In late 2015, the University of Missouri system president Tim Wolfe resigned after weeks of student protests. What were the students’ demands? To end structural and systemic racism on campus, and to ensure a learning environment that was safe, inclusive, … Continue reading What Can Leaders Do to Improve Campus Climate?
Nearly 50 years ago, the National Academies described postdocs as the “invisible university,” because their contributions to cutting-edge research often went unrecognized. Or, as Adam Ruben bluntly describes it in Science: the postdoc is “a time-honored tradition of academics, research, and stagnant purgatorial nonprogression.” Continue reading Supporting Minority Postdocs
Most readers of this blog will be familiar with High-Impact Practices, a set of teaching and learning practices that have been widely tested and shown to benefit students from all backgrounds. Each of the practices incorporates active learning techniques and … Continue reading Spotlight on Success: STEM Learning Communities
A diverse faculty body is essential for excellence in research, teaching, service, and patient care, and contributes to a climate of inclusion on campus. Hiring and promoting faculty from diverse backgrounds also diversifies the senior administrative leadership pipeline. Despite our … Continue reading Diverse Faculty Hiring: Promising Practices
Whether you like it or not, everyone has bias. The way we perceive the world is influenced by the environments in which we grew up, cultural norms, and the people we surround ourselves with. Many of these factors act upon … Continue reading Addressing Unconscious Bias in Higher Education
In times of uncertainty, it’s helpful to take a step back and reflect upon our core values and mission. Why are we here? What do we do best? What have we accomplished, and what do we hope to achieve in … Continue reading What’s the Value of Public Higher Education?
“If you want to build a world class city, build a great university and wait 200 years.” University of Texas at Austin President Gregory Fenves kicked off the APLU Annual Meeting this week by quoting Former Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s … Continue reading “An Unstoppable Force for Good”
The pathway to becoming a scientist leads through graduate school, and graduate admissions committees are the gatekeepers. How do they determine who will be successful in a research career and who will not? Admission processes vary widely by discipline and … Continue reading Holistic Review in Graduate Admissions: What We Need to Know
Ever since the invention of the printing press in the 15th century, technology has been used to disrupt, advance, and transform the education sector. In recent years, an entire industry has developed around ed tech, with dozens of conferences and … Continue reading Work Smarter, Not Harder: Three Suggestions for Promoting Technology Usage on Campus
Imagine you are a senior in college, preparing to register for your final semester of courses. You have worked hard for the past few years and are looking forward to the day when you can walk across the stage, accept … Continue reading To Accelerate Student Success, Eliminate Course Bottlenecks