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NEWS ROUNDUP

by Brandy Jones and Robert T. Palmer

There is a tendency in academia as well as in the media to compound all of the institution types that fall under the Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) designation into one category. Amalgamating all eight MSIs into one classification, fails to delineate the differences between these distinct institutions and can offer an erroneous image of these institutions and the students they serve.

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Despite strong beliefs in the importance of higher education, almost half of young Americans say a high school diploma can provide adequate preparation for today’s economy, according to a report carried out by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

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Nearly 1,700 educators from across the nation convened in Portland for the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education.

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More than a 100 students at Lemoyne-Owen College (LOC) staged a protest following the firing of Dr. Terrell L. Strayhorn, a popular vice president of student and academic affairs at the historically Black college located in Memphis.

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Central State University (CSU) will now offer online bachelor’s degrees to members of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO’s) affiliated unions. This is an expansion on a previous program which allowed union members and their families to pursue free online associate degrees through a partnership with Eastern Gateway Community College. […]

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Representatives and Senators gathered for the National Action Network Legislative Conference in the Hart Senate Office Building on Thursday to speak to constituents about policy issues impacting the Black community.

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Criminal justice reformer Lisa Daugaard, the executive director of the Public Defender Association (PDA), is a 2019 MacArthur “genius” Fellowship recipient. However, her path to becoming a crusading advocate for restorative justice committed to dismantling the prison-industrial complex had some twists and turns.

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­­It’s Time to Give Critical Thought to Disaggregating the Term “MSIs”

by Brandy Jones and Robert T. Palmer

There is a tendency in academia as well as in the media to compound all of the institution types that fall under the Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) designation into one category. Amalgamating all eight MSIs into one classification, fails to delineate the differences between these distinct institutions and can offer an erroneous image of these institutions and the students they serve.

CURRENT PRINT ISSUE

The Face of Change

In this issue: University of Utah law school dean Elizabeth Kronk Warner makes history.


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Diversity, Ukraine, and Impeachment

Diversity, Ukraine, and Impeachment

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There’s a diversity angle in the impeachment hearings you may have overlooked.It’s not just about Trump. It’s about a proud people who have overcome mass starvation and invasions for centuries. And they continue to struggle to be free from tyranny and corruption.

“Color Blind” Is Not What It Seems

“Color Blind” Is Not What It Seems

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Among the concepts the law has distorted is “color blindness.” When Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. in 1963, before the Civil Rights Act was enacted, he popularized a phrase that has been invoked by those who have not shared his idealism.

Higher Ed’s Impeachment Role

Higher Ed’s Impeachment Role

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Make no mistake, Higher Ed must play a role in impeachment. Not as partisans. But as the context makers. The fact-checkers. The knowledge filters.

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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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