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American University (AU) received a $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to increase the number of women and underrepresented minority faculty within the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) field. The funding would go towards an analysis of university policies and procedures that affect equitable hiring. There will also be a focus on the […]

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by Lois Elfman

The consensus at this year’s Intercollegiate Athletics Forum is that changes are coming to the NCAA and overall governance of college sports, but questions remain about when and how.

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by Pearl Stewart

Kentucky’s three law schools, which typically compete for prospective students, recently joined ranks in a new effort to increase diversity at all of their institutions.

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Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare recently announced a partnership with the University of Memphis to help its employees earn certifications or college degrees in an affordable and flexible manner.

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A 20-year update on a 1999 study found that public health schools are diversifying – but not nearly at the rate that they should be. In particular, minority faculty remain concentrated in junior positions.

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by Lois Elfman

A recent report demonstrates that attending a community college increases the chance for low-income, underrepresented students to attend selective four-year institutions.

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by Pearl Stewart

Scholars and education policy analysts are questioning whether two-year institutions and the students they serve — especially those most in need — are actually benefiting from free tuition programs.

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The Dangers of Interjecting White Narratives in Higher Education Hiring

by Frederick V. Engram Jr.

I come before you today with a new lesson. That lesson is recognizing the dangers of interjecting whiteness into hiring processes.


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Stop Using Asian Americans to Defend Against Disparities, Then Rejecting Them as Non-Diverse

Stop Using Asian Americans to Defend Against Disparities, Then Rejecting Them as Non-Diverse

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Asian Americans are ambiguous in civil rights. Perhaps Asian Americans themselves are ambivalent as well. Neither Black nor White, Asian Americans challenge the standard understanding of racial justice. Whether they are integrating into the majority or if they will be “people of color,”  they should have autonomy and not be used to advance the ulterior motives of others who may not have their best interests at heart. 

Trump Backs Protesting Students….In China

Trump Backs Protesting Students….In China

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The protests that delayed this year’s Harvard-Yale game were enough to break some news the weekend before Thanksgiving. Climate change is a big deal. And if the nation’s top schools with a combined endowment worth $70 billion did something about it, maybe higher ed could set an example for the country, if not the world.

There Are No Safe Spaces

There Are No Safe Spaces

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Conferences are about reunions with colleagues and friends, presentations on the next innovative research, and new connections made to build your academic community. However, conferences are also about performing in spaces, I argue, that can feel and be unsafe. A space where trauma reignites from our past or future selves.

by Lois Elfman

A recent report demonstrates that attending a community college increases the chance for low-income, underrepresented students to attend selective four-year institutions.

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Last week, Dr. Clyde Muse, president of Hinds Community College, announced his plans to retire June 30 after leading the school for 42 years. He is currently the longest-serving community college president in the state, according to the Mississippi Business Journal. Muse became president of the school in 1978. Prior to his role as Hinds […]

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by Pearl Stewart

Scholars and education policy analysts are questioning whether two-year institutions and the students they serve — especially those most in need — are actually benefiting from free tuition programs.

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In the last 10 years, a small group of new community colleges has emerged on the U.S. higher education landscape poised to respond to evolving needs of students.

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To combat “pejorative” and “outdated” views on community colleges, Owens Community College President Dr. Steve Robinson launched a social media campaign.

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Black Issues

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The latest version of the FUTURE Act, a bipartisan compromise on funding for minority serving institutions, now awaits the signature of President Trump, having been passed by the House and Senate yesterday, hours after a United Negro College Fund press conference touted the bill’s merits.

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by Autumn A. Arnett

For the second year in a row, the International Colloquium on Black Males in Education kicked off by giving space to Black women in the academy to convene to discuss the challenges unique to Black women in a space that is overwhelmingly White and male.

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New research found that an increase in applications and enrollment at one-third of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) over the past three years directly correlates to the current social and political climate created under President Donald J. Trump’s presidency.

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Latino Issues

by Lois Elfman

As Latino/Hispanic faculty associations strive to increase recruitment and retention, students are feeling the positive impact. Not only do faculty association events — both structured and informal — enable faculty members to connect and share their experiences, they also include opportunities to connect with students and expand the pipeline to new talent in the academy.

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California Rep. Nanette Barragán remembers her immigrant parents telling her, “Doctor or lawyer – that’s the only way you’re going to get out of poverty.” She shared the memory Wednesday at the third annual Latina Leaders Summit hosted by The Hill, which brought women together to discuss how policymakers can level the playing field for Latinas in politics, education and the workforce.

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Showcasing both the ingenuity and struggles of Latinx scholars in the academy, this year’s American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) conference focused on the future.

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Asian American Issues

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Racial nationalists, who equate ethnicity with belonging, can co-exist with each other. Their acceptance may be begrudging, but they can be sympathetic to one another’s sense of who should be where. They will avoid conflict if they stay in the appropriate place and don’t claim the same territory. It is those whose race and nationality do not correspond, or who are cosmopolitan, who threaten an order deemed natural

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by Jessica Fry

When I was a freshman in high school, I was walking to my geometry class for sixth period. A loud voice boomed down the hall, “Hey, Korean trash, go home!” In an almost exclusively White high school, I knew that the insult was being hurled at me.

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I have been studying the internment of Japanese Americans ever since I have been a professor. Yet I have had the most important insight, personally as an Asian American albeit not Japanese originally, only recently. To explain why the mass incarceration during World War II of 120,000 individuals on the basis of heritage, two-thirds of them native-born citizens of this nation, was wrong requires pointing out that the people who are most offended about the violation of civil rights are those who subscribe in the ideals of the United States.

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American Indian Issues

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In the sciences, only 48 research doctorates were awarded to Native American and Alaska Native students, out of the 11,764 doctorates awarded to U.S. residents in 2012. The Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership supports Native American scholars pursuing graduate education in STEM disciplines.

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Through a partnership with the University of Wyoming (UW) and the Northern Arapaho Tribe, an immersion dual language school will be established for K-16 students to help save the Arapaho language from extinction.

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Following the widely reported maltreatment of two indigenous students on a college campus visit last year, the American Indian College Fund initiated a collaborative project that has produced a study recommending ways to improve access, inclusion and equity for Native students seeking higher education.

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Critical Questions about the Relationships among Viewpoint Diversity and Other Aspects of Diversity

Dr. Jamal Watson, executive editor of Diverse: Issues In Higher Education moderates a panel discussion on Viewpoint Diversity at the Heterodox Academy conference in New York City. 

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