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An Open Letter From 50 Black Yale Alumni

Shana L. Redmond, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2015 | Black Voices
Shana L. Redmond, Ph.D.

We know that Black students at Yale are underrepresented, as are Black faculty. We call on Yale University to enact the following steps in order to begin a process that mitigates against the individual and community damages caused by the racist structures of education.

A Closer Look at the Minority Serving Institution Passport

Marybeth Gasman | Posted 11.03.2015 | Education
Marybeth Gasman

Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), though only accounting for 3.6 percent of all students, who pursue study abroad, support a disproportionate share of U.S. students of color that do so.

Amy Winehouse, Allen Iverson, and the Importance of Seeing Our Students

Gregory Michie | Posted 08.04.2015 | Education
Gregory Michie

Two documentaries I saw recently got me thinking a lot about teaching, even though neither focuses on education: "Amy," about acclaimed British singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse, who died in 2011, and "Iverson," about 11-time NBA all-star and 2000-2001 Most Valuable Player, Allen Iverson.

Admiring the Problem, or Solving It

Kati Haycock | Posted 07.13.2015 | Education
Kati Haycock

In fall 2016, Jamillah will leave her Head Start classroom to begin kindergarten in a suburb of Washington, DC. Like many of her Head Start classmates, she is a tiny bundle of joy and curiosity; she loves colored pencils and books of all sorts, and adores singing the alphabet song.

Really? This Is How High Achievement Is Greeted?

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.18.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

I asked the kids how people they meet explain Elmont Memorial High School's high academic achievement, and they said, in one voice, "They think we're cheating." One student said, using words I would have hoped would never be used by a young person, "I feel we have to work harder and do better than other students just to get the same respect, because we're African-American."

Lydia O'Connor

School District Wants To Help Close Achievement Gap By Recruiting More Black Teachers | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 02.11.2015 | Black Voices

The achievement gap between students of different races has been well-documented, and the San Francisco Unified School District is trying something it...

Closer to the Finish Line

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 12.24.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

For the first time in 13 years, the DOE now makes clear that states, school districts, and schools must make education resources equally available to all students without regard to race, color, or national origin. This is some of the unfinished business of the civil rights movement and a giant step forward for poor children, often children of color.

Owning the Achievement Gap in Higher Education

DeRionne P. Pollard, Ph.D. | Posted 05.27.2014 | College
DeRionne P. Pollard, Ph.D.

At my community college in suburban Maryland, much of our conversation lately revolves around what students need -- what they need to access college a...

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

Marybeth Gasman | Posted 05.04.2014 | Education
Marybeth Gasman

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 -- a vision for a new educational landscape must include MSIs.

Affirmative Action's Push-Pull on Diversity in Higher Education

Jackie Jenkins-Scott | Posted 01.13.2013 | College
Jackie Jenkins-Scott

What is at stake in this case is critical because the Supreme Court's ruling will be applicable nationwide. If the ruling is upheld, universities across our nation will continue their efforts to increase diversity in enrollment.

The Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations: Why Affirmative Action Still Matters

Deborah N. Archer | Posted 12.08.2012 | College
Deborah N. Archer

If the challenge is successful, Fisher would reverse decades of legal precedent, stifling universities' ability to develop a diverse student body, and closing the door to equal opportunities for students of color. Not only would minority students lose, but so would our nation.

PHOTOS: The Best-Paid Majors For Minority Students

The Huffington Post | Patrice Peck | Posted 10.05.2012 | Black Voices

For college freshmen and sophomores, August means plenty of shopping for dorm room decor and overpriced textbooks. Juniors, however, have a much more ...

School Suggests 'African American Attire' Is 'Animal Print'

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 03.21.2012 | Education

A letter sent home with students at Western Union Elementary School in North Carolina didn't sit well with parents. The note asked students to wear...

Federal Aid to the Schools -- Wasteful or Helpful?

Jack Jennings | Posted 06.21.2011 | Education
Jack Jennings

The proportion of students who are the focus of federal aid is growing. Thus, we should reconfirm our commitment to bringing about greater equity in education.

Can Boys Succeed in Later Life If They Can't Read As Well As Girls?

Jack Jennings | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Jack Jennings

A major shift in the academic achievement of males -- and their prospects for a good life -- is occurring right before our eyes.

Having a Strong Team Is Essential for Our Kids' Success

Nnamdi Asomugha | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Nnamdi Asomugha

When high school graduates cross the stage and collect their diplomas, there are many people who helped to make that happen.

Sheepskins Should Trump Pigskins

Kati Haycock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kati Haycock

If colleges and universities competed not in athletics, but instead in college-completion rates, their rankings would look quite different.