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‘What Are the Pathways?’ Listening to Black Men on Campus

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 18, 2017 - 4:44pm
A sociologist at the University of Louisville describes what colleges need to do to graduate more black males.
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Presidents Share What’s Worked

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 18, 2017 - 4:37pm
College leaders talk about how they have succeeded in bringing faculty on board for new projects — and how they have failed.
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How Millennials Support Feminism on Campus

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 18, 2017 - 4:34pm
Activists’ work to uphold women’s rights permeates college life and blends with other social-progress advocacy, an author finds.
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4 Ways Professors Respond to Change

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 18, 2017 - 4:34pm
Chris McGoff, one of the founders of the Clearing, a management-consultant company, says his decades of experience have taught him that the various ways in which people approach a new idea — or resist it — are consistent across all types of organizations, including academe.
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How to Meet Faculty Members Halfway

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 18, 2017 - 4:32pm
An administrator with experience in starting up student-success programs shares her tips.
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Appointments, Resignations, Deaths (6/23/2017)

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 18, 2017 - 4:31pm
Oberlin College named its first African-American leader, and a former U.S. senator was appointed Arcadia University's interim president.
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Selected New Books on Higher Education

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 18, 2017 - 4:30pm
Topics include the admissions struggles of an urban university in a high-rise and advice on the process of doing academic writing.
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Fellowships (6/23/2017)

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 18, 2017 - 4:30pm
Forty-five academics and an independent scholar were chosen as 2017-18 fellows at Harvard's Radcliffe Institute.
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‘King Lear’

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 18, 2017 - 4:30pm
One of the best lessons on leadership, says a college president, is found in King Lear.
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A Divided AAUP Lifts Censure on U. of Illinois

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 17, 2017 - 2:50pm
Professors’ group does the same for Phillips Community College, but it rebukes Spalding University and the Community College of Aurora for firing dissenting faculty.
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Will Michigan’s Free-Tuition Guarantee Change the Game for Low-Income Students?

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 16, 2017 - 7:59pm
Mark Schlissel, president of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, says the new plan will be a loud, clear message for the state’s needy students. But some critics say that might be empty advertising.
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For One Scholar, an Online Stoning Tests the Limits of Public Scholarship

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 16, 2017 - 4:21pm
Since writing an essay analyzing the history of ancient statues, and why they are now mostly white, a University of Iowa professor has received insults and threats.
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Trump Will Continue DACA for Now, Though Immigrant Students Still Wonder About Its Future

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 16, 2017 - 12:23pm
The administration’s move to keep one Obama-era program while formally ending another left questions about whether those actions could disrupt families of undocumented immigrants.
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AAUP Considers Paying Adjuncts in Its Leadership Posts

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 16, 2017 - 10:41am
A proposed amendment to the constitution of the American Association of University Professors would spare adjuncts from sacrificing earnings for holding national office in the group.
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Trump Won’t Take Action Against ‘Dreamers’ Protected Under DACA Program

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 16, 2017 - 9:34am
The Department of Homeland Security said students protected under the Obama-era deferred-action program would "continue to be eligible."
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Bringing Faculty on Board

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 15, 2017 - 10:00pm
Building consensus requires finesse, strategy, and a little psychology.
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Jury Awards Damages to Fraternity That Sued Wesleyan Over Mandate to Go Coed

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 15, 2017 - 9:28pm
The verdict does not automatically reopen the chapter’s house on campus, but allows further arguments over that issue to go forward.
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For Student Advocates, a Worrying Week of Departures From Obama-Era Policy

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 15, 2017 - 9:11pm
Policy groups and politicians expressed dismay over announcements from the Education Department and news reports about its plans.
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Consultant Controversy Drives Out President of Northern Illinois U.

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 15, 2017 - 7:00pm
The university’s chief, Douglas D. Baker, resigned in response to an uproar over his circumvention of state bidding rules to pay top advisers handsomely.
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John F. Kennedy Centennial Celebration an Opportunity to Strengthen Civic Engagement

U.S. Department of Education Blog - June 15, 2017 - 1:03pm

“Ask Not What Your Country Can Do For You – Ask What You Can Do For Your Country.” – President John F. Kennedy, 1961

This year marks the 100-year anniversary of the birth of one of the most celebrated presidents in our nation’s history, John F. Kennedy. To commemorate the occasion, the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation has launched a year-long initiative to honor his legacy by encouraging youth to get more involved in their communities, and to better understand how government works.

The move is in response to the alarming decline in young people who understand their rights and responsibilities as members of a vibrant, free society, and who participate in civic life today. The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation believes that increasing awareness through a more involved citizenry is critical to the future of a fully functioning democracy.

“If young people are not aware of how government works they will not get involved, have faith in government or vote at the same rates,” said Steve Rothstein, Executive Director of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation.

Recent statistics bear this out:

  • When John Kennedy was in office, Pew Research findings showed that 75 percent of Americans trusted their government. Last year, according to a comparable study, public confidence had plummeted to 19 percent.
  • Tufts University’s Tisch School reported that, in 2014, voter turnout among young people, which failed to reach 20 percent, was the lowest it has been in 40 years. What’s more, the same study says that the proportion of youth registered to vote — just 46.7% — is also at a 40-year low.

To promote civic engagement, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum and the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation have teamed up to prepare non-partisan and free online-educational resources that focus on government and civics during the Kennedy administration.

One of President Kennedy’s most enduring legacies was his clarion call to all Americans to take ownership of their government by getting more involved. In his famous inaugural address, he called upon American citizens to be stakeholders in making the United States and the world a better place. He encouraged others – whether they considered themselves “citizens of America or citizens of  the world” — to think deeply about how we can help and what we can share.

“President Kennedy inspired a generation that transformed America – and they in turn passed that inspiration on to their children and grandchildren,” said Jack Schlossberg, President Kennedy’s grandson. “Now, as we mark the Centennial of my grandfather’s birth, we renew his call for service, courage, innovation, and inclusion, and help a new generation use his example to embrace the challenges of our time.”

More information on the initiative, how to get involved, and educational resources are available at the links below:

JFK Centennial

Legacy

About the Centennial

JFK Library – Education

JFK Library – Resources

Patrick Kerr is a writer on the Office of Communications and Outreach communications development team.

Photo at the top: President John F. Kennedy (at lectern) delivers an address on world peace and nuclear disarmament during commencement exercises at American University. Left to right: Reverend Warren H. Bright, Jr., Minister of Glenwood Methodist Church in Columbus, Ohio; Reverend Charles R. Smyth, Headmaster of the Pennington School in Pennington, New Jersey (mostly hidden behind American flag); John S. Myers, Dean of Washington School of Law (seated in back, partially hidden); unidentified; President Kennedy; and Donald Derby, Dean of Administration (mostly hidden, right of lectern). John M. Reeves Athletic Center, American University, Washington, D.C. Photo courtesy of Cecil Stoughton, White House/John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library, Boston.

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