Academic Leadership

Oakwood University Finishes Second In National HBCU Academic Competition

Oakwood University finished second out of 48 Historically Black Colleges and Universities in a national academic competition last weekend.

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Giving Women the Access Code

When Maria Klawe became president of Harvey Mudd College in 2006, she was dismayed — but not surprised — at how few women were majoring in computer science.

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Public No More: Why the B-School Model Works

Many would argue, and we would agree, that despite global competition, the system of higher education in the U.S. remains the best in the world.

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Alabama A&M President Andrew Hugine Distances School From Farrakhan Visit

In a prepared statement released this morning, Alabama A&M University President Andrew Hugine distanced the school from the April 10 visit to campus by Minister Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam.

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Feedback From Students Becomes A Campus Staple, But Some Go Further

Every other Monday, right before class ends, Muhammad Zaman, a Boston University biomedical engineering professor, hands out a one-page form asking students to anonymously rate him and the course on a scale of one to five.

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Whistleblowing in Intercollegiate Athletics

Why warning signs are missed and what can be done about it

Left in the wake of Jerry Sandusky’s alleged crimes at Penn State University are a highly regarded university president, a legendary football coach, and two high-level administrators charged with perjury for lying to the grand jury. The only person left standing is former Penn State Wide Receivers Coach Mike McQueary. McQueary testified before the grand jury that he personally witnessed Sandusky in the shower with a young boy, engaging in acts so distasteful that they need not be recounted here.

Gardens of Originality

How to overcome the routine to do the essential

The 20-year-old “bubble era” of rapid expansion and leveraged prosperity in American colleges may have been a novelty; it did not, however, fund or build much that now seems original. Too bad, because there is a difference between movements or institutions (as there is for poets and scientists) that are original, truly springing from fresh inspiration, and those that are merely novel, highly derived forms growing from already familiar soils. The Great Recession continues a residual perplexity like a weather front hovering upon the shoreline.

Incubating 21st Century Healthcare Professionals

Here we are at a coffee shop in South Boston, commiserating over the latest higher education buzz. Boston, a place that hosts 50 colleges and universities, is the kind of college town that often drives national higher learning megatrends. The talk here is about President Obama taking aim at at student debt load, gainful employment, and health care.  For Obama, “The question isn’t how we can afford to focus on healthcare. The question is how we can afford not to…because in order to fix our economic crisis and rebuild our middle class, we need to fix our healthcare system, too.”