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2016

For Undocumented Students, Trump Adds New Risk to Study Abroad
December 9, 2016
I t’s been 20 years since Sheila Salinas saw her maternal grandparents, or the tiny concrete home on a dusty unpaved road where she grew up in Chalco, Mexico. As an undocumented student finishing her studies at California State University at Long Beach, she is excited but apprehensive about her planned educational trip to her home country. That’s because study-abroad options may soon be cut off for her and thousands of other students who have benefited from a policy that gives undocumented students temporary protection from deportation.
Expert: Enrollment Diversity a Matter of Survival
December 7, 2016
WASHINGTON — With the overall number of public high school graduates in the United States expected to plateau over the next several years but at the same time become more diverse, colleges and universities must do more to enroll students of color and ensure their success. Doing so, said Joe Garcia — president of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, or WICHE — is not just a matter of increasing equity and opportunity. “This is a matter of economic competitiveness and sustainability of the economic recovery,” Garcia said. And for colleges and universities that face declining enrollment and have excess capacity, he said: “This is a matter of survival.”
Can Colleges Train Professors to Steer Clear of Microaggressions?
November 8, 2016
T iffany C. Martínez, a sociology major at Suffolk University, made waves last week when she blogged about an experience in which she said her professor had called her out in front of her classmates and accused her of copying parts of an assignment. Ms. Martínez said she was particularly upset that her professor had circled the word "hence" and written in the margin, "This is not your language."
Last University Furls Mississippi’s Confederate-themed Flag
November 7, 2016
JACKSON, Miss. ― The last of Mississippi’’s eight public universities has stopped displaying the state flag that prominently features the Confederate battle emblem. Delta State University President Bill LaForge announced the decision Thursday. He said the university acted because state government hasn’t moved to change the flag. The university called for a different state banner in 2015, and LaForge said again Thursday that Mississippi needs a flag symbolizing unity, not divisiveness.
Scholars reveal Gaping Black/White Wealth Disparity in D.C.
November 2, 2016
The typical White household in Washington, D.C., in 2013 and 2014 had a net worth of $284,000 — a whopping 81 times greater than that of the typical Black household in the city, according to the report “The Color of Wealth in the Nation’s Capital.”
AT&T's CEO gives a forceful defense of Black Lives Matter
October 12, 2016
Speaking to a crowd of several hundred last week, Randall Stephenson's, frankness underscored a sense of personal alarm over the spread of racially charged violence in the United States. Spurred on by events, he spoke urgently about the need for difficult conversations about race - and in so doing became one of the most outspoken corporate leaders on the Black Lives Matter movement. Randall Stephenson is CEO of AT&T.
What Colleges Can Do Right Now to Help Low-Income Students Succeed
August 29, 2016
I n the fall of 2008, a team of researchers began studying some 3,000 Pell Grant recipients who had enrolled in Wisconsin’s 42 public colleges and universities for the first time that year. At age 18, they were ambitious, committed (all began full time), and entirely unaware that, six years later, fewer than half of them would complete a degree of any kind.
The 50 Most Segregating School Borders In America
August 25, 2016
The grass is greener ... if you're a student in Detroit, looking across your school district's boundary with the neighboring Grosse Pointe public schools. Nearly half of Detroit's students live in poverty; that means a family of four lives on roughly $24,000 a year — or less. In Grosse Pointe, a narrow stretch of real estate nestled between Detroit and Lake St. Clair, just 7 percent of students live at or below the poverty line. To recap, that's 49 percent vs. 7 percent. Neighbors. Which is why a new report from the nonprofit EdBuild ranks the Detroit-Grosse Pointe boundary as "the most segregating school district border in the country."
Court Actions Leave Uncertainty on Transgender Student Rights
August 25, 2016
The debate over which restroom transgender students may use at school is now playing out in the nation's courtrooms, presenting a lot of uncertainty for school leaders just as millions of students return to classrooms for the new academic year.
Attention, Teenagers: Nobody Really Looks Like That
August 4, 2016
The universal truth of puberty and adolescence is body change, and relatively rapid body change. Teenagers have to cope with all kinds of comparisons, with their peers, with the childhood bodies they leave behind, and with the altered images used in advertising and in the self-advertising on social media.
Department of Education: Spending on Prisons Rises 3 Times Faster than on Schools
July 11, 2016
State and local spending on prisons and jails is increasing at a faster rate than spending on public education over the past three decades, according to a U.S. Department of Education report. The report, released Thursday, highlights a dramatic increase in spending on prisons and jails nationally, and the relative disparity in increases to education-related spending.
Philanthropic Foundations Pushing College Access, Attainment Higher on Priority Lists
July 11, 2016
When it comes to broadening college access and enhancing student success throughout the United States, philanthropic foundations have increasingly taken a leading role in helping to shape the national dialogue.
3 Key Takeaways From the Supreme Court’s Decision on Race-Conscious Admissions
June 24, 2016
To many observers, the Supreme Court’s 4-to-3 decision on Thursday that upheld the use of race-conscious admissions at the University of Texas at Austin came as a surprise.
When Black and White Children Grow Apart Research shows that interracial friendships decline as kids enter adolescence—and that teachers may play a role
June 16, 2016
The image of black and white children hand-in-hand is possibly the most well-known and most often quoted line from Martin Luther King Jr.'s “I Have a Dream” speech. Over the years, black and white youngsters playing together has evolved from a civil-rights leader’s vision of racial equality to a clothing retailer’s marketing campaign, and in the process spawned a cultural meme—signaling everything from innocence and hope to a world free of interpersonal racism. Yet black and white childhood friendships, an inspiring notion, rarely happen organically.
Four Ways to Build a Brand to Recruit Student Veterans
June 16, 2016
By 2020, more than 5 million post-9/11 service members will transition from the military into civilian life. Many will enter the workforce, while others will use the GI Bill to earn their bachelor’s or graduate degrees. Your college or university needs to begin recruiting more veterans now. These students bring necessary diversity to the classroom by possessing experience most civilians can’t understand. Plus, while fewer students are earning a postsecondary education, institutions can compensate by enrolling service members who already come with governmental subsidies.
Advocates for Diversity in STEM Still Priming Pump for Pipeline
May 24, 2016
Baltimore, Md. — In the 1970s, Norman Francis’ epic tenure as president of the nation’s only Black Catholic University was just beginning, and at the same time, he learned that the number of Black students in the nation’s medical schools was dwindling. Unequal education, he concluded, was robbing Black students of their chance to even get into college, let alone medical school. Francis decided to take on the country’s problem and seize an opportunity for his small campus to help fill the gap.
The Global Science Era - As international collaboration becomes increasingly common, researchers must work to limit their own biases and let cultural diversity enhance their work
May 2, 2016
When collaborative scientific projects expand across geographic boundaries, they introduce a new set of challenges, as culturally diverse individuals must share responsibilities. To navigate the increasingly global scientific landscape, researchers must maintain a level of “cultural competence,” or a balance of knowledge, attitudes, and skills required to manage interactions and relationships with individuals from different ethnic, racial, religious, geographic, and social groups.
Suicide Rates Climb In U.S., Especially Among Adolescent Girls
April 28, 2016
In the '80s and '90s, America's suicide trend was headed in the right direction: down. "It had been decreasing almost steadily since 1986, and then what happened is there was a turnaround," says Sally Curtin, a statistician with the National Center for Health Statistics, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The suicide rate has risen by a quarter, to 13 per 100,000 people in 2014 from 10.5 in 1999, according to an analysis by Curtin and her colleagues that was released Friday.
Why I'm Sick of Manolgues
April 21, 2016
The prevalence of the manologue is deeply rooted in the fact that men take, and are allocated, more time to talk in almost every professional setting. Women self-censor, edit, apologize for speaking. Men expound. Society rewards men for talking too much, but penalizes women.
Harriet Tubman to appear on $20 bill, while Alexander Hamilton remains on $10 bill
April 20, 2016
The U.S. Treasury will put African American abolitionist Harriet Tubman on the front of the new $20 bill, replacing former president Andrew Jackson, who will be moved to the back of the bill, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced Wednesday. Former Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton will remain on the front of the new $10 bill, after the Treasury encountered fierce opposition to its initial plan to demote the founding father to make way for a woman to appear on the paper currency, the department said.
Parent Support May help Transgender Children's Mental Health
April 14, 2016
White teachers and black teachers have different expectations for black students
April 4, 2016
Many in the education world talk about the power of expectations, expressing the belief that if adults in a school expect students to succeed, then students will rise to that expectation, and if adults expect failure — well, that, too, can be a self-fulfilling prophecy.
‘Real’ Indians, the Vanishing Native Myth, and the Blood Quantum Question
March 30, 2016
Of all myths associated with American Indians no myth is as pervasive as the myth of the vanishing Indian. We are all familiar with many of the other myths that were invented over the last 500 years and thanks to the work of Native activists, writers, intellectuals, and their allies we have begun to dismantle some of them in meaningful ways. Read more at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/print/2015/08/30/real-indians-vanishing-native-myth-and-blood-quantum-question
‘Those kids never got to go home’
March 21, 2016
Nearly 200 children died and are buried at the former Carlisle Indian School. Now the Rosebud Sioux want to reclaim their ancestors. CARLISLE, Pa. — They want the bones of their children back. They want the remains of the boys and girls who were taken from their American Indian families in the West, spirited a thousand miles to the East, and, when they died not long after arrival, were buried here in the fertile Pennsylvania soil.
Missouri Interim President: Faculty on Frontline of Quest for Diversity
March 17, 2016
SAN FRANCISCO ― The National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE) and the American Council on Education (ACE) held joint sessions at their co-located annual meetings on Tuesday with a heavy diversity emphasis. Front and center at a session titled, “Campus Climate: Multiple Perspectives from Campus Leaders,” was a man who is now in the eye of the storm — interim University of Missouri System President Michael Middleton.
The Concentration of Poverty in American Schools
March 4, 2016
In almost all major American cities, most African American and Hispanic students attend public schools where a majority of their classmates qualify as poor or low-income, a new analysis of federal data shows. This systemic economic and racial isolation looms as a huge obstacle for efforts to make a quality education available to all American students. Researchers have found that the single-most powerful predictor of racial gaps in educational achievement is the extent to which students attend schools surrounded by other low-income students.
Higher Ed Advocates Urge Democrats to Beef Up Pell Grants
March 3, 2016
When Congress moves to reauthorize the Higher Education Act—something it should have done years ago—it should include bigger Pell Grants that reflect today’s cost of college, several panelists testified Wednesday on Capitol Hill.
Debaters Successfully Argue that Free Speech Is Under Threat
March 3, 2016
Do the campus protests and debates that roil around speech that has been deemed “offensive” or “racist” signal a threat to free speech or are we simply moving into a more enlightened time when intolerance is no longer quietly accepted? That was the question posed to two teams of debaters and an audience of Yale University students and New Haven, Conn., residents on Tuesday night. By the end of the debate, the majority of the audience agreed that free speech is under threat.
The Power Struggle Over Transgender Students
February 26, 2016
Last year, states across the country considered 17 bills that would’ve regulated transgender people’s use of sex-segregated spaces such as bathrooms. None of them passed. But the reality is looking a lot different this year: Twenty-nine such bills, many of them school-specific, are making their way through state legislatures so far, according to an analysis by the Human Rights Campaign. And they include one out of South Dakota that is very close to becoming law.
Hispanic, black parents see college degree as key for children’s success
February 26, 2016
Hispanic and black parents are significantly more likely than white parents to say it’s essential that their children earn a college degree, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey. Today, 86% of Hispanic parents and 79% of black parents with children under 18 say it is either extremely or very important that their children earn a college degree. By comparison, about two-thirds (67%) of white parents say the same.
Despite Headlines, PWIs Need not Stop Preaching
February 25, 2016
Looking at predominantly White institutions (PWIs), especially Christian universities, they have not had the reputation that MSIs have had. From Wheaton College coming under fire for its response to Larycia Hawkins’ claim that Christians and Muslims worship the same God, to Mount Saint Mary’s president implying that a Glock should be put to struggling freshmen’s’ heads, Christian university administrators have expressed rash emotions in their actions. James 3:17 in the New Testament states “the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.”
College Degree Required: Understanding Access and Affordability in Higher Education
February 25, 2016
In his State of the Union address in January, President Obama said that “Cutting the deficit by gutting our investments in innovation and education is like lightening an overloaded airplane by removing its engine.” With education at the heart of the President’s plan for economic recovery, the Administration has issued a strong challenge to higher education: By 2020, 55% of Americans should hold at least an associate’s degree. Achieving this goal would require a yearly increase of 8% in the nation’s degree attainment rate, a task directly at odds with the hard facts of increasing tuition costs, especially at state colleges and universities.
Georgetown University Revamps Diversity Initiatives
February 8, 2016
The nation’s oldest Catholic university has initiated a wide range of sweeping reforms in an effort to address racial inequities both on and off campus. Dr. John J. DeGioia, president of Georgetown University, has called for the creation of an African American studies department and major as well as three new bold initiatives that will include a center for researching racial injustice, a recruitment effort to hire more faculty of color, and the recruitment of a new senior officer to oversee these ambitious initiatives.
Inside Graduate Admissions
January 6, 2016
What goes on behind closed doors when professors decide who should get chance to earn a Ph.D.? Author of new book was allowed to watch. She saw elitism, a heavy focus on the GRE and some troubling conversations