Diversity and Democracy


AAC&U Podcasts on Diversity and Equity
AAC&U's website provides free access to podcasts of plenary addresses recorded at selected events. Recent addresses focused on diversity and equity in higher education include Caryn McTighe Musil's "Gender Equity: Who Needs It?" and Johnnella E. Butler's "Two Steps Forward, One Step Backward. Must This Be the Future of Diversity?"—both delivered at AAC&U's 2013 Annual Meeting. To download these and other recordings, visit http://www.aacu.org/Podcast/.

Civic Learning and Engagement
US Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter and AAC&U President Carol Geary Schneider contributed the lead article to the January/February 2013 issue of Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning. Their article, "Civic Learning and Engagement," argues that higher education must prepare students not only for the workplace, but also for citizenship in a diverse participatory democracy. The full article is available online at www.changemag.org.

Advancing to Completion—Hispanic and African American Students
In September 2012, the Education Trust released two Advancing to Completion reports focused on improving educational success for Hispanic and African American students, respectively. The reports highlight best practices from institutions that have demonstrated leadership in improving Hispanic and African American students' graduation rates or reducing gaps between these students and their white peers. To download the free reports, visit www.edtrust.org.

Higher Education's Role in Local Communities
Published in October 2012 by the Progressive Policy Institute, Democratic Devolution: How America's Colleges and Universities Can Strengthen Their Communities urges the federal government to leverage its influence and encourage colleges and universities to act as positive forces in their local communities. Written by Ira Harkavy and Rita Axelroth Hodges of the University of Pennsylvania and featuring several examples of outstanding campus leadership, the policy paper is available at www.progressivepolicy.org.

Issue Briefs: Diversity Matters in Higher Education
With support from the GE Foundation, the American Council on Education is releasing a series of four issue briefs on topics pertinent to diversity and inclusion in higher education. The series begins with The Education Gap: Understanding African American and Hispanic Attainment Disparities in Higher Education, currently available for purchase at http://www.acenet.edu.

Engaged Learning Economies
This recent report from Campus Compact describes a new framework of "engaged learning economies" that can emerge when colleges and universities combine their work to advance civic engagement with their efforts to promote economic development. Coauthored by Amanda Wittman and Terah Crews, Engaged Learning Economies is available for free download at www.compact.org.

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