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by Walter Hudson

Dr. Sterling Stuckey, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at the University of California, Riverside and a prominent scholar of African-American history, has died.

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The gender wage gap is real – even when looking at pay differences between men and women who graduate from America’s leading colleges and universities, according to a recent study that found a 19-percent difference in annual earnings.

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While Wednesday marked the first day of classes at Clark Atlanta University, nearly 150 students were still waiting Tuesday for answers about their housing accommodations on campus.

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A new guide out this week from the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions (CMSI) at the University of Pennsylvania is giving students a free, easy-to-use framework to begin their journey to a Ph.D.

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Eastern Michigan University is set to implement a new scholarship program with fixed tuition, room and board costs next fall to help incentivize students to graduate within four years.

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Count Dr. Charlie Eaton among the skeptics. A sociologist who studies inequality, he recently presented a paper about for-profit colleges at The National Bureau of Economic Research and says the federal education department’s plan to rescind Gainful Employment regulations will leave low-income and African-American students particularly vulnerable – again.

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Installing Collaborative Spaces Increased Retention at NMSU Engineering

by Elizabeth Howard

As we begin another academic year, it is important to remember during the beginning-of-semester excitement that many students will not be returning to campus to complete their studies. Retention can be a problem for universities, specifically for those students who have been traditionally underserved.

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Foregrounding the Research

In this issue: A new research center at an HBCU is putting the focus on historically marginalized communities.

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Was It Worth It? A McNair Scholar’s Reflection

Was It Worth It? A McNair Scholar’s Reflection

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My palms were sweaty, my stomach uneasy and my body overwhelmed with nerves. I had returned to the McNair Scholars program as an alum to give the next generation of scholars a keynote address, which I titled, “Was it worth it?: A Two-sided tale to the PhD.”

Time to Take a Collective Stand Against Dangerous Law

Time to Take a Collective Stand Against Dangerous Law

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Six years after Trayvon Martin was shot and killed, the fight to abolish Stand-Your-Ground Laws continues.

Harvard’s Asian Problem Does Not Justify the Blum Lawsuit

Harvard’s Asian Problem Does Not Justify the Blum Lawsuit

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That lawsuit filed by White conservative Ed Blum using Asians as proxies to fight affirmative action may have revealed in discovery a complex and unique admissions process at Harvard. But using race to determine admissions is legal, and the suit doesn’t justify changing current law.

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Signaling a nationwide higher education trend, two New Jersey community colleges are exploring a potential merger to mitigate years of declining student enrollment and revenue and increase academic and economic opportunities for the region’s residents.

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California’s community college transfer students will now have access to a wider range of higher education opportunities through a first-ever partnership between the state’s community college system and private, independent institutions.

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Florida A&M University is on track to increase its transfer student enrollment to 1,100 by 2020 through new partnerships with Florida College Systems schools and community colleges this year.

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Dr. Thomas Brock, a leader in research for the U.S. Department of Education, will be in a position to  continue to grow his experience as a higher education influencer as the next director of the Community College Research Center (CCRC).

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San Diego Mesa College, Sacramento City College and Butte College are the latest community colleges to launch a student support program geared toward foster youth in higher education, according to an announcement last week from the California Community Colleges.

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Black Issues

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Dr. Fred A. Bonner II is on a mission to dispel the notion that “good scholarship” — particularly research on African-American and other minority populations — can only be done at elite predominantly White institutions.

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The Black Alumni Association of Arcadia University (BAAAU) recently launched a travel scholarship program after finding that, this year, only 6.5 percent of African-American students participated in the university’s flagship travel experience called “Preview,” according to BAAAU president Aliyah Abraham. BAAAU’s scholarship program will work with the Act 101/Gateway to Success program to financially support […]

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by Adriel A. Hilton & Ronald W. Whitaker, II

Even after establishing credibility and capability, some Black males in higher education are still likely to face being shelved into stereotypical categories. This creates an uncomfortable equation wherein capable talent must prove to their environments that they are not the bogeyman.

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Latino Issues

Vanessa Sansone: Determined to Make a Difference
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Dr. Vanessa Sansone has used her personal background of being a first-generation college student and growing up in a low-income community as influence for her teachings and research on underrepresented groups.

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Colorado, the second most-educated state in the nation, has a college-attainment gap between White and Latino residents that is the worst among the nine states with the largest Latino populations.

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Dr. Linda Oubré will become Whittier College’s 15th president, taking office July 1, 2018, college officials announced this week. She will be the first person of color to serve as president in Whittier’s 131-year history.

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Asian American Issues

by Lydia Lum

Growing up in the 1950s, Kay Ochi heard nary a syllable about the incarceration camps where her parents and other Japanese Americans languished during World War II. A new book documents how ordinary people gained empowerment through their activism around the issue.

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by Walter Hudson

Dr. Jean Zu has her sights on working to increase the number of international undergraduate students at her institution and she is looking to forge stronger alliances between the institution and the STEM industry.

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by Nelson H. Pham

As I sat, looking through a window in a bookstore at a prestigious university, I could not help but notice how monolithic the institution was. It was nothing like how it was advertised on their brochure and website, where they presented a diverse campus filled with people from different racial and cultural backgrounds.

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American Indian Issues

by Rachel E. Bryan

Native Americans have the lowest educational attainment of any race. One of the ways in which mainstream institutions are failing them is by simply not addressing the values of Native American students.

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by Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A university in West Virginia has been fined $4,999 for failing to complete inventories of American Indian remains and artifacts in its possession. The U.S. Department of the Interior notified Marshall University President Jerome Gilbert of the fine in a letter this week. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the letter, […]

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by Lois Elfman

Building mutually beneficial knowledge alliances and driving positive impact for Native American communities are at the core of Dr. Tarissa Spoonhunter’s work in academia.

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Why the Nation Needs to Do College Attainment Better

On June 18, 2018, Diverse: Issues In Higher Education partnered with Educational Testing Service (ETS) and American Council on Education for a lively panel moderated by Diverse executive editor Dr. Jamal Eric Watson titled “Why the Nation Needs to Do College Attainment Better.”

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