The Past Can’t Be Prologue

Dennis P. Jones, president emeritus of the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems, writes that higher education must take the lead in ensuring that college remains (and is made more) affordable. Assuming this challenge—and responsibility—will require extraordinary leadership skills by college administrators, and require nothing less than a change in institutional cultures.

Addressing Islamophobia on College Campuses

In the latest post in our series sparked by recent student protests and the national dialogue on diversity and inclusion, Mary Ann Bodine Al-Sharif and Penny A. Pasque discuss the climate at U.S. colleges and universities for Muslim students, faculty and staff.

Proposed FLSA Regulations: Get Ready, They’re Coming

The Department of Labor is in the process of finalizing changes to the regulations governing exemptions to the Fair Labor Standard Act’s overtime pay requirements, which were first issued in July 2015. While the substance of the rule is not yet public—the final review can take up to 90 days—the National Association of College and… Read more »

Working Overtime on Campus

In 2014, President Obama signed a presidential memorandum directing the secretary of labor to develop new regulations for the Fair Labor Standards Act. The DOL’s proposal, announced last summer, would more than double the minimum salary threshold to consider excluding an employee from being paid overtime. ACE General Counsel Peter McDonough asks this will mean for higher education.

The Price We Pay for Bad Data on College Costs

Matthew Soldner of the American Institutes for Research writes about three things senior leaders need to know as they navigate the challenges facing their campuses: institutional spending, and how spending relates to cost and student outcomes. The first post in a series introducing three background papers prepared for a roundtable on financial data in higher education.

Dynamic Diversity: How Campus Leaders Can Respond to Student Protests

Liliana Garces and Uma Jayakumar explore the concept of dynamic diversity, a new model for understanding critical mass, promoting inclusive environments and facilitating the benefits of educational diversity on campus. This is the latest post in a series sparked by recent student protests and the national dialogue on diversity and inclusion.

Evolving Higher Education Business Models

As resources for higher education are decreasing and the pressure to keep tuition low is increasing, colleges and universities are looking for ways to spend more efficiently and effectively. A session at ACE2016 explored this topic with the help of its panel: Alana Dunagan, researcher, Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation Bob Shea, senior fellow, Finance… Read more »

Racial Climate on Campus: A Survey of College Presidents

ACE’s Center for Policy Research and Strategy fielded its first national Pulse Point anonymous online survey of college and university presidents in January 2016 to better understand their experiences, perceptions and (re)actions on the timely issue of campus racial climate. Lorelle Espinosa, Hollie Chessman and Lindsay Wayt look at the results.

Embracing Student Activism

Cassie Barnhardt of the University of Iowa and Kimberly Reyes of the University of Michigan write on the need for campus leaders to engage student activism so higher education can continue to be an agent of social change. This is the latest post in a series sparked by recent student protests and the national dialogue on diversity and inclusion.

Student Activism and Social Change on Campus Before the 1960s

Links between the broader social context of what is happening off campus and students’ on-campus activism have long been a means for students to personalize, contextualize and make sense of what it means to pursue social change.

Reconsidering the Pipeline Problem: Increasing Faculty Diversity

Kimberly A. Griffin writes that a pathway is a better metaphor than a pipeline when considering how to diversify college and university faculty. This is the third in a series sparked by recent student protests and the national dialogue on diversity and inclusion.

Breaking the Cycle

Anne-Marie Nuñez suggests looking to Hispanic-Serving Institutions as a model for how to build an inclusive campus racial climate. Nuñez is an associate professor in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Department at the University of Texas at San Antonio. This is the second in a series sparked by recent student protests and the national dialogue on diversity and inclusion.