Report Finds University “Cluster” Hiring Can Be Effective for Increasing Faculty Diversity and Campus Climate


A new report released by a group of three leading higher education organizations — the Coalition for Urban Serving Universities, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, and the Association for American Medical Colleges, which have partnered as “Urban Universities for HEALTH” — finds that faculty “cluster” hiring, an emerging practice designed to expand interdisciplinary research, can also be used to increase faculty diversity and cultivate a more inclusive campus climate. The report, Faculty Cluster Hiring for Diversity and Institutional Climate, is the product of research conducted with universities that have developed cluster hiring programs.

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Class of 2015 Graduation Speakers


Class of 2015 Graduation Speakers American InterContinental University Aug. 8 Blair Underwood American University May 9-10 William Reilly senior advisor, TPG Capital and Former Administrator of EPA Sheila Johnson founding partner of BET Kathryn Sullivan under secretary of commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere Mark Weinberger global chairman and CEO of EY Robert Smith founder, chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners Thomas Goldstein Supreme Court practitioner Case Western Reserve University May 17  Barry Meyer (retired Warner Bros. Chairman and CEO) Clark University May 17 Matt Goldman (co-founder of the Blue Man Group) College of William and Mary May 16 Condoleezza Rice  Emory University May 11 Kenneth Cole Sir Salman Rushdie  Georgia Institute of Technology May 2 Arne Duncan U.S. Secretary of Education General Philip M. Breedlove  George Washington University May 17  Tim Cook CEO of Apple Harvard University May 28 Deval Patrick former governor of Massachusetts Lehigh University (May 18) and Vanderbilt University May 8 Walter Isaacson Massachusetts Institute of Technology June 5  Megan Smith chief technology officer for the United States) Pennsylvania State University  May 8-10 Kelly Ayote U.S. Senator from New Hampshire Andrew Butcher chief executive officer and co-founder of GTECH Strategies Madeleine Dean state representative Jonathan C. Hall …

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National Teacher of the Year Shanna Peeples Honored by President Obama

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High School English Teacher Shanna Peeples To Be Honored by President Obama Wednesday at White House The Council of Chief State School Officers today announced that Shanna Peeples, a high school English teacher from Amarillo, Texas, is the 2015 National Teacher of the Year.   Peeples teaches at Palo Duro High School, where she splits her days as a high school English teacher and as a mentor, coaching and challenging her colleagues to grow in the teaching profession.

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Gerson Lehrman Group Calls for Social Impact Fellowship Applications

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GLG (Gerson Lehrman Group Inc.), the world’s leading platform for professional learning, today launched the second year of its Social Impact Fellowship with a call for applications. (The application is available here.) The GLG Social Impact Fellowship gives curious and ambitious nonprofit and social enterprise leaders access to peer-to-peer learning from GLG’s membership of 400,000 experts and thought leaders.

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Future Teacher Pipeline Narrows Even Further

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ACT Report Shows Fewer High School Grads Planning to Become Educators The number and percentage of high school graduates interested in becoming an educator have significantly declined over the past four years, according to The Condition of Future Educators, a new report from ACT. The report shows that only 5 percent (89,347 students) of the nearly 1.85 million 2014 U.S. high school graduates who took the ACT® test said they intended to pursue a career as an educator—either as a teacher, counselor or administrator. Both the percentage and number have steadily dropped each year since 2010, when 7 percent of graduates (106,659 students) planned an education major.

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ACT Announces Test Dates for District Testing for the 2015 and 2016 School Year

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ACT has announced testing dates and sign-up deadlines for school districts that want to administer The ACT® to all students during the school day as part of their districtwide testing program. Enrollment is now open for one test date in the fall of 2015 (September 29) and two test dates in the spring of 2016 (March 15 and April 19). The enrollment deadline for the fall date is March 13, 2015. For the two spring dates, the deadline is June 10, 2015.

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New Academy Report Explores the State of the Humanities in Higher Education

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Recent discussions about the state of the humanities in higher education have portrayed the field as beleaguered and declining. Today, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is releasing a new report on The State of the Humanities: Higher Education 2015 that is intended to provide a more balanced and evidenced-based depiction of the health of the humanities on college and university campuses.

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New Teaching Fellowships and Intern Program Announced

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USC Shoah Foundation and Texas A&M University To Develop Teaching Fellowships and Intern Program USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education and Texas A&M University announce a partnership to develop fellowships for professors and a student internship program on the Texas A&M campus. The A.I. and Manet Schepps Foundation will fund the three-year, $75,000 initiative. This fellowship will instruct professors on ways to integrate the USC Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive of Holocaust and other genocide survivors’ testimonies into their teaching.

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Starbucks and ASU Offer Unprecedented Four Years of College Education with Full Tuition Coverage

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Starbucks Corporation and Arizona State University today announced that Starbucks College Achievement Plan, first introduced in June 2014, will now offer 100 percent tuition coverage for every eligible U.S. Starbucks partner (employee). As part of its commitment to redefine the role and responsibility of a public company, Starbucks developed this program in partnership with ASU to create additional pathways to opportunity for its partners. Full tuition coverage was previously available to juniors and seniors, but now all eligible part-time or full-time partners can apply for and complete all four years of a bachelor’s degree through ASU’s top-ranked online degree program. In addition to partners receiving full tuition coverage, the company is offering faster tuition reimbursement – now at the end of each semester.   

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