Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Montana State U., Tribal College Students to Seek Answers Together

Montana State University researchers have received a $282,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to create a new approach to solving issues on Montana’s Indian Reservations.

Full story: http://diverseeducation.com/article/96875/

Higher Ed Policy Experts Placing Premium on Student Privacy

WASHINGTON — As education and workforce subcommittee members and policy experts attending a hearing Wednesday on Capitol Hill examined ways to help students and families make higher education decisions, they were reminded that student privacy should always be priority.

Full story: http://diverseeducation.com/article/96993/

Veterans Groups Pushing for Post-9/11 GI Bill Improvements

Veterans associations, such as the Student Veterans of America (SVA), American Legion, Military Order of the Purple Heart, and Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA), are working to amend Title 38 of the U.S. Code, specifically regarding the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

The associations want to revise the Post-9/11 GI Bill so that it benefits a wider range of veterans who are transitioning into higher education or future careers.

Full story: http://diverseeducation.com/article/97121/

NASFAA Offers Guidance to Displaced College Students

The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA), bolstered by a grant from the Lumina Foundation, has developed a website to benefit students whose colleges closed while they were enrolled or shortly after they withdrew.

The website, NextStepsEd.org, is an online ticketing portal which allows students to connect “with a seasoned financial aid advisor from a NASFAA member institution,” according to the site’s mission statement.

Full story: http://www.diverseeducation.com/article/97418

Study: Students Paying Price for Lack of Banking Knowledge

NerdWallet, a financial site which helps people understand their economic options, revisited its 2016 study and found the same 20 banks offering checking accounts affiliated with popular universities in the U.S. haven’t changed their overdraft fees and charges since the study was published.

Full story: http://www.diverseeducation.com/article/97567/

U.S. Government, Georgetown Offer Tuition Aid to Federal Employees

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management is partnering with Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies to provide financial benefits for eligible federal employees who are pursuing college career changes.

The collaboration would allow qualified federal employees to receive a 10 percent discount on the current tuition for most SCS degrees and certificate programs each semester.

Full story: http://diverseeducation.com/article/97976/

Rapper Parody Costs 3 Their Jobs at Grace College & Seminary

Three employees from Grace College & Seminary were fired after a photo of them posing as “rappers” with a fake album cover background went viral earlier this month amid allegations of White privilege and cultural appropriation.

The photo was taken as part of a “wrap day” in the marketing department, which participates in themed days each Friday during the summer at the evangelical Christian institution located in Indiana.

Full story: http://diverseeducation.com/article/98022/

Researchers Look to Census Data for Keys to Improving Educational Outcomes

A report issued from the Institute for Immigration, Globalization, and Education at UCLA and the ACT Center for Equity in Learning highlights the nation’s racial and ethnic diversity and provides ways for data-collecting agencies to improve their methods.

The report, titled “The Racial Heterogeneity Project: Implications for Educational Research, Practice, and Policy,” examines racial inequity in education and offers recommendations based on research about structural barriers that need to be overcome in order to improve educational outcomes for racial groups.

Full story: http://diverseeducation.com/article/98226/

24 Colleges Each Get $1M Grant to Boost STEM Programs

Two Virginia universities—Radford and Virginia Tech—have received individual $1 million grants from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) to improve their science, technology, education and mathematics (STEM) programs.

A total of 511 schools across the country applied for the grant, and only 24 were selected.

Full story: http://diverseeducation.com/article/98513/

U. of Michigan Implementing Free Tuition Program for Some In-state Students

The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor campus has implemented a free tuition program, called “Go Blue Guarantee,” for in-state students and applicants with families earning up to $65,000 a year.

Full story: http://diverseeducation.com/article/98769/

Louisville Tries Different Course to Close Black Male Achievement Gap

In an effort to improve academic achievement among African Americans, a Kentucky school board has approved the creation of an academy tailored to Black male students in Louisville.

Full story: http://diverseeducation.com/article/98853/

Veterans Groups’ Objective: Defend Educational Protections

After hearing that the Trump Administration is taking action to decrease students’ rights and protections, 33 veterans and military service organizations have been voicing their concerns of how badly these actions will harm veterans and their families.

Full story: http://diverseeducation.com/article/99197/

Indian River State College Breaks Down Math as Barrier to STEM Success

Indian River State College (IRSC), a community college in Florida, created a new approach to help minority and low-income students overcome the math barrier for entry into selective enrollment programs across the country.

The program, titled Redesigning Math: The Nuclear Case Studywas published in December 2016 and focused on a cohort of 12 students with a math deficiency, and studied underserved African American populations over the course of one semester. Five of the 12 students, or 40 percent were African American.

Full story: http://diverseeducation.com/article/99361/

3 Rowan University Diversity Programs Awarded NSF Grants

Three programs at Rowan University with goals to promote diversity and equality for underrepresented races and sexualities on and off campus recently have been awarded grants by the National Science Foundation to aid those efforts.

The grants will be available to most of the projects for five years and all programs have already started the implementation process.

Full story: http://diverseeducation.com/article/99523/

Miami University Joins Diversity, Inclusion Group

Miami University is the latest institution to join the CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion, a coalition where CEOs and presidents of corporations, businesses and nonprofits share strategies to increase inclusion and diversity in the workplace.

Full story: http://diverseeducation.com/article/99579/

Correa Helping First-generation Students Find Their Way

After receiving her master’s degree in justice, law and society from American University, Vanessa Correa didn’t think she’d end up having a career in higher education.

“I spent some time doing research on crime and looking at crime and different programs that were created to address crime and [doing] lots of research, but I really missed that personal touch of working one-on-one with other people,” Correa says.

Full story: http://diverseeducation.com/article/99806/

Garcia Feels Most Effective on Front Lines of Higher Education

Although Dr. Gina Ann Garcia is an advocate for equity and diversity, she didn’t always know that she wanted to build a career in higher education. But during her time in college, Garcia decided that she wanted to give people the same “transformative” experience that she had as a student.

Full story: http://diverseeducation.com/article/100709

Former Student Makes Diversity His Business on Campuses

While attending Slippery Rock University, a predominantly White institution in Pennsylvania, Justin L. Brown found that his peers displayed “micro-aggressive” behavior and didn’t know how to act toward people of color, since it was typically their first exposure to minority students.

Full story: http://diverseeducation.com/article/101317/

Whitfield-Harris Pushes for Diversity in Nursing

Studying public health as a college student, Dr. Lisa Whitfield-Harris was hesitant to expand her career to higher education, a field that required her to do more public speaking than she was used to.

“I knew I wanted to be in nursing,” she says. “I didn’t figure it out until later on in my career that I actually wanted to make a difference for students.”

Full story: http://diverseeducation.com/article/110613/

Brown Partners with Art Center to Host Rosa Parks’ House

Brown University’s Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice (CSSJ) and WaterFire Providence have partnered to host civil rights activist Rosa Parks’ former home before residing permanently at another location in the U.S. chosen by artist Ryan Mendoza.

The home is currently on public display in Mendoza’s backyard in Berlin, Germany and has been there since 2016. It’s scheduled to premiere to the Brown community April 3.

Full story: http://diverseeducation.com/article/111121/

Professor Interrogates the World With Students

Growing up, Dr. McKinley E. Melton was fascinated by language, learning, literature and the articulation of ideas, but wasn’t sure what career path to pursue that matched those curiosities. It wasn’t until his time as an undergraduate at Duke University that he became interested in “diversifying the academy.”

Full story: http://diverseeducation.com/article/112623/

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Morgan State University’s College of Liberal Arts will be named after alumnus James H. Gilliam Jr. “Morgan’s liberal arts programs have cultivated many high achievers over our 150-year history, and James H. Gilliam Jr. was one of the most outstanding of those alumni,” says Morgan State University President David Wilson.

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Leaders of Minority-Serving Institutions Ask Congress to Bolster Pell Grant

The presidents and chancellors of 10 minority-serving institutions called on members of Congress to strengthen federal investment in the Pell Grant program in a recent letter.

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STEM Academicians Invest in Future Generations

Dr. Stephanie Adams’ favorite part of her new role as dean of the Batten College of Engineering and Technology at Old Dominion University (ODU) is creating an environment that pushes students to achieve their dreams.

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West Virginia State University has been awarded more than $894,000 in research grants from the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to fund the institution’s research around food security.

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California Community Colleges announced a new campaign geared toward prospective students, ranging from high school students to adults, who are interested in affordable ways to acquire new skills in more than 200 areas of study.

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An Expert Focusing On Hispanic Serving Institutions

Although Dr. Gina Ann Garcia is an advocate for equity and diversity, she didn’t always know that she wanted to build a career in higher education.

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Making Diversity Real

While attending Slippery Rock University, a predominantly White institution in Pennsylvania, Justin L. Brown found that his peers displayed “micro aggressive” behavior and didn’t know how to act toward people of color, since it was typically their first exposure to minority students.

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