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ACE2018: What Keeps College and University Presidents Up At Night?

The packed room at the concurrent session Monday morning devoted to exploring Inside Higher Ed’s 2018 survey of college and university presidents, conducted by Gallup and published Friday in conjunction with ACE2018, testified to the power of the topic: What Keeps Presidents Up at Night.

ACE2018: Harmonizing Interests in Campus Inclusion and Free Expression—Perspectives and Policy Recommendations

Understanding the complexities of free speech and expression on college campuses requires multi-faceted and targeted strategies. These strategies include universities correctly interpreting the law, institutional leadership managing expectations from varying stakeholders, and dealing with crises preemptively as they arise on campus.

ACE2018: Higher Education’s Diversity Journey Part II—Having Hard Conversations

Moderated by Anne Clark Bartlett of the University of Washington-Tacoma, “Higher Education’s Diversity Journey Part II: Having Hard Conversations” provided ACE2018 participants a window into both the challenges and opportunities of critical incidents on campuses today. In this interactive session, five Fellows from the 2017-18 cohort played the role of select higher education leadership, providing the various perspectives in having to manage the visit of a controversial speaker gone awry.

ACE2018: Higher Education’s Diversity Journey Part I—The Past and Future

With an eye to the past of diversity and inclusion in the United States, “Higher Education’s Diversity Journey Part I: Past and Future” at ACE2018 focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion at institutions today.

ACE2018: Higher Education Leaders Gather in Washington for ACE’s 100th Annual Meeting

ACE staff are blogging on a selection of sessions and other events at ACE2018, the Council’s 100th Annual Meeting.

ACE2018: Women’s Leadership Dinner Keynote—Students Have the Solutions

In her keynote address to the Women’s Leadership Dinner at ACE2018, Dickinson College (PA) President Margee Ensign brought her audience first to Nigeria. While president of the American University of Nigeria (AUN), which was purposefully founded in one of the poorest places in the world, Ensign encountered food insecurity, corruption, and the terrorist group Boko Haram.

Claiming Our Story: The Importance of Higher Education to Transform Lives and Society

CASE President Sue Cunningham talks about why we need to tell the story of higher education as a public good—and how to do it.

CSU Innovations In Developmental Education Will Support Those Who Need It Most

California State University is preparing to implement a host of policy changes that will improve student achievement and lead to more Californians earning a high-quality degree in less time—including a revamp of the support structure for underprepared students in need of skill development.

Stop Counting and Start Courting: The Role of a Chief Diversity Officer

Nicole Roach, chief diversity officer at Webster University, writes that you can spend as much money as you want to recruit a more diverse student body and faculty. But if your institution does not practice inclusion at all levels, they will eventually leave for an institution that does.

Live Like a Student: UNI’s Financial Literacy Strategy Reduces Student Debt

The University of Northern Iowa has decreased student debt upon graduation by an average of $3,300 per borrower since 2010. President Mark Nook discusses the cornerstone of that success—Live Like a Student, the university’s counseling and financial literacy program.

Big Data on Campus

As drivers of social mobility, economic growth, and community development, U.S. colleges and universities have long been regarded as among the best in the world. However, some stakeholders have begun to question whether that will remain true in the future. Can the better use of data help?

The AGB Guardians Initiative: Engaging the Public on the Value of Higher Education

College and university trustees—often focused on their fiduciary responsibilities and the success of their own institutions—traditionally have not been engaged in the national discourse about the enduring contributions of higher education to the advancement of both individuals and our nation as a whole. The AGB Guardians Initiative aims to change that narrative.