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Encouraging leadership and academic excellence among students of Ethiopian descent is the aim of a $40.4-million initiative launched by the Council for Higher Education in Israel. The multiyear plan stemmed from Israel’s 2015 Government Policy for Advancing the Integration of Israel Citizens of Ethiopian Descent into Israeli Society. The steering committee for Making Higher Education […]

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by Lois Elfman

The National Basketball Association received an overall grade of “A” in the 2019 Racial and Gender Report Card just issued by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport.

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A report from The Institute for College Access and Success (TICAS) finds that, of the nearly seven million borrowers who take out student loans, more than a million Direct Loan borrowers have entered default in just the last 12 months.

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When National Association of Black Counselors (NABC) co-founders Tamara Ferebee and Dr. Faye Barner launched the organization this past November, it was out of a need for a supportive, professional community geared specifically to the Black counselor identity.

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With more than half of all manufacturing jobs now going to workers with postsecondary education, it is highly unlikely that laborers with a high school diploma or less can see a return of the days when they held the majority of factory positions, according to a joint research study by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce and JPMorgan Chase & Co.

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In the opening of Dr. Charlie Nelms’ new life memoir “From Cotton Fields to University Leadership: All Eyes on Charlie,” he writes that it was the cotton fields of Arkansas where he first learned how to dream.

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by Pearl Stewart

Research published this month found that as women students remain underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses, they are being subjected to an unwelcoming, “chilly” atmosphere in these male‐dominated fields.

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NCAA’s Discriminatory APR Scores

by Monique O. Ositelu

A few weeks ago, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) released their annual Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores for each Division I team. While the annual announcement of these scores typically generates headlines that APR scores are improving, these headlines are disturbingly misleading.

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Lavender Graduations Celebrate LGBT Students

In this issue: More than 500 colleges and universities now hold commencement ceremonies to honor the accomplishments of LGBT students.


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How Do We Persuade People About Casual Racism and Sexism?

How Do We Persuade People About Casual Racism and Sexism?

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As a teacher of advocacy, I wonder what is the most effective means of persuading people they should not engage in offensive speech and objectionable expression. I mean that sincerely, not rhetorically: what will prompt people to choose not to use racial slurs or sexist images, not because they felt coerced but from a change of heart? For me, the issue is not whether they possess the right to utter the word or display the picture — for I would not hesitate to support them against censorship. The issue is whether it is right to do so.

What if Western Illinois’ Jack Thomas Were White or Asian?

What if Western Illinois’ Jack Thomas Were White or Asian?

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As a lonely adjunct, a Filipino American teaching at a state school, I am but a wee voice in higher ed. But what if I were Jack Thomas at Western Illinois University, the school’s very first Black president?

The ‘Weaker Sex’? #FACTS

The ‘Weaker Sex’? #FACTS

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As my last blog post, I want to leave you with a challenge – a challenge that, in the spirit of this blog, is at the intersection of diversity, education and health, and, I believe that, if accepted, can help initiate change we are sorely in need of today. The challenge is based on a question that I have asked myself on and off throughout my life. This question has been on my mind more and more recently as a result of the political and social climate in the US and my work focused on women’s health. The question?“Who is the ‘weaker sex?’”

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Dr. Ken Atwater’s enthusiasm for community colleges is quite infectious. It’s apparent when you talk to administrators, faculty and some of the nearly 45,000 students at the five-campus Hillsborough Community College (HCC) where he serves as president.

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The ways in which community colleges and other institutions structure their students’ learning experience through policy, pedagogy and practice can play a significant role in shaping students’ academic mindset, according to a new report released this week from the University of Texas at Austin’s Center for Community College Student Engagement (CCCSE).

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Indian River State College (IRSC) and Miami Dade College (MDC), both in Florida, are the co-winners of this year’s 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, a national recognition from the Aspen Institute highlighting their outstanding commitment to student success and equitable student outcomes amongst a pool of 1,000 community colleges across the country.

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Around 80 percent of students in the United States end up changing their major at least once, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Those stats resonate with Jason Roscoe who didn’t know what career he wanted to pursue either, when he enrolled as an undergraduate at Mansfield University located in Pennsylvania.

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West Virginia legislatures and post-secondary officials have expressed their support for recently passed Senate Bill 1, legislation that supporters say could open new economic opportunities and establish an industry talent pipeline in West Virgina’s community colleges. Lawmakers from both houses passed SB1 toward the end of a recent meeting, creating the West Virginia Invests Grant Program. […]

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Black Issues

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As a historian who happens to have an a­ffinity for jazz, Dr. Maurice Jackson of Georgetown University combines both in a book that explores the America-born musical genre’s presence in Washington, D.C. and its intersections with government, politics, race, religion and higher education.

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There are opportunities for educators and policymakers to improve African-American and Hispanic males’ employment attainment by implementing practices and policies that drive the underrepresented group’s educational persistence and completion, according to new data from the Charles H. Houston Center for the Study of the Black Experience in Education at Clemson University.

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One of the things I love most about writing for Diverse is that it provides an opportunity for me to think through our increasingly complicated political space. Exploring the intersection of politics, pop culture and higher education also provides a platform to align pedagogy with public scholarship. I approach this column as I approach my classroom: my job isn’t to tell people how to think; but to provide them with information that encourages them to think critically and analytically.

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Latino Issues

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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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The goal of the HSI Pathways program is to increase the number of Latino faculty in the humanities. Funded by a five-year, $5.1 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the program is on track to prepare 90 students from Florida International University, the University of Texas El Paso and California State University, Northridge – all Hispanic serving institutions (HSIs) – for careers in academia.

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The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) has announced the launch of a new fellowship program that seeks to increase the number of Hispanic leaders in presidential positions across higher education.

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Asian American Issues

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The Arizona Cardinals made history when the team chose Kyler Murray, who is of Asian lineage, as the number-one pick in the National Football League draft last week, according to ASAMNews. The young quarterback’s mother, Misun (Missy) Murray, is half Korean and his father, Kevin Murray, is African-American. Kyler’s mother said she is used to […]

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by Lydia Lum

Dr. Leslie (Les) E. Wong’s career in postsecondary education has allowed him to meet more people than he could possibly try to count, but a poignant encounter with one particular high school student in Michigan has never strayed from his mind.

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by Lois Elfman

When spider silk biologist/geneticist Dr. Cheryl Hayashi was the recipient of the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship in 2007, she saw it as an affirmation that it’s okay to work on something that might seem offbeat.

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American Indian Issues

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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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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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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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