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University Of Hawaii To Divest From Fossil Fuel Holdings

The Huffington Post | James Cave | Posted 05.29.2015 | College

The University of Hawaii plans to divest all fossil fuel holdings from its $66 million endowment, its Board of Regents announced. The board unanimo...

Betcha You Don't Know This About Colleges and College Towns!

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 05.11.2015 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

There are a whole lot of reasons why students want to attend certain colleges these days, usually including such characteristics as prestige, top-notc...

How Viable are Historically Black Colleges and Universities?

Charlie Nelms, Ed.D. | Posted 05.05.2015 | Black Voices
Charlie Nelms, Ed.D.

With increasing frequency, when people in my friendship circle discover that I am a retired HBCU chancellor, they want to know three things. First, since white colleges and universities no longer have racially restrictive admission policies, are HBCUs still necessary?

Students Think Plumpy'Nut Challenge Can Match Ice Bucket

William Lambers | Posted 04.30.2015 | Impact
William Lambers

We all remember the Ice Bucket Challenge from last summer and its amazing success, raising money for research to cure ALS. What if that same spirit could be used to save children from starvation around the world?

Can Outcomes Save the Liberal Arts?

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 04.11.2015 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

Liberal arts colleges are losing the public debate as they nuance old language that has been badly compromised. They must seek a bold new approach to prove their assertions about value while they can still claim the home court advantage.

Becoming Intentional About Student Life

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 04.04.2015 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

At the moment, there are two principal levels of influence dominating the residential part of the learning experience. The first is the presumed social contract between the student and the institution. The second is the array of housing options available to them.

Why the U.S. College Landscape Still Needs HBCUs

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 03.17.2015 | Black Voices
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

It's no secret that Black and other non-white students in the U.S. have always faced an uphill struggle when it comes to education. Even today, the achievement gap between white students and their peers of color is wide.

Highest-Earning Presidents of Illinois Universities

Reboot Illinois | Posted 03.14.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Nine Illinois college presidents were ranked according to the total compensation they received in fiscal year 2013 (July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013). However, not at all institutions responded to the Chronicle's survey, including City Colleges of Chicago, despite "repeated public-records requests."

Bah, Humbug: 14 Facts Everyone Should Know About College Adjuncts

Jennifer McGaha | Posted 02.15.2015 | College
Jennifer McGaha

Because exploitation of workers is something we should all be concerned about, here are some facts about adjunct professors everyone should know.

The $7 Million University President

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 02.14.2015 | Education
Lawrence Wittner

RPI actually presents us with a glimpse of the future of higher education -- a future that we might not like very much.

Goodbye Greeks: Time for Fraternities to Go

Keith M. Parsons | Posted 02.01.2015 | College
Keith M. Parsons

Fraternities and sororities are just high school cliques translated into a college context. They exist to make a few people feel wanted and many more feel unwanted. Contrast the purpose of fraternities with the rhetoric of inclusion and multiculturalism that issues from the mouths of university administrators.

Managing Your Digital Growing Pains

Georgy Cohen | Posted 12.08.2014 | Education
Georgy Cohen

Over the past two decades, the communications landscape has experienced a seismic shift thanks to the digital boom. On our campuses, the shock hasn't ...

Want to End Campus Sexual Assault? Tackle the Primary Issue Being Ignored

Dr. Yvonne K. Fulbright | Posted 12.08.2014 | College
Dr. Yvonne K. Fulbright

Until we're willing to deal with the fact that young people are sexual people who need more realistic, developmentally appropriate guidance when it comes to sexual expression and satisfaction, the situation is not going to change.

Colleges Must Learn How to Pay Their Bills

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 11.29.2014 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

At many colleges, the practice is to "rob Peter to pay Paul," that is, to use the cash and credit available across all budget lines to balance the college's budget.

Lowering Sexual Assault on College Campuses and in the Military Starts in Elementary School

Mike Domitrz | Posted 11.16.2014 | Education
Mike Domitrz

If we really want to reduce sexual assault in the military and on college campuses, the lessons of respect, consent and bystander intervention need to be instilled in elementary education through high school.

On Access For Low Income Students, Which Top Colleges Walk The Walk?

Peter Dreier | Posted 11.12.2014 | College
Peter Dreier

Because colleges and universities are tax-exempt institutions and receive other forms of government subsidies, policymakers can and should insist that they meet some basic standards in promoting economic diversity among their student bodies.

Experts: The White House Plan to Rate Colleges Has Major Issues

Mikhail Zinshteyn | Posted 11.12.2014 | Education
Mikhail Zinshteyn

Though the rating system due out in the fall is widely viewed as a preliminary effort, onlookers worry its accountability provisions lack the data to evaluate schools accurately.

This Is How These College Students Are Defending Their Right To Party

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 09.04.2014 | College

Just a couple of weeks after Syracuse University was named the No. 1 party school in America, large celebrations at one of the school's most popular s...

Illinois' Top Colleges See Tuitions Going Up and Up

Reboot Illinois | Posted 10.20.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Recently Forbes came out with its 2014 top 100 colleges list, which includes four Illinois schools in its Top 75. From Forbes' rankings, which covered more than 600 schools, we pulled out the top 15 Illinois colleges.

What Should Parents Expect in the New School Year?

Jack Jennings | Posted 10.19.2014 | Education
Jack Jennings

Teachers have been preparing to use different material and ways of instruction in reading/English language arts and mathematics. Kids may come home with homework that looks different than last year, and certainly different than when parents attended school.

Increasing College Diversity

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 10.18.2014 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

In most four-year college strategic plans, there is a good-faith statement calling for increasing diversity as an institutional goal. There are good -- even noble -- reasons for doing so. The proof is in the execution. And that's where American colleges and universities have a role to play and much still to learn.

Who's Cool?

Michael Brune | Posted 10.12.2014 | Green
Michael Brune

In addition to committing to renewable energy and divesting from dirty fuels, colleges and universities can use their influence to advocate for statewide policies that will bring more clean energy online.

Why Are Campus Administrators Making So Much Money?

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 09.20.2014 | College
Lawrence Wittner

Americans committed to better living for bosses can take heart at the fact that college and university administrators -- unlike their faculty (increasingly reduced to rootless adjuncts) and students (saddled with ever more debt) -- are thriving.

Educating College Trustees

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 09.20.2014 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

It is almost impossible for those who live outside the academy to understand and appreciate how American colleges and universities govern themselves. ...

5th Circuit Thumbs Its Nose at U.S. Supreme Court in Racial Preferences Case

Scott D. Gerber | Posted 09.16.2014 | Politics
Scott D. Gerber

The SCOTUS is the nation's highest court. The recent 2-to-1 decision by a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upholding the University of Texas at Austin's use of racial preferences in its admissions program indicates that the two judges in the majority have forgotten this basic tenet of American law.