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Articles: Access & Equity

The National Center for Women and Information Technology created a comprehensive list of tips for writing job ads that reduce unconscious bias.

Women are underrepresented in technology leadership across all industries, making up just 19 percent of CIOs, according to a 2016 analysis by management consulting firm Korn Ferry. In higher education, the picture’s slightly better, with women accounting for 22 percent of CIOs in 2017—but that’s down from 28 percent in 2016, according to the Center for Higher Education Chief Information Officer Studies. Here's a closer look at current and aspiring female CIOs in higher ed. 

Source: Center for Higher Education Chief Information Officer Studies, 2017

Eric F. Spina is president of the University of Dayton.

At University of Dayton, an artistic arrangement of three aligned chairs, a pulpit, an inscribed wall, a bench and the walkway that passes through it all express a shared commitment to bringing together people from diverse backgrounds to work for justice. 

Kathy Snyder is vice president for human resources at Frostburg State University.

Like most universities—particularly in rural areas—western Maryland’s Frostburg State University has learned to do more with less.

 Rasheed Atwater is a student veteran at Eastern Michigan University. Russell Olwell is an associate dean and professor in the School of Education and Social Policy at Merrimack College in Massachusetts.

Faculty and administrators may assume that student veterans already have the funds they need to pay for school, that they are plugged into healthcare through the Veterans Administration, and are well on their way to a degree or career. This is not the case.

DREAMER PRIDE—A participant certificate awarded for the completion of Sacramento State’s Dreamer Ally training explains the meaning of its hummingbird logo. These birds are known for overcoming challenges, and  the circle represents a reminder that undocumented students are welcome.

With the specter of a federal crackdown on illegal immigration looming, higher ed institutions are finding ways to better serve undocumented students, and also protect their identities.

Prep and marketing for Rutgers University-Camden’s first college fair for undocumented students, held this June, required an individualized approach, says Mary Beth Daisey, vice chancellor for student affairs.

Steven Diner shows how those urban universities redefined education through a practical approach to instruction in Universities and Their Cities: Urban Higher Education in America (2017, Johns Hopkins University Press).

In Universities and Their Cities: Urban Higher Education in America (2017, Johns Hopkins University Press), Steven Diner shows how urban universities redefined education through a practical approach to instruction.

Bills that could impact how students exercise free speech at public higher ed institutions—and that could also dictate how administrators discipline “disruptive” behavior—are winning various levels of support in statehouses across the country.

Higher education needs to focus on employee development and start rebuilding their own farm systems. Why do so many colleges look externally for new talent instead of developing their employees? 

Roberto A. Santizo is a senior enrollment management consultant with Ruffalo Noel Levitz.

In a survey, nearly two-thirds of private institutions and about half of publics indicated they would attempt to provide financial aid packages earlier than usual.

Daniel Karpowitz, the director of policy and national programs of Bard College’s Prison Initiative, wrote College in Prison: Reading in an Age of Mass Incarceration, which examines the success—and struggles—of a partnership between a private New York college and the modern penitentiary system.

Bard College’s Prison Initiative, also known as BPI, focuses on the importance of the liberal arts in public life.

LANGUAGE LESSONS—Instructor Mary “Betsy” Bissell teaches a new Niagara U course that introduces students to Tuscarora, a dialect of the Iroquoian language spoken in western New York state.

A handful of campuses teach Native American languages to support the efforts of local tribes to preserve their language and expand their culture’s influence on public education, film and other arenas.

Got strong graduation rates? Retention numbers? Post-graduation salaries? Then budget time may come with a big bonus. More states now distribute larger portions of higher ed funding to public institutions based on outcomes such as these

With skilled workers in demand by industry and student enrollment declining, ignoring diversity initiatives is impractical, even unproductive.

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