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.

Entity Magazine Explores the Higher Education Presidential Gender Gap

A recent piece in Entity Magazine asks an important question: Why is the number of female university presidents still so low? Through interviews with ACE President Molly Corbett Broad and others, the piece explores some of the reasons why women have struggled to ascend to the top higher education leadership position.

Women’s March on Washington: Where Do We Go From Here?

California State University, San Marcos, President Karen Haynes on the implications of the women’s march and higher education.

New From Brookings: The Contribution of Historically Black Colleges and Universities to Upward Mobility

The attainment gap between black and white high school students has been closing slowly over time. However, these gaps remain wide at the postsecondary level. A recent article from the Brookings Institution highlights new data from the Equal Opportunity Project to demonstrate how Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) act as engines of upward mobility… Read more »

Aligning Demographic Shifts and College Participation: Increasing Latino Degree Attainment

Delma Ramos and Morgan Taylor look at the importance of increasing attainment for Latino students, the largest minority group and the second largest racial/ethnic group in the country.

Higher Education Can Lead the Way Toward a More Tolerant Society

As Americans, we are privileged to have the world’s premier system of higher education, writes ACE’s Lorelle Espinosa. And as a laboratory for ideas and exchange, higher education can further lead the way to a more tolerant society through the actions of its leaders and the engagement of its whole community of learners.

A Path Forward for Faculty in Higher Education

The American higher education system, despite its challenges, remains the envy of the world. But to meet the needs of future students and maintain its vaunted status, U.S. colleges and universities must address a few important dynamics. The TIAA Institute’s Stephanie Bell-Rose looks at the path forward.

Hamline University Equipping First Generation Students With Services and Support

Asking for help can be daunting on a college campus—just ask any first-year student. But for those who are the first in their family to attend college and may lack the built-in familial support systems that other students might have, it may be hard to even identify who to ask. A new program at Hamline University is making it easier to know where to turn.

University of Missouri Leaders Share Progress on Diversity, Inclusion Initiatives

After the University of Missouri System and its Columbia campus were rocked by student protests last year, leaders there announced initiatives designed to address diversity and inclusion. UM System Interim President Michael Middleton and MU Interim Chancellor Hank Foley recently provided updates on the progress made in areas such as increasing the number of minority faculty members.

PODCAST: Lorelle Espinosa on Campus Diversity and Inclusion

Lorelle Espinosa, assistant vice president for ACE’s Center on Policy Research and Strategy (CPRS), spoke recently with Hobsons on the educational benefits of diversity and inclusion on U.S. college campuses. Her interview was featured on a recent episode of Hobsons’ monthly podcast on student success, “Upgraded.”

“Am I overreacting?” Understanding and Combating Microaggressions

Many people of color, women, LGBTQ and other “minoritized” groups on college and university campuses experience microaggressions on a regular basis. We can no longer merely work toward multiculturalism and inclusivity, but rather we must address the larger systemic issues that allow racial microaggressions to flourish on campus.

Individual Acts of Inclusivity Have the Greatest Impact

There has been a great deal of energy expended on diversifying the faculty on college campuses in recent years, and the discussion has ramped up lately with the focus on student protests and demands for a more inclusive campus climate. ACE’s Kim Bobby discusses effective processes for building and retaining a diverse faculty—and how true inclusivity takes individual self-reflection and action.