Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Publication covering racial issues in higher education.

Articles from Vol. 23, No. 20, November 16

AAUP: Women Professors Lag in Tenure, Salary
There are now more women in full-time faculty positions than there were 30 years ago, but research institutions are still reluctant to hire women or pay them salaries on par with their male colleagues, concludes an annual report by the American Association...
ACE Report Cites Enrollment Gains, Retention Problems
American Indians make most significant gains at master's degree level.The college enrollment of Hispanic students jumped nearly 70 percent between 1993-2003, while the number of Blacks earning bachelor's degrees in computer science and other science...
ACE Report Cites Enrollment Gains, Retention Problems: American Indians Make Most Significant Gains at Master's Degree Level
The college enrollment of Hispanic students jumped nearly 70 percent between 1993-2003, while the number of Blacks earning bachelor's degrees in computer science and other science fields increased dramatically, according to a new American Council on...
Alumni Fight Grambling Admissions Standards
Student retention rates could improve under new standards, Louisiana officials say.BATON ROUGE, La.Plans to impose new admissions standards for Grambling State University freshmen are being challenged in a federal lawsuit that daims the change may threaten...
Alumni Fight Grambling Admissions Standards: Student Retention Rates Could Improve under New Standards, Louisiana Officials Say
BATON ROUGE, La. Plans to impose new admissions standards for Grambling State University freshmen are being challenged in a federal lawsuit that claims the change may threaten the mission of the historically Black university. The lawsuit, filed...
A Tale of Two Teaching Experiences
Is Teach for America a brilliant way to bring Ivy League talent into some of the nation's neediest classrooms? Or is it just letting them pad their résumés at the expense of inner city students?In 1989, an ambitious Princeton University senior had an...
A Tale of Two Teaching Experiences: Is Teach for America a Brilliant Way to Bring Ivy League Talent into Some of the Nation's Neediest Classrooms? or Is It Just Letting Them Pad Their Resumes at the Expense of Inner City Students?
In 1989, an ambitious Princeton University senior had an idea. Inspired to bridge the educational gap in the United States, Wendy Kopp formed a pilot program where enthusiastic grads like her would flood inner city schools and clean up the proverbial...
Brown University Applauded for Examination of Its Ties to Slavery
PROVIDENCE, R.I. A Brown University committee investigating the institution's ties to slavery has recommended the school atone for its past by creating a slave trade memorial, establishing an academic center focused on slavery and justice and, above...
Climbing the Career Ladder
"It's lonely at the top," is probably an overused phrase, but like most cliches there's usually a bit of truth. The college presidency, although surrounded by a team of people, can often be an isolating position. Who are their confidantes? Who really...
College Grads Earn More, but Racial Disparities Persist
Adults with at least a bachelors degree earned almost twice as much as those with just a high school diploma, but income disparities across racial and gender lines persist, according to new U.S. Census Bureau data. The data tables in "Educational...
Crime Creeping Higher on Campuses
Hate crimes are down, but federal reports may not be the best indicator.On-campus arrests for alcohol violations are up significantly nationwide, but hate crimes - including those predicated on race - are declining, according to new data from the U.S....
Crime Creeping Higher on Campuses: Hate Crimes Are Down, but Federal Reports May Not Be the Best Indicator
On-campus arrests for alcohol violations are up significantly nationwide, but hate crimes--including those predicated on race--are declining, according to new data from the U.S. Department of Education. The number of students arrested for alcohol offenses...
Diverse Letters
Changes to Upward Bound -Out of BoundsIS ANYONE MAD YET?As a former Upward Bound student (Howard University) and tutor/counselor (Lincoln University, Pa.), I must say that this "test" is deplorable. Apparently it is easy to "experiment" with the minds...
Exit INTERVIEW
Stepping down as president of Prince George's Community College, Dr. Ronald Williams talks about his future plans and the state of community colleges.LARGO, Md.The construction projects at Prince George's Community College certainly represent a physical...
Exit Interview: Stepping Down as President of Prince George's Community College, Dr. Ronald Williams Talks about His Future Plans and the State of Community Colleges
LARGO, Md. The construction projects at Prince George's Community College certainly represent a physical obstacle, but they also represent signs of progress largely credited to the leadership of outgoing president Ronald A. Williams. From the day...
Grants & Awards
The CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY has received a $250,000 grant from the California State Treasury Department to support a free tutoring program for Pasadena County high-schoolers. The three-year Reaffirming and Increasing Scholastic Endeavors (RISE)...
Handling 'Helicopter Parents'
The days of parents dropping off their student on campus and waving good-bye are gone. Enter the world of the parent coordinator.On any given day at California Polytechnic State University, Nona Nickelsen fields phone calls from parents about their children's...
Handling 'Helicopter Parents': The Days of Parents Dropping off Their Student on Campus and Waving Good-Bye Are Gone. Enter the World of the Parent Coordinator
On any given day at California Polytechnic State University, Nona Nickelsen fields phone calls from parents about their children's tuition or dormitory meal plans. Nickelsen also might be lobbed a question like this one, posed by a worried mother:...
Hot Job Markets
The hottest career fields and those projected to experience the most growth are primarily in the science and engineering fields, along with various jobs within the health care industry. Probably not surprising, these charts show that the more education...
Leadership 101
Leadership 101 Veteran higher ed administrator weighs in on diversity, technology and college affordability. By Nannerl O. Keohane Duke University Press, 2006 280 pp., $24.95 ISBN: 082233786XIndisputably, Nan Keohane has enjoyed a long and storied career...
Lonely at the Top?
Being president is arguably the toughest job on campus. But do women leaders have to overcome unique challenges?That a college or university president has a challenging position is a no-brainer. Presidents (or chancellors, depending on the institution)...
Lonely at the Top. Being President Is Arguably the Toughest Job on Campus. but Do Women Leaders Have to Overcome Unique Challenges?
That a college or university president has a challenging position is a no-brainer. Presidents (or chancellors, depending on the institution) get paid the big bucks to worry about the big picture: capital campaigns, attracting and retaining students,...
MacArthur Foundation to Commit $50 Million in Digital Media Learning and Research
NEW YORK The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced late last month that it is committing $50 million over the next five years to support the emerging field of digital media and learning. The foundation will fund research and cutting-edge...
Maryland Faces University Desegregation Fight
A group of Morgan State students, alumni and civil rights activists say a lawsuit seems to be the only remedy for ensuring Maryland complies with federal laws designed to preserve the purpose and integrity of historically Black colleges and universities....
Nurturing Ph.D.S
To boost the number of minority professors, start by seeing doctoral candidates through their journey.MIAMIWhen minority doctoral candidates fail, the reason is seldom academic in nature, says the leader of a program focusing on increasing the ranks...
Nurturing Ph.D.S: To Boost the Number of Minority Professors, Start by Seeing Doctoral Candidates through Their Journey
MIAMI When minority doctoral candidates fail, the reason is seldom academic in nature, says the leader of a program focusing on increasing the ranks of minorities holding doctorates. Minority doctoral candidates typically throw in the towel because...
On the Move
JOSEPH GARCIA has been appointed president of Colorado State University-Pueblo. He was previously president of Pikes Peak Community College. Garcia earned a bachelor's from the University of Colorado-Boulder and a law degree from Harvard Law School.DR....
Operation STEM
Hispanic organizations are on a mission to get more students to pursue the sciences.For the first time in the 30-year history of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science, the organization is focusing on the nurturing of...
Operation Stem: Hispanic Organizations Are on a Mission to Get More Students to Pursue the Sciences
For the first time in the 30-year history of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science, the organization is focusing on the nurturing of scientific talent in preschoolers and very young children. SACNAS, whose mission...
Politically Conscious Globetrotting
Professors interested in hitting the road for research might want to check out the Global Exchange Reality Tours, an alternative political educational travel experience, operating under the model of socially responsible tourism. This year, 54 professors...
Prop. 209 Puts UC at Competitive Disadvantage, Say Officials
California educators looking for creative ways to improve diversity.BERKELEY1CaIIf.Barred by a California state law that prohibits the use of race in hiring and public college admissions, top University of California officials and scholars said recently...
Prop. 209 Puts UC at Competitive Disadvantage, Say Officials: California Educators Looking for Creative Ways to Improve Diversity
BERKELEY, Calif. Barred by a California state law that prohibits the use of race in hiring and public college admissions, top University of California officials and scholars said recently that there is an urgent need to come up with creative ways...
Rice University Tapped to Develop Initiatives for Women in Science and Engineering
HOUSTON To positively transform higher education's culture and policies for women in science and engineering, the National Science Foundation has awarded Rice University a five-year, $3.3 million grant to increase opportunities for the hiring and...
Scholars: Slavery's Legacy Present in Current Policies, Social Customs
WALTHAM, Mass. Several hundred people spent a day and a half recently at Brandeis University discussing a subject that most people generally avoid: slavery. The conference focused on overcoming the "religious and sexual legacy" of the Atlantic...
Signs of Discontent
Gallaudet University's former president-designate, Dr. Jane Fernandes, speaks out about the need for the university to be more inclusive.Just days before she was ousted as the incoming president of Gallaudet University, Dr. Jane K. Fernandes talked with...
Signs of Discontent: Gallaudet University's Former President-Designate, Dr. Jane Fernandes, Speaks out about the Need for the University to Be More Inclusive
Just days before she was ousted as the incoming president of Gallaudet University, Dr. Jane K. Fernandes talked with Diverse correspondent Patricia Valdata about the double standard imposed on women leaders and the need for Gallaudet to be more inclusive....
'The Albany Movement'
Georgia HBCU to produce documentary on town's role in the civil rights movement.Before Birmingham and Selma, Ala., became benchmarks for change during the Civil Rights Movement, the tiny town of Albany, Ga., was a testing ground for desegregation in...
'The Albany Movement': Georgia HBCU to Produce Documentary on Town's Role in the Civil Rights Movement
Before Birmingham and Selma, Ala., became benchmarks for change during the Civil Rights Movement, the tiny town of Albany, Ga., was a testing ground for desegregation in the early 1960s. Some organizers considered the movement a failure because...
The True Meaning of Mentorship
One professor recounts how women scholars helped her navigate the academy."JOSEPHINE, IF I WERE YOU, I WOULDNT INVEST TIME IN HELPING KANDACE SECURE THIS POSITION. She was not one of our strongest students, and we typically only assist those students...
The True Meaning of Mentorship: One Professor Recounts How Women Scholars Helped Her Navigate the Academy
"JOSEPHINE, IF I WERE YOU, I WOULDN'T INVEST TIME IN HELPING KANDACE SECURE THIS POSITION. She was not one of our strongest students, and we typically only assist those students who we believe to be stellar. You should be careful!" Those are the...
Writing Couple: Goes Back to Go Forward
After having spent our careers in journalism--12 years as nationally syndicated columnists--the decision to return to the classroom continues to be a bit numbing. We decided to apply to graduate school at the persistence of a Native professor, Dr....
Writing Couple GOES BACK TO GO FORWARD
After having spent our careers in journalism - 12 years as nationally syndicated columnists - the decision to return to the classroom continues to be a bit numbing. We decided to apply to graduate school at the persistence of a Native professor, Dr....