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The University of Delaware (UD) has renamed its public policy school after former U.S. Vice President, Delaware senator and alumni Joe Biden. The school, now called the Joseph R. Biden, Jr. School of Public Policy and Administration, will further initiatives in public policy areas like health policy and management, social and urban policy, energy and […]

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According to a new report from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), 81 percent of top colleges in Virginia restrict free speech in some form.  

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Long-time Spelman College trustee Ronda Stryker and spouse William Johnston donated $30 million to the historically Black college (HBCU), making the gift the largest in Spelman’s 137-year history from living donors.

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Better integration of education at all levels, eliminating the distinction between higher education and career preparation and more cooperation among local, state and federal policymakers can remove barriers and better prepare a workforce that increasingly includes individuals who don’t fit the traditional profile of college students.

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Employment data on college graduates needs to be accurate, comprehensive, verifiable, comparable, transparent and accessible for the benefit of students seeking post-secondary education, and the federal government should play a key role in making that happen, according to recommendations in a study released by The Institute for College Access & Success (TICAS).

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In a recent study published by the American Educational Research Association, researchers evaluated whether admissions certainty for Texas high school graduates has different effects on high- and low-income students.

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by Melanie Eversley

“Driving While Black,” a documentary in the works by a Cooperstown, N.Y., academic, a longtime documentary maker, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Steeplechase Films is scheduled to be shown on PBS next year.

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by Paola “Lola” Esmieu

As educational spaces, colleges and universities carry the burden of creating a welcoming and inclusive home for all students. Establishing an empowering and nurturing campus climate is the first step in changing student attitudes towards underrepresented students.

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How We Look at Each Other

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The random encounters of strangers are among the best means to assess attitudes about race.

The Removal of ‘Individual 1’?

The Removal of ‘Individual 1’?

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The political climate is changing. After Friday, temperatures are rising higher and the leading denier, of course, is Donald Trump, who after last week’s bombshells could only turn to social media.

The Mentorship That Keeps Giving

The Mentorship That Keeps Giving

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In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I wanted to reflect on what I am most grateful for as a current doctoral student. I can go on and on about how fortunate I am to have an adviser like the one I have. Too often, I hear horror stories about advisers who are unsupportive, unreasonable, and simply unwilling to put their own research agendas aside for a moment to help their students find their own voice

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With shifting notions of gender and sexuality, ongoing discussions about reproductive rights and the emergence of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, a cohort of faculty members at LaGuardia Community College (LAGCC) within the City University of New York system saw a need for a program that could provide students with an understanding of the systems and theories that shape the world around them.

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Accelerate academic transitions, extend navigational supports and serve as career bridges are three principal recommendations of a new resource guide focused on aligning the K-12 system and community colleges for student success.

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Recent study and survey findings around the impact of year-round Pell (YRP) signal an opportunity for colleges and universities to increase awareness about the benefits of the grant aid.

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by Lois Elfman

A new report released late last week examines the critical role that community colleges play in social mobility and highlights why adequate and equitable funding are essential.

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Survey results recently published by the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) highlight the continued racial and gender diversity gap between community college board of trustees around the country compared to its student population.

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Black Issues

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Institutional racism, White supremacy and anti-Black attitudes fuel underrepresentation of Black students on college and university campuses across the United States, with access a battle constantly being waged in legal courts and the court of public opinion, according to an academic who addressed the 58th annual meeting of the Council of Graduate Schools this week.

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Medicine is among the least diverse academic areas in higher education, and Weill Cornell Medicine’s efforts to turn that around have led to the appointment of accomplished physician-scientist Dr. Said Ibrahim as the institution’s inaugural senior associate dean for diversity and inclusion.

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With new questions about career preparation and purpose, this year’s National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) results reveal key insights around empowering students to connect their field of study to career aspirations and the real world throughout their collegiate matriculation.

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Latino Issues

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Research has shown that having role-models and mentors who share racial/ethnic identities can contribute to an individual’s self-concept of pursuing similar careers. Too often, people from underrepresented racial or ethnic communities hear about the struggles their community faces, rather than their increasing growth and success in this country.

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Being intentional about recruiting and serving Latino students, cultivating a familial community on campus and using data to implement and tailor student support initiatives were some of the strategies discussed during Excelencia in Education’s Accelerating Latino Student Success (ALASS) Institute on Friday.

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Conversations on the importance of Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs) internationalizing their campuses, advocacy for DREAMers and collaborative partnerships between other minority-serving institutions for Hispanic student success filled the final day of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities’ Annual Conference.

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Asian American Issues

by Lydia Lum

A new report lists multiple ways in which lawmakers and other thought leaders across the country can help Asian American communities obtain improved access to mental health services.

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This past week, I was moved by the memorial for the late Chancellor Chang-Lin Tien. The first Asian American to head a major research university, University of California Berkeley, which he led from 1990 to 1997, he was remembered again on the tenth anniversary of the naming of an East Asian Library in his honor.

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by Mengchen Ge

According to several studies, international students find it difficult to make trustworthy friends to talk to about personal problems, and are too shy to ask for clarifications and help when they need support. This can cause social alienation and segregation.

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American Indian Issues

by Lois Elfman

Building a supportive network is crucial for Native American scholars, many of whom are the only scholars in their field at a college or university.

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The education of Native American youth was part of the charter when Dartmouth College opened its stately doors two and a half centuries ago. But it wasn’t until recent years that the school began graduating indigenous students in significant numbers, and its Native American Studies program has emerged as one of the strongest in the United States.

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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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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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