Most trustees come to the board table with no clue about what to expect. Cathy Trower and Penn AHEAD's Peter Eckel examine the individual competencies they should have to improve how the board governs.
The 2016 election provided plenty of evidence that Twitter has changed public dialogue. Jonathan Supovitz and a team of researchers analyzed more than a million tweets about the Common Core. Supovitz found interest groups harnessing Twitter in new, not always obvious ways to make their voice heard. “I think it has huge influence,” Supovitz said. “It’s a harbinger, right? This is the future.”
“It is actually a form of racism to argue that we should just expect less of people of color – that we shouldn’t challenge them or have the same level of expectations that we have for suburban youth, which is code for 'white,'" says Shaun Harper, responding to a Pennsylvania state senator comments.
In a post in Higher Education Today, Laura Perna and doctoral student, Elaine Leigh, talk about the potential of college promise programs to increase higher education attainment and close persisting gaps.
Recent state funding cuts to higher education puts greater financial strain on schools enrolling the biggest portion of college students: community colleges and minority serving institutions (MSIs), writes Marybeth Gasman.
Diverse Issues in Higher Education | February 21, 2017
Marybeth Gasman says the Center for Minority Serving Institutions and Penn GSE welcome former president of Florida A&M University, Elmira Mangum, whose leadership experience will help provide a better understanding of the issues HBCUs face.
"Many of the same skills that you find in great teachers are the same skills you find in entrepreneurs," says Bobbi Kurshan. "Both fields require a level of comfort with change, a passion to change the world, and quick adaptation to new challenges."
“A merger will not uphold the history, legacy and personality of an HBCU if it becomes mainstreamed and whitewashed," said Marybeth Gasman, referring to the risks of HBCUs merging with predominately white colleges.
The Chronicle of Higher Education | February 3, 2017
Jonathan Zimmerman reviews three books on the desegregation of schools after the Supreme Court's 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision and unpacks the ruling's ongoing legal and historical questions.