Higher Ed in the News: 7/20

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This week on Higher Ed in the News, retention data shows declines across higher ed and a push to make the famed U.S. News rankings more equitable.

The fall of 2020 saw “unprecedented” retention declines

A new report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center found that the rate of first-year students returning for a second year fell to 73.9%, its lowest since 2012, Natalie Schwartz of Higher Ed Dive writes.


What We Are Learning About Learning: Teaching and Learning as a Graduate Student

artwork by Clare Reid

Graduate students occupy a complicated role in higher education. Situated between undergraduates and faculty, they are students—though they don’t always get the focus and attention that undergraduate students get—and many of them are simultaneously in instructional roles—as tutors, TAs, and instructors of record. In the latest episode of the CNDLS podcast What We Are Learning About Learning, we interviewed graduate students at Georgetown University about their experiences navigating this complicated situation. Given their particular vantage point, they have valuable things to tell us about teaching and learning. (more…)

What We’re Reading: All Racial Stereotypes Hurt STEM Students

illustration by William Cleaves

I am an Asian man in STEM. That identity carries a stereotype in this society; I am expected to excel academically within the discipline, expected to have an almost monastic focus on research in exclusion of other aspects of my life, and expected to be passive in demanding recognition for my work and career advancement. Aspects of this stereotype have affected my journey through the field and my career. (more…)

What We Are Learning About Learning: Anti-Racist Pedagogy in Practice

Artwork by Clare Reid

Higher education’s deep racial inequalities require more than just building awareness. To properly address these injustices, professors need to engage in anti-racist policies and teaching methods in order to change their classrooms and the campus environment for the better. In the latest episode of the What We’re Learning About Learning podcast, some Georgetown professors shared their perspectives and the ways they’re growing to make their classrooms more inclusive and equitable. (more…)

Higher Ed in the News: 6/7

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This week on Higher Ed in the News: the EEOC weighs in on vaccination requirements, a new bill underlines the Democratic stance on student athletes, and a state university system task force works to address inequality.

You can read previous editions of this series here. (more…)

Higher Ed in the News: 5/30

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This week on Higher Ed in the News, a look at the decision to remove standardized testing requirements, and data on Black female representation among tenured faculty in U.S. higher education.

You can read previous editions of this series here. (more…)

It’s Our Turn: Inventing the Future of Education Together

Clare Reid has been one of the Graduate Associates for the Apprenticeship in Teaching Program at CNDLS, as well as the author of two other graphic essays for this blog, and the illustrator for our What We’re Reading series. She also recently completed the Master’s Program in English at Georgetown University. In this graphic essay, she shares an exciting and attainable vision for the future of higher education. (more…)

Higher Ed in the News: 5/24

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This week, two stories providing data around the disparities that exist for outcomes in higher education. You can read previous editions of this series here.

The disadvantages “nontraditional” students face

While many people think of a young adult aged 18-22 when they think of a college student, many other ages and profiles of people are pursuing their bachelor’s degree. Unfortunately, these individuals are concentrated in schools with fewer resources and also don’t have the same educational attainment as others. This inequity affects adult learners, low-income students and students of color most profoundly, according to a report by the Pell Institute written up by Sara Weissman of Inside Higher Ed.


Student Voices: Insights from the Instructional Technology Aide Program

One of the most exciting opportunities for enhancing the Georgetown experience in the virtual environment this year has been the increased incorporation of student voices in conversations around teaching and learning. Since the summer 2020 session, CNDLS has been at the helm of designing and implementing the Instructional Technology Aide (ITA) program alongside contacts at each of Georgetown’s schools. The ITA program employs student workers eligible for Federal Work Study to support professors on virtual platforms and during online classes, both synchronously and asynchronously.  (more…)

Higher Ed in the News: 5/17

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This week, a look at disparities in student outcomes and one school’s new approach connecting tenure to diversity, equity, and inclusion work. You can read last week’s edition of this series here.

Study on graduate outcomes finds disparities in race and gender.

Among graduates of 93% of public four-year institutions, median student earnings exceeded those of high school graduates, compared to 77% for private nonprofit schools and 69% for for-profit schools. This is according to a study by The Postsecondary Value Commission, a nonprofit advocacy group.