Higher Education in the Balance: What Does Society Want from Colleges and Universities?

John J. DeGioia, president of Georgetown University (DC), moderated a conversation at ACE2017 between Sandy Baum, senior fellow at the Urban Institute, and Anthony P. Carnevale, director of Georgetown’s Center on Education & the Workforce. The March 13 session focused on the economic and non-economic purposes of a postsecondary education, and how to re-engage society in the discussion.

Hungry and Homeless in College: Results from a National Study of Basic Needs Insecurity in Higher Education

A new report by the Wisconsin HOPE Lab provides insight into food insecurity, homelessness, and housing insecurity among today’s college students. The report is based on the results of a survey distributed by Wisconsin HOPE Lab and the Association of Community College Trustees to 70 community colleges in 24 states.

Finding Common Ground: Campus Inclusion and Free Speech

Free speech is playing out in new ways on American campuses, which some argue is leading to the corrosion of higher education as a marketplace of ideas. Framed by PEN America’s recent report, And Campus for All: Diversity, Inclusion, and Free Speech at US Universities, Monday’s afternoon session at ACE2017 moderated by ACE’s Lorelle L. Espinosa focused on the dual tension of free expression and inclusion on American campuses.

Deep Economic Development: Partnerships That Are Reshaping Universities and Their Communities

In an ACE2017 panel moderated by ACE’s Louis Soares, presidents Jim Clements (Clemson University) and Gail Mellow (LaGuardia Community College) and Vice President for Economic Development James Woodell (Association of Public and Land-grant Universities) shared insights into the role of higher education in economic development as well as information on partnerships their institutions have undertaken in recent years.

Leaders’ Perspectives: Using Data to Drive Student Success

During the ACE2017 session “Using Data to Drive Student Success,” four panelists shared their own experiences in utilizing data to identify best practices across campuses, engage faculty and staff and improve student success.

ACE2017: Leadership in a Changing World

ACE2017, the Council’s 99th Annual Meeting, wrapped up on Tuesday, March 14 in Washington, DC. Along with leadership in a changing world, the meeting also addressed issues related to higher education leadership, equity and social justice, and innovation, and ACE staff have posted blogs covering a selection of these sessions and events. Also included is a selection of videos from ACE2017 plenary sessions.

Innovation Doesn’t Need to be Shrouded in Secrecy

How do you bridge the realities facing your institution with the real need for a future vision? Such was the question posed by Rick Staisloff, principal of RPK Group, to a group of college and university presidents at ACE2017. The answer isn’t easy, and it’s often a glaring omission of college and university innovation efforts. Without it, faculty and staff might view efforts at change with skepticism, and they aren’t necessarily wrong to do so.

Predictive Analytics: If You Build It, Will Students Succeed?

Predictive analytics has made it on the list of “must haves” for many college and university leaders in recent years. But a new report from New America says that without careful use, predictive analytics can reinforce biases in education outcomes, remove human choice, and dilute the quality of teaching, learning and advising.

Pay and Representation of Racial/Ethnic Minorities in Higher Education Administration

The College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) recently released the report Pay and Representation of Racial/Ethnic Minorities in Higher Education Administrative Positions: The Century So Far. The second brief in a series focusing on diversity in higher education administrative positions, this report focuses on racial/ethnic minority representation in these positions.

Women’s Equity in Higher Education Administration: Pay and Representation

The College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) recently released a new report, The Gender Pay Gap and the Representation of Women in Higher Education Administrative Positions: The Century So Far, on women’s equity in higher education administration. It highlights trends in higher education administrator’s pay and representation, comparing the gaps between men and women overall and by seniority and region.

Center for Urban Education Releases Series on Equity, Attainment and State Policy

The Center for Urban Education at University of Southern California and the Lumina Foundation have released a series of resources to inform state leaders and policymakers of practices and strategies to increase equity in higher education policy and to guide them through the process.

First in My Family: Supporting First-Generation College Students

This video from the American Youth Policy Forum features the stories of several first-generation college students and graduates, and explores their challenges, sources of support, and recommendations for policymakers. It is estimated that between one-third and one-half of college students are first-generation. However, fewer than one-third of these students who enroll in a four year college will graduate within six years.