Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Publication covering racial issues in higher education.

Articles from Vol. 23, No. 21, November 30

ACE Conference: More Research Needed on Experiences of Minority Women Leaders
LONG BEACH, CALIF. Higher education is seeing a gradual change in the face of its leadership, as minority women are increasingly emerging as directors, associate directors, vice provosts and presidents of academic institutions. With each woman's...
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Achieving K-12 School Diversity without Considering Race
OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS, THE U.S. SUPREME COURT WILL CONSIDER THE CONSTITUTIONALITY OF race-conscious K-12 student assignment plans. In their attempts to combat de facto segregation and to create and maintain racially diverse learning environments,...
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An Ethnic Studies Evolutions: A New Generation of Mexican and Mexican-American Students Is Turning the Tide of Chicana/o Studies Programs in Unexpected New Directions
As a student in the Chicana/o studies program at the University of Texas at El Paso, Jesse S. Arrieta decided that her classroom instruction about the culture and history of people of Mexican origin wasn't enough. "For me, what I was studying and...
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Boosting Minority Ranks in the U.S. Foreign Service: A State Department-Howard University Program Aimed at Training Minorities for Diplomatic Duties Overseas Bears Fruit
Several years ago, while enrolled at Howard University, Dionandrea Shorts was well on her way to becoming an engineer. Her career ambitions took a drastic turn, however, after she enrolled in an international relations course at the university and...
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Cultivating 'New Achievers': Experts Say K-12 Teachers Who Adopt 'Culturally Relevant' Teaching Strategies Can Engage Minority Students and Prime Them for Higher Education
Widening the use of K-12 classroom "cultural relevancy" tactics to engage minority students and help them do better in school could create a new breed of curious, college-bound students. That's according to the National Urban Alliance for Effective...
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Deal or No Deal? Tribal Colleges Are a Convenient and Affordable Option for Many Non-Native Students, but the Benefits Don't Necessarily Go Both Ways
Education at a tribal college for non-Native students is "an awfully good deal for states," says Dr. Joseph F. McDonald (Salish/Kootenai), president of Salish Kootenai College on the Flathead reservation in Montana. It may come as a surprise to...
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FAMU Kappas' First to Face Felony Hazing Charges under New Florida Law
A Florida hazing trial that had profound implications for the future of fraternities, pledges and universities, ended in mistrial last month after the jury deadlocked over whether pledge Marcus Jones's injuries constituted serious bodily harm. The...
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Getting to the Truth: Legal Scholars Struggle to Understand the Impediments to Minority Success in Large Law Firms
In recent years, corporate executives and local bar association officials have increasingly questioned why so few of the nation's elite corporate law firms can claim significant racial and ethnic diversity among their partner or upper management ranks....
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Job Corps National Director Lays out Higher Education Agenda
Dr. Esther R. Johnson, the national director of the U.S. Department of Labor's Job Corps program, offered her vision of the future of the organization during a speech kicking off the Corps' annual leadership summit earlier this month. The Washington-based...
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Legal Matters
If you're a minority attorney or know one, the decision or conversation regarding whether to go the law firm route is certain to come up. Many young attorneys have dreams of making six-figure salaries, and the big payoff--literally and figuratively--is...
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Michigan Higher Ed Leaders Look beyond Proposal 2
In Maya Weitzer's world, Nov. 7 will be remembered as a significant day. It was on that day, as Michigan voters were going to the polls, that the 17-year-old senior at West Bloomfield High School in Oakland County, Mich., learned she had been accepted...
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New Congress Expected to Give Education Higher Profile: Initiatives Plan to Improve College Access and Affordability
With a major shakeup looming on Capitol Hill, education advocates are preparing for a new environment in which Democrats will seek more financial aid assistance and give higher education more visibility in Congress. Democrats on the 2006 midterm...
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Planting the Seeds of Interest: Northwest Vista College's Robotics Program Preps Children for Science Careers
SAN ANTONIO Luciano Torres watched in amazement as the group of 12-year-olds, clutching backpacks and wearing matching T-shirts, built robots that they could command with their voices. "I come from a family where almost nobody graduated," says...
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Questions of Conduct: The Popularity of Social Networking Web Sites Is Shedding Light on the Increasing Complexities of Policing Student Behavior on Campus While Respecting Their Rights to Privacy and Free Speech
When Jason Johnson, a student at the University of the Cumberlands in the eastern Kentucky hills, posted comments about his new boyfriend on his Myspace.com Web page, he unintentionally sparked a controversy that quickly embroiled the college, the...
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Scholars Debate Effectiveness of Single-Sex Classes: Girls Clearly Benefit, but Some Educators Fear Such Classes Will Simply Warehouse Black Boys
Leah Hasty was looking to provide a male role model for Black boys enrolled in the Baltimore public elementary school where she was principal, and at the same time inspire them to perform better academically. She decided upon an approach few other...
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Still Publish or Perish: Laws Schools Increasingly Choose Scholarship over Practical Experience When Identifying Instructors
When Beverly Moran decided to stop practicing tax law and start teaching, law schools were looking for job candidates just like her--people who had more than two years of legal experience, she says. "People now take a very different route from the...
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The Death of a Diversity Alliance: When Foundation Funding Dried out, So Did a Florida College Coalition's Diversity Initiatives
A decade ago, 11 eager Florida colleges and universities came together to form what was expected to be a shining example of institutional cooperation to advance diversity initiatives. Fast forward to 2006, though, and the Central and South Florida...
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TIAA-CREF Conference Examines Higher Ed Access: Administrators Search for Funding Alternatives as Government Aid Dwindles
NEW YORK Dozens of leaders from some of the nation's most prestigious public and private colleges and universities recently gathered in Manhattan to discuss ways to make higher education more accessible to the masses. The annual conference, titled...
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