2024

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Algorithmic Bias Continues to Negatively Impact Minoritized Students

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

As institutions of higher education turn to AI machine learning and data-driven algorithms to make their work more efficient, a new study published in the American Educational Research Association (AERA) peer-reviewed journal , AERA Open , reminds administrators that algorithms can be racially biased. Dr. Denisa Gándara, assistant professor of educational leadership and policy at the University of Texas at Austin and co-author of the study.

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Legacy Looms Large in College Admissions, Perpetuating Inequities in College Access

IHEP Institute for Higher Education Policy

A year ago, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the use of race-conscious admissions in higher education. Yet legacy admissions policies that give preferential treatment to applicants who are related to alumni are still used across the country. A new IHEP analysis of data released through the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) reveals the prevalence of legacy admissions policies among selective colleges and universities.

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It’s FAFSA Week of Action: Time to Take a #FAFSAFastBreak!

Ed.gov Homeroom

It’s FAFSA Week of Action (April 15-19) and to kick off the effort the U.S. Department of Education is thrilled to announce the launch our #FAFSAFastBreak campaign, a national effort to drive FAFSA submissions among high school seniors and returning college students. Everyone has an important role to play! We have already received nearly 200 Continue Reading The post It’s FAFSA Week of Action: Time to Take a #FAFSAFastBreak!

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Defrauded Student Borrowers Stuck in Limbo: Legal Battles and Delays Plague Borrower Defense Loan Forgiveness Program

Student Loan Planner

Hundreds of thousands of borrowers could be eligible for student loan forgiveness under a program designed to offer relief to those defrauded by their schools. However, due to a mix of legal challenges and persistent administrative issues, many qualifying borrowers remain in limbo, uncertain of when — or if — they’ll receive the relief guaranteed… The post Defrauded Student Borrowers Stuck in Limbo: Legal Battles and Delays Plague Borrower Defense Loan Forgiveness Program appeared first on

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Can Brain Science Actually Help Make Your Training & Teaching Stick?

Speaker: Andrew Cohen, Founder & CEO of Brainscape

The instructor’s PPT slides are brilliant. You’ve splurged on the expensive interactive courseware. Student engagement is stellar. So… why are half of your students still forgetting everything they learned in just a matter of weeks? It's likely a matter of cognitive science! With so much material to "teach" these days, we often forget to incorporate key proven principles into our curricula — namely active recall, metacognition, spaced repetition, and interleaving practice.

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creativity and giving up on knowing it all

Patter by Pat Thomson

Knowledge is said to be cumulative. We accumulate knowledge throughout our formal education. We become more learned. The logic of studying is to get more knowledge. By the time we have completed a doctorate we know a lot. Right? The purpose of doing more and more formal education is to know more. That’s why we wanted to do a doctorate in the first place.

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How to Avoid Jumping to Conclusions

Steve Keating

There’s a lot of good that comes from jumping. Jumping to catch a baseball as it’s going over the outfield wall can get you on ESPN’s SportsCenter. Jumping to get out of the way of an oncoming train can be literally life-saving. And then of course there is my personal favorite, jumping for joy. I mean, really, who doesn’t like joy? But not all jumping is good.

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Kimbrough Named Interim President at Talladega

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough has been appointed interim president of Talladega College, a historically Black college in Alabama. Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough Dr. Edward L. Hill Jr., the college’s vice provost for Lifelong Learning and Professional Development and Dean of Graduate Studies, served as the immediate interim president following the June 4 resignation of Dr.

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A Tribute to Dr. James A. Banks — The Father of Multicultural Education: In These Troubling Anti-EDI Times

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

A few days ago, I went to my office to get one of my students a book of great interest. In searching the shelves, I came across Dr. James A. Banks’ An Introduction to Multicultural Education. I had an immediate epiphany: How timely Banks’ book is in these most troubling anti-EDI times (EDI - Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) I must not only continue to proactively teach my students the goals of multicultural education, but I must also remind larger audiences.

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Community College Faculty-Led Teaching and Learning Hubs Improve Student Outcomes

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

In 2018, Dr. Audrey Jaeger and Dr. Monique B. Colclough hatched an idea — what if they could develop professional learning environments easily accessible for all faculty in North Carolina’s community colleges, and what if that development could move the needle on student success? Dr. Audrey Jaeger, professor of community college education at North Carolina State University and director of the Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research.

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Saint Augustine’s University Reinstated as SACSCOC Member

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Dr. Marcus H. Burgess An arbitration committee appointed by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) has reversed a decision to strip Saint Augustine’s University (SAU), a historically Black university in Raleigh, North Carolina, of its membership. “This reinstatement acknowledges SAU’s relentless dedication to upholding academic standards and ensuring a thriving educational environment for our students,” said SAU Interim President Dr.

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Strategies for Speaking Out

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Activism is hardly optional in today’s world. I feel the calling in my bones. My family is deeply Jewish, with both Sephardic and Ashkenazic roots, and taught me the core lessons of tikkun olam (repair the world), tzedakah (create justice), g’milut chasadim (engage in loving kindness), pikuach nefesh (life matters), and ometz lev (courage). These values anchored my identity even as the academy challenged it, trying to make me quieter, smaller, and less effective.

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Sacramento State Recognized as First Black-Serving Institution in California

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Sacramento State has been designated as a Black Serving Institution by the California State Assembly, Sacramento County, and the city of Sacramento. Dr. Luke Wood “This distinctive recognition reaffirms Sacramento State’s commitment and dedication to serving the needs of our diverse student body, especially for our Black students,” said Sacramento State President Dr.

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Report: English Majors Employed at Comparable Rates, Educators Can Do More to Prepare Students for Careers

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

College students who graduate as English majors actually find jobs at about the same rate as those who major in other subjects, according to a recent report commissioned by the Modern Language Association (MLA). Dr. Paula Krebs Report on English Majors’ Career Preparation and Outcomes draws on findings from a number of different sources, including the Hamilton Project, the National Humanities Alliance, the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce, and Humanities Indicators.

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STEPHANIE LUSTER-TEASLEY PASS

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Dr. Stephanie Luster-Teasley Pass Stephanie Luster-Teasley Pass has been appointed dean of the College of Engineering at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. She served as interim dean of the college. Luster-Teasley Pass holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from North Carolina A&T as well as a master’s in chemical engineering and Ph.D. in environmental engineering, both from Michigan State University.

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More Presidential Vacancies at HBCUs

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

There are at least three new presidential vacancies at historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), which have already been experiencing high turnover within their leadership ranks. In the case of two of the presidential departures — Dillard University and Florida Memorial University — the presidents resigned amid health challenges. Their departures raise new questions about the stress associated with being a college president, particularly at a smaller and under-resourced institution.

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New Book Examines Foster Care Students in College

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

In his new book, From Foster Care to College , Dr. Royel M. Johnson, an associate professor and director at the University of Southern California (USC) Rossier School of Education, shines a light on an often-forgotten subset of students. Through capturing the lived experiences of foster youth in college, Johnson found that, beyond the misconceptions that plague them, foster youth are a remarkably resilient group with college-going aspirations.

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Transfer Students Need Support from Both Two and Four Year Institutions

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Two new reports and an online dashboard from the Community College Research Center (CCRC) at Teacher’s College, Columbia University, are part of an ambitious effort to tell the story of transfer students. These resources break down how many students are able to successfully transfer from a two-year institution to a four-year institution, with or without an associate degree or certificate, and how many of those transferred students are able to achieve a bachelor’s degree at the end of their journ

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Statement of Support of California State Senate Bill 1348 - Black-Serving Institutions Program

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

We, the undersigned, strongly support California State Senate Bill 1348: Black-Serving Institution Program, which would create California's first Minority Serving Institutional designation. Senator Steven Bradford, 35th California State Senate District, authored this legislation. This designation, called a Black-Serving Institution (BSI), would recognize institutions that have enrollment and a demonstrated commitment to serving Black students.

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Forgotten Learners: Not All Transfer Students Are the Same

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Earlier this year, a report from the National Student Clearinghouse brought some welcome news following years of declines in college transfer. The data showed that, of the 11.7 million undergraduate students enrolled in college last fall, 1.2 million had transferred within the past three years, a more than 5% gain from the previous year. The findings were rightfully celebrated for showing a rise in learners — including those from middle- and low-income backgrounds — moving from community college

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Disabilities Access is About Holding Space

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Dr. Margaret Price’s life and work twines about the experiences of people with disabilities in higher education. “My aim is to help dismantle injustices and build forward from the present structures of academe through recognition of what is true now,” says Price, an associate professor of English at The Ohio State University, where she also serves as director of the Disability Studies Program.

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Rethinking DEI in Higher Education: Should the ‘I’ Stand for Integration Instead?

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

As diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts have come under attack, I wonder if higher education leaders shouldn’t begin to evolve the concept before policymakers strip away every tool we have to provide supports for students of color. This attack reminds me of the struggle to protect affirmative action, which was defended at both the state and federal levels for decades; but perhaps in protecting affirmative action, it prevented the field from envisioning the evolution of race-conscious a

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Dr. Claudine Gay’s Resignation from the Harvard Presidency Possibly Saved Her Life

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

The recent announcement of Dr. Claudine Gay’s resignation as president of Harvard University swiftly spread through the news and has been an ongoing conversation, particularly among those within higher education academic communities. Gay had been widely criticized for her responses alongside two other college presidents, also women, at a congressional hearing on antisemitism, after which, she clarified the institution’s stance.

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Leaders Call for Active Resistance Against Anti-DEI Measures

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

NEW YORK – At the National Action Network (NAN) Convention in New York City, social justice leaders gathered to discuss the impact of anti-Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) legislation introduced or signed into law in states like Texas, Florida, and Alabama. Public institutions in these states are firing DEI-focused employees or redirecting their roles in an effort to comply.

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Sacramento State Creates Nation's First Black Honors College

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Sacramento State — home to the largest number of Black students within the California State University (CSU) system — is launching what will become the nation’s first-ever Black Honors College. Slated to begin operating in the fall, the honors college will enroll students who have a GPA of 3.5 or higher and an interest in Black history, life, and culture.

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New Ways to Support Community College Student Health

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

A widespread health crisis is undermining American community colleges, with many current and potential students exhibit high rates of anxiety, depression, substance abuse, suicidal ideation, food insecurity, and more. The challenges predate the pandemic but were exacerbated by it. The COVID-19 infection itself also appears to have made the situation worse.

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As Federal Connectivity Programs Sunset, Internet Access Remains Critical

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

At the end of 2020, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) launched the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), which was designed to give low-income households a discount each month on their internet bill, even offering a one-time coupon of up to $100 to buy a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet. Pell Grant recipients or those who qualified for free school breakfast or lunch were eligible for the ACP.

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Finding a Place at an HBCU

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Iowa native Juana D. Hollingsworth had always dreamed of attending an historically Black college and university (HBCU). She saw what it could be like through movies and television and she wanted that experience. Though she grew up in a primarily Black community, spending her life in a mostly white state left her with few options nearby to pursue that desire.

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Challenges for Higher Education: An Emerging Skills Shortage and Inequity in the Workforce

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

American higher education is called upon to serve a variety of purposes: advancement of knowledge, expansion of cultural appreciation, extending understanding of societal benefits and obligations, and preparing a diversity of students with the skills they need for a successful and rewarding life. These missions are important to the well-being of our people and the strength of our country.

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Survey: Most Students Report Stress, Anxiety About Election

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Most students are stressed or anxious about the upcoming U.S. presidential election, according to a national survey conducted by virtual health and well-being provider, Timely Care. Dr. Jerry Walker In July, the provider conducted an online survey of 1,491 two- and four-year college students to examine their mental health and well-being. The polling found that 65% of respondents expressed feeling stressed or anxious about the election, wherein 63% said they planned to vote and 31% said they were

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Report: Student Interest in Pursuing Careers in Education on the Decline, But Enrollment in Intro Teaching Courses Rises

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Today’s high school students are showing less interest in pursuing careers in education, and teachers in the profession are feeling burnt out and underpaid, according to a new report from the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB). Megan Boren The report – created in partnership with Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of Education – examines responses from teachers-in-training and available student data to discern how members of Generation Z – those born between 1996 and 2012 – view care

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Ring The Alarm: A Call to Action for Black Women to Address Wellness in the Academy

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Dear Black women in higher education, 2023 should have been a wake-up call to our community, yet the red flags persist. The untimely deaths of two Black women presidents, JoAnne A. Epps of Temple University and Dr. Orinthia T. Montague of Volunteer State Community College, was a signal to all other Black women in higher education. Now, the death of Dr.

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Villarreal to Oversee AAC&U Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Dr. Mary Ann Villarreal has been appointed vice president in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success at the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). She will focus on advancing equity and student success efforts in service to undergraduate populations and academic excellence. Dr. Mary Ann Villarrea “AAC&U won over my scholar and practitioner heart the first time I attended the annual meeting as a graduate student,” said Villarreal.

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Dr. Melvin C. Terrell Educational Foundation Selects Recipients for 2023 Scholarship

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Doctoral candidates Dion T. Harry and Joshua D. Wallace have been chosen to receive the Dr. Melvin C. Terrell (MCT) Educational Foundation’s 2023 MCT Scholarship. The annual scholarship is meant for matriculating students in master’s or doctoral programs in student affairs or higher ed administration-related fields. Dion Harry Harry is a North Carolina State University doctoral candidate studying higher education opportunity, equity, and justice.