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Dr. David L. Warren, the third president of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) will step down after serving for 25 years, effective June 30, 2019. NAICU is an organization that serves as the “unified” national voice of independent higher education and mirrors the diversity of private, nonprofit U.S. higher education institutions. […]

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by Jamie Rogers

A new partnership between a Pennsylvania university and a Native American tribe aims to increase cultural awareness among students and establish a new curriculum at the institution. East Stroudsburg University (ESU) and the Delaware Tribe of Indians signed a Memorandum of Understanding in September.

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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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A new racial equity tech tool from the Race and Equity Center at the University of Southern California (USC) will change the face of higher education and provide a platform for academic professionals of color to engage with potential employers and cultivate community.

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by A.K. Brunini

Universities can turn challenges into opportunities through resilience. That was the central focus of the annual Association of Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU) meeting that brought senior-level college administrators together to strategize on how best to serve their students.

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by Pearl Stewart

New research released Tuesday from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce (CEW) found that “misguided admissions practices” and inequality in funding are splitting the public higher education system into two separate and unequal tracks.

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For Frederick Jones, receiving a “Last Mile” grant to finish his education at LeMoyne-Owen College (LOC) in Memphis was the “ram in the bush.” The senior interdisciplinary studies major received the grant this fall under a new initiative at LOC that aims to support undergraduate seniors who are on track to graduation, but have financial barriers affecting their re-enrollment and completion.

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The Issues of Power, Control and Diversity

by Shana T. Jones

In Brave New World, a dystopian novel written by author Aldous Huxley, Huxley’s vision has become metaphorically true to the world of United States Higher Education (USHE). You may now be thinking, in what ways?

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Expanding the Field

In this issue: Dartmouth's Native American Studies Program has become a model for other colleges and universities looking to start or expand their course offerings.

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How Do We Persuade the New Asian Alt-Right?

How Do We Persuade the New Asian Alt-Right?

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I write to ask my progressive friends, especially those sympathetic to Asian Americans, to help me answer a question often asked by Asian American students about their Asian immigrant parents. More specifically, many students whose elders are Chinese immigrants — who may not identify as either “Asian” or “American,” much less “Asian American” — have given to me the most difficult query: how can they discuss race and civil rights at home, with family members who are, in their words, “racist” toward African Americans and Latinos. 

Is the Language of Digital Technology Killing us and our Ability to Communicate?

Is the Language of Digital Technology Killing us and our Ability to Communicate?

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My fascination with language, as a method of expression and communication, is precisely because of what it can do and enable and that it exists in so many various forms. It is also why I am so concerned with the direction of current trends in language and, ultimately, our communication.

Celebrating #NastyWomen of Color

Celebrating #NastyWomen of Color

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I walked a mile from campus to a church where my local polling place to vote was, like many United States citizens did throughout the nation on November 6, 2018. However, this midterm election seemed to have a different energy as “unexpected” candidates throughout the nation emerged in response to the political conditions they found themselves in after the election of Trump. Who were these “unexpected” candidates, women of color!

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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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Dr. Debra McCurdy will assume the role of president of Baltimore City Community College (BCCC) this spring after serving as president of Rhodes State College in Ohio for the last 11 years. McCurdy will succeed interim president Dr. James H. Johnson, Jr. in Spring 2019 as the college is working to boost enrollment and graduation […]

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Santa Monica College recently hosted an inaugural Men of Color Leadership Conference under the theme “Agents of Change” to holistically support all minority male students enrolled in the California Community College system. Workshops throughout the conference Friday focused on the men’s academic and post-grad success. There were sessions on leadership development, managing relationships and access […]

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Black Issues

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Voting rights, health care, economic uplift and criminal justice reform are key legislative policy issues that the public should support as a new Congress is seated in January, according to speakers and panelists Tuesday on the opening day of a legislative and policy conference hosted by the National Action Network.

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Dr. Michael Drake, president of The Ohio State University (OSU) began his first day on Monday as chair of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) Board of Directors. Drake became president of OSU in June 2014 and has since voiced the importance of the institution’s land-grant mission while at the same time instituting […]

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by Brian Joseph

More Blacks are attending colleges and universities than ever before. Over the last 60 years, the percentage of Blacks attending and graduating from colleges and Universities has nearly quadrupled from less than 5 percent in 1960 to nearly 15 percent in 1998 and 22 percent in 2015. For the last 50+ years Blacks have enjoyed access to opportunities available in every occupation and profession, however Blacks still gravitate toward the same types of professions.

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Latino Issues

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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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As Latino students enter higher education at increasing rates, ensuring their success through student support and inclusive campus cultures is a growing priority, according to higher education leaders at this year’s Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) 32nd 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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