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Developing Talent at Top US Colleges

Martin Kurzweil | Posted 06.28.2016 | Education
Martin Kurzweil

It is tempting to pit racial/ethnic and socioeconomic diversity as competing goals. But there is no evidence that pursuing one kind of diversity keeps colleges from achieving the other.

Service Year Opportunities and the Public Purposes of Higher Education

Andrew J. Seligsohn | Posted 04.12.2016 | Education
Andrew J. Seligsohn

What specific commitments should colleges and universities make to enrich the education of students for citizenship? How can colleges and universities build more effective partnerships to advance progress toward a more just, equitable, and sustainable democracy?

The End of Climate Denial?

William S. Becker | Posted 03.28.2016 | Politics
William S. Becker

Although you wouldn't know it from the GOP's presidential candidates, there are signs that more conservatives are warming up to the idea that global warming is real and we really need to do something.

Service Years in Higher Education: The New Pathway from Learning to Career

Shirley Sagawa | Posted 03.07.2016 | Education
Shirley Sagawa

Education at its best isn't just about learning for its own sake, nor only about readying students for work. It prepares the citizens we need to make informed decisions, become active in their communities, and take responsibility for the future.

What Every American Should Know

Randi Weingarten | Posted 03.01.2016 | Education
Randi Weingarten

I remember when E. D. Hirsch published Cultural Literacy and the controversy sparked by his list of things he believed every American should know. His point was that we must all be ready to move outside our comfort zones and work together to make progress.

Four Characteristics of Job and Career Development

Dr. Gary M. Green | Posted 01.05.2016 | College
Dr. Gary M. Green

Community colleges need to assess labor market outcomes, the end of completion. Economic research and data firms like EMSI and Burning Glass are supporting this effort taking the college's value-add assessment to a new level.

Bringing Innovation into Play

Jon Brilliant | Posted 12.24.2015 | Business
Jon Brilliant

But what if the next place where innovation would spring from is not a physical place, but an entire segment of our economy? I'm talking about the non-profit sector.

No One Is Sure What We're Going To Do When The Robots Come For Our Jobs

The Huffington Post | Shane Ferro | Posted 12.17.2015 | Business

The American economy has a problem, and experts aren't really sure how to fix it. That was the takeaway from Wednesday afternoon's Future of Work pan...

No Matter Your Destination, Make Service Part of Your Travels

Nikki Gusz | Posted 12.01.2015 | Impact
Nikki Gusz

I remember the first sight of my dad in the airport. Once he saw us, he started running until we all embraced. Even though I was only a few years old, it's a moment that will be ingrained in my mind forever.

The Bond That Unites the United States

Matt Blackwell | Posted 11.24.2015 | Impact
Matt Blackwell

One of the greatest aspects of this position, and the entire point of promoting national service, is the people I have connected with that I would not come to know in my daily routine.

How My Adventure In National Service Came to Shape the Rest of My Life

Kevin D. Ward | Posted 11.23.2015 | Impact
Kevin D. Ward

Today, colleges and universities should be creating expectations of service for their prospective students and recent graduates.

Let's Tackle the Disconnect Between Americans and Service to Each Other

John-Paul Smith | Posted 11.20.2015 | Impact
John-Paul Smith

Today less than 0.5 percent of the U.S. population actively serves in the armed forces. The decline of duty has not only resulted in a disconnect between U.S. military personnel and American civilians, it's created a disconnect between Americans and service to each other.

Service: What, Exactly, Is the Point?

Godfrey Plata | Posted 11.19.2015 | Impact
Godfrey Plata

Here's the thing: As a person of color and a Filipino immigrant, I sometimes cringe when I think of "service." The first thing I envision is a white adult working in a "third world" country like the Philippines, huddling together with versions of a four-year-old me, darker-skinned and of modest means.

A Better Milwaukee Starts With the Right Question

Amanda Panciera | Posted 07.04.2016 | Impact
Amanda Panciera

I was meant to serve. As the child of a police officer and a paramedic and the grandchild of war veterans, service was in my blood. Caring deeply about others was in my soul. My first word was even "justice." (This is likely because my German Sheperd puppy was named Justice, but still.)

What Charleston Can Show Us All In the National Service Movement

Gordon Rooney | Posted 07.03.2016 | Impact
Gordon Rooney

Discussions on race are important, and we should continue having them, but it's going to take more action to move us forward. While there is no one panacea, I am confident as to what a piece of the puzzle looks like.

'My Goals Are Twofold: Education and Inspiration'

Greg Ericksen | Posted 11.16.2015 | Impact
Greg Ericksen

My narrative and experience as an AmeriCorps member and my year of service is not unique; it's actually very common. I was a young, college-educated adult looking to turn my altruism and idealism into reality.

A Different Kind of Entrepreneur In San Diego

Anna Lenhart | Posted 11.13.2015 | Impact
Anna Lenhart

When I decided to take a "year-off" between my junior and senior year of college to serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA, I expected to get a needed break from studies and help some people. I was not expecting to launch my startup career.

Service Before Self: Why We Need to Support the Franklin Project

Randy Frazier Jr. | Posted 11.12.2015 | Impact
Randy Frazier Jr.

In 1988, my peers and I had ample motivation to serve. In today's political, economic, and social environment I worry that my children may not have the opportunities or motivation to similarly serve their country.

'We are Responsible for Our Nation and Our Communities'

Roch Turner | Posted 11.11.2015 | Impact
Roch Turner

We can count how many meals were distributed, homes were built, or jackets provided to the homeless. But we cannot quantify the value to the service member who sees critical issues in a community being addressed, nor the value received by the recipients of that service.

Millennials: 'We've Sold Our Children a Very Narrow Definition of Success'

Elizabeth Barrett | Posted 11.16.2015 | Impact
Elizabeth Barrett

The millennials are an impressive group. Although often maligned for being self-centered and entitled, they are also the most highly educated, well-traveled, open minded, and tech savvy of any generation before.

How My Year of Service Matured My Head and My Heart

Mi’Jan Celie Tho-Biaz | Posted 11.10.2015 | Impact
Mi’Jan Celie Tho-Biaz

Unfortunately, I also witnessed the financial obstacles this pathway of service posed for low-income members who wanted to serve in their own communities, but needed additional financial support in order to participate in full-time service year programs.

How My Students and I Built a Classroom of Scientific Inquiry and Social Justice, and How It Changed My Life

Mike Meaney | Posted 11.10.2015 | Impact
Mike Meaney

My pessimism toward technology began as a young boy. I vividly remember the feeling of a syringe blasting cold molding putty into my ear cavity. I was being fitted for a device called the Speech Easy. Worn like a hearing aid, the device produced the "choral effect," and was supposed to ease the severity of my stutter.

Redefining Wealth for the 21st Century

Janet Topolsky | Posted 10.19.2015 | Impact
Janet Topolsky

To most minds, wealth means money. But even in times of low economic inequality only a few people have had abundant money. And a bag of that money in an empty room is nothing but paper.

Integration of Health Services is Key to Saving Women's and Children's Lives

Jane Otai | Posted 09.22.2015 | Impact
Jane Otai

When my sister-in-law Angelina was six months pregnant, she went to a health facility for a routine antenatal care visit. This was not an easy thing to do, however. She lives in rural Kenya and in order to reach the facility situated 15 kilometres away, she sold her pig.

Why Job Candidates from Peace Corps and AmeriCorps Are Good for Business

Carrie Hessler-Radelet | Posted 09.16.2015 | Impact
Carrie Hessler-Radelet

One year since Obama's call to action, nearly 250 employers from private, public, and nonprofit sectors have signed on as Employers of National Service.