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Friday 5: Things To Ponder This Week In Higher Ed 6/12/20

Please join us for our next Friday 5 Live on June 19th. We are fortunate to have George Hoey as our guest.  George is a retired college administrator with over 40 years experience in higher education.  George will share his thoughts as a higher education professional and a man of color about the current situation around diversity, bias and violence.  

 

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The State of Higher Education This Week

Our thoughts continue this week to focus on those protesting the killing of George Floyd, police violence and systemic racism in our country.  Arizona State University announced that it had rescinded its offer to Sonya F. Duhé to be the new dean of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Duhe’ had been accused of racism and of mistreating students in a previous role.  The University of Kentucky is set to remove a fresco depicting slaves working in a field.  As educators it is vital that we acknowledge the work of those protesting for change in our country.  In this week’s Friday 5, we are continuing to include resources for higher education professionals as a starting point for the critical and necessary work of addressing institutionalized racism.

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The Hechinger Report this week questions whether anything will change for black students on campus as a result of the current protests. This week it highlights disparities in education at institutions like Kent State University at Ashtabula where six-year graduation rates for first-time, full-time black students have been zero for five years running, according to federal data. The Hechinger Report calls on administrators and college presidents to take action to change the educational outcomes for students of color in our country.

"Some states could double, triple, or quadruple the number of Black bachelor’s degree earners and still not approach an equitable percentage."

- J. Oliver Schak

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Inside Higher Education this week reports on college presidents’ responses to protests.  While many presidents published remarks seeking change in response to the killing of George Floyd, few shared concrete ideas for how to take action and create meaningful change.  Observers want them to do more. The Chronicle of Higher Education ran an opinion piece this week which sought to remind college leadership that they will be judged by actions and not words.


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    NPR reports on Division I athletes who are voluntarily returning to campus this week for conditioning.  While the NCAA has released recommendations for keeping athletes healthy and safe amidst COVID-19, there is a general concern that guidelines are not enforceable and that athletes are returning to unhealthy environments out of concern for losing scholarship resources.  The return of student-athletes to campus may provide guidance and resources for the return of general student populations for the fall semester.

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    Taking Action: What Institutions Can Do To Better Support Students of Color
    This week, we’ve compiled articles that specifically address what action higher education institutions can take to recruit, retain and graduate students of color.  The Hechinger Report highlights 5 things institutions can do to support black students.  Wheaton College compiled a thorough resource titled Becoming an Anti-Racist Educator.  Dr. Andrea Aebersold from University of California, Irvine shared a reading list on Antiracist Pedagogy on the POD Networklistserv.
     
     
    Author: Meg Foster
    June 12, 2020
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