Higher Ed

  • OASIS at Work: Redesigning Courses to Boost Completion

    …What happens when you bring institutional leaders from 10 campuses together to exchange ideas about student success? That’s exactly what the OASIS Network was designed to see. Queens College recently received a $5.6 million federal grant (over five years) to increase the number of Hispanic students in STEM…
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  • A Tale of Two Colleges: Similar Students and Different Results

    …As the college admission letters start to trickle in, young adults across the country are facing one of the largest investment choices of their lives: where to go to college. Identifying the right institution could mean a lifetime of higher earnings and more stability and opportunity in the labor market…
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  • DeVos Hearing: What We Heard and What We Didn’t

    …Last night, education secretary nominee Betsy DeVos did what advocates are supposed to do: Point out a problem and make a case for their theory of action for how to solve that problem. The issue with last night’s Senate confirmation hearing, though, is that we didn’t get much…
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  • Martin Luther King Jr.: The Chief Aim of Education Is to Save Man From the Morass of Propaganda

    …This post first appeared at the Huffington Post. Many of the civil rights movement’s demands had to do with the unequal schools and truncated educational opportunities African American children — and other children of color — faced. But this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I decided to reread the poignant essay…
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  • A Teachable Moment in Deeply Troubled America

    …"Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them." — James Baldwin In the weeks since the election, network news and social media feeds have continued to reveal the corrosive effect of toxic and damaging rhetoric on our children: Images…
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  • Pushing, Prodding, and Cajoling Our Country Toward Educational Justice — Even Amidst Alarming Times

    …This first appeared on Huffington Post. Count me among those who have been deeply worried about what the next four years will mean for social and educational justice. While I’m a life-long Democrat, my concern is not that our president-elect is a Republican. Low-income students and…
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  • America’s College Attainment Problem Is About More Than Affordability

    …Amid mounting concerns about the cost of college and toppling student loan debt, policymakers are proposing various forms of relief, from increased financial support to free college entirely. Many of these proposals would require what’s called a federal-state partnership — an agreement between both tiers of government that, in…
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  • Holding Up Data as a Mirror

    …This op-ed first appeared at Inside Higher Ed. Around this time every year, as colleges and universities begin to spring back to life, I am reminded of my years working within central administration and the excitement in watching the sea of people full of promise come spilling back onto…
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  • Love Isn’t All We Need In America Right Now

    …In the online comment section under news articles on recent shootings of and by police are missives from pained, well-intentioned Americans, crying various themes of “love is ALL we need” to end racism and bridge the gap of a deeply divided America. And while these pleas to simply love…
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  • The $500 Million Club in Higher Ed

    …A new report we’ve released today shows that just 3.6 percent of colleges and universities — 138 in all — held a whopping 75 percent of all postsecondary endowment wealth in 2013. Because these institutions, which we dub the “$500 million club,” benefit tremendously from their endowments (e.g., no…
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  • Georgia State: Leading the Way in Student Success

    … Last week, PBS NewsHour profiled Georgia State University’s efforts to boost success among students of color, those from low-income families, and students who are the first in their families to attend college. Those efforts include early identification systems (which look for red flags that a student is…
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  • How Well Are Colleges and Universities Preparing Students to Thrive?

    …Our College Results Online web tool has been updated with new data and a few new, important variables that can help students and families weigh the investment in a college degree against the return expected down the road. The new variables are: Ten-year post-enrollment earnings. In the past…
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  • Write the Check: Pell Dollars for Pell Students

    …Congress is faced with a unique opportunity — an opportunity to make college more affordable for millions of college students by re-investing in Pell Grants. How is this possible given tight budget constraints? In short, as the economy improved, college enrollments declined, bringing the cost of the Pell Grant program…
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  • Putting Student Success Into Practice in Higher Ed

    …Today, we're releasing a new guide for college and university leaders that shows how four leading institutions are using data to improve outcomes among low-income and underrepresented minority (URM) students. Titled Using Data to Improve Student Outcomes, the guide includes practices and lessons learned from Florida State University…
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  • Embedding a Hyper-Focus on Student Success Into Everyday Work

    …Institutional leaders have a responsibility to improve success for all students, especially those who are from underrepresented groups. While some leaders continue to abdicate their responsibility, many more are stepping up — and in so doing, grappling with tough questions about how to translate a commitment to student success into practice…
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  • Eleven Higher Education Institutions Unite to Improve Graduation Rates

    …Our new OASIS (Optimizing Academic Success & Institutional Strategy) network is a group of 11 institutions that have committed to implementing high-impact practices intended to improve success among students of color and low-income students. The group comprises four Historically Black Colleges and Universities, six Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), and…
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  • Are Institutions Improving Overall Grad Rates But Leaving Black Students Behind? A Q&A With Andrew Nichols

    …Today, we released a new analysis, looking at a decade of graduation rates among African Americans at four-year, public institutions that improved overall student success during the past decade. The report — titled Rising Tide II: Do Black Students Benefit as Grad Rates Increase? — shows that while 70 percent of…
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  • Don’t Balance the Budget on the Backs of Students Most in Need

    …Just a few months ago, Congress passed — and the president signed into law — a bipartisan budget agreement for 2016 and 2017. However, it now appears that Republicans in the House of Representatives want to abandon that agreement and implement their own, revised plan — complete with $1 trillion in spending cuts…
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  • On HEA, Congress Should Focus on Resources and Accountability

    …As Congress begins conversations about reauthorizing the Higher Education Act (HEA), Kati Haycock laid out two priorities for lawmakers this week that could help more young people get the college diploma that is increasingly becoming the sole ticket to economic mobility in our country: Resources for the students who most…
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  • Higher Education's Critical Role in Increasing Opportunity in America

    …Board members who want to be great stewards of the institutions they are entrusted to lead — today and into the future — must ensure two things: that they truly understand what the numbers say about their institution’s contributions to restoring opportunity in America and that they have capable leadership teams…
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