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.

The Evolving Nature of the College Presidency

While rewarding, being a college president has always been hard work. Today, environmental and industry pressures have converged to make leading an institution more complex than ever before. Jonathan Gagliardi looks at ACE’s recent report, the American College President Study 2017, and the future of the presidency in the 21st century.

Mergers in Higher Education: A Proactive Strategy to a Better Future?

A recent report commissioned and published by the TIAA Institute examines the nature of mergers and acquisitions in higher education. The report aims to assist higher education leaders to better understand the possibility of institutional mergers as components of their long-term strategic plans.