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Dr. Terri Goss Kinzy has been appointed president of Illinois State University, effective July 1. Kinzy is currently the vice president for Research and Innovation at Western Michigan University. In the past, she has served as vice president of research and professor in the department of biochemistry and molecular biology at Rutgers, The State University […]

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Six colleges and universities from across the nation are teaming up to launch a new initiative that they say will change the future of education.

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After years of struggling to find a publisher, “Seeing The HiddEn Minority: Increasing the Talent Pool through Identity, Socialization, and Mentoring Constructs,” was eventually released last year by Dr. Andrea Taylor. Written in the form of an anthology, the book highlights the importance of promoting access and diversifying the STEM pipeline.

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by Allison Joyner

Mark Mitsui, president of Portland Community College (PCC), has been a key voice for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) during his 30-plus year career in the community college sector. Prior to his appointment as president of PCC, Mitsui served in the Obama Administration as deputy assistant secretary of community colleges within the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education in the U.S. Department of Education. 

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Last year, campus-wide shutdowns resulted in financial reimbursement for students and employee furloughs at higher education institutions across the country. To provide support, the federal government passed several relief packages including the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and American Rescue Plan Act. However, even as colleges and universities plan to reopen their campuses for in-person learning, the economic effects of COVID-19 will continue to linger. To further understand the economic and overall impact of the pandemic, the Philadelphia Fed hosted a virtual webinar on Wednesday titled, “Symposium on Institutions of Higher Education: Financial Viability and COVID-19.

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by Allison Joyner

Dr. Judy Sakaki, president of Sonoma State University, has been committed to leading, developing and implementing best practices in access, affordability, inclusion and student success. 

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Dr. Paul Harris—a Black scholar whose tenure denial at the University of Virginia (UVA) was reversed following a groundswell of support from across the nation—has accepted a teaching position at Penn State University.

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AANHPIHM “Poster Boy” Is Accused Student Who Stands Up to Dartmouth

AANHPIHM “Poster Boy” Is Accused Student Who Stands Up to Dartmouth

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Sirey Zhang is the new higher ed poster boy for Asian American Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander Heritage Month. He is blasting away at the negative stereotype of the AANHPIHM person who lacks the courage and good sense to speak up. Zhang’s showing some guts standing up to the bullying of Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine.

Can HBCUs Capitalize on the Hemp Rush?

Can HBCUs Capitalize on the Hemp Rush?

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The landscape for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) is rapidly changing amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and new proposals on the horizon at the national level from the Biden administration. It will be incumbent on institutions to adapt their programming to meet the changing needs of the economic environment. They will need to be economic engines as well as learning institutions.

Shaking Up the Athletic Lottery

Shaking Up the Athletic Lottery

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Sports has long been a fixture in American life generally and in communities of color more specifically. One could argue that there is seemingly more at stake on average for Black athletes because of the economic condition of Black communities in the United States. The cultural embeddedness of the athletic route and the sports dream in the lives of young Black men is something that is taken for granted in many cases. For the small few who make it to play in college or the pros, a glimmer of hope for the masses is given.

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Dr. Santanu Bandyopadhyay has been appointed president of Modesto Junior College (MJC), effective June 1, The Modesto Bee reported. Bandyopadhyay is currently the interim president at MJC. Bandyopadhyay was president of Columbia College when named as acting MJC president in January. In the past, he has served as executive vice president of educational programs and […]

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Dr. Christine Holt is to become the next chancellor at the University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana, the Magnolia Reporter reported. University of Arkansas System President Dr. Donald R. Bobbitt said he will make the recommendation to UA trustees. His recommendation is subject to final approval by UA trustees at their next meeting May 26-27. Holt is […]

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Achieving the Dream (ATD) has announced the release of a guidebook for leaders of community colleges and four-year institutions to better understand students. The Knowing our Students Guidebook addresses matters such as what it means to really know students, useful data points, effective use of data and challenges. “It is critical that we know our […]

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by Linda García, Coral Noonan-Terry and Courtney Adkins

Guided pathways is a reform movement that aims to help community college students graduate, transfer to four-year institutions and attain jobs with value in the labor market by reframing the entire student journey.

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A New Jersey bill may lead to community college students in the state getting on-campus housing, NJ.com reported. The bill, A246, which allows colleges to build dorms, dining halls and other service facilities, was approved by the Assembly Higher Education Committee last week. The bill would also allow county college board of trustees to create […]

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Black Issues

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Jackson State University is honoring the Class of 1970, 51 years after White police officers marched onto the campus of the HBCU to violently quell protests against racism, ABC News reported. Police shot indiscriminately after someone threw a bottle, with the gunfire killing two people – 21-year-old Phillip Gibbs and 17-year-old James Green – and […]

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Dr. Tonya Williams Bradford and Dr. Kevin Bradford, professors at University of California Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business, saw that there was a financial burden that comes with pursuing college education. So the husband and wife duo decided to take real action to help lighten the load for students.

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U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. (USBC) and Uber are working together to provide free rides to vaccine appointments in certain cities, addressing the transportation barrier to vaccinations. Individuals in seven cities – Baltimore, Ferguson, Houston, Long Island, New Orleans, Oakland, and Washington – will have access to 10,000 free round-trip rides to vaccination appointments. “The USBC […]

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Asian American Issues

by Allison Joyner

Dr. Judy Sakaki, president of Sonoma State University, has been committed to leading, developing and implementing best practices in access, affordability, inclusion and student success. 

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The U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced more than $36 billion in emergency grants under the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act for postsecondary education. These grants will help over 5,000 higher ed institutions provide emergency financial aid to students. ARP will give more than $10 billion to community colleges, more than $2.6 billion to Historically Black […]

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by Lois Elfman

In mid-March, the country took notice as eight people were gunned down at three massage parlors in the Atlanta area, six of them of Asian descent. Beyond the anguish and mourning, voices sprang up around the country decrying anti-Asian racism that has been on the rise since the onset of the pandemic.

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Latino Issues

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The U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced more than $36 billion in emergency grants under the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act for postsecondary education. These grants will help over 5,000 higher ed institutions provide emergency financial aid to students. ARP will give more than $10 billion to community colleges, more than $2.6 billion to Historically Black […]

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A new report from Rutgers University’s Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Leadership, Equity, & Justice is highlighting and advocating for efforts to integrate Mexican American Studies (MAS) into the Texas K-12 education system.

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The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) will create an institutional-level Hispanic Thriving Institution (HTI) Leadership Council to help the school become a Hispanic Thriving Institution, according to UTSA officials. “The HTI Leadership Council will advise the President and Provost/Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs about how the university’s Hispanic Thriving efforts can be […]

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American Indian Issues

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The U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced more than $36 billion in emergency grants under the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act for postsecondary education. These grants will help over 5,000 higher ed institutions provide emergency financial aid to students. ARP will give more than $10 billion to community colleges, more than $2.6 billion to Historically Black […]

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Monmouth College faculty have voted “no confidence” in Monmouth President Dr. Clarence Wyatt and calling for Wyatt’s resignation or removal, WQAD reported. Monmouth has faced a year of financial strain due to declining enrollment and the COVID-19 pandemic. The primary concerns are that “President Wyatt and his administration have been poor stewards of the College’s […]

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The San Diego State University (SDSU) Senate has passed a resolution urging SDSU President Dr. Adela de la Torre and the administration to start the process of changing the school’s mascot, The Daily Aztec reported. The resolution – passed 53-9 with 10 abstentions – calls for the creation of a commission, chaired by SDSU Tribal […]

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