A Dream Undone?

Jessie Brown, ACE’s associate general counsel, looks at Monday’s Annual Meeting session, “Compelling Interest: Race-Conscious Admissions in Turbulent Legal Times.”

Higher Education and the Obama Administration: A Reading List

In a concurrent session this afternoon at ACE’s 97th Annual Meeting, Terry Hartle, ACE senior vice president for government and public affairs, provided an overview of the higher education landscape in Washington.

VIDEO: Regulation Task Force Co-Chairs Zeppos and Kirwan Testify at Senate Hearing

A few clips from today’s Senate HELP Committee hearing on the report from the Task Force on Federal Regulation of Higher Education. Testifying were the task force’s co-chairs, Chancellors William E. Kirwan of the University System of Maryland and Nicholas S. Zeppos of Vanderbilt University (TN).

VIDEO: President Obama Announces Free Community College Plan

For a summary of the proposal and media reaction, see: FRIDAY BUZZ: President Obama Proposes Two Years of Free Community College

VIDEO: Higher Education Accountability Proposals and Minority-Serving Institutions, Students

If you weren’t able to make it to Capitol Hill yesterday for the Civil Rights Project event on higher education accountability proposals and minority-serving institutions and students—co-sponsored by the ACE Center for Policy Research and Strategy—you can now watch a recorded version on C-SPAN.

Regional Accreditors Take Steps to Improve Public Understanding of Commission Actions

Good news from the Council of Regional Accrediting Commissions (C-RAC) yesterday—the coalition announced plans to implement a common framework and understanding of terms for key actions regarding accredited institutions. Beginning this year, the terms “Warning,” “Probation,” “Show Cause,” “Withdrawal of Accreditation,” “Denial of Accreditation” and “Appeal” will be identical across regions, according to C-RAC’s plans…. Read more »

VIDEO: Nine Groups Endorse Student Achievement Measure

Nine national higher education organizations have endorsed the Student Achievement Measure (SAM), a collaborative effort by the association community to track student attendance across institutions.

VIDEO: Close the Innovation Deficit

Innovation Deficit:  The gap between actual and needed federal investments in research and higher education at a time when other nations such as China, India and Singapore are dramatically boosting research funding to develop the next great technological and medical breakthroughs. More at www.innovationdeficit.org/. Join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #InnovationDeficit.

VIDEO: How to Create and Support Diversity on Campus

Martha Kanter, under secretary at the U.S. Department of Education (above), was among the speakers at a panel discussion hosted by the Departments of Education and Justice on Sept. 27, 2013, in the wake of the June 2013 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin.

University of Michigan President Cautions Continued Impact of Budget Cuts on Research, Urges Congress to Act

Many breathed a sigh of relief in mid-October when the federal shutdown finally came to a close after 16 days. However, University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman this week warned if Congress does not reach a compromise on federal spending, the university’s research operations will continue to remain in peril.