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Many Americans only know Historically Black Colleges and Universities — if they know them at all — for their energetic marching bands, or as the setting for 90s sitcom A Different World.
In recent years, students and researchers at some of the country's most prestigious universities have begun looking at those institutions' ties to slavery.
Debates around race, sexual assault, LGBTQ rights, immigration policy, and an array of political issues have become flashpoints at many American colleges. In Free Speech on Campus, Penn GSE’s Sigal Ben-Porath asks how colleges have traditionally approached free expression, and if they have to change now that the student population is more diverse, the internet has changed communication, and everyone carries a camera in their pocket.
How should colleges respond as more students are using so-called study drugs to power through midterms?
Every spring, headlines announce the admissions statistics for America’s elite universities, which admit a small percentage of their applicants, and a minuscule percentage of American college students.
Penn GSE’s Executive Doctorate in Higher Education Management program has produced yet another college president – Gregory Vincent (GSE ’04) will be assuming the presidency of Hobart & William Smith Colleges this summer.
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As university boards decide how to handle long-term challenges like broadening student access, fundraising, and reducing sexual assault, they would do well to stoke members’ curiosity, says Penn GSE Senior Fellow Peter Eckel.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 25, 2017) – Although college participation rates continue to rise among United States students of all races, ethnicities, and economic levels, a new report issued today details the country’s emerging two-tiered educational system that is increasingly likely to produce different life outcomes for rich and poor students. Students from the highest income families are nearly five times more likely to earn a bachelor’s degree by age 24 than students from the poorest families, the report shows.