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Time and time again, I overhear people speaking about how they wish they would have learned the importance of personal finance in high school. Whether it is information about how to file taxes, understanding credit, or guidance on getting loans to purchase a vehicle, home, or to attend school, it has become clear to me that people acknowledge having to make these types of financial decisions with little to no background knowledge about it beforehand.

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Former university presidents John Garland, Dr. Dorothy C. Yancy and Dr. Sidney Ribeau who launched TM2 Executive Search several years ago, disbanded it recently to join the consulting team for the executive recruiter Academic Search.

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Seven years after Dr. Jerlando F. L. Jackson began teaching at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as an assistant professor, he earned tenure in 2007, was promoted to full professor in 2011, and then was named a Vilas Distinguished Professor of Higher Education in 2012. Created by the Vilas Estate Trustees, the professorships are university-wide distinctions with approximately 30 recipients. Jackson was the first African-American to be selected for this high honor.

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Confusing wording on financial aid documents, not enough access to school counselors along with the limited knowledge of the counselors they can access, are just some of the barriers facing low-income and first-generation students needing critical information about college financing options, according to a new report.

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Even though Dr. James Earl Davis grew up in the rural South, near Huntsville, Alabama, he has always loved cities. Now, Davis — a prolific researcher and teacher — uses urban spaces as a platform for his scholarship at Temple University, where he holds the Bernard C. Watson Endowed Chair in Urban Education and is a professor of higher education and educational leadership.

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With financial support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, an anonymous donor and an eligible university match, Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) is set to revamp its curriculum with a new African-American Studies Initiative.

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Were it not for the social tumult in Chicago in the summer and fall of 1967, Dr. James D. Anderson likely would not have walked away from the joy of teaching high school social studies, found refuge in a Ph.D. program studying the history of education and transitioned to a career in higher education.

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The Metaphysical Dilemma: Academic Black Women

by Janelle L. Williams and Ayana Tyler Hardaway

Daughter, sister, wife, mother, these titles are typically attributed to women. Academic, researcher, doctor, professor, scholar, these titles are typically attributed to men. African-American, Black, Black American, Colored and Negro are terms used to describe Americans in the Black (socially constructed) racial group. What though, if you identify with all of the descriptors?

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Improving Financial Literacy Among Students of Color, Especially Millennials

Improving Financial Literacy Among Students of Color, Especially Millennials

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Time and time again, I overhear people speaking about how they wish they would have learned the importance of personal finance in high school. Whether it is information about how to file taxes, understanding credit, or guidance on getting loans to purchase a vehicle, home, or to attend school, it has become clear to me that people acknowledge having to make these types of financial decisions with little to no background knowledge about it beforehand.

Climate Change is a Diversity Issue for Higher Ed

Climate Change is a Diversity Issue for Higher Ed

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The extreme heat this year has turned much of my state into a giant tinderbox. I’ve seen the smoke of major wildfires both north and east of me reach my home. Even without the fires, I am in a rural part of the state, where dairies and their cows contribute huge amounts of methane, known to be far worse than the emissions from cars and trucks.

Easing The Transition: 3 Pieces of Advice for Supporting First-Generation or Underrepresented Students on Your Campus

Easing The Transition: 3 Pieces of Advice for Supporting First-Generation or Underrepresented Students on Your Campus

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Thousands of students are entering college or graduate school for the first time and those who are the first in their family to do so may not know what to expect. While the next couple of years will undoubtedly be challenging for them, here are some ways you (as a peer, as an administrator, or as a professor) can help in cultivating a smooth, positive transition.

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Houston Community College (HCC) and Lone Star College (LSC) are partnering with the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) to implement “degree maps” to help students graduate on time with less debt. Embedded advisors at HCC and LSC will counsel students in the transition from their associate degree program to a bachelor’s degree program at UHD by […]

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COLLEGE PARK, MD — Leaders and representatives from 81 colleges and university systems gathered for Achieving the Dream’s (ATD) fourth annual Data and Analytics Summit to learn best practices for analyzing and utilizing student data to better inform institutional practices and policies.

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Recognizing a need to better serve part-time students, Bunker Hill Community College enhanced its Learning Communities over the years in order to achieve more equitable student outcomes.

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Beginning this fall, the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) will launch two new bachelor’s programs offered on Saturday’s as a flexible learning opportunity for students with family, work or other commitments during the weekday, school officials said.

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Miami Dade College (MDC) is preparing students for the more than 285,000 cybersecurity positions available in the U.S. with its new state-of-the-art Cybersecurity Center of the Americas.

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Black Issues

Prairie View A&M to Receive $1M for African-American Studies Initiative
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With financial support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, an anonymous donor and an eligible university match, Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) is set to revamp its curriculum with a new African-American Studies Initiative.

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Renowned Harvard University scholar Dr. Henry Louis “Skip” Gates, Jr. has awarded Spelman College with the largest single donation of books given to a historically Black college or university. Spelman received nearly 14,000 volumes from Gates’ personal library. The collection will be housed in the Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library, where Spelman students […]

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Back-to-school season is in full swing and Morgan State University (MSU) professor and award-winning journalist Dr. Stacey Patton has already raised more than $10,000 to help financially-strapped students purchase their textbooks this semester.

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Latino Issues

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Leaders and individuals committed to the success of Latino students in higher education gathered for a collaborative panel discussion following the release of Excelencia in Education and Gallup’s report “Examining Life Outcomes Among Graduates of Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs).”

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Dr. Vanessa Sansone has used her personal background of being a first-generation college student and growing up in a low-income community as influence for her teachings and research on underrepresented groups.

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Colorado, the second most-educated state in the nation, has a college-attainment gap between White and Latino residents that is the worst among the nine states with the largest Latino populations.

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Asian American Issues

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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by Lydia Lum

Growing up in the 1950s, Kay Ochi heard nary a syllable about the incarceration camps where her parents and other Japanese Americans languished during World War II. A new book documents how ordinary people gained empowerment through their activism around the issue.

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by Walter Hudson

Dr. Jean Zu has her sights on working to increase the number of international undergraduate students at her institution and she is looking to forge stronger alliances between the institution and the STEM industry.

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American Indian Issues

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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CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A university in West Virginia has been fined $4,999 for failing to complete inventories of American Indian remains and artifacts in its possession. The U.S. Department of the Interior notified Marshall University President Jerome Gilbert of the fine in a letter this week. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the letter, […]

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by Lois Elfman

Building mutually beneficial knowledge alliances and driving positive impact for Native American communities are at the core of Dr. Tarissa Spoonhunter’s work in academia.

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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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