STEM Climate for Students with Disabilities

More students with disabilities of all types are enrolling in postsecondary education institutions than ever before. Yet fewer of them persist to graduation relative to their peers without disabilities, and still fewer graduate with science, technology, engineering, or mathematics degrees. Rachel Friedensen, postdocotoral research associate at Iowa State University, examines this dilemma.

New Analysis Reinforces the Racial Disparities of Student Debt

The recent release of the 2015-16 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study has very quickly raised concern and alarm around which students face the largest debt burdens.

HBCUs, Black Women, and STEM Success

While HBCUs do their share of producing black graduates with STEM degrees, there is a greater need for equity throughout the education pipeline and in workforce hiring practices, writes Howard University’s Caroline Harper in the latest post in the series, “Campus Climate and STEM Success.”

College on the Autism Spectrum

Most first-time college students face challenges adjusting to new academic demands and campus life. For students on the autism spectrum, these challenges can be overwhelming—but with the proper support, they don’t have to be.

Success of Part-Time Community College Students is Important, EAB Reports

EAB recently released a report that reveals the growing importance of the success part-time students who are attending community colleges.

Faces of Dreamers: Rosa Sanchez, TheDream.US Scholarship Recipient

Rosa Sanchez, a leader and top in her class, worried about affording college given that Dreamers can’t receive federal student financial aid. Thanks to a TheDream.US scholarship, she can follow her dream of studying to be a neurosurgeon.

Why Social Interactions Matter for Our Conversations About Campus Climates and STEM

Students’ social interactions and views of race and inequality are shaped by the climate on campus, which could explain some of the disparities in the STEM fields, writes W. Carson Byrd of the University of Louisville.

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.