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Report: English Majors Employed at Comparable Rates, Educators Can Do More to Prepare Students for Careers

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

College students who graduate as English majors actually find jobs at about the same rate as those who major in other subjects, according to a recent report commissioned by the Modern Language Association (MLA). Dr. Paula Krebs Report on English Majors’ Career Preparation and Outcomes draws on findings from a number of different sources, including the Hamilton Project, the National Humanities Alliance, the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce, and Humanities Indicators.

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Real Talk Higher Ed: Steering Through Chaos with a Wellness Compass

Dr. Josie Ahlquist

Let’s face it: April in higher education is pure chaos. Deadlines dance in our heads, inboxes are overflowing, back-to-back events are scheduled, student and community crises loom, and summer just can’t come quick enough.But what if, instead of just surviving through the academic year — we lean into this work with humanity intact?

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Another Wave of Unrest Grips Campuses

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Another Wave of Unrest Grips Campuses Susan H. Greenberg Mon, 04/22/2024 - 03:00 AM Protesters regroup at Columbia, garnering support from students at other colleges. Penn blocks a pro-Palestinian group; USC cancels more graduation speakers. Byline(s) Susan H.

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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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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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It’s FAFSA Week of Action: Time to Take a #FAFSAFastBreak!

Ed.gov Blog

It’s FAFSA Week of Action (April 15-19) and to kick off the effort the U.S. Department of Education is thrilled to announce the launch our #FAFSAFastBreak campaign, a national effort to drive FAFSA submissions among high school seniors and returning college students. Everyone has an important role to play! We have already received nearly 200 Continue Reading The post It’s FAFSA Week of Action: Time to Take a #FAFSAFastBreak!

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Identities, the Focus of Black Men’s Research Institute Symposium

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

The Black Men’s Research Institute (BMRI) at Morehouse College recently hosted its second spring symposium addressing Black male identities, manhood, and masculinities. BMRI Executive Director Dr. Derrick R. Brooms noted Black male identities as both a pertinent topic for Black men’s lived experiences with a particular salience for the Morehouse community during the symposium, held at Morehouse’s Shirley A.

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Leaders Call for Active Resistance Against Anti-DEI Measures

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

NEW YORK – At the National Action Network (NAN) Convention in New York City, social justice leaders gathered to discuss the impact of anti-Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) legislation introduced or signed into law in states like Texas, Florida, and Alabama. Public institutions in these states are firing DEI-focused employees or redirecting their roles in an effort to comply.

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Sacramento State Creates Nation's First Black Honors College

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Sacramento State — home to the largest number of Black students within the California State University (CSU) system — is launching what will become the nation’s first-ever Black Honors College. Slated to begin operating in the fall, the honors college will enroll students who have a GPA of 3.5 or higher and an interest in Black history, life, and culture.

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Dr. Claudine Gay’s Resignation from the Harvard Presidency Possibly Saved Her Life

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

The recent announcement of Dr. Claudine Gay’s resignation as president of Harvard University swiftly spread through the news and has been an ongoing conversation, particularly among those within higher education academic communities. Gay had been widely criticized for her responses alongside two other college presidents, also women, at a congressional hearing on antisemitism, after which, she clarified the institution’s stance.

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Dr. Melvin C. Terrell Educational Foundation Selects Recipients for 2023 Scholarship

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Doctoral candidates Dion T. Harry and Joshua D. Wallace have been chosen to receive the Dr. Melvin C. Terrell (MCT) Educational Foundation’s 2023 MCT Scholarship. The annual scholarship is meant for matriculating students in master’s or doctoral programs in student affairs or higher ed administration-related fields. Dion Harry Harry is a North Carolina State University doctoral candidate studying higher education opportunity, equity, and justice.

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Ring The Alarm: A Call to Action for Black Women to Address Wellness in the Academy

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Dear Black women in higher education, 2023 should have been a wake-up call to our community, yet the red flags persist. The untimely deaths of two Black women presidents, JoAnne A. Epps of Temple University and Dr. Orinthia T. Montague of Volunteer State Community College, was a signal to all other Black women in higher education. Now, the death of Dr.

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Challenges for Higher Education: An Emerging Skills Shortage and Inequity in the Workforce

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

American higher education is called upon to serve a variety of purposes: advancement of knowledge, expansion of cultural appreciation, extending understanding of societal benefits and obligations, and preparing a diversity of students with the skills they need for a successful and rewarding life. These missions are important to the well-being of our people and the strength of our country.

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Report: Black Female Student-Athletes Face Lack of Diverse Support

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

While players in the NCAA Tournament were diverse, head coaches and administrators lagged far behind. That's the conclusions from the new report, “Racial and Gender Equity for Black Women Student-Athletes,” authored by Dr. Shaun R. Harper, founder and executive director of the University of Southern California Race and Equity Center. Harper depicts each team in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Tournament.

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Harvard Put Its First Black Woman President in the Crosshairs of a Culture War without a Shield

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

President Claudine Gay’s resignation is a thunderclap echoing from the halls of Harvard, leaving a bitter taste of injustice and a deafening silence from those who should be howling in outrage. The president, the first Black woman to lead the institution, stands cast aside, not by her own hand, but by the very forces Harvard claims to oppose: prejudice, cowardice, and a grotesque disregard for basic fairness.

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Professor, Journalist to Pen Book on J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar Impact

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

West Chester University assistant professor Dr. Jeremy C. McCool and award-winning journalist Earl Hopkins have announced a deal with publisher Rowman & Littlefield to pen a book about Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole. Award-winning journalist Earl Hopkins and West Chester University assistant professor Dr. Jeremy C. McCool plan to write a book about the impact of Kendrick Lamar and J.

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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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How Data Drives Student Success

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Students at LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City, NY. The Institute of Higher Education Policy (IHEP), a nonprofit organization dedicated to access and success for students in postsecondary institutions, has released studies of two Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) that are leading the way in student success: four-year public University of North Texas (UNT) and two-year public LaGuardia Community College in New York City.

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HBCUs: Catalysts for Economic Empowerment and Community Growth

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

For over 150 years, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have not only been sites of academic excellence but also powerful economic engines in their local and regional communities, leaving a lasting mark on the nation's landscape. Beyond classrooms and campuses, the impact of HBCUs resonates in various economic and community development initiatives that transcend traditional education boundaries, fostering job growth, workforce development, and training opportunities.

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Excelencia in Education Publishes Analysis about Today's Latino College Students

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Latino college students are more likely to be first-generation students and less likely to leave college having earned their degrees, according to a new report from Excelencia in Education. Emily Labandera The April 2024 report uses publicly available data to provide readers with a “fundamental understanding” of who Latino students are, how they fit a “post-traditional student profile,” and the schools they are attending, said Emily Labandera, director of research at Excelencia.

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Embracing Change: Crafting Forward-Thinking Strategic Plans for Colleges in a Dynamic Society

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

In a rapidly changing society riddled with economic uncertainties, demographic shifts, political infighting, declining workforce participation rates, rising inflation, rising attacks on diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, and a technological landscape that is evolving rapidly with deeper integrations with artificial intelligence, how is your college or university prepared to meet these challenges facing your faculty, staff, and student body?

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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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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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Racial and Gender Inequities Found in Field of Educational Measurement

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Racial and gender inequities still plague the field of educational measurement, from professional rank to salary, across academia, industry, and leadership roles. Those are the findings of a new report supported by the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME), and Women in Measurement (WIM).

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AERA Announces 2024 Fellows

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

AERA Fellows were announced on Thursday and a distinguished list of researchers topped the list including Dr. Jerlando F. L. Jackson. Jackson, a professor and dean of the Michigan State University (MSU) College of Education, is among 24 exemplary scholars selected by the American Educational Research Association. Dr. Jerlando F. L. Jackson “The 2024 AERA Fellows join an exceptional group of scholars, and we are thrilled to welcome them,” said AERA Executive Director Dr.

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Duke Ends Merit Scholarship for Students of African Descent

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Duke University is discontinuing its Reginaldo Howard Memorial Scholarship Program, a program for top applicants of African descent. Dr. Candis Watts Smith The decision comes in the wake of the 2023 U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. President and Fellows of Harvard College that ended race-based affirmative action in college admissions, reported The Chronicle , a Duke student-run publication.

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Curry College Guarantees Graduates Will Be Employed

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Curry College Guarantees Graduates Will Be Employed Sara Weissman Mon, 04/22/2024 - 03:00 AM The college will help those who remain unemployed six months after graduation pay their student loans, find paid internships or allow them to take classes for free.

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Punishments Rise as Student Protests Escalate

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Punishments Rise as Student Protests Escalate kathryn.palmer… Mon, 04/15/2024 - 03:00 AM Exasperated and under intense scrutiny, some college administrators are increasingly punishing student activists with suspensions, expulsions and arrests.

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‘You Are in the Crosshairs’: Higher Ed Braces for Another Antisemitism Hearing

Confessions of a Community College Dean

‘You Are in the Crosshairs’: Higher Ed Braces for Another Antisemitism Hearing Katherine Knott Tue, 04/16/2024 - 03:00 AM December’s House hearing spawned presidential resignations, congressional fundraising records and probes of universities’ internal workings. On Wednesday, Columbia University will occupy the hot seat, with more at stake than a president’s job.

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National Protest Day Planned Against ‘Attacks’ on Higher Ed

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Faculty members and students plan to hold events across numerous campuses Wednesday, April 17, to kick-start a movement against what they consider concerted attacks on quality higher education for all. They’re opposing academic freedom restrictions, defending protest rights, supporting diversity, equity and inclusion, calling for free public education, and advocating for more secure faculty jobs, among other things.

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After the FAFSA Quake, a Flood of Corrections

Confessions of a Community College Dean

After the FAFSA Quake, a Flood of Corrections Liam Knox Mon, 04/15/2024 - 03:00 AM As delays to the FAFSA rollout piled up, so did an unusual number of errors, both on student forms and in the Education Department’s eligibility calculations.

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Goddard College Announces Closure

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Goddard College Announces Closure Josh Moody Wed, 04/10/2024 - 03:00 AM The small, progressive Vermont college will close at the end of the spring semester. It’s another blow to a state that has lost a number of higher ed institutions in recent years.

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Degrees Earned Fall Again, Certificates Rise

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Degrees Earned Fall Again, Certificates Rise Sara Weissman Thu, 04/11/2024 - 03:00 AM Fewer people are earning degrees for the second year in a row, but certificates are having a moment, according to a new report.

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Annual Provosts’ Survey Shows Need for AI Policies, Worries Over Campus Speech

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Annual Provosts’ Survey Shows Need for AI Policies, Worries Over Campus Speech Ryan Quinn Tue, 04/16/2024 - 03:00 AM Many institutions are not yet prepared to help their faculty members and students navigate artificial intelligence. That’s just one of multiple findings from Inside Higher Ed’s annual survey of chief academic officers.

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Traction for the Three-Year Bachelor’s Degree

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Traction for the Three-Year Bachelor’s Degree Doug Lederman Fri, 04/12/2024 - 03:00 AM A group of college leaders strategize about how to design a new undergraduate experience—and get an unexpected boost from an accreditor.

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‘Game-Changing Crisis’: Lawmakers, Experts Vent FAFSA Frustrations

Confessions of a Community College Dean

‘Game-Changing Crisis’: Lawmakers, Experts Vent FAFSA Frustrations Katherine Knott Thu, 04/11/2024 - 03:00 AM While one House committee probed the FAFSA mess Wednesday, another grilled Education Secretary Miguel Cardona about the disastrous rollout of the student-aid form.

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