Higher Education News

Watch Police Footage of Controversial Student Arrest at U. of Wisconsin

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 18, 2016 - 9:23am
After widespread campus interest, the university police department released seven videos of Thursday's arrest in a university classroom.
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AfAmWomenLead Initiative Offers Diverse Cultural Experiences for Women and Girls of Color Nationwide

U.S. Department of Education Blog - April 18, 2016 - 9:00am

The African American Women Lead (AfAmWomenLead) Initiative was established by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans as a unique opportunity to harness the collective impact of the nation’s largest women civic organizations. AfAmWomenLead partners have committed to meet a monumental goal — one million hours of service with Black women and girls across the nation in 2016. AfAmWomenLead provides a platform for organizations, institutions, individuals, and other partners interested in engaging and supporting the development of Black women and girls.

Nationwide, women and girls of color celebrated the humanities and cultural experiences during Women’s History Month. (Photo collage courtesy Venicia Gray)

To celebrate the important roles women and girls play in history, AfAmWomenLead choose March—Women’s History Month—for a national day of service surrounding cultural experiences and exploration by participating in Smithsonian magazine’s Museum Day Live!

The Smithsonian, a key AfAmWomenLead partner, presented a special edition of its magazine’s Museum Day Live! To, “inspire women and girls of color in underserved communities.” Museum Day Live! extends participating cultural centers zoos, aquariums, and museums across the country to offer free, ticketed admission. Museum Day Live! had an incredible impact and included more than 520 partnering museums nationwide in every state and the District of Columbia.

On March 12, AfAmWomenLead participating organizations nationwide engaged in a day of service, accompanying young women and girls to participating institutions to celebrate the humanities. President’s Advisory Commissioner on Educational Excellence for African Americans and AfAmWomenLead Working Group co-chair TyKiah Wright coordinated community organizations, Columbus Museum of the Arts, and Columbus College of Art and Design (CCAD) to partner, bringing more than 250 women and girls of color for a day of exploration, dance and vocal performances, and educational opportunities. To empower and honor the experiences of women and girls of color a student-led panel posed a question for young women and girls to answer: “When did I realize I was talented?”

Columbus, Ohio AfAmWomenLead partners pose for a photo during Museum Day Live! 2016, which amplified opportunities for women and girls of color. (Photo courtesy Venicia Gray)

In D.C., the Initiative, along with teams from other U.S. Department of Education White House Initiatives, interacted with more than 150 young women at the Smithsonian Castle during its Ladies’ Lightning Leadership Talks, Teen Opportunities Fair, and meet and greet. During this time, attendees ranging from elementary- to college-aged women and girls, learned about internship and career opportunities, while engaging, and—in many instances—committing to support the goals of AfAmWomenLead.

In addition to supporting opportunities to honor and experience the humanities, AfAmWomenLead works to support the creation and sustaining of safe and supportive pre-Kindergarten through college completion learning environments and support systems, and advancing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) access and equity.

Through impactful partnerships like Museum Day Live!, AfAmWomenLead has identified additional opportunities to support our partners’ community service commitments, and welcome additional individuals, organizations and institutions to join this exciting campaign of service.

AfAmWomenLead partner YWCA USA has themed its signature campaign, Stand Against Racism, as On A Mission for Girls of Color. Partnering organizations nationwide will address the impact of institutional and structural racism in April.

Also in April, AfAmWomenLead partners will join schools and other organizations to support First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Initiative, through its Better Make Room Campaign’s College Signing Days. Organization hosts will celebrate the higher education commitments, educational excellence and college completion of students in their communities.

We invite you to get involved with AfAmWomenLead and make a commitment of service to Black women and girls here.

Venicia Gray is a Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. Fellow with the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans.

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A Sex-Assault Case at Brigham Young Puts Honor Codes in the Spotlight

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 18, 2016 - 2:55am
Do codes of conduct, especially those at faith-based institutions, discourage students from speaking up about sexual assault? The university is wrestling with that question as it investigates one student who reported a rape.
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JetBlue Will Pay Employees’ College Tuition Upfront

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 18, 2016 - 2:55am
The new program, for online classes at Thomas Edison State University, follows the model devised by Starbucks but goes further.
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Guns on Campus

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 17, 2016 - 10:00pm
Read a collection of articles and commentary about gun violence, campus reactions, and gun laws that affect colleges around the country.    
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An Iconic Photo, a Distinction Lost

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 17, 2016 - 5:00pm
A retired photographer looks back on the Pulitzer Prize-winning picture he took of armed protesters leaving the Cornell student union in 1969.
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History's Lessons

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 17, 2016 - 5:00pm
A scholar who wrote the book on the Cornell takeover suggests three tactics for soothing a fractious campus.
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Why an Armed Occupation of Cornell in 1969 Still Matters Today

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 17, 2016 - 5:00pm
This article is one in a series on pivotal moments in higher education since the founding of The Chronicle a half-century ago.
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More Semesters for Athletes, Fewer Academic Problems?

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 17, 2016 - 4:47pm
A new proposal would allow players to take a reduced schedule during their competitive playing season, letting them focus on their studies when they have more time.
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The Week: What You Need to Know About the Past 7 Days

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 17, 2016 - 4:46pm
North Carolina’s controversial "bathroom bill" hits a backup; charges of a "toxic environment" at Berkeley; and more.
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A Sociologist Who Found Colleges 'Adrift' Becomes an Education Dean

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 17, 2016 - 4:45pm
Richard Arum, co-author of two much-discussed books, will move from New York University to the University of California at Irvine.
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What I'm Reading: ‘The Sympathizer’

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 17, 2016 - 4:44pm
As they seek to be more inclusive, colleges have a window opened by this novel of Vietnamese and Vietnamese-American life.
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Deadlines (4/22/2016)

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 17, 2016 - 4:25pm
Compiled by Anais Strickland
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Appointments, Resignations, Deaths (4/22/2016)

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 17, 2016 - 4:25pm
Compiled by Anais Strickland
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1985: Colleges, and Individual Students, Struggle With AIDS

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 17, 2016 - 4:10pm
The epidemic, in its early years, forced difficult decisions on every campus.
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Morehead State Faculty Senate Censures President After He Proposed Unpaid Furlough

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 15, 2016 - 3:48pm
The vote signaled the faculty's dissatisfaction with its lack of voice in campus decisions, the Senate's leader said.
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John Kasich Tells Student Worried About Sexual Assault to Avoid Parties With Alcohol

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 15, 2016 - 2:32pm
She had asked the presidential candidate how he would make her feel safer about the risk of sexual violence.
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Hundreds of Wisconsin Faculty 'Refuse to be Silent' About Classroom Arrest

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 15, 2016 - 2:22pm
The campus police chief later said officers did not know that an Afro-American studies class had already started when they entered and arrested a senior on graffiti charges.
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After Reports of Pricey PR Push, Lawmakers Ask UC-Davis Chancellor to Resign

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 15, 2016 - 12:28pm
California state lawmakers are not pleased with the $175,000 price tag of the university's damage-control effort.
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In a Year Defined by Demands, Mizzou Seniors Make One More: Beer

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 15, 2016 - 12:00pm
How the Class of 2016 persuaded the alumni association to give each graduate a pint of beer.
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