Higher Education News and Jobs
by Lois Elfman

National data shows consistent correlation between discipline disparities and academic achievement gaps for African-American students.

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As a sophomore, Jonathan Jones hit an academic rough patch. He almost gave up on his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. Now he’s a graduate student at Florida A&M University pursuing a double master’s in business administration and supply chain management, while running an event planning business on the side. He also just won $10,000 […]

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by Lois Elfman

A new report details the persistent educational and economic disparities between Whites, African-Americans and Latinos.

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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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Julie Cromer was recently named director of athletics at Ohio University.

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Making Black Scientists: A Call to Action is a brilliant new book that provides specific examples of 10 historically Black colleges and universities that are moving the needle when it comes to training and preparing Black students for careers in science, technology, engineering and math, known as the STEM fields.

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Grambling State University: God’s Plan

by Janelle L. Williams

As a transfer student, admittedly Grambling was not Ayeisha’s first choice. Though in her words “Grambling was the best choice I made for my life.”

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Tw(y)ce-Exceptional: Gifted Black Males in P-12 Education

Tw(y)ce-Exceptional: Gifted Black Males in P-12 Education

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The call from my college classmate was all too familiar—it started with “he’s super smart, but he struggles in some areas.” As a researcher and scholar who writes about the experiences of academically gifted Black males across the P-20 educational continuum, I welcomed this inquiry from my college classmate.

Can I Meet With You? Yet, Never Give You Credit for Your Labor

Can I Meet With You? Yet, Never Give You Credit for Your Labor

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A couple months ago a woman of color colleague posted a pro tip on social media stating that if you want labor from women of color be sure to give credit where credit is due. I had a gut reaction as years of my own pathway through higher education ignited in my brain.

Harvard Affirmative Action Decision Exposes Asian American Divide

Harvard Affirmative Action Decision Exposes Asian American Divide

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The Harvard decision last week makes me cheer. And cry. It solves nothing. It only furthers an Asian American stereotype as well as expose a crack in the Asian American community.

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New research from the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) found that postsecondary institutions are struggling to recruit students.

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Two students were injured at Ellsworth Community College in Iowa after an electric outlet shortage started a fire in a men’s dorm on campus. The students were sent to the hospital from smoke inhalation but were released on the same day, the Des Moines Register reported. The dorm, Thompson Hall, will remain closed for two weeks. […]

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Many higher education researchers and student-success advocates have long criticized no-credit remedial or developmental education in community colleges as a “trap” – an unintentional barrier to student success, particularly for its impact on low-income and minority students’ persistence and completion outcomes.

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A new program at Rockland Community College in New York provides training courses for middle skills-level jobs that require a high school education but not necessarily a college degree. Career Skills Academy, previously known as Middle Skills Academy, has piloted four programs and is planning to debut three more this fall.

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by Ángel Cabrera and Joelle Phillips

For over a third of American undergraduate students, pursuit of a college education begins at community college. Excellent community colleges propel students of all backgrounds into the middle class.

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Black Issues

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A newly launched peer-review journal is scheduled to publish in Spring 2020 and will examine achievement, creativity, and leadership among gifted and high-achieving minority populations across the P-20 continuum.

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In 1969, 14 Black football players at the University of Wyoming (UW) asked their coach for permission to protest a racist policy on campus. The coach’s response? The students were immediately terminated from the team. Shortly after the incident, students held protests demanding the team reinstate the players. However, in 1970, only three of the […]

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The Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference hosted a panel on Black student athletes featuring voices from across college sports.

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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

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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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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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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