Hurricane Katrina: Colleges Helping Colleges

Colleges and universities around the country volunteered in unprecedented numbers and ways to help Gulf Coast institutions 10 years ago in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Below is a brief reading list highlighting these efforts.

The Beat Goes On

ACE Fellow Audrey Bilger reflects on her year spent as a higher education leader-in-training.

ISU President Steven Leath: Prioritize Agricultural Research

By 2050, the world population is projected to increase by roughly one third, creating one of the greatest conundrums in history: How to produce as much food in the next 35 years as we have produced in the previous several thousand. Iowa State President Steven Leath writes about his institution’s role in addressing this challenge, and the need to make agricultural research a national priority.

UAB Advancing Women Leaders in Alabama

As of 2011, 26 percent of college presidencies nationally were occupied by women, just a three percent increase since 2006. A group of women at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is working to change that number by forming the Alabama Network for Women Leaders in Higher Education. This new initiative is part of… Read more »

DMU President Angela Franklin: An Unconventional Journey

Higher education leaders from around the country gathered last week in Arlington, Virginia to discuss the progress of ACE’s Moving the Needle initiative, which is working toward the goal of women holding 50 percent of college and university presidencies by 2030. In this post, Des Moines University President Angela Franklin talks about the importance of women leaders sharing their personal stories.

Opening Cuba and the World to Webster University Students

On Dec. 17, 2014, President Obama announced that he was restoring full diplomatic relations with Cuba, a historic decision that is ending over 50 years of frozen relations. Higher education has been one of the main beneficiaries of these early efforts. Beth Stroble, president of Webster University in Missouri, explores the future for continued cooperation between U.S. and Cuban institutions.

How to Explode a Myth: Reshaping the Conversation About the Liberal Arts

Higher education leaders are living and leading in the context of increased public scrutiny, demands for greater public accountability, and a “new normal” of constrained resources. Educational leaders must redouble our efforts to clarify the essential components of a high-quality college degree and provide evidence on that oft-repeated and anxiety-generated question: Is college really worth it?

VIDEO: Income Inequality in Higher Education

Nobel Prize-winning economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman talks with Catharine Hill, president of Vassar College (NY), about “Income Inequality in Higher Education.” ACE President Molly Corbett Broad moderates the session, which took place at ACE’s 97th Annual Meeting March 16.

A Half-Century of Fellowship

Audrey Bilger on the extended network of ACE Fellows that has supported higher education leadership through the years.

Leaders of Minority-Serving Institutions: Perspectives of Promises to Keep

Brandon Daniels, associate director of ACE’s Center for Policy Research and Strategy, writes on the unique perspective Minority-Serving Institutions bring to the partnership between higher education institutions and public policymakers, a topic discussed at ACE’s Annual Meeting.

NADOHE: Building a Global and Inclusive Campus Climate

Bryant O. Best, a graduate research associate in ACE’s Center for Policy Research and Strategy, reports on a session exploring the potential for building a strong campus culture that is both inclusive and global. ACE and the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE) held a joint session at the Council’s 97th Annual… Read more »

Belle Wheelan Receives 2015 John Hope Franklin Award

Bryant O. Best, a graduate research associate in ACE’s Center for Policy Research and Strategy, on Belle Wheelan, who received this year’s John Hope Franklin Award at ACE’s Annual Meeting.