than ever before, and the Congressional Black Caucus now boasts 57 members, a record. But the overwhelming consensus from the people who spoke, a mixture of Congresspeople, academics, and advocates, was that representation is not enough.

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An Unexpected Key to Performance in Gateway Math Courses

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

For many community college students, gateway math courses—required for entry into many programs of study—have functioned more like gatekeeper math courses. These classes, such as Introductory Algebra, Statistics, and Trigonometry, have some of the highest rates of failure among all offerings at two-year schools and are considered one of the biggest barriers to an associate degree and to upward transfer, particularly for Black and Latinx students.

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Dr. J. Luke Wood to Become President of Sacramento State University

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

In the search for its ninth permanent president, Sacramento State University didn’t have to look far. Dr. J. Luke Wood, a Sac State alum, was appointed to the position today. He’ll take over for retiring President Robert S. Nelson on July 16 th. Wood is currently San Diego State University’s (SDSU) vice president for student affairs and campus diversity and chief diversity officer.

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We Owe Student Parents A High-Value College Experience

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Every Fall, school buses are once again a part of our morning commutes. Less obvious are the parents joining in the back-to-school rite of passage alongside their children. Several decades ago, I witnessed this with my Aunt Bobbie, who enrolled in college while her kids were in grade school. In addition to being a college student, she was a wife, mother of three, executive assistant, and an involved auntie.

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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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Alabama A&M University to Lead Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Alabama A&M University's Marching Maroon and White marching band will lead the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this year. They will be the first HBCU marching band to kick off the event. Alabama A&M University Marching Maroon and White Band Alabama A&M Additionally, the band’s auxiliary unit, The Dancin' Divas , will be featured in a special performance with the famous Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall.

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Rising to the Challenge on Student Basic Needs Work

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Ten years ago, most college students short of money for food would have difficulty finding a food pantry on campus. Food insecurity wasn’t a widely recognized problem in higher education and “student basic needs” wasn’t a field of practice. As we reach the end of another tough year, we deserve to take a moment to be grateful and proud that times truly have changed.

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Demotion of USC Administrator Leads to Accusations of Racism

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

The University of Southern California Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy trumpets its dedication to diversity on its website. The school is “committed to preparing diverse leaders” and pledges “accountability and transparency, as well as consistent engagement to ensure that we create and maintain an inclusive environment.

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Law Significantly Cuts Prison Time for Higher Ed Credentials

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Research has repeatedly found that higher education programs in prisons reduce recidivism. And the higher a degree an incarcerated person earns, the less likely they are to re-offend, down to a 0% recidivism rate for those who have earned a master’s, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. Now, Colorado, which has the fourth-highest recidivism rate in the United States , has taken one of the boldest steps of any state to incentivize people in prison to get a credential.

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Another HBCU on Track for Reaccreditation

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

It’s taken months of collaboration across institutions, but east Tennessee’s only Historically Black College and University (HBCU) is on track to regain accreditation. The college is anticipating submitting its application for approval in April. Knoxville College (KC), a private institution, lost its accreditation in 1997. Since then, it has regained authorized status in Tennessee, which allows them to confer credentials.

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The Black Woman’s Burden: Battling Inertia in Higher Ed

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

News of bell hooks’s death came as a shock to many. The feminist, author, activist, and professor died Dec. 15, 2021, at age 69. But those who knew hooks personally were aware her health had been waning after years of fighting white supremacy and patriarchy. Dr. M. Shadee Malaklou “hooks said a few years ago, ‘I felt like a balloon that had been popped and deflated,’ because of the way she was so committed to writing and teaching, to her own detriment,” said Dr.

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CUNY Colleges Receive $750,000 for Anti-Bigotry Strategies

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

The City University of New York (CUNY) colleges and the university’s central offices will see $750,000 distributed to support efforts seeking to address religious, racial, and ethnic bigotry at CUNY. Dr. Félix V. Matos Rodríguez “With our continued commitment to fight against bigotry, antisemitism, and hate of all kinds, our colleges are stepping up and have developed additional programming to address these incidents,” said Dr.

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MSU Tenure-Track Faculty Look to Unionize

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Michigan State University (MSU) tenure-track faculty have launched a public unionization campaign to gain more influence in administrative decision-making, The State News reported. Michigan State University Supporters of the union have argued that unionizing would give tenured faculty a larger role in discussions of changes to working conditions, campus safety, promotion and tenure systems, and sexual misconduct and Title IX issues.

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Higher Education Can Connect Diverse Students to Lucrative, Technical Careers

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Technical jobs are receiving fewer applications from younger generations. According to Handshake, a network of institutions and employers that helps connect students with early career opportunities, trade careers saw 49% fewer applications in 2022 than 2020. Applications for jobs like automotive technicians or respiratory therapists went from an average of 10 applications each to only five.

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Under Siege: Attacks on DEI and its Implications for Students

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

It has been three years since the nation was shaken by the untimely murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor, igniting a powerful movement to address racism in policing and other facets of society like education. In response, college and university leaders nationwide made significant commitments to improve campus racial climates. They pledged millions to initiatives such as hiring diverse faculty, appointing Chief Diversity Officers, revising curricula to address issues of ra

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Black Culture Centers are More than Bricks & Mortar

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

As a student activist, a longtime faculty member, and an administrator in higher education, I am particularly proud of two career accomplishments. One was fifty years ago at Earlham , a small Quaker liberal arts college, where I helped repurpose a college-owned house into a Black culture center. The second was twenty-five years ago at Indiana University , where I helped a large, public, research university construct a new Black culture center.

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University of Delaware Investigate Swastika Drawn on Office Door of Jewish Professor

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

University of Delaware (UD) police are investigating after an English professor who is Jewish found a swastika drawn on a poster on her office door with the words, "We Are Everywhere," Delaware Online reported. The swastika was drawn on a poster promoting a drag performance the professor organized years ago. "This incident is in direct opposition to our institutional values supporting diversity, equity and inclusion, and we unequivocally denounce this and all expressions of hate, prejudice and d

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Tribal Colleges and Universities Seek Greater Recognition and Funding

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) have been in existence for over 50 years, serving not only Native American and Alaskan Native students but anyone from the rural communities where they reside. The 35 TCUs in the U.S. train future teachers, nurses, engineers, and more. Yet despite serving almost 28,000 students yearly, experts say TCUs are often invisible to the public or seen as institutions of lesser quality than other public or private institutions, despite being accredited by state age

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Temple Acting President JoAnne Epps Dies at 72

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Temple University acting President JoAnne Epps died Tuesday afternoon after collapsing onstage at the Temple Performing Arts Center. JoAnne Epps “It is with deep heartbreak that we write to inform you that Temple University Acting President JoAnne A. Epps suddenly passed away this afternoon,” Temple said in a statement. At an event honoring the late Charles L.

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Buried Alive: The (Un) told Stories of Black Women in Academia

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

“If you're silent about your pain, they'll kill you and say you enjoyed it.”― Zora Neale Hurston In 2020, large-scale protests were being organized across the country in response to the unjust murders of Breonna Taylor. Breonna Taylor’s story was yet another story of Black women and girls who succumbed to excessive force, unjust treatment, and ultimately, death at the hands of the police: Sandra Bland, Aiyana Stanley-Jones, Tanisha Anderson, Atatiana Jefferson, and countless others.

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Should African Americans Trust the College Board with African American Studies?

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

The College Board's decision to revise its African American Studies curriculum has come under fire from many who argue that the changes are motivated by political pressure rather than pedagogical considerations. The new curriculum, which is stripped of much of the subject matter that the DeSantis administration opposed, has been criticized for erasing the experiences of Black writers and scholars associated with critical race theory, reparations, the queer experience, and Black feminism.

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Black Scientists with STEM PhDs Face Deep Disparities

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Black Scientists with STEM PhDs Face Deep Disparities Sara Weissman Mon, 11/27/2023 - 03:00 AM A new report finds they disproportionately carry large amounts of student loan debt, among other disparities faced by STEM doctoral grads of color.

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Professor Says Spelman Raised Students’ Grades, Fired Him

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Professor Says Spelman Raised Students’ Grades, Fired Him Ryan Quinn Tue, 11/28/2023 - 03:00 AM Former tenure-track faculty member says the college inflated students’ grades and axed him after he complained. Some say that violates academic freedom.

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Bipartisan Progress on Pell Grant Expansion, but Hurdles Remain

Confessions of a Community College Dean

The House wants to expand the Pell Grant to shorter career training programs. To pay for it, a new bill would cut off federal student loans to the nation’s wealthiest private colleges, starting in July. As Congress gears up to head home for the holiday season, proponents who have hoped to see a breakthrough on the long-running issue of expanding Pell Grants to career-training programs lasting fewer than 15 weeks have received an early gift—a bipartisan deal in the House.

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