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What MSIs Can Teach Higher Ed About Bringing Underrepresented Students Into STEM
At this week’s annual meeting of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU), university leaders shared strategies from Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) to support underrepresented students in STEM.
November 16, 2021
Webinar Tackles Philanthropic Inequities for MSIs
While big gifts to MSIs, especially to HBCUs, have made headlines, the panelists on a Tuesday webinar discussed fundraising challenges such institutions still face.
October 19, 2021
MSI Aspiring Leaders Program is Creating Results
What’s making this program so successful and what lessons are learned about leading a Minority Serving Institution?
September 29, 2021
UIC Awarded $5 Million for Latinx Humanity Scholar Program
September 22, 2021
Two NSF Grants to Boost Collaboration Among Minority Serving Institutions
September 13, 2021
Report Analyzes Institutions’ Racial Justice Statements and Action Plans
After the killing of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and other Black Americans at the hands of police officers last year, many colleges and universities were quick to release statements expressing their solidarity and intent to create anti-racist campuses. Over a year later, have institutions moved from making promises to taking action? NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE) sought to find out in two-part report.
August 5, 2021
Department of Education Increases COVID-19 Relief Funding to Historic and Under-Resourced Institutions
The U.S. Department of Education announced an additional $3.2 billion in funding for historic and under-resourced institutions under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF). The funding will go to historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), tribal colleges and universities (TCUs), minorities serving institutions (MSIs) and other underserved institutions, like some community colleges. The funding […]
July 29, 2021
Trinity Washington University Settles More than $1.8 Million in Balances for Nearly 400 Full-time Undergraduates
Using federal funds from the American Rescue Plan, Trinity Washington University—a Predominantly Black Institution and Hispanic Serving Institution located in the nation’s capital—has fully paid off $1,828,901 in balances for nearly 400 full-time undergraduate students who owe balances to Trinity, more than 40% of the full-time undergraduate student body. According to Trinity officials, the average […]
July 21, 2021
University of Illinois Chicago Granted $2.25 Million for Next Generation Energetic Materials
The University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) has been granted $2.25 million to create a research center by the U.S. Army through a program to diversify its research base through partnerships with historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and minority-serving institutions (MSIs). The five-year grant will establish EXtreme EnErgy Density (EXEED), a research center focused on […]
July 6, 2021
NAACP Calls on Biden Administration to Cancel Student Debt
The NAACP—the nation’s oldest civil rights organization—is stepping up its efforts to pressure the Biden administration to cancel student debt, after the administration excluded debt forgiveness from its $6 trillion budget proposal last week.
June 4, 2021
Reducing the Cost of Higher Education Through the Invaluable Mission of Community Colleges and Affordable HBCUs
There is a significant need to foster better collaborative relationships among community colleges and HBCUs. Throughout history, HBCUs and community colleges have played a critical role in educating diverse students seeking to receive higher education.
March 8, 2021
Virtual Panel Urges Student Debt Cancellation, Calling it a Racial Justice Issue Too
Cancelling student debt isn’t just an economic issue but a racial justice one too, argued higher education leaders and policy makers in a Thursday virtual panel hosted by the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) and the NAACP.
December 10, 2020
Panel Explores Accreditation and Role of HBCUs During COVID-19 Crisis
Higher education leaders convened virtually Nov. 19 to discuss the role of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and accreditation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Prairie View A&M University’s Minority Achievement, Creativity and High-Ability Center (MACH-III) hosted the webinar.
November 19, 2020
NASA Awards $587,000 in Grants to Minority Serving Institutions
In partnership with the National Science Foundation, NASA has awarded 14 planning grants totaling more than $587,000 to minority serving institutions (MSIs) through its Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP), NASA announced in a press release. The grants aim to broaden diversity and participation in engineering, in alignment with the Nation of Communities of […]
August 27, 2020
Spirit Airline Pledges $250,000 in Air Travel to Civil Rights Organizations
In the wake of Black Lives Matter protests this summer, a growing number of companies are making financial commitments to racial equity. Spirit Airlines has joined the wave of new efforts, promising $250,000 in air travel to nine civil rights organizations across the country. “At Spirit, we promote diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging and strongly […]
August 21, 2020
Excelencia in Education Analyzes CARES ACT and Federal Funding Proposal’s Impact on HSIs
In a new analysis, Excelencia in Education looked at current federal COVID-19 funding proposals as well as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and its impact on Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs).
August 13, 2020
University of Kentucky Partners With NAACP to Establish New Research Initiative
The University of Kentucky is partnering with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) to establish a research initiative focused on education equity, civil rights and social justice.
August 6, 2020
Inclusive Excellence, Now and Forever: How Predominately White Institutions of Higher Education Can Keep Their Promise to Students of Color
The impact of COVID-19 and the ensuing health, societal, and financial fallout have been disastrous and life-altering for most people and institutions, including a collapsed state of normalcy within the higher education landscape.
May 24, 2020
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