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by Jamal Watson

When Dr. Dwight McBride learned that he had been tapped to become the ninth president of The New School in New York City, he was ecstatic. But none of his previous experiences could have adequately prepared him for the monumental task of leading a private research institution located in the heart of New York City, through the biggest challenge that higher education has ever had to face: COVID-19.

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by Lois Elfman

A new report issued by the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) notes that many Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) students find their STEM studies are precarious in light of the pandemic.

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The Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) released a statement on Wednesday focused on justice, equity and inclusion. The statement is designed to help institutions address such matters on their campuses.

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Hundreds of higher education leaders and members of Congress convened virtually on Tuesday to discuss legislative priorities for Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs) as part of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities’ (HACU) 26th National Capitol Forum.

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In an effort to address skills and opportunity gaps within the workforce, technology company Correlation One established Data Science For All/Empowerment (DS4A)—a program that offers free data analytics training, networking and career coaching to individuals from underrepresented backgrounds. The first cohort consisting of 500 people was launched last year. Now however, to meet their goal of training at least 10,000 people over the next three years, Correlation One collaborated with SoftBank and Miami-Dade College (MDC).

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The rise in social activism on campuses — generated by continued anti-Black violence and hate crimes against Asian Americans — has led many colleges and universities to analyze their diversity policies and practices. In many places, the conversation starts with reexamining the role of the chief diversity officer, who is often charged with helping institutions develop “cultural competency and expand the social bandwidth of their respective institutions,” says Elizabeth Moore, interim chief diversity officer at Gallaudet University. 

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To better prepare students for the workforce, St. Mary’s College of Maryland sought to redefine a liberal arts education. Through a data analysis of local industry needs and students’ experiences, the Learning Through Experiential and Applied Discovery (LEAD) initiative emerged. Among the initiative’s goals is the incorporation of professional career development skills such as communication, teamwork and project management within the core curriculum and in every discipline at St. Mary’s College.

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Engaging Academia on My Own Terms

Engaging Academia on My Own Terms

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I associated my belonging and success in academia with persisting and succeeding in the “traditional pathway” of doctoral students. While no one specifically told me, “you need to get a tenure-track position at a research institution,” I was socialized to believe that was the only goal I should aspire to.

Do People Really Think Harvard Admissions Discriminates Against Asians?

Do People Really Think Harvard Admissions Discriminates Against Asians?

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Harvard’s admissions process is based on a holistic sense of the applicant, not just grades and test scores.  It’s a lot like other schools’ methods where grades and test scores and race are just one factor. It’s a method that has  stood up to court challenges for years.

More Than an Athlete: Pivoting to a New Paradigm

More Than an Athlete: Pivoting to a New Paradigm

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Student-athletes all have some level of investment in their particular sport. This investment can come in the form of effort, time, emotions, money, hopes, and dreams. Perhaps the most impactful investment that they make is the investment of their identity. This is the level of which one’s view of their self is defined as being an athlete in their sport. How one defines themselves and how others define them makes up their identity.

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Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) and Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU) are partnering to offer CPCC students a bachelor’s degree pathway, WBTV reported. The program, JCSU Connect, is a 2+2 program, so students will complete an associate degree at CPCC and a bachelor’s at JCSU, the historically Black university located in Charlotte, N.C. The program […]

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With bipartisan support, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s tuition-free community college initiative, “Get Skilled, Get a Job, Give Back (G3),” was signed into legislation last week.

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Last year colleges and universities were forced to temporarily close their doors as COVID-19 spread throughout the country. Virtual instruction became the norm as institutions worked to continue with classes while mitigating transmission risks, and meeting students’ basic needs became the focal point as food and housing insecurity were exacerbated by the pandemic. Finding affordable childcare also became a challenge for students working to learn with children at home.

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by Sara Weissman & David Pluviose

Growing up in Southeast Los Angeles as the son of a U.S. citizen father educated in Mexico and a mother who was a Mexican immigrant, Eloy Ortiz Oakley says that he could not have imagined a journey that would take him to leading the largest higher education system in the U.S. However, Oakley says that it is the very struggles he overcame in his youth that inform his work as chancellor of the California Community Colleges system, which comprises 116 colleges serving more than 2.1 million students.

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by Lois Elfman

Data from the National Student Clearinghouse shows that community college enrollment in fall 2020 was down 10.6% from fall 2019 for full-time students and 9.9% for part-time students. The biggest declines were among African American males at 19.2% and Native American males at 20.1%.

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Black Issues

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Hampton University faculty and staff will be required to get vaccinated for COVID-19, barring a medical or religious exemption, Daily Press reported. Faculty and staff must email a copy of their vaccination card – proving they are fully vaccinated – or exemption documentation by May 31. “We look forward to safely welcoming our Hampton University […]

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The House Judiciary Committee voted 25-17 Wednesday to advance a measure that would form a commission to examine the nation’s slavery past and recommend reparations to the descendants of slaves, Associated Press reported. Yet, the likelihood of the bill passing in Congress remain slim. The House bill has no Republicans among 176 co-sponsors and needs […]

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Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) and Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU) are partnering to offer CPCC students a bachelor’s degree pathway, WBTV reported. The program, JCSU Connect, is a 2+2 program, so students will complete an associate degree at CPCC and a bachelor’s at JCSU, the historically Black university located in Charlotte, N.C. The program […]

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Asian American Issues

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Harvard’s admissions process is based on a holistic sense of the applicant, not just grades and test scores.  It’s a lot like other schools’ methods where grades and test scores and race are just one factor. It’s a method that has  stood up to court challenges for years.

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My mom let me know that she recently purchased a walking stick for when she and my father walk our dog. While they are entering an older stage in their lives, they are still in good health and have no issues walking. They bought the walking stick for the sole purpose of having something to defend themselves with in the case they are attacked. Though she didn’t say it explicitly, she is afraid that she might also become a victim of anti-Asian violence.

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Northern Kentucky University will investigate – and increase nightly police patrols – after white supremacy graffiti was found on campus, the second vandalization since the year’s start, CNN reported. The graffiti, found on public space “Housing Rock”  included spray-painted stencils of the words, “Patriot Front,” in reference to white nationalist hate group Patriot Front. According […]

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Latino Issues

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The Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey has created a scholarship for alumni of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs) and Tribal colleges and universities (TCUs), according to Middlebury officials. Alumni of such schools – starting with students admitted for fall 2021 – will receive a $10,000 annual scholarship for a master’s […]

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University of California, Irvine School of Law (UCI Law) faculty has voted to adopt a graduation requirement necessitating students to complete a graded course that includes substantial content relating to “race and indigeneity, structural inequity, and the historical bases for such inequity.” They also adopted a new first-year elective that meets the race and indigeneity requirement. […]

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There were rising numbers of Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) and Emerging HSIs, more HSIs offering graduate-level programs and increased enrollment by Latinos in regions not normally known for Hispanic enrollment pre-pandemic, according to Excelencia in Education’s 16th annual analysis. Excelencia did its analysis based on the latest federal data available from 2019-2020. As such, these […]

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American Indian Issues

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The Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey has created a scholarship for alumni of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs) and Tribal colleges and universities (TCUs), according to Middlebury officials. Alumni of such schools – starting with students admitted for fall 2021 – will receive a $10,000 annual scholarship for a master’s […]

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University of California, Irvine School of Law (UCI Law) faculty has voted to adopt a graduation requirement necessitating students to complete a graded course that includes substantial content relating to “race and indigeneity, structural inequity, and the historical bases for such inequity.” They also adopted a new first-year elective that meets the race and indigeneity requirement. […]

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Northern Kentucky University will investigate – and increase nightly police patrols – after white supremacy graffiti was found on campus, the second vandalization since the year’s start, CNN reported. The graffiti, found on public space “Housing Rock”  included spray-painted stencils of the words, “Patriot Front,” in reference to white nationalist hate group Patriot Front. According […]

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