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    Colleges must improve their data use for racial equity efforts

    In today's volatile political era, data can limit or expand what we understand about inequity on campus, argues a University of Michigan researcher.

    W. Carson Byrd • May 16, 2022
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    One year in, momentum builds from the Postsecondary Value Commission's work

    Three members of the commission take stock of what higher ed has accomplished — and what is still to come.

    Mamie Voight, Mildred García and José Luis Cruz Rivera • May 12, 2022
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    President Speaks: Why free speech and diversity and inclusion go hand in hand on campus

    The president of DePauw University draws her commitment to free speech from growing up in a diverse working-class neighborhood.

    Lori White • May 2, 2022
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    The humanities are the missing factor in tackling America's free speech problem

    The humanities offer tools to approach topics with openness, tolerance and curiosity, write a dean and a real estate developer.

    Alain-Philippe Durand and Bennett Dorrance • April 25, 2022
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    Tenure is under attack, so why do college presidents have retreat rights?

    Lawmakers are unwinding tenure protections for researchers and instructors. But presidents who stopped publishing and teaching are guaranteed faculty jobs.

    Judith Wilde and James Finkelstein • April 19, 2022
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    How online programs can keep students from disengaging and help them feel they belong

    Student belonging is an ongoing process that requires outreach and a good user experience, writes a researcher and communications expert at WGU Labs.

    Nicole Barbaro • April 18, 2022
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    How merger-curious colleges can find mission-aligned dance partners

    College leaders have options for M&A processes meeting their fiduciary duty, writes a partner at a group specializing in complex nonprofit transactions.

    John MacIntosh • April 11, 2022
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    President Speaks: I lead a university becoming a polytechnic. It's possible thanks to public investment.

    Tom Jackson Jr. discusses how Cal Poly Humboldt is using $458 million to expand its academic offerings and meet the state's STEM shortages. 

    Tom Jackson Jr. • April 4, 2022
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    New Carnegie Classifications will elevate colleges promoting equity and social mobility

    Changes will feature institutions that were always model colleges, writes the head of the National Association for Diversity Officers in Higher Education.

    Paulette Granberry Russell • March 28, 2022
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    Higher ed needs a Pell-Serving Institution designation

    Congress should encourage four-year colleges to educate more low-income students by paying more if they hit certain goals.

    Carlo Salerno • March 14, 2022
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    Arizona's public universities are divesting from Russia. Who will join us?

    Divesting from Russian assets is a small risk worth taking because of its potentially deep impact, writes the chair-elect of the Arizona Board of Regents.

    Fred DuVal • March 11, 2022
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    President Speaks: 5 ways small faith-based colleges can overcome today's biggest challenges

    Leaders can help institutions meet difficult circumstances with creative ideas, says the president of Greenville University, in Illinois.

    Suzanne Davis • March 7, 2022
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    I'm a college president. Teaching a 101-level course reminded me how important compassion is right now.

    Kindness is key in helping students succeed during the pandemic, Pace University's president writes. Faculty and staff need compassion, too.

    Marvin Krislov • Feb. 22, 2022
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    Biden's first year of higher ed policy was bittersweet at best

    Little love can be lost for a Biden-Harris administration yet to deliver on many campaign promises to colleges and students, argues a higher ed researcher.

    Avery M. D. Davis • Feb. 14, 2022
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    Early college can be a second chance for struggling students

    Dual enrollment offers a way for postsecondary education to stop replicating inequality. But programs must be built for students from more backgrounds.

    Karen A. Stout and Nick Mathern • Feb. 11, 2022
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    President Speaks: Stop asking whether online learning is 'worth it.' Start focusing on how it helps working adults.

    Advances have made online learning more relevant and flexible for students in the workforce, the CEO of UMass Online argues.

    Don Kilburn • Feb. 7, 2022
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    Don't make the mistake of assuming essential frontline workers are unskilled

    Workers most threatened by the pandemic deserve training for higher-paying careers, but colleges can't ignore skills learned on the job.

    Earl Buford • Feb. 4, 2022
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    New plan for SUNY doesn't break from systemness

    Like them or not, Gov. Kathy Hochul's proposals support goals that fit the essence of systemness, say two leaders who helped define the term.

    Nancy Zimpher and Jason Lane • Jan. 27, 2022
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    Bring more early career scholars into the administrative fold

    Programs involving graduate students in college operations can improve higher ed and prepare a new generation to lead it, a Ph.D. candidate argues.

    Edgar Virgüez • Jan. 19, 2022
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    Hybrid learning sparks new worries about cheating. Can assessment evolve?

    Educators can find new ways to engage students instead of fighting disruptions to the old academic order with strict test-taking rules, Greg Toppo argues.

    Greg Toppo • Dec. 22, 2021
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    Colleges' commitment to civic engagement can't be episodic

    Amid calls to increase resources for civic learning, the director of the American Democracy Project suggests ways institutions can make efforts stick.

    Catherine Copeland • Dec. 9, 2021
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    Entrepreneurship is fine — but it's time to fix the academic job market

    Entrepreneurial skills aren't bad, but they don't get at the root of the problem for those pursuing Ph.D.s, one student argues.

    Daniel Sparks • Nov. 29, 2021
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    How hiring college presidents has changed, and how to make it better

    Today's colleges frequently use search firms to hire leaders. This three-part series asks what that means and what can be safely outsourced.

    Nov. 23, 2021
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    How to improve hiring of college presidents

    Don't outsource control of a search, two higher ed leadership researchers say. Finding a president is too important and expensive of an undertaking.

    Judith Wilde and James Finkelstein • Nov. 17, 2021
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    The people hiring college presidents don't have experience as college presidents

    A review of nearly two dozen people leading college executive searches found few had experience in the big chair on campus.

    Judith Wilde and James Finkelstein • Nov. 16, 2021