Higher Education News and Jobs
by Catherine Morris

In the wake of Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust’s recent announcement that she will retire in the spring of 2018, many have stepped forward to praise her leadership.

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by Gia Savage

The State University of New York at Albany has tapped a prominent Latino administrator to lead the state institution. Dr. Havidán Rodríguez becomes the first Hispanic president of any SUNY four-year college.

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by Emil Guillermo

It’s been said that public higher education has been the way for the common man to excel in uncommon ways. But when states cut funding to these places of higher learning, the basic character of these so-called “flagship” institutions change.

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by Gia Savage

Tuskegee University—the private historically Black college in Alabama that was founded by Booker T. Washington—is no longer under an accreditation warning by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

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by Gary B. Graves, Associated Press

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The NCAA has suspended Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino for five Atlantic Coast Conference games following its sex scandal investigation. The governing body also Thursday placed the basketball program on four years’ probation, vacated wins in which ineligible players participated and handed down a 10-year show-cause order for former basketball operations director […]

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by Catherine Morris

Even though many students experience homelessness, advocates say that their experiences and educational outcomes are not well understood.

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Want to Increase Graduation Rates? Hire More Underrepresented Faculty

Want to Increase Graduation Rates? Hire More Underrepresented Faculty

by Renée Byng Yancey

While overall college graduation rates have been increasing, the gap between graduation rates for students from underrepresented groups and white students is actually growing. One way to close that gap: having more faculty who reflect the race and ethnicity of those students.

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Championing Education

In this issue: Former U.S Secretary of Education John King is intent on helping provide educational access and opportunity to low-income students and students of color as the new president of Education Trust.

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Sex and Higher Ed? Pitino’s Light Punishment Says It All

Sex and Higher Ed? Pitino’s Light Punishment Says It All

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The NCAA Committee on Infractions just showed how its moral compass sort of points the right way. It just didn’t have the guts to mete out the punishment deserving of the crime.

Bill Maher Controversy Needs to be Kept in Perspective

Bill Maher Controversy Needs to be Kept in Perspective

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While we need to continue to have debates on the n-word and other topics that affect our community, it is important that we not get sidetracked from crucial economic, legal, social and issues that directly impact us on a daily basis.

Excellence Does Not Shield Black Students from Racism

Excellence Does Not Shield Black Students from Racism

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Excellence does not shield Black students from the challenges of being Black in America.

by Tiffany Pennamon

The American Association of University Professors’ censure list, currently composed of 56 institutions, is a compilation of college administrations that have been cited for violating principles and standards of academic freedom.

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by Catherine Morris

Boston will offer its residents yet another chance at free college through a recently announced program, The Boston Bridge. The program will be available to high school students who graduated in 2017 and are residents of the city.

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by Jeff Amy, Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. — Community colleges statewide are eliminating nearly 250 jobs for the upcoming year to close budget gaps, and five are dropping at least one intercollegiate sport. The move comes as colleges increase tuition by an average of 13 percent, mostly because state funding has fallen. Community College Board Executive Director Andrea Mayfield said […]

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by Eric Freedman

A federal judge has thrown out a race and gender discrimination suit against the Community College of Philadelphia by an African-American filmmaker who wasn’t hired for a full-time position in the English Department.

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by Associated Press

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker and Mayor Marty Walsh have unveiled a tuition-free college program for low-income students in Boston. The Republican governor and the Democratic mayor launched the new college affordability program for high school graduates in the city on Tuesday. The aim is to allow eligible students to complete four-year degrees without paying […]

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Black Issues

University of Missouri Might Revoke Cosby’s Honorary Degree
by Associated Press

COLUMBIA, Mo. — University of Missouri System President Mun Choi wants the university to rescind an honorary degree given to Bill Cosby nearly 20 years ago. The system’s Board of Curators will vote Friday on Choi’s recommendation. A university staff memo sent to the curators says sexual assault allegations against Cosby are “incompatible” with the […]

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by Associated Press

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Retired Brown University President Ruth Simmons, the first African-American woman to serve as president of an Ivy League institution, has been named interim president of Prairie View A&M University. The 71-year-old Simmons, who also was president at Massachusetts’ Smith College, the nation’s largest women’s university, and served in executive positions at […]

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by Gia Savage

Tuskegee University—the private historically Black college in Alabama that was founded by Booker T. Washington—is no longer under an accreditation warning by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

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Latino Issues

SUNY Albany Appoints its First Latino President
by Gia Savage

The State University of New York at Albany has tapped a prominent Latino administrator to lead the state institution. Dr. Havidán Rodríguez becomes the first Hispanic president of any SUNY four-year college.

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by Bob Christie, Associated Press

PHOENIX  — The Arizona Court of Appeals says young immigrants granted deferred deportation status under a program started by former President Barack Obama are not eligible for lower in-state college tuition. Tuesday’s ruling says a judge’s 2015 decision that deferred action recipients were considered legally present in the U.S. and therefore qualify for state benefits […]

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by Roberto Rodriguez

This development has happened due to issues relating to the fluidity of gender — a recognition that there is not simply a male-female binary.

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Asian American Issues

University of Missouri Might Revoke Cosby’s Honorary Degree
by Associated Press

COLUMBIA, Mo. — University of Missouri System President Mun Choi wants the university to rescind an honorary degree given to Bill Cosby nearly 20 years ago. The system’s Board of Curators will vote Friday on Choi’s recommendation. A university staff memo sent to the curators says sexual assault allegations against Cosby are “incompatible” with the […]

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by Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY — A judge has denied a Brigham Young University professor’s emergency request to be allowed to run in a packed Republican field to replace outgoing Rep. Jason Chaffetz. Chia-Chi Teng is teaching in China this summer. He tried to file to run in a special election via video conference before last week’s […]

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by Pat Eaton-Robb, Associated Press

  HARTFORD, Conn. — A Yale University dean has been placed on leave over offensive reviews she made on Yelp, including one in which she refers to customers of a local restaurant as “white trash.” Pierson College Dean June Chu issued a public apology Saturday after reviews from her personal Yelp account began circulating at […]

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American Indian Issues

Montana State U., Tribal College Students to Seek Answers Together
by Monica Levitan

Montana State University researchers have received a $282,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to create a new approach to solving issues on Montana’s Indian Reservations.

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by James Nord, Associated Press

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — South Dakota State University President Barry Dunn says he can see a future in which reservation hospitals and health centers across South Dakota employ pharmacists and lab scientists educated at his school, with doctors and administrators also trained at institutions in the state. The land-grant university is pursuing a new initiative […]

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by Associated Press

LARAMIE, Wyo. — University of Wyoming officials are opening a center for Native American students that they hope will help with student recruitment and retention. The Laramie Boomerang reports that UW Vice President of Student Affairs Sara Axelson told the UW Board of Trustees on Friday that Native American student retention for fall 2015-2016 was […]

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Engaging Latino Students for Transfer and Completion

by Evelyn Waiwaiole, Jillian Kinzie and Sarita Brown

Both community colleges and bachelor’s degree-granting institutions across the country are responding to a chorus of calls for dramatic improvements in student success and college completion.

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