Faculty & Staff
Leadership & Policy
Faculty & Staff
Questioning Our Questions About Faculty Diversity
I was recently contacted by a news outlet to share thoughts about the lack of faculty diversity within the UC (University of California) system. This is the kind of opportunity I especially welcome because it allows me to discuss both my scholarly expertise and insights through experiences. However, on this particular occasion my excitement was soon met with other sentiments.
April 20, 2021
Online Drag Shows and Shoe Box Parade Floats: Campus Communities Virtually Celebrate Pride in Style
Online drag shows, miniature floats made out of shoe boxes, virtual panel discussions and dance parties – these are just a few of the ways LGBTQ students and alumni are marking Pride month. Even with parades shut down and campuses closed, college communities are gathering online to celebrate.
June 9, 2020
Colleges Make Plans for Safe On-Campus Student Move Out
With spring semester coming to an end, universities and colleges have put protocols in place to ensure the safety of students who are returning to campus housing to pack up their belongings after the COVID-19 outbreak forced early closures.
May 19, 2020
Survey: 30% of High School Students Plan to Delay Their College Start Date
A new survey reveals that 30% of high school students are delaying their college start date while 13% plan to change their original chosen institution due to the coronavirus pandemic.
May 1, 2020
Policy Brief Suggests Reforms to Address Student Debt Crisis During the Pandemic
In the first draft of the $2 trillion United States federal government stimulus package, a cancellation of $10,000 for any loan borrower’s student debt was proposed. However, Congress ultimately voted to give each student borrower a six-month interest-free break on making payments on federal loans. Meaning, individuals do not have to make a student loan payment until October 2020 and there will be not an accrual of interest and penalties during this time.
April 22, 2020
Report: 40% of Contingent and Adjunct Faculty Have Trouble Affording Basic Expenses
As much as 40% of adjunct and contingent faculty at two- and four-year colleges and universities have trouble affording basic household expenses, says a new report that surveyed more than 3,000 such instructors in May-June last year. The report by the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), released Monday, further said that a third of survey […]
April 20, 2020
Pandemic Causes High School Seniors to Reassess College Decisions, Says Survey
As all sectors of society grapple with life under COVID-19, high school seniors planning to attend college in the fall are not only concerned about staying healthy, they’re now faced with numerous uncertainties about if, when and how classes will begin. Two recent national surveys conducted in March found that the coronavirus pandemic was causing […]
April 12, 2020
20/20 Vision in the Wake of a Crisis
Lately I have wondered – if I could have predicted COVID-19 three or four years ago – how I would have prepared differently for a public health pandemic as the president of a private, church-related HBCU.
April 11, 2020
Redefining Access in Higher Education
As colleges and universities become increasingly diverse in terms of their enrollment, they are quick to highlight how their incoming class is either the most racially or ethnically diverse class, the most first-generation college students to be admitted in a given year, or the most socioeconomically diverse incoming class. But what happens when these students come to campus?
February 27, 2020
Remorse and the College Admission Scandal’s Stiffest Penalty to Date
Douglas Hodge, is the former CEO of Pimco, a company you might know about if you pay attention to your workplace retirement funds. PIMCO is one of the cornerstone investments on the bond side, in other words, the safety play. You make your risky bets on the equity mutual funds. Bonds are like the sure thing. So of course you’d figure to see a guy like Hodge caught in the college admissions scandal.
February 11, 2020
Free College for Whom? The Emergent Barriers of Free Public College Policies
After decades of mounting student debt and rising tuition costs that accelerate at a pace that far exceeds that of the average national salary, some among a crowded Democratic primary field are heralding free college as the progressive change this country needs to empower the 99 percent.
October 14, 2019
Leadership & Policy
Stepping Away from the Brink – Part IV – The Access and Affordability Challenge
The challenges in higher education are clear. By exploring the two key challenges of access and affordability in higher education in the primary and secondary education industries, cities and states allot the appropriate amount of resources to ensure both.
October 12, 2019
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