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Report on Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2020

The Institute of Education Sciences, a branch of the U.S. Department of Education, and the Bureau of Justice Statistics, a branch of the U.S....

College and Universities Observe New Federal Holiday Juneteenth

This week, Congress passed the "Juneteenth National Independence Day Act," designating June 19 or "Juneteenth" as a federal holiday. To commemorate the important day,...

Florida Governor Signs Bill to Crackdown on Chinese Influence at State...

Florida universities, state agencies, and political subdivisions must now report large gifts and donations from “foreign countries of concern,” according to legislation Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis...

Student Advocates Say Colleges Must Prioritize Safety and Equity in Planning...

As the COVID-19 vaccine rollout continues, many college students are hoping for a return to normalcy in the coming academic year. Higher education leaders...

Read, Watch, Listen

READ: The Campus Color Line: College Presidents and the Struggle for Black Freedom  University of California, Los Angeles scholar Eddie R. Cole reveals the myriad...

New Mexico Colleges Collaborate to Ease Degree Pathways and Campus Operations

On March 31, five public colleges in New Mexico announced the formation of the Collaborative for Higher Education Shared Services (CHESS), a nonprofit organization...

Education Department Seeks Public Input on Title IX Changes

The Biden administration plans to hold a hearing to solicit public input on changes to Title IX regulations, the Department of Education announced in...

Brown University Students Approve Reparations Proposal

Last week, Brown University students overwhelmingly voted for the school to provide reparations to the descendants of enslaved people owned by the university’s founders...

Community College and University Leaders Create Task Force to Address Inequities...

This week, leaders from nearly 40 colleges, universities, and higher education organizations launched the Taskforce on Higher Education and Opportunity to address inequities in...

Supplier Diversity Should Be a Priority During COVID-19 and Beyond

During a global pandemic, supplier diversity at colleges and universities may have become an afterthought. This is a strategy used by companies to procure...

College Students Concerned About Data Use in Higher Education, Research Shows

A new study released on Wednesday shows that open conversations about data collection and sharing are missing from college campuses.  Funded by the Bill and...

Survey Shows Little Diversity Among Lead Enrollment Officers

A new report on chief enrollment management officers (CEMOs) reveals that there has been little progress in diversifying this leadership role on U.S. college...

Congress Works to Aid College Access in Omnibus Bill

Over the weekend, Congress announced details of a $1.4 trillion omnibus bill that will include $900 billion COVID-19 relief aid for businesses and individuals,...

MacKenzie Scott Gifts More Than $800 Million to Colleges and Universities

Billionaire philanthropist and author MacKenzie Scott made headlines this week after she announced a plan to donate $4.2 billion to 384 organizations.  A tally conducted...

INSIGHT to Host Part 2 of Free Webinar Series: ‘Women of...

Join us for INSIGHT Into Diversity's discussion series, Women of Color Need Courageous Allies in the Academy: Part Two, where Black and White women...

Academia Experiences Disturbing Impersonation Trend

In late October, officials at Furman University in South Carolina received reports of troubling allegations against one of the institution’s celebrated professors. An anonymous...

Breaking the Cycle to Heal: How Campus Leadership Can Center...

For the past several months, we have faced a racial pandemic in the U.S. that has gained international attention. The pandemic of social injustice and...

Ethnic Studies and Racial Justice Courses Become More Popular, Benefiting All...

Among the changes implemented by colleges and universities this year in response to the demand for more intentional racial justice efforts is an increased...

Academic Community Pushes for Much-Needed Diversity in COVID-19 Vaccine Trials

Although numerous companies and medical institutions are working tirelessly to develop a COVID-19 vaccine, people of color — who according to the Centers for...

The 2020 HEED Awards: Creating Change Through Diversity and Inclusion

In a year marked by unprecedented challenges, the importance of diversity, equality, and inclusion (DEI) in higher education and society has never been more evident.  The...

White UNH Professor Accused of Posing as Woman of Color on...

A White man who is an assistant chemistry professor at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) allegedly created an online persona impersonating an immigrant...

University of Pittsburgh Requires Incoming Freshmen to Take Course on Racism

The University of Pittsburgh will now require all incoming freshmen to take a one-credit course on anti-racism. The new course, which is titled Anti-Black Racism:...

Combating Student Homelessness Requires Commitment from the Entire Campus Community

One in three college students has uncertain access to safe and affordable housing, according to the Wisconsin HOPE Lab. In a 2018 study, one...

2020 Democratic Presidential Candidates and College Affordability

Total student loan debt in the United States reached nearly $1.6 trillion in 2019, with more than one in 10 of the nation’s 45...

The 2019 Health Professions HEED Awards

Healthcare employees constitute the largest workforce in the United States and, as the country ages, are predicted to grow in number and demand in...

The Abortion Debate Affects Higher Education

It’s been more than 45 years since the landmark United States Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade legalized abortion, yet recent legislation in some...

Bipartisan Legislation Will Fund Diversity in Healthcare Schools

Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have teamed up to improve diversity and expand the workforce for allied health fields. Senators Bob Casey...

UC Berkeley Students Create a Class for ‘Coming Out’

It wasn’t until Ryan Kamkar, a public health major at University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley), first moved away to college that he felt...

Nursing Professor Takes the Long Road to Fight Student Hunger

A faculty member at Montclair State University (MSU) School of Nursing in New Jersey recently devised a challenging way to combat campus food insecurity....

The 2019 HEED Awards: Innovation in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Continues

Readers of INSIGHT Into Diversity are almost certainly aware that underrepresented groups in the United States will soon become the majority. Despite this fact,...

Senate Education Chairman Blocks FUTURE Act for Minority-Serving Institutions

The chairman of the United States Senate Education Committee, Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), refused to approve a bill that would renew more than $250 million...

Scholarships or Endowments? Experts Weigh the Benefits of Where to Donate

Billionaire investor Robert F. Smith sparked headlines earlier this year when he promised to pay the tuition of every 2019 Morehouse College graduate. The...

Apprentice Network Creates a Pipeline of Diverse Talent in Chicago, and...

An apprentice network that started in Chicago to train future employees for the corporate sector as they pursue a free college education is now...

Helping PhDs Find Employment in a Dwindling Academic Job Market

As the United States experiences historically low unemployment, it may be hard to fathom how higher education, the sector responsible for educating and training...

Growth in Racial Diversity Among Architects is Slow, but Experts Say...

Despite recent evidence showing racial diversity in the architecture field is growing slowly, prominent Black architects refrain from calling the increase an achievement. They...

Celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month: Argos for Autism at the...

Celebrated every October since 1945, National Disability Employment Awareness Month, (NDEAM) affirms the contributions of workers with disabilities and advocates for an increasingly inclusive...

Universities Build Culture by Promoting Disability as an Identity

Progressive universities recognize they must go above and beyond what the law requires to include students with disabilities on campus. Simply providing accommodations according...

Inclusion for Black Mathematicians: A Q&A with Edray Goins

In 1925, Indiana resident Elbert Frank Cox graduated from Cornell University and became the first African American to earn a PhD in mathematics. Nearly...

Private Universities Bring New Growth, but Gentrification Can Sideline Existing Residents

When a university moves into a neighborhood, the relationship between the institution and the community should be mutually beneficial. However, the bond can become...

Inconsistent Mental Healthcare at Community Colleges Harms a Vulnerable Student Population

In August 2017, just as the Houston Community College System’s 20 campuses were poised to start the fall semester, Hurricane Harvey dumped more than...

Enrollment at American Colleges and Universities Continues to Decline

Overall enrollment at American colleges and universities has decreased by 1.7 percent since last year, according to a new report issued by the National Student...

Three Institutions of Higher Education Support Students Who Grew Up in...

Every year, 30,000 young adults age out of foster care, according to KVC Health Systems, a nonprofit child welfare and behavioral health organization. As...

Dozens of Institutions Partner in Sexual Harassment Prevention Collaborative

More than 40 institutions have partnered with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) to launch a collaborative on preventing sexual harassment...

The Public Relations Industry Is Too White and the Solution Starts...

Imagine there’s a public crisis in the city of Hialeah in Miami-Dade County, Fla., where 96 percent of the community identifies as Hispanic or Latinx....

Modernizing Our Approach to Talent as the First Wave of Generation...

The youth of Generation Z (born in the mid-1990s through the mid-2000s) are highly diverse. They have been shaped by technology and influenced by...

‘Degrees When Due’ Helps Students with Partial College Credit Cross...

Approximately 35 million Americans have attended college without earning a degree, according to the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP). Of that group, 4...

New Report Reveals Business Leaders’ Promising View of Higher Education, Liberal...

A new report released by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) reveals that employers have a generally positive view of America’s higher education...

2018 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award

It’s a fact that underrepresented professionals who work in STEM fields enjoy significant opportunities to engage in new discoveries and innovations on a global...

A CDO’s Perspective: Succession Onward and Upward

Only 17 percent of the individuals serving as college presidents are people of color. In contrast, more than 42 percent of all students enrolled...

Firsts in Higher Education

As our country and our campuses become ever more diverse, it is increasingly important for colleges and universities to ensure that underrepresented students are...

Small Institutions Have Big Impact on Inclusion in Higher Education

Much of the discussion around building better, more inclusive campus environments is focused on celebrating multiculturalism and supporting underrepresented students and faculty at large...

Institutions of Higher Education Leadership Spotlight: Diversity Champion Presidents

Diversity Champion institutions exemplify an unyielding commitment to diversity and inclusion throughout their campus communities and across academic programs. At the helm of these...

Study Reveals Need for More Support, Flexibility from Institutions to Ensure...

Research from the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce shows that women with a college degree can earn up to 74 percent more...

Committed to Our Future: The 2017 Health Professions HEED Awards

With a responsibility to prepare the next generation of healthcare providers, health professions schools are tasked with not only ensuring that individuals of all...

Leading By Example: The 2017 HEED Awards

Tasked with educating and preparing the next generation of leaders, higher education institutions in the U.S. bear great responsibility when it comes to ensuring...

Legislation May Negatively Affect Diversity and Inclusion Efforts at North Carolina...

The North Carolina General Assembly will consider consolidating the diversity and inclusion operations at the state’s 16 public universities into “a single office headed...

Faculty, Students Express Frustration Over Illinois Budget Stalemate

In another show of just how bad the budget impasse has gotten in Illinois, dozens of faculty members from Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) carried...

Women Take on Disproportionate Amount of U.S. Student Loan Debt, Report...

Women made up 56 percent of higher education enrollment in the United States in fall 2016 but hold nearly two-thirds of the country’s $1.3...

LEAP Empowers Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to Aspire to Higher...

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs), although they consistently rank as one of the most educated and professionally successful of all ethnic groups, continue...

University Presidents Discuss Challenges, Opportunities in 21st Century Higher Education

Five current and former university presidents met to discuss the most significant challenges currently facing higher education during a forum at the University of...

HACU to Award 10 Honorees for Championing Hispanic Higher Education Success

To celebrate “30 Years of Championing Hispanic Higher Education Success,” the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) will host its annual conference October...

Increased Demand for Mental Health Services Indicates Greater Acceptance, But Schools...

In the past five years, student demand for mental health services on college campuses in the U.S. has grown at more than five times...

High Student Debt, Tuition Linked to Michigan’s Disinvestment in Higher Education

A new report by the Michigan League for Public Policy (MLPP) attributes the state’s lack of investment in higher education to skyrocketing tuition and...

AAAED Responds to Poll Showing Most Americans Oppose Affirmative Action

Following the release of a Gallup poll concluding that a majority of Americans disagree with the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Fisher v. University...

Most Americans Oppose Affirmative Action Policies, Poll Shows

Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in June to uphold the consideration of race in college admissions by the University of Texas (UT) at...

Boys & Girls Clubs of America Partners to Make Higher Education...

Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) has been a leader in preparing young people for bright futures for more than 150 years. As...

INSIGHT Welcomes HACU as New Partner

INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine is proud to announce its partnership with the nonprofit Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU). Established in 1986 with 18...

International Students Provide Colleges a Mutually Beneficial Relationship

As state legislatures continue to slash spending on higher education and colleges and universities face continually declining enrollment, more institutions are turning their attention...

New Book Provides Leaders with Tools for Managing Diverse Employees

Many leaders in higher education and beyond need a quick reference guide on how to effectively handle a range of managerial situations. Janet A....

Equity, Access, and Education: We Are Not There Yet

“We are in a car together; I am driving, and you are helping me make decisions about the route.” — J, a first-generation African...

AABHE Inspires African American Leadership with a Focus on Retaining Culture

While many colleges and universities are striving to become more diverse, the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education (AABHE) President Kenneth P. Monteiro,...

Words Matter: Affirming Gender Identity Through Language

The language of transgender identity is constantly evolving as more people embrace gender classifications that fall outside the traditional male-female binary. With such rapidly...

In an Unequal World, Women’s Liberal Arts Colleges Remain Relevant

There are currently fewer than 50 women’s-only colleges in the U.S., and graduates of these liberal arts institutions make up less than 2 percent...

American Indian College Fund Receives $2.4M Grant

A new $2.4 million grant awarded to the American Indian College Fund by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will help improve the road to...

Prescott College Enacts Student Fee to Raise Funds for Undocumented Student...

Prescott College, a liberal arts college in Arizona, announced last week that beginning next fall, it will implement a $30 fee for all on-campus...

NADOHE, Higher Education Organizations Announce Opposition to “Religious Freedom” Laws

In reaction to a string of recently approved and proposed “religious freedom” bills by legislatures in a handful of southern states, the National Association...

UC System Accused of Lowering Standards for Nonresident Admission

California state auditor Elaine Howle on Tuesday released a scathing report on the University of California (UC) that alleges the system unfairly favors foreign...

Three University Employees Sue North Carolina Over Anti-LGBTQ Law

North Carolina last week passed sweeping anti-LGBTQ legislation that includes a ban on transgender people accessing public bathrooms and locker rooms that do not...

Voices from Campus: Diversity Leadership Takes Many Forms

The past year forced many senior college and university administrators to examine their commitment — or lack thereof — to diversity and inclusion on...

Islamic Society Stages Public Prayer to Spread Message of Understanding

To raise awareness of diversity at Boston University (BU) and combat stereotypes that contribute to Islamophobia, the Islamic Society of Boston University (ISBU) hosted...

The Future of Sustainability Leadership Rests with Higher Education

In the 1960s and ’70s, when the environmental movement was growing increasingly mainstream, activists focused on effecting change through legislative action, lobbying, education, and...

Number of Hispanic-Serving Institutions Continues to Rise

According to a report by Excelencia in Education, 13 percent of U.S. colleges and universities — 435 institutions — now qualify as Hispanic-Serving Institutions...

States Slow to Increase Funding for Higher Education, with Only Two...

A recently released study shows that nearly all states are still spending less on public higher education than they did prior to the recession,...

Male Students of Color Encounter Racist Stereotypes Despite Personal Success

African American men who complete a bachelor’s degree within six years must overcome racist stereotypes along the way despite academic success and holding on-campus...

Study Attributes Lack of Support for Higher Education by Older Generation...

Findings from a recent study reveal a link between the increase in the ethnic diversity of college students and waning support for public funding...

UM-Flint Eases Transition for Veterans from Military to Medical Service

Although rates of homelessness and unemployment among U.S. military veterans have declined significantly in the past decade, in 2014, nearly 50,000 veterans were still...

Adjunct and Part-Time Faculty Move to Unionize at Brandeis

In a move that is becoming more and more common across the U.S., last Friday, adjuncts and part-time faculty at Brandeis University in Waltham,...

Coalition of Universities Rethinks How Students Apply to College

Next year’s college applicants are on the cusp of generations Y and Z; born in the mid to late 1990s, this intermediary group is...

University Lifts Ban on Offensive Symbolism in Student Dorms

On Tuesday, Kutztown University (KU), in Pennsylvania, backtracked on a recently proposed ban that would have barred “distasteful” and “demeaning” decorations in residence halls,...

UT Knoxville Community Supports Diversity Office After Lawmakers Call for its...

Earlier this week, Republican lawmakers in Tennessee were calling for the defunding of the University of Tennessee’s (UT) Office of Diversity and Inclusion for...

Idaho High School Seniors Receive Letters of Acceptance this Week

Earlier this year, the Idaho State Board of Education unanimously passed a proposal allowing seniors at public high schools to directly enroll in the...

Mizzou Protests Set Off Wave of Student Activism on College Campuses

In the week since student protests led to the resignations of University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe and Columbia campus Chancellor R. Bowen...

Latest Open Doors Report Shows Marked Improvement in Study Abroad Participation

The Institute of International Education (IIE) released its 2015 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange Monday, kicking off International Education Week. The latest...

Can MOOCs Help High School Students Get into College? It Depends...

When massive open online courses (MOOCs) began growing in popularity around 2012, many experts predicted they would change the way people all over the...

Why Diversity Matters: Securing Grants

Having a diverse campus benefits the social and intellectual development of an institution’s students, faculty, and staff, but there are other, less apparent bonuses...

Small Changes Add Up: Supporting Undocumented Students on Campus

Nearly all college students worry about how they’ll pay for school and what their classmates will think of them. But for undocumented students, these...

White House Announces Efforts to Ensure Quality Education for Veterans

In honor of Veteran’s day, the White House announced yesterday new measures to ensure the quality of education programs that recruit and market heavily...

More Administrative Changes Made at Flagship UM Campus

Six hours after University of Missouri (UM) System President Tim Wolfe resigned from his post, the chancellor of UM’s flagship campus in Columbia (MU),...

UM System President Resigns Over Controversial Handling of Racist Incidents

Following months of student protests, University of Missouri (UM) system president Tim Wolfe tendered his resignation at a meeting of the University Board of...