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Prystowsky, Richard J. – Metropolitan Universities, 2018
Colleges and universities have long recognized the need to address inequities affecting students from underrepresented or underserved groups. Despite efforts undertaken by dedicated individuals, large-scale, national change in this area has not been realized. In this article, we address two major factors underlying this disappointing result (the…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Higher Education, Models, Disproportionate Representation
Hancock, Merodie A. – Metropolitan Universities, 2018
This paper, based primarily on the author's perspective as president of SUNY Empire State College, will explore the need for, and means of leveraging, the chief diversity officer's role in creating an equitable and inclusive environment within the distributed world that is Empire State College's "campus" and, specifically, within SUNY…
Descriptors: Diversity (Institutional), Administrator Role, Equal Education, Inclusion
Ho, Mary; Sanchez, George – Metropolitan Universities, 2018
The equity lens evaluates institutional barriers that prevent students of color from gaining access to resources for college success (Bensimon, 2005). The first-generation college students at the University of Southern California are 16% of the total student body and students of color comprise two-thirds of this population. Since 2008, how to…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Research Universities, Barriers, Institutional Characteristics
Suarez, Carmen; Anderson, Myron R.; Young, Kathryn S. – Metropolitan Universities, 2018
Higher education has struggled to include and support students, faculty, and staff from underrepresented and marginalized groups. In recent years, universities have decided to address these struggles explicitly, using a variety of different approaches to better support these groups from mandatory trainings to optional events, from external audits…
Descriptors: Higher Education, School Culture, Cultural Awareness, Minority Groups
Zapata, Marisa; Percy, Stephen; Andrews, Sona – Metropolitan Universities, 2018
Propelled by many factors, including a newly appointed Board of Trustees responsible for governance of our university, resource shortages, and enrollment swings, Portland State University embarked on a strategic planning effort in 2014 with the intent of reunifying a divided campus and creating a bold vision for moving forward in the next five…
Descriptors: Strategic Planning, Equal Education, Case Studies, State Universities
Furco, Andrew; Lockhart, Kristin Nering – Metropolitan Universities, 2018
Furthering intercultural competence in higher education requires colleges and universities to establish an intentional, mission driven strategic plan that embeds intercultural understanding and practice across the institution's work. To secure broad-based buy-in and support, this plan needs to consider the various ways that different units within…
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Higher Education, Colleges, Institutional Mission
Costino, Kimberly A. – Metropolitan Universities, 2018
Equity-minded institutional transformation requires robust faculty learning. Research has shown that the single most important factor in student success is faculty interaction. Positive, supportive, and empowering faculty interaction is particularly important to the success of female students, poor and working class students, and students of…
Descriptors: State Universities, College Faculty, Faculty Development, Equal Education
Jones, Michelle D. – Metropolitan Universities, 2018
Starting a college from scratch presents a unique opportunity to think about how to build an inclusive learning environment from the beginning by selecting people and strategies that do not carry the weight of the traditional academic model and its prejudices and assumptions about who belongs and who does not. This article documents the lessons…
Descriptors: Inclusion, Higher Education, Educational Innovation, Student Diversity
Golom, Frank D. – Metropolitan Universities, 2018
Diversity and inclusion (D&I) efforts in higher education are decades old, yet progress continues to be slow and elusive for many campuses. Recent events in colleges and universities across the United States suggest that long-standing challenges related to access, equity and inclusion remain as entrenched and intractable as they have ever…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Change Strategies, Systems Approach, Higher Education
Balajee, Sonali S.; Todd, Joshua – Metropolitan Universities, 2018
Equity, diversity, and inclusion are frequently on the lips of higher education professionals yet we struggle to infuse these concepts throughout the academy as evidenced in challenges recruiting faculty of color, graduating students of color, and hostile environments reported by students. The authors posit that this is because, to date, most…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Educational Change, Transformative Learning, Empowerment
Saffold, Jacinta R. – Metropolitan Universities, 2018
Technological innovation and new economic terrain of the twenty-first century has called for higher education to re-examine how interdisciplinary ethnic studies and minority serving programs are positioned in the twenty-first century. This essay considers the utility of spaces like Black Studies departments and programs like the Mellon Mays…
Descriptors: Diversity (Institutional), Diversity (Faculty), College Administration, Minority Groups
Nuñez-Alvarez, Arcela; Clark-Ibáñez, Marisol; Ardón, Ana M.; Ramos, Amy L.; Pellicia, Michelle Ramos – Metropolitan Universities, 2018
This article addresses an innovative approach to connecting an urban university with the surrounding neighborhoods comprised of Latino immigrants, who represent potential new students or current students' family members. The National Latino Research Center (NLRC) uses popular education, culturally informed, and linguistically relevant strategies…
Descriptors: Culturally Relevant Education, Spanish, Experiential Learning, Hispanic Americans
Walker, Laurie A.; East, Jean F. – Metropolitan Universities, 2018
Laurie A. Walker, the 2017 recipient of the Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement, is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Montana. Together with her co-author, Dr. Jean F. East, Professor in the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver, they have raised, in this piece, an…
Descriptors: Philanthropic Foundations, Urban Universities, Neighborhoods, Urban Renewal
DeMeulenaere, Eric – Metropolitan Universities, 2018
Dr. Eric DeMeulenaere is Associate Professor of Education at Clark University in Worcester, MA. When he received the Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement in 2015, he was an Assistant Professor coming up for promotion and tenure. He received the Lynton award because his scholarly work exemplifies deep collaboration with…
Descriptors: Urban Education, School Community Relationship, Higher Education, Community Involvement
Barthell, John F.; Simmons, Charlotte K.; Youngblood, Karen – Metropolitan Universities, 2018
For over a decade, the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) has been engaged in defining its role within the Oklahoma City (OKC) Metropolitan Area. By 2013, an enhanced physical presence developed for UCO within OKC itself, including the creation of the Academy of Contemporary Music and the CHK|Central Boathouse. Afterwards, and in accordance with…
Descriptors: College Role, Urban Schools, Educational Improvement, Strategic Planning
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