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My student is in crisis, but I’m not a counselor. How can I possibly help?

Many higher education professionals—faculty, staff, and campus administrators—struggle with how to best help students in distress, sometimes feeling overwhelmed by the number of students seeking their support. But you don’t need to be an expert to help.

April 21, 2023

Mapping the Ecosystem of Alternative Postsecondary Education Providers

Alternative providers are becoming a significant—if not yet indispensable—part of the U.S. higher education ecosystem. It’s essential to establish a taxonomy that helps colleges and universities make informed choices about how to work with these providers, writes Louis Soares.

March 22, 2023

An Unrecognized Bias Contributing to the Gender Gap in the College Presidency

As we await the results of the new American College President Study, two researchers from Colgate University look at how the pathway to the presidency is different for men and women.

March 6, 2023

Capacity Building for Shared Equity Leadership

Capacity building for shared equity leadership is an ongoing investment meant to support and develop a repertoire of knowledge, skills, and dispositions to collectively lead equity-minded change efforts.

January 9, 2023

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Working Learners and Work Colleges: Innovating at the Intersection of Education and Life

For 72 million American workers without a college degree, blending education, work, and life can unlock high-paying jobs in the knowledge economy. Louis Soares and Vickie Choitz explore how “work colleges” offer a template for supporting these learners.

December 13, 2022

Redefining Prestige

Education Secretary Miguel Cardona has laid out plans to hold higher education more accountable for student success. Devorah Lieberman, president of the University of La Verne, writes that we owe it to our students—and ourselves—to embrace his vision.

November 21, 2022

Why Climate Action Is in Higher Education’s Best Interest

Taking a leadership role on finding solutions to the climate crisis is an important way universities can remind the public that higher education benefits all of society—not just those who earn a degree, writes CU Boulder Chancellor Philip DiStefano.

November 10, 2022

Accountability for Campus Equity Is Everyone’s Work

Making progress on narrowing gaps and creating more inclusive and anti-racist campus environments means spreading the work to more faculty, staff, and administrators on campus rather than marginalizing it to one or two offices.

September 15, 2022

Organizing Shared Equity Leadership: How to Structure the Work

As colleges and universities continue to work to transform themselves into more equitable spaces, leaders are grappling with the best ways to address entrenched structural problems. Elizabeth Holcombe and Adrianna Kezar look at the different shared equity leadership models that can help campuses move forward.

June 2, 2022

COVID-19 and Self-Injury Among College Students: Risks and Mitigation Strategies

Over the past two years, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant effect on student wellbeing. One area of particular concern is the impact of the pandemic on non-suicidal self-injury. What can we do to address the increased risk?

May 25, 2022

Let’s Educate More and Better Leaders—The World Needs Them

Good leadership can give our work and lives meaning and foster stability, unity, innovation, and equity. With so much at stake, Scott Cowen, president emeritus of Tulane University, suggests that leadership studies should be a strategic priority and part of the core curriculum at all colleges.

April 27, 2022

Meeting Gen Z: Avoiding the Demographic Cliff and Preparing for Their Future

Colleges must understand and respond both to the concerns and needs of Gen Z and the evolving demands of the marketplace—and do it fast—or they will fail, writes Allegheny College President Hilary Link.

April 15, 2022