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  • Vivek Murthy is the U.S. surgeon general.
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    We agree with the surgeon general. The door to fixing college mental health is cracked, and it’s time to blow it open.

    Two Lumina Foundation leaders take up Vivek Murthy's call to expand counseling services and address loneliness among college students.

    Zainab Okolo and Jamie Merisotis • Sept. 19, 2022
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    The accreditation system is seriously flawed. Here’s what needs to change.

    Two former public members for a regional accreditor advocate for accrediting agencies to set student outcomes institutions must achieve.

    Christopher Cross and Nancy Doorey • Sept. 12, 2022
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    Skills-based learning is the key to improving ROI in education

    Colleges must make sure students leave with hands-on experience, not just theoretical understanding, argues the executive director of Turing School.

    Jeff Casimir • Sept. 6, 2022
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    No one in higher ed is fixing this overlooked crisis for instructors

    Adjunct faculty members are struggling. It's time to treat them like the valuable contributors they are, writes Chegg's chief academic officer.

    Nina Huntemann • Aug. 29, 2022
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    Turn to these ABCs to help a generation of college students devastated by the pandemic

    Reaching learners now means going beyond waiving standardized test scores, argues the provost of The College of Health Care Professions.

    Joanitt Montano • Aug. 22, 2022
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    Fluid students flowing in and out of education are higher ed’s future. Here’s how colleges must adapt.

    The Universities at Shady Grove's executive director adapts the fluid fan idea reshaping the business of sports, shedding light on higher ed's future.

    Anne Khademian • Aug. 15, 2022
  • President Speaks: What Agnes Scott College learned about recreating in-person experiences online

    The private women’s college prides itself on offering in-person experiences, but it had to switch gears during the early days of the pandemic.

    Leocadia I. Zak • Aug. 8, 2022
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    Thought leader is a vague job, but it still carries great responsibility

    Two higher ed communications professionals outline recommendations and warn against pitfalls for campus leaders who publicly discuss big ideas.

    Jenny Petty and Teresa Valerio Parrot • Aug. 1, 2022
  • The silhouette of dozens of gowned students throwing their graduation mortarboards in the air is shown against a bright blue sky as they celebrate, a portend of the bright future that lay ahead.
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    How higher ed collaboration helped a district streamline college opportunities

    A superintendent shares how a partnership with Arizona State University expanded postsecondary opportunities with an automatic-entry program.

    Chad Gestson • July 27, 2022
  • Policy schools must be explicitly anti-racist

    Efforts now will affect future public policy, says the CEO of a nonprofit working to boost representation of Black women in economics and similar fields.

    Fanta Traore • July 25, 2022
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    We must invest in Black colleges' digital future

    Complete College America leaders share what they heard about digital infrastructure needs from students, faculty and administrators at HBCUs.

    Yolanda Watson Spiva and Dhanfu E. Elston • July 18, 2022
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    President Speaks: I was a first-gen student. Here's what's changed, and what work is left to do.

    Cal State East Bay’s leader discusses how the first-generation experience changed since she was an undergraduate — and how colleges can respond. 

    Cathy Sandeen • July 11, 2022
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    It's time for schools, colleges, companies and policymakers to clear the path to postsecondary education

    Fewer students are getting the information they need to find the right college for them, argue the CEOs of the National College Attainment Network and ACT.

    Kim Cook and Janet Godwin • July 5, 2022
  • An abortion rights activist stands next to anti-abortion rights activists in front of the U.S. Supreme Court Building, which is surrounded by fencing.
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    Those of us who remember pre-Roe campuses recognize the challenges colleges now face

    A former college president asks what institutions will do to prevent women's gains in higher ed from evaporating.

    Jo Ellen Parker • June 24, 2022
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    Colleges can steer away from higher ed's demographic cliff

    Analytics can help institutions find untapped sources of students, argues an entrepreneurship professor and president of enrollment software firm Othot.

    Andy Hannah • June 20, 2022
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    President Speaks: The pandemic taught colleges how to better support students who are single mothers

    Delgado Community College's chancellor grew up with a single mother. She shares how the college responded when COVID-19 pressured single moms.

    Larissa Littleton-Steib • Updated June 13, 2022
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    How to address cyber threats against higher ed

    Colleges are high-value targets for cyberattacks. Leaders who prepare now will be better positioned if one comes, write KPMG experts.

    David Gagnon, Tony Hubbard and Kathy Cruz • June 6, 2022
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    Rethinking first-year education can de-risk college entry

    Underused strategies like corequisite courses and easy on-ramps help students enroll and graduate, argues the founder of online ed company StraighterLine.

    Burck Smith • May 30, 2022
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    Ed tech must listen to educators

    Instructors need more than efficiency software, a Course Hero vice president argues. They need technology that complements their student success work.

    Sean Michael Morris • May 23, 2022
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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