Higher Education Should Reverse Structural Racism

Our institution, the University of Maryland at Baltimore County, has made enormous progress on the crisis in student success. In the 1980s, UMBC had a six-year graduation rate for all freshmen of just more than 30 percent, and for Black freshmen, the rate was 10 percentage points lower. Through a range of interventions, we have increased our six-year graduation rate to 70 percent overall, not including the 10 percent who transfer and graduate elsewhere. Moreover, we have no Black-white graduation gap.

Thirty years ago, the university administration (including one of the authors of this piece, Freeman Hrabowski) and faculty began thinking strategically about student success. The institution developed a program to support talented Black undergraduates in the natural sciences and engineering. Based on that program’s outcomes, the university also developed similar strategies for improving learning outcomes for students of all races, across fields. In 2005, UMBC established an office of

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Block-Education Sets Out On The Path of Introducing Blockchain in Curriculums of Higher Education

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Paris, France, Oct. 23, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Education about blockchain technology is necessary to create the professionals of tomorrow, and being a leader in the industry Block-Education is now taking some crucial steps in that direction. The French blockchain education company has now decided to join hands with various business schools and universities for developing blockchain education programs and courses that can help professionals understand the potential of this revolutionary technology. As more colleges and universities join hands with them, Blockchain-aware professionals trained through their programs will be available soon in the French industry. 

The main highlight of blockchain technology is that it puts all data on a distributed, immutable ledger; thus making it tamper-proof. In many cases it allows data to be put on the ledger without any human intervention, thus further boosting the credibility of data. That has made blockchain a

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Election & University — How Will the Election Affect Higher Education?

Higher education has been one of President Trump’s best areas. He and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos have made some noteworthy improvements, particularly the replacement of Obama-era Title IX regulations with ones that are more fair, and an executive order protecting free speech. If there is to be a second term for Trump, higher education would probably change little.

In contrast, if Joe Biden wins, the Democratic platform contains a raft of very costly higher ed proposals.

In today’s Martin Center article, Anthony Hennen takes a look at how the candidates compare on higher ed issues.

He writes, “Democrats have treated higher ed as a major issue, especially one to motivate young voters. The Republicans have treated it as an afterthought. The Biden campaign’s plan is wordy and in-depth, whereas the Trump campaign’s plan—a bullet list of self-proclaimed accomplishments—offers little detail.”

Among the most expensive Biden proposals are tuition-free community

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Unizin and Blackboard Partnership Enables More Inclusive Learning Experiences in Higher Education

RESTON, Va., Oct. 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Blackboard Inc., a leading EdTech software and solutions company, and Unizin, a consortium of leading higher education institutions, today announced a partnership to create a more inclusive and data-informed learning environment for Unizin member institutions. Under the partnership, Unizin will offer Blackboard’s accessibility solution, Blackboard Ally (Ally), to its 14 member institutions.

Blackboard will also implement learning data interoperability standards in Ally to integrate learning data to the Unizin Data Platform (UDP), enabling institutions to build effective data-driven practices at scale.

“We are proud to partner with Unizin to make Ally available to its member institutions, and work together to support equity and access for all students,” said Jim Chalex, Senior Vice President of Teaching and Learning at Blackboard. “Through data informed insights into accessibility barriers, we are excited to help Unizin members make a scalable impact on inclusive education.”

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Knowledge Finance to Offer Higher Education Repayment Assistance

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ST. LOUIS, Oct. 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Income Share Agreement (ISA) providers and private student loan originators now have a partner in Knowledge Finance, who is offering world-class servicing expertise to students, borrowers, graduates, program originators, investors, and colleges, universities, and educational institutions. As a Not-for-Profit, Knowledge Finance can focus on their partners and customers – their stakeholders – so that all needs are understood, met and exceeded where possible.

“To fully leverage our seasoned, refined, and customizable skill-sets, along with our infrastructure, and talent, MOHELA created Knowledge Finance to provide a more focused and intentional approach to supporting our customers,” said Ginny Burns, Executive Director and CEO of Knowledge Finance. “Our servicing and service levels have evolved over the past 35 years, to meet and exceed the ever-changing needs

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Illinois community colleges see big drop in enrollment amid the coronavirus pandemic, reflecting national declines in higher education

Enrollment at Illinois community colleges plunged nearly 14% this fall, an indication that low-income and older students who typically favor the institutions might be struggling to pursue higher education because of the coronavirus pandemic.

a large brick building with grass in front of a house: Enrollment at Oakton Community College, whose Skokie campus is shown here, dropped this fall by about 12.4% to 7,079 students.

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Enrollment at Oakton Community College, whose Skokie campus is shown here, dropped this fall by about 12.4% to 7,079 students.

All but three of the state’s 48 community colleges saw substantial headcount declines, according to initial data from the Illinois Community College Board. Compared to last year, about 37,200 fewer students enrolled in for-credit classes this fall. Some of the biggest drops were among students over age 30 and in career-track courses such as nursing, construction and welding.


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The preliminary data, collected in an online survey at the end of class registration, mirrors national trends. The latest analysis by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center shows community

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Questex Enters the Higher Education Market, Launches Fierce Education

NEW YORK, Oct. 19, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — From course design to distance learning and student engagement, the world of pedagogy has been dramatically influenced by the role of education technology. Today,  Questex  officially enters the education technology marketplace, which is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 18.1% from 2020 to 2027. (Grand View Research) 

Fierce Education ( is the place where higher education leaders, faculty and those driving technology adoption decisions in education can access proven methods and best practices in distance and blended learning. It covers the intersection where faculty and student needs meet and highlight the people, products and places that are leading the Fierce Education charge. Fierce Education was created with the same “Fierce” tenacity shared by the educators who are fighting their way to build better models for this evolving blended teaching and learning environment.

“Fierce Education will serve as an

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With fewer get-out-the-vote events on campus, will as many college students cast ballots? | Higher education

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NextGen America organizer Maia Berlow wore a banana suit on National Voter Registration Day in 2018 while working a voter registration table on UW-Madison’s campus. Much of voter outreach is taking place online this year because of COVID-19.

Walker worked for NextGen on UW-La Crosse’s campus two years ago and now works as the group’s press secretary for the entire state, giving him a unique vantage point to compare young voter enthusiasm between two very different election seasons.

“We’re having so many more conversations because it’s so easy to do things online,” he said. “The energy that young people have is even greater than in 2018. They’re getting active. They’re voting earlier.”

Students are also more concerned about the process and making sure their ballot counts, Walker said, which he attributed to the state’s spring election and accompanying host of problems, both in-person and by mail.

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There is no higher education without free speech

During these challenging and divisive times, the notion of “free speech” has become somewhat controversial and politicized. This is a mistake. The freedom to speak and debate is not only outlined in the First Amendment of the Constitution, it is at the heart of the scientific method and all of the scholarship, creative work and research that defines a world-class university.

Free speech is perhaps the greatest right we have as Americans. And colleges and universities across Texas and the country can work together to reinforce our commitment to free speech among students, faculty members, staffers, administrators and alumni. Difficult and deeply uncomfortable conversations are sometimes necessary for us to make progress.

Longhorn Nation and our great state must remember that supporting people’s freedom to speak and express is not an endorsement of the content of that speech or what they say. Allowing free speech does not endorse the truth,

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How to save American higher education

For decades, philosophers have argued that higher education’s value is rooted in its nurturing of the tolerant democratic citizen, and that it should cultivate within students the requisite “habits of the heart” to sustain our democratic way of life. This belief motivated The National Task Force on Civic Leaning and Democratic Engagement to publish A Crucible Moment: College Learning & Democracy’s Future, which argued that, “higher education has a distinctive role to play in the renewal of US democracy” as colleges are “the nation’s most valuable laboratories for civic learning and democratic engagement” to develop inter alia the virtue of tolerance in students.

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Unfortunately, as of late, something has gone wrong. Recent examples suddenly abound of intolerant and vicious college-educated individuals participating in the movement to destroy American democracy. These contemporary collegiate revolutionaries do not hail from North Korea or the People’s Republic of

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