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By Matt Weber 11/02/2017 1:06 PM EDT
College Couple
Author Vanessa Grigoriadis knew that if she really wanted a window into what was happening on college campuses in regard to relationships, sex, and consent, she was going to have to go straight to the people to whom it matters the most — the students. It couldn't be through formal interviews, though. She'd have to talk to kids where they were most at ease: in food courts and dorm rooms, at frat parties. "I really talked to kids on their own terms and tried to hear their voices," she says, describing the visits she made to many college campuses while she was researching her book, Blurred Lines...
By Matt Weber 10/18/2017 4:37 PM EDT
Mark Emmert, president of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), wants you to know that there are some misperceptions when it comes to his organization. For one, the NCAA is not a corporation where one person, or even a few, dictate how things are going to work in college athletics. Instead, he says, the nonprofit acts as an organizational structure where over a thousand schools come together to make decisions through a representative system. The NCAA, says Emmert, is more like the United Nations than the NFL. Emmert also wants to be clear that, despite the fact that a number of...
By Sagra Alvarado 10/12/2017 4:21 PM EDT
College Athletics
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By Bobby Dorigo Jones 08/28/2017 5:09 AM EDT
Illustration by Simone Massoni
Applying for college is about as tough as slaying a thousand-headed Hydra. College hopefuls negotiate everything from FAFSA forms to college visits before taking the postsecondary leap. Harvard College seniors Cole Scanlon and Luke Heine, recent survivors of the process, hope to make things less stressful through the Fair Opportunity Project, a college guide replete with insider advice on everything from essays to interviews and financial aid. At Scanlon’s Miami-Dade high school, 800 students shared one counselor. “It was everyone for themselves,” he remembers. Heine, from Cloquet, Minnesota...
By Lory Hough 08/28/2017 1:37 AM EDT
Unexpected Influence
Earlier this year, Anne-Marie McCartan, the former executive director of the national Council of Colleges and Arts & Sciences and a 40-year veteran of various higher education positions, published Unexpected Influence, a series of profiles of women who helped shape the early community college movement. After the book came out, she spoke to Ed. about why she tackled this topic, what she discovered doing her research, and what surprised her the most. INITIALLY, WERE YOU SURPRISED THAT THE NAMES TYPICALLY ASSOCIATED WITH COMMUNITY COLLEGES WERE ALL MALE? Actually, I started the research...
By Jill Anderson 06/01/2017 8:53 AM EDT
Janine de Novais
Janine de Novais wanted to be a professor for as long as she can remember. Now, armed with a doctorate from HGSE, she is ready to fulfill her dream. When she immigrated from Cape Verde to Massachusetts as a teenager, she did well at Brockton High School, and headed on the path of college. After graduating from Columbia University with a bachelor’s degree in sociology, de Novais had her eye on graduate school, but she postponed indefinitely when she had her son. “I thought I need a steady paycheck and benefits," she says. "I didn’t think single moms could afford to go to grad school.” So, she...
By Megan Red Shirt-Shaw 05/25/2017 9:32 AM EDT
Convocation 2017: Megan Red-Shirt Shaw Delivers Student Speaker Address
Note: A transcript of Megan Red Shirt-Shaw's speech is to come.
By Lory Hough 05/20/2017 3:16 PM EDT
Tony Jack
When Tony Jack started his freshman year at Amherst College in 2003, something seemed off. He looked around and saw a diverse group of students, but unlike him, none seemed poor. They talked about study abroad programs and boarding schools like Andover and Groton. Back at home, in Miami, summer was just a season. At Amherst, he quickly learned, it was also a verb. “I kept asking myself, am I really the only poor black person here?” The answer was no. Some of his classmates had grown up the way he did — barely making ends meet, the first in their families to go to college — but they had taken...
By Lory Hough 05/20/2017 1:50 PM EDT
Domonic Rollins
Not long after Domonic Rollins started at the Ed School in the fall as the first diversity and inclusion officer, he held a series of get-to-know-you workshops for managers and staff. It was his way of saying hello to the community and also a way to get a pulse on what people were thinking around topics like race, gender, and inclusion — the very topics he was tasked to work on. At one of the meetings, a woman asked which constituency they should be focused on: student needs? staff concerns? faculty? It was a good question, one that Rollins knew the answer — all of the above — wasn’t going to...
By Leah Shafer 04/19/2017 1:38 PM EDT
Smarter Tech to Smooth the Path to College
After college acceptance letters arrive, the complexity and sheer number of tasks required to actually enroll — complete FAFSA, submit a final transcript, pay a housing deposit, obtain immunizations, among many other things — thwart the plans of many high school grads to matriculate. Between 10 and 40 percent of intended students fall into this “summer melt” pattern, and aspiring first-generation students, who are more likely to lack the prior knowledge and support to complete these steps, are particularly susceptible. Guidance counselors and admissions officers can provide valuable...