Practicing Vigorous Civility

We are facing a crisis of speech in the United States, a turmoil over how to speak to each other across lines of difference. And nowhere is this strain more sharply felt than at colleges and universities, writes Frederick Lawrence.

Columbia University Faculty Equity Study Provides Trends and Recommendations

The Policy and Planning Committee of Columbia University released an equity study on university-wide and core division trends for faculty of color and women faculty based on online surveys, in-person interviews, and department- and university-level data.

The Paradox of Free Speech in America Today

Sanford J. Ungar, president emeritus of Goucher College, former host of All Things Considered on NPR, and director of the Free Speech Project at Georgetown University describes the difficulty Americans and higher education institutions face today in figuring out what free speech means and how to implement it with reasonable, common-sense standards.

Infographic: College Presidents on Free Speech and Campus Inclusion

College leaders face the pressing challenge of managing the tensions between campus inclusion and freedom of expression. Download and share this infographic based on ACE’s recent survey of nearly 500 college and university presidents on their viewpoints on and experiences with these tensions.

University Consortium Addresses History of Slavery and Its Continuing Impact

The University of Virginia has organized a consortium called Universities Studying Slavery that brings together over 40 colleges and universities across the country and world to share resources as they confront the role of slavery and racism in their histories and its impact today.

The Civil Rights Project: How Higher Education Policy Impacts Students of Color

The Civil Rights Project hosted a policy briefing Sept. 25 on new scholarly analyses of present and proposed federal higher education policy and the potential impact on students of color.

New USC Report Grades Level of Equity for Black Students by State and Institution

A report recently released by the University of Southern California Race and Equity Center focuses on the level of equity for black students in each state and their four-year, non-specialized, public postsecondary institutions, using four equity indicators: representation, gender, completion, and black student-to-black faculty ratio.

Morgan State Preservation Project Encourages African Americans in Architecture

This summer, six students from Morgan State University, a historically black university in Maryland, participated in a hands-on historical preservation project called “Touching History: Preservation in Practice” as part of a pilot program to increase African American representation in architecture and related career paths.

Tuskegee University Hosts International Institute on Rural Public Policy

Tuskegee University (AL) this year hosted the International Comparative Rural Policy Studies Summer Institute, which brings together students, faculty, and professionals from around the world and across many disciplines to study and exchange ideas on rural policy.

The 2015 University of Missouri Protests and Their Lessons for Higher Education

In an effort to capture the experiences and lessons from the 2015 University of Missouri student protests, Ben Trachtenberg of the university’s School of Law has published the first scholarly article on the events, “The 2015 University of Missouri Protests and their Lessons for Higher Education Policy and Administration.”

West Chester University Opens Doors to Students With Intellectual Disabilities

West Chester University (PA) is launching a pilot program this fall for students with intellectual disabilities to pursue a full college experience. The Real Achievement Matters (RAM) initiative will provide the opportunity for students to learn, live, and interact with others on campus, while supporting and accommodating their needs.

Climate, Mentoring, and Persistence Among Underrepresented STEM Doctoral Students

To ensure true equity and success for underrepresented students in STEM, institutional efforts to increase demographic diversity through recruitment must be accompanied by the creation of an inclusive environment where students can thrive.