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Meeting the Challenge of Demographic Change

With enrollments flattening and the population becoming increasingly diverse, colleges must improve student support to ensure an educated work force.

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In Tumultuous Times, Colleges Can Do What They Do Best

It’s called education. A campus climate of demands, protests, and unrest is a laboratory for learning from people from different walks of life.

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Guiding When It’s a Matter of Life or Death

When students are in crisis, sometimes it’s enough to simply let them know they’re not alone.

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DeVos Is Clearly No Pushover

Despite her lack of a higher-ed portfolio, Trump’s pick for education secretary combines a passion for education and impressive political skills.

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Colleges’ Realities May Curtail DeVos’s Agenda

A huge loan system and day-to-day campus complications can humble any education secretary, no matter how ideologically ardent she is.

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Expect DeVos to Apply Her Free-Market Outlook to Colleges

What she’s advocated for in elementary and secondary schools in Michigan has implications for her approach to American colleges.

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Use Data to Make a Strong Case for the Humanities

Tell students that majoring in these fields may well be a path to happiness, not penury.

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Leading From the Middle

For the sake of the future, we should leverage the power of midlevel leaders — chairs, deans, directors — to advance the mission of their colleges.

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A ‘Netflix for Education’? Why LinkedIn’s New Product Should Give Us Pause

Is delivering video courses and short quizzes all it takes to develop knowledge and skills?

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Hiring a Search Firm? Do Your Homework First

Across higher education, executive searches are growing in number and cost. Colleges and their governing boards should exercise caution before signing on the dotted line.

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If Only I Had Known More About …

Eight presidents consider what they wish they had learned before taking the top job.

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Learning How to Be Together

Intangibles are what make a campus a community, which is worth remembering as we try to bridge the divisions that the presidential race exposed.

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How Trump Could Spark a Renaissance in Higher Education

His tax-reform plan holds the key to making college affordable again.

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Trump's Election Is an Opportunity for HBCUs, if They Can Take It

If students, alumni, board members, and other leaders pull together, they can help launch a renewal in the sector.

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The Specific Threats Now Facing Higher Education

A college president identifies some of them and suggests a united front in response.

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4 Steps Toward Making Endowed Positions More Equal

Those in the academy should focus on getting more women and faculty of color into the influential professorships. We can make the pipeline.

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Raising a Voice for Academe Under President Trump

Let’s not spend the next four years whining. Let’s raise our voices for justice, equity, and the liberation of the American psyche from the demons that haunted us in this election.

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What Trump Might Mean for Higher-Ed Finance

The Education Department will probably survive. Free college, not so much.

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How Trustees Can Do Better at Presidential Transitions

Board members have a duty, both legal and ethical, to be fully engaged in the hiring of a new leader and in the months that follow.

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Higher Education Has Lost Control of Its Own Narrative

But it can be regained, college by college, with a commitment to define a compelling, shared vision.

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Speed Up the Glacial Pace of NCAA Reform

Division I sports leaders must act with a greater sense of urgency to prioritize the educational aspect of intercollegiate athletics, say the head of the Knight Commission and a former U.S. education secretary.

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Micro-Barriers Loom Large for First-Generation Students

In his book Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance demonstrates how relatively tiny differences in culture can make an enormous difference in access.

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Tom Hayden’s Reforms and Today’s Protesters

The '60s radical called on universities to be a humanizing force, liberating us to think and act in new ways. That’s a tough sell in 2016.