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Pioneer Press, MN

Through Truth to Freedom – By Way of Reconciliation

Through Truth to Freedom – By Way of Reconciliation

October 01, 2020

Paul Pribbenow, President, Augsburg University writes: As the traditional academic year begins, colleges and universities are in the news (“K-12 school guidance darkens as college students bring more coronavirus cases,” Pioneer Press, Sept. 10). And the news is not good, full of dire warnings about student behavior, online learning, unhappy faculty and staff. In fact, the news and public opinion about higher education seems to foretell failure in the midst of this pandemic.
Paul Pribbenow, President, Augsburg University writes: As the traditional academic year begins, colleges and universities are in the news (“K-12 school guidance darkens as college students bring more coronavirus cases,” Pioneer Press, Sept. 10). And the news is not good, full of dire warnings about student behavior, online learning, unhappy faculty and staff. In fact, the news and public opinion about higher education seems to foretell failure in the midst of this pandemic.

October 01, 2020

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The Chronicle of Higher Education

Are Colleges Really Falling Short on Racial Justice? - Interview

Are Colleges Really Falling Short on Racial Justice? - Interview

September 23, 2020

In this conversation, Michael J. Sorrell, president of Paul Quinn College, in Texas, and Sarah Brown, a senior reporter at The Chronicle, were joined by several scholars and administrators, including Kennedy, to discuss how the national reckoning over racial injustice intersects with academic life. The discussion also covered how higher ed’s structural problems can harm Black professors and communities, and how colleges can diversify their faculties. Fred A. Bonner II, author of a 2004 Chronicle Review article on the experience of Black faculty members at predominantly white institutions, is a professor of educational leadership and counseling at Prairie View A&M University. Darrick Hamilton is a professor of economics and urban policy and director of the Institute for the Study of Race, Stratification, and Political Economy at the New School. Tracey E. Hucks, a scholar of Africana studies, is provost and dean of the faculty at Colgate University. And Marcia Chatelain, who recently wrote in The Chronicle Review about how colleges have co-opted Black students’ protests, is a professor of history at Georgetown University.
In this conversation, Michael J. Sorrell, president of Paul Quinn College, in Texas, and Sarah Brown, a senior reporter at The Chronicle, were joined by several scholars and administrators, including Kennedy, to discuss how the national reckoning over racial injustice intersects with academic life. The discussion also covered how higher ed’s structural problems can harm Black professors and communities, and how colleges can diversify their faculties. Fred A. Bonner II, author of a 2004 Chronicle Review article on the experience of Black faculty members at predominantly white institutions, is a professor of educational leadership and counseling at Prairie View A&M University. Darrick Hamilton is a professor of economics and urban policy and director of the Institute for the Study of Race, Stratification, and Political Economy at the New School. Tracey E. Hucks, a scholar of Africana studies, is provost and dean of the faculty at Colgate University. And Marcia Chatelain, who recently wrote in The Chronicle Review about how colleges have co-opted Black students’ protests, is a professor of history at Georgetown University.

September 23, 2020

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The Hechinger Report

A College President Worries About ‘A Drastic And Unwanted Turn In How The World Perceives America’

A College President Worries About ‘A Drastic And Unwanted Turn In H...

September 22, 2020

Margee Ensign, President, Dickinson College writes: As president of one of the first colleges in the U.S. to announce a remote fall semester, I’ve been asked by many — students, parents, faculty, alumni, media: How did we come to that difficult decision, and why?
Margee Ensign, President, Dickinson College writes: As president of one of the first colleges in the U.S. to announce a remote fall semester, I’ve been asked by many — students, parents, faculty, alumni, media: How did we come to that difficult decision, and why?

September 22, 2020

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The Chronicle of Higher Education

This HBCU President Joined a Covid-19 Vaccine Trial. His Call for More Volunteers Stirred Outrage.

This HBCU President Joined a Covid-19 Vaccine Trial. His Call for M...

September 22, 2020

Earlier this month, Kimbrough, the president of Dillard University, and C. Reynold Verret, the president of Xavier University of Louisiana, issued a public letter announcing that they were participating in a Covid-19 vaccine trial. Kimbrough and Verret, both leaders of private, historically Black universities in New Orleans, encouraged their students, faculty, staff, and alumni to consider participating in the same trial or others like it.
Earlier this month, Kimbrough, the president of Dillard University, and C. Reynold Verret, the president of Xavier University of Louisiana, issued a public letter announcing that they were participating in a Covid-19 vaccine trial. Kimbrough and Verret, both leaders of private, historically Black universities in New Orleans, encouraged their students, faculty, staff, and alumni to consider participating in the same trial or others like it.

September 22, 2020

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Inside Higher Ed

Against Schadenfreude

Against Schadenfreude

September 16, 2020

Susan Henking, President, Salem College writes: These days I find myself asking whether there is such a thing as institutional schadenfreude. That might be a good label for the realization, as one scans the landscape of higher education, that the incredibly hard decision a number of colleges made weeks and months ago to be fully remote this fall has been confirmed by the awful experience of many institutions around us. Some -- for example, Beloit University -- were truly creative from the very beginning. One wonders what their leaders think now, as we hear of institutions that open with limited or full face-to-face classes and then must rapidly move back online instead. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. North Carolina State University. The University of Notre Dame. The list goes on.
Susan Henking, President, Salem College writes: These days I find myself asking whether there is such a thing as institutional schadenfreude. That might be a good label for the realization, as one scans the landscape of higher education, that the incredibly hard decision a number of colleges made weeks and months ago to be fully remote this fall has been confirmed by the awful experience of many institutions around us. Some -- for example, Beloit University -- were truly creative from the very beginning. One wonders what their leaders think now, as we hear of institutions that open with limited or full face-to-face classes and then must rapidly move back online instead. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. North Carolina State University. The University of Notre Dame. The list goes on.

September 16, 2020

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