Addressing STEM Culture and Climate to Increase Diversity in STEM Disciplines

Despite millions of dollars in science diversity programs designed to shift patterns of representation in the STEM fields, minoritized populations continue to be underrepresented. The University of Maryland’s Kimberly Griffin looks at the need to attend to both STEM culture and institutional climate to cultivate more inclusive learning environments and increase diversity.


SHEEO Report Tracks State Higher Education Finance for FY 2017

The State Higher Education Executive Officers Association recently released their annual State Higher Education Finance report for fiscal year 2017. It found that for the first time, public institutions in most states depend on tuition over appropriations.

AIR Releases Report on Using Data and Analytics for Student Success

AIR released a report, in partnership with NASPA and EDUCAUSE, examining the role of data and analytics in higher education, specifically capturing their use in increasing student success.

Free Speech and Campus Inclusion: A Survey of College Presidents

ACE’s Center for Policy Research and Strategy fielded its second national Pulse Point survey of college and university presidents in February to better understand their viewpoints on and experiences with free speech and campus inclusion.

For College Students and Presidents Alike, Free Speech Is a Balancing Act

In February of this year, ACE fielded a national survey of college and university presidents to better understand their thoughts and experiences with the pressing issues of free speech and campus inclusion. Comparing our findings with Knight and Gallup’s 2017 survey of college students on the First Amendment, it may be that campus leaders and their students are more aligned on these issues than we believe or the media often depicts.

University of Texas Online Tool Presents Data on Student Outcomes

The University of Texas System, in conjunction with the U.S. Census Bureau, has developed a first-of-its-kind, user-friendly tool called seekUT to present up-to-date student outcomes data across the system’s institutions and their varying programs.

NACUA Webinar to Shed Light on 403(b) Retirement Plan Litigation

In light of recent litigation involving 403(b) retirement plans offered at higher education institutions, the National Association of College and University Attorneys will present a webinar April 12 from noon-1 p.m. on “Higher Education Retirement Plans: Update on Litigation and Risk Mitigation Considerations.”

NCES Survey Looks at Credentials Held by Adults Without College Degrees

In an effort to capture the credentials attained by adults who have not earned a postsecondary degree, the National Center for Education Statistics conducted the Adult Training and Education Survey focused on subbaccalaureate certifications, trainings, licenses, and other non-degree credentialing attained by adults no longer enrolled in high school.

College Students of Color: Confronting the Complexities of Diversity, Culture, and Mental Health

Annelle Primm of The Steve Fund discusses the need for the higher education community to institute policies and procedures to support the mental health and emotional well-being of students of color. This post is the first in a series on college student mental health and well-being.

Faces of Dreamers: Josh Boloña and Karen Caudillo, University of Central Florida

Two candidates for student government president at the University of Central Florida were Dreamers: engineering student Josh Boloña and international relations major Karen Caudillo.

To A Degree Podcast Looks at Achieving Equity in Higher Education

ACE’s Lorelle Espinosa joined a panel discussion to discuss “Achieving Equity in Higher Ed” in a new episode of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “To A Degree” podcast.

Knight Foundation Blog Series Addresses Campus Free Speech

The Knight Foundation has leveraged its space on the website Medium to promote a series of invited blog posts around the topic of free speech on campus, including posts written by undergraduate student body presidents, professors, and current and former university presidents.