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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
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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