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Collaborate to Catalyze: Conversations on the University Innovation Alliance (UIA)

Collaborate to Catalyze: Conversations on the University Innovation Alliance (UIA)

 When the University Innovation Alliance (UIA) began its work, the mission was clear: form a cutting-edge coalition of large public universities committed to increasing the number and diversity of college graduates. Beginning in 2014, this collection of dedicated universities with motivated leadership and talented teams gathered to lead change, learn together, and tell their stories. […]

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An Optimistic Take on Helping New Students Weather Their Storms

An Optimistic Take on Helping New Students Weather Their Storms

 Visiting the Valley of the Sun in Arizona—i.e., Metro Phoenix—in the middle of August is always a toasty experience. Beyond the usual 100-degree-plus temperatures, my visit this week had a host of other warm moments, most of which related to watching new students getting ready for their first-foray into a fall semester. I was in […]

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Listening to Students’ Voices4Change

Listening to Students’ Voices4Change

Last week, we saw the announcement of the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice, the next generation of the highly successful Wisconsin Hope Lab. The new center, located at Temple University, will continue and deepen the research and innovation aimed at helping striving students succeed in higher education, even as they are wrestling with […]

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Jeff Selingo Podcast: Leaning In and Leading In to Higher Education

Jeff Selingo Podcast: Leaning In and Leading In to Higher Education

Recently, I had the pleasure of sitting down with one of higher education’s key provocateurs, prognosticators, and pundits, Jeff Selingo. Thankfully, he’s not the all-too-common higher-education commentator that promises catastrophe just to drive click bait. No, Jeff and those with whom he works are looking hard at challenges, and even harder at solutions. Moreover, he’s […]

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Dancing with Data in Higher Education

Dancing with Data in Higher Education

Most leaders in higher education came of age in a day when dancing with data had different steps. Their dance with data was important, make no mistake. Getting solid data for boards, state regulators, federal agencies, and accreditors was at best required and at worst existentially threatening. Institutional Research (IR) departments took their work seriously; […]

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Podcast — It’s Hard to Make the Grade if You’re Hungry: A Conversation with Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab

Podcast — It’s Hard to Make the Grade if You’re Hungry: A Conversation with Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab

Food insecurity, housing insecurity, childcare issues, transportation challenges, work disruptions, textbook affordability, and so much more. The life and logistics issues that many students in higher education face are daunting to say the least. In the conversation that follows, one of the nation’s leading champions of better understanding our students’ challenges and catalyzing affordability innovation […]

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Podcast: On Part-time Student Success–Welcoming Strangers in Their Own Land

Podcast: On Part-time Student Success–Welcoming Strangers in Their Own Land

Early in my career, I conducted a national study on part-time faculty as part of my dissertation. As we completed that work, Drs. John and Suanne Roueche, and I authored a book entitled Strangers in Their Own Land: Part-time Faculty in American Community Colleges. The book was an attempt to shine a light on an […]

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Podcast: First-Generation Students, Insider Trading, and Higher Education

Podcast: First-Generation Students, Insider Trading, and Higher Education

Studies, reports, and thought pieces abound making the case that we need a more, and more diverse learners to be more successful getting to and through higher education if we’re going to meet our societal and economic aspirations in the years to come. As we strive to reach these “more, more, more” goals, we are […]

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Harvey HELP: Helping Striving Students See the Signs      

Harvey HELP: Helping Striving Students See the Signs      

Far too many students in higher education don’t finish what they start. Those who leave the path are more likely to be low-income and first-generation students—many of them strivers who are looking to break cycles of poverty and be the first in their family to cross the graduation stage. For these students, we need to […]

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Podcast: From Transactional to Transformational Communication with Students

Podcast: From Transactional to Transformational Communication with Students

Many students need help. More than we think. And please don’t jump to the conclusion that the issues are mainly academic, like mastering curriculum, completing projects, or giving presentations. I’m sure these can be challenging for students—and good academics should be challenging. I’m speaking more broadly about your students’ journeys through your institution. For example, […]

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