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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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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

December 18, 2015

America is more diverse than ever -- and only getting more so. According to the Census Bureau, more than half of children in the U.S. are expected to be part of a minority race or ethnic group by 2020. But even though we have more cultures in the mix, age-old racial stereotypes still hold some people back both personally and professionally.

November 23, 2015

Just how well do the professors at America's top colleges reflect the country's race and gender breakdowns? Each year, universities are required to report diversity data to the National Center for Education Statistics, a branch of the Department of Education. Unsurprisingly, the numbers show that the teaching staff at America's universities are much whiter and much more male than the general population, with Hispanics and African Americans especially underrepresented. At some schools, like Harvard, Stanford, the University of Michigan, and Princeton, there are more foreign teachers than Hispanic and black teachers combined. The Ivy League's gender stats are particularly damning; men make up 68 percent and 70 percent of the teaching staff at Harvard and Princeton, respectively.

November 12, 2015

It’s an uncomfortable and unacceptable shame ― nearly two decades into a new millennium ― that the work to integrate college and university faculty and administration remains undone.

November 10, 2015

University of Missouri President Tim Wolfe resigned Monday, amid protests and calls for his resignation from the student body, faculty, state legislators and even the football team. Similar situations at institutions such as Yale University and Ithaca College take place as students continue to protest administrative indifference to racial intolerance on campus. Now, eyes across the country are turning to Mizzou to watch as the story continues to unfold.

October 30, 2015

Recently, Black students at UCLA have reignited the hashtag #BlackBruinsMatter after a predominantly White fraternity and predominantly White sorority threw a racially themed costume party. It seems yearly, particularly during Halloween and back-to-campus celebrations, White students on predominantly White campuses are in the news for overtly racist actions.

October 23, 2015

A TEXAS high school student and his mother recently called attention to a curious line in a geography textbook: a description of the Atlantic slave trade as bringing “millions of workers” to plantations in the American South. McGraw-Hill Education, the publisher of the textbook, has since acknowledged that the term “workers” was a misnomer.