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Marybeth Gasman is a professor of higher education at the University of Pennsylvania. She is an expert on Historically Black Colleges and Universities as well as issues of race in higher education. Marybeth is the author of 15 books related to these topics, including Envisioning Black Colleges and A Guide to Fundraising at Historically Black Colleges and Universities: An All Campus Approach.

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New Report Arms Minority Serving Institutions With Relevancy-Focused Data

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 11:31 AM

This post was co-authored with Thai-Huy Nguyen.

A recent report published by the National Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islander Research in Education (CARE) and the Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) on three Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving...

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Do States Really Care About Equity in Higher Education?

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2014 | 10:47 AM

This post is co-authored with Thai-Huy Ngugen, a Ph.D. Candidate in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania and research assistant at the Pen.

Last week, the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania released a new report -- "Renewing the Promise: State...

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Hidden Treasures: The Colleges and Universities That Are Finally Being Noticed

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 1:58 PM

As our nation begins to reexamine its social structure -- one, that for so long has been perceived to reward merit and hard work, but in actuality reproduces social class inequities and prevents minority groups from upward mobility -- a vision for a new educational landscape must include MSIs. Research...

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Five Myths About Minority Serving Institutions

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2014 | 4:27 PM

A Minority Serving Institution (MSI) is a college or university dedicated to educating students of color. The name itself is an umbrella term for a wide variety of institutions that emerged in response to a long history of inequity at predominantly white colleges and universities.

Misconceptions about MSIs abound....

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Top 10 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Accomplishments in 2013

(6) Comments | Posted December 20, 2013 | 1:07 PM

This post is co-authored with Nelson Bowman III, Executive Director of Development at Prairie View A&E University.

Each year we search the nation for the very best of what is happening at HBCUs. This year we found some terrific successes including significant philanthropic contributions, great new programs, and legal and...

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Where Are the Black Men at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill?

(7) Comments | Posted November 20, 2013 | 11:01 AM

Co-authored by Heather Collins, a master's student in the higher education program at the University of Pennsylvania.

Julia Craven of the Daily Tarheel published an article on October 14 noting that only 98 black undergraduate men were enrolled in the class of 2017 at the University of North...

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Meeting the Needs of LGBT Students: Fayetteville State University is a Role Model

(6) Comments | Posted October 15, 2013 | 4:50 PM

As more and more students enter college identifying with the LGBT community, colleges and universities must adapt effectively to support their needs. With changing student demographics, it is essential that institutions of higher education proactively evaluate policies to ensure that they are meeting the needs of all students. Fayetteville State...

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Are Colleges and Universities Ready for a Sea Change in Their Alumni? They Better Be!

(0) Comments | Posted September 6, 2013 | 12:03 PM

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By 2050, there will be more people of color (54.8 percent) than Whites (45.2 percent) in the United States. Based on the nation's shifting demographics, we are already seeing major changes on college campuses in terms of students and alumni. Between...

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Nelson Mandela: A Source of Inspiration in Volatile Times

(1) Comments | Posted June 27, 2013 | 6:46 PM

Nelson Mandela is ill and on life support. The Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act yesterday. The day before, the very same Court chopped away at the Voting Rights Act. And the day before, that Court upheld affirmative action (in part) in college admissions, but punted its...

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Mother Professor/Professor Mother

(10) Comments | Posted June 21, 2013 | 4:09 PM

Lately, I've notice a number of books and articles about women in the work place. I'm sure you've seen them: "Why Women Still Can't Have it All" (The Atlantic), Lean In and Do Babies Matter? Gender and Family in the Ivory Tower. All of these publications are important and interesting,...

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Walking in Another's Shoes: Paul Quinn College, Food Deserts and an Alternative Spring Break

(0) Comments | Posted February 21, 2013 | 4:15 PM

For those who follow Black colleges and the happenings at these institutions, you are probably familiar with Paul Quinn College in Dallas, Texas. This small college has garnered an immense amount of media buzz due to the innovative thinking and actions of its president and students. For example, President Michael...

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Great Books, Black College Style

(5) Comments | Posted January 22, 2013 | 3:20 PM

Last week, I visited Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU), which is located about an hour outside of Houston in Prairie View, Texas -- a rural area with ample farmland. The historically Black university is part of the Texas A&M System. During the visit, I had the pleasure of listening to...

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The Right Approach: Tennessee State University's New President

(2) Comments | Posted January 10, 2013 | 2:01 PM

Finally, Tennessee State University (TSU) has new leadership. Her name is Glenda Glover and she is an alumna of the institution. She comes to TSU from Jackson State University, where she served as the Dean of the School of Business. From my read of the HBCU presidential pool, Glover was...

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Top 10 Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Successes of 2012

(13) Comments | Posted December 31, 2012 | 12:10 AM

This post is co-authored with Nelson Bowman III, the Executive Director of Development at Prairie View A&M University and co-author (with Marybeth Gasman) of A Guide to Fundraising at Historically Black Colleges and Universities: An All Campus Approach.

In honor of the New Year, we thought we generated this list...

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Data Tells the Story and Defends the Work of Minority Serving Institutions

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2012 | 5:32 PM

This post was co-authored by Andrés Castro Samayoa, a Ph.D. student at the University of Pennsylvania, and Todd Lundberg, a Ph.D. student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The Institute for Higher Education Policy recently released a report titled "Using Data to Improve Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) Success."...

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Equity and Homogeneity in Higher Education

(2) Comments | Posted October 12, 2012 | 3:07 PM

In 2006, Lisa Delpit authored a powerful book titled Other People's Children. The majority of the book focuses on how school administrators often victimize students of color. She also notes that many people are comfortable with educating and supporting people like themselves. It is when people are confronted with 'other...

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Mainframe vs. Personal Computer? Or Higher Education in the 21st Century

(1) Comments | Posted October 8, 2012 | 6:20 PM

The Salzburg Global Seminar is in full swing here in Salzburg, Austria through Saturday, October 6, 2012. The topic this time is "Optimizing Talent: Closing Educational and Social Mobility Gaps Worldwide" and the agenda is filled with speakers giving their perspectives on how to achieve equity in higher...

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Who Will Educate Low-Income Students?

(6) Comments | Posted October 3, 2012 | 11:56 AM

Those who work in higher education or study higher education know that President Obama, as well as several national foundations, have rigorous goals for our nation in terms of increasing degree attainment. The question is: where will these new students be educated? According to Anthony Carnevale, a speaker...

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Getting at the Root of Hazing: Will Florida A&M University (FAMU) Lead the Way?

(2) Comments | Posted September 25, 2012 | 2:40 PM

Florida A&M University (FAMU) recently announced an anti-hazing policy in an attempt to combat past hazing that has taken place on its campus. As of Spring 2013, all FAMU students will be required to sign the anti-hazing policy in order to register for classes. Those who do not...

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Student-driven, Student-led Giving: Prairie View A&M University Steps Out in Front

(1) Comments | Posted September 18, 2012 | 2:39 PM

Research shows that when students are exposed to philanthropic giving while in college they are more likely to give once they graduate. Students who learn why giving is important are also more likely to be engaged in campus activities as alumni. At many majority institutions throughout the nation, especially well...

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