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By Bobby Dorigo Jones 03/16/2017 10:25 AM EDT
Who is Beverly Daniel Tatum?
Note: Live streaming of this forum will begin March 21 at 5 p.m. On Tuesday, March 21, the Askwith Forums will host Beverly Daniel Tatum, president emerita of Spelman College, the oldest historically black women’s college in America, for a conversation about leading for racial equity in schools. The forum will be held in conjunction with The Principals’ Center’s Race, Equity, and Leadership in Schools convening. Here’s what you should know before the forum: A Pioneer in Race Research and Dialogue Tatum is a clinical psychologist and nationally recognized scholar on race issues in America,...
By Casey Bayer 01/17/2017 3:56 PM EST
Free College?
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced a plan, the Excelsior Scholarship, to cover state tuition costs for middle- and low-income students across the state. The proposal, which would cover families making up to $125,000 per year, also includes two-year community colleges. While heralded as an initiative that would put New York at the forefront of this issue — and in the small mix of other states with similar programs — questions, and some criticism, have arisen in the days following the announcement. We asked Professor David Deming, with expertise on the economics of education, to...
By Jill Anderson 01/09/2017 4:40 PM EST
For undocumented students, the path to college can be littered with unique obstacles, from limited financial resources to fear of disclosing status to a sense of hopelessness that can get in the way before they even apply. What can educators do to meet the particular needs of these students — to prepare them academically and support them emotionally? A pivotal piece of the equation: Get to know your students well, and develop strong relationships, says Roberto Gonzales, who has studied the experiences of undocumented young people for years. “Because undocumented students are excluded from...
By Brendan Pelsue 01/08/2017 10:57 AM EST
Rethinking the Gap
On May 1, 2016, the Office of the First Lady announced that Malia Obama would take a gap year. The first family’s personal choices have a tendency to serve as national Rorschach blots, dredging up our hidden feelings about everything from organic vegetables to Portuguese water dogs, and this was no exception. Malia’s gap year was “Part of a Growing (and Expensive) Trend,” ran a headline in The New York Times. It was “The Ultimate Sign of Luxury,” read an opinion piece in the New York Post. An editorial in The Telegraph thought Malia was “right” to take a gap year while The Atlantic pointed...
By Matt Weber 01/05/2017 2:37 PM EST
Hiring a Diverse Faculty
As the minority K–12 student population continues to grow into the majority in the United States, it stands to reason that the student population at colleges and universities will also soon become, says University of Pennsylvania Professor Marybeth Gasman, "majority minority." So, why is it, then, that the faculty at higher education institutions still remain so white — 79 percent white, in fact? It's problematic, says Gasman, director of the Penn Center for Minority-Serving Institutions and co-author of Educating a Diverse Nation, when those teaching do not reflect the diversity of the...
By Matt Weber 11/30/2016 2:45 PM EST
Natasha Warikoo
Ensuring a diverse student body is of the highest priority for admissions offices at colleges and universities. In fact, the promise of a diverse campus — and the differing perspectives found on one — is often part of what attracts top students to the schools they choose to attend. But, how do they feel about diversity and affirmative action once they actually get to campus? For her new book, The Diversity Bargain and Other Dilemmas of Race, Admissions, and Meritocracy at Elite Universities, Associate Professor Natasha Warikoo interviewed students at Brown, Harvard, and Oxford. What she found...
By Casey Bayer 11/22/2016 2:20 PM EST
Domonic Rollins
Earlier this semester, Dean James Ryan announced that Domonic Rollins would be joining the HGSE community as senior diversity and inclusion officer and special assistant to the deans, a new role for the school. “Domonic brings a unique combination of passion and experience to this critical role,” Ryan wrote in his announcement. Rollins’ most recent position was as senior education, training, and strategy specialist in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Maryland, where his responsibilities included designing and facilitating diversity and social justice trainings, and...
By Jill Anderson 11/16/2016 4:54 PM EST
Uncommon App
For Christopher Gray, college was always the goal. But as a child of a single mother of modest means, how could he ever afford it? Although the answer — scholarships — may seem obvious to a driven student like Gray, the reality is that identiftying scholarships is an extremely time-consuming and difficult process, especially for those who, as Gray's situation was, have no internet access at home. But, Gray found, numerous opportunities are available when one digs. "There is all this money looking for students, and students looking for money, but they are unable to find each other," says Gray...
By Matt Weber 11/02/2016 2:27 PM EDT
Define American
When the DREAM Act was proposed by Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) in 2001 in response to a gifted young constiuent being kept from attending Julliard due to her undocumented status, it seemed — as it still does — like "common sense reform." So why, then, despite being on the floor of the Senate twice and the House once, cannot it not get passed? The legislation that would provide undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children a path toward legal status through education or the military has had a long journey, says Angela Maria Kelley, executive director of the Center for...
By Leah Shafer 10/17/2016 9:58 PM EDT
illustration of hands over a laptop computer with image of graduate on the screen
We’ve been waiting for evidence that online education can fulfill its promise to reach underserved students and expand opportunity. A new working paper from Harvard University and Georgia Institute of Technology highlights one effective pathway to that goal. Previous research has shown that most users of online education look fairly similar to the average college graduate — suggesting that digital learning isn’t yet the great educational equalizer it has the potential to be. But in a study of Georgia Tech’s hugely successful online master of science in computer science (OMSCS) program,...


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