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Russ McDonald, former head of United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck, North Dakota, is serving on a new federal commission to address the challenges facing Native American children.

Russ McDonald, former head of United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck, North Dakota, is serving on a new federal commission to address the challenges facing Native American children.

Plenty can go wrong during a presidential turnover—imagine the new leader earning a faculty vote of no confidence early on, or not recognizing a million-dollar donor at a reception. 

Transitions in senior academic and administrative staff can have nearly as much impact as a new president.

A list of companies, organizations, corporations, firms, associate groups, nonprofits and services that can help colleges and universities plan for a new president.

SERVING THE UNDERSERVED—Terrence Murphy Hall (back right) on the downtown Minneapolis campus of the University of St. Thomas will house the two-year Dougherty Family College beginning this fall.

Dougherty Family College, a two-year school, will open on the Minneapolis campus of the University of St. Thomas this fall, thanks to $18 million in private donations.

The STEM workforce was about 8.6 million in 2015, and is projected to grow to more than 9 million by 2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

solidarity—About 300 students participated in an Amherst College protest against President Trump’s proposed policies regarding undocumented immigrants. (Takudzwa Tapfuma for The Amherst Student)

President Donald Trump has made immigration reform a centerpiece of his young administration. New policies include banning travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S., and a plan to deport millions of undocumented immigrants.

Many second-year-experience programs work with only a few thousand dollars in their coffers. Leaders of these initiatives forge partnerships with other departments to curb spending and help students pick majors, choose the right study abroad program or connect with faculty through advising and social events.

Researchers believe more universities need to join the growing number of schools focusing resources on sophomores.

Traditionally, student success programs have focused primarily on transitioning first-year students from home to college. But now more higher ed leaders are realizing that to retain students and help them make informed decisions, they must expand these efforts to sophomores.

Flora Tydings, Tennessee Board of Regents’ new chancellor, has served in other higher ed roles, including interim president at two other institutions in that state, Georgia Technical College and Sandersville Technical College.

Flora Tydings is Tennessee Board of Regents’ new chancellor, responsible for leading six universities, 13 community colleges and 27 colleges of applied technology.

MAKING A STATEMENT—Adams State University President Beverlee J. McClure (left) and Vice President Chris Gilmer display the “Declaration of Rights of Historically Underserved Students” at their higher ed institution.

A newly formed academic center at Adams State University in Colorado aims to improve historically underserved and first-generation students’ chances of enrolling in and graduating from college.

In 13 Midwestern states, veterans can now receive college credit for military vocational skills and trades learned working on base or in the field.

Recent lawsuits have alleged that certain colleges breached the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), which states employers that sponsor retirement plans have a fiduciary responsibility to prudently manage those plans on the behalf of their employees.

Eight prominent universities—including University of Pennsylvania, Duke, Emory, Johns Hopkins, Vanderbilt and others—were hit with separate lawsuits in August 2016 alleging the institutions mishandled their employee retirement plans.

NEW OPPORTUNITIES—Current and former inmates of the Fishkill Correctional Facility north of New York City graduate in 2015 from a Nyack College program that has a 100 percent success rate in keeping its students from being sent back to prison. (Babita Patel)

In a recent off-Broadway production of West Side Story, directed by the provost of Nyack College, located north of New York City, the student who played Officer Krupke had once been arrested for impersonating a police officer.

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