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January 27, 2020
The next Ohio State president will have to do it all, higher education experts and community members say. The presidential search committee will welcome community input as their work begins, and will aim to have a list of semifinalists this summer. As Ohio State begins the search for its next president, higher education experts and local community leaders anticipate candidates will have to bring a lot to the table.
November 18, 2019
MU has joined a national alliance to develop inclusive faculty practices in its STEM departments, the university announced Monday. The alliance, Aspire: The National Alliance for Inclusive and Diverse STEM Faculty, will focus on recruitment, hiring and retention of diverse science, technology, engineering and math faculty. MU is one of 20 universities joining the Aspire Alliance, which will last for three years.
November 1, 2019
The University of Tennessee is now a part of the Aspire Alliance, a group of universities nationwide with one commitment in mind. "The idea of retaining and recruiting a more diverse faculty that in turn will help us retain for diverse students as well," assistant vice chancellor for research development Kimberly Eck said.
November 1, 2019
In her three years as an engineering student, Lauren Wonicker-Cook barely had female professors. Now that UF has joined a national alliance to increase STEM faculty diversity, the 21-year-old UF electrical engineering junior, said she hopes that will change. UF is joining 19 other universities this year in an alliance to increase diversity in STEM faculty. “Aspire: The National Alliance for Inclusive & Diverse STEM Faculty” is led by the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU) and the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning.
November 1, 2019
To recruit a more diverse STEM faculty, the University joined 19 other universities in a three-year effort to change current faculty recruitment practices. The initiative, called Aspire Alliance, was created by an advocacy organization called The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities that advocates for public universities in the United States, according to their website.
October 23, 2019
Ball State University is joining a nationwide, three-year institutional change effort to create inclusive STEM faculty recruitment, hiring and retention processes. As part of Aspire: The National Alliance for Inclusive & Diverse STEM Faculty, Ball State will join 20 other universities in the effort.
October 23, 2019
The University of Florida announced Tuesday that joined a three-year institutional change effort aimed at diversifying its faculty recruitment, hiring, and retention practices in STEM fields. The effort, Aspire: The National Alliance for Inclusive & Diverse STEM Faculty, was spearheaded by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. The National Science Foundation funds the effort as part of its INCLUDES initiative.
February 22, 2019
While emerging technologies are creating wide open and lucrative careers for STEM graduates, a growing concern among those hiring is landing a diverse and inclusive workforce. According to the website for Benetech, a nonprofit tech company, the U.S. Department of Labor estimates 1.1 million computing-related job openings in the U.S. by 2024. But more than two-thirds of those jobs could go unfilled due to an insufficient pool of candidates.
January 2, 2019
A new report from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities shows that while the numbers of black and Hispanic students in engineering are going up, they still lag significantly in enrollments at the undergraduate and graduate level. For example, Hispanic students make up 19 percent of college undergraduates but only 11 percent of engineering bachelor’s degrees conferred in 2016, an 8-percentage point gap. Similar gaps are found for black students, and the gaps are even more pronounced at the graduate level.
January 2, 2019
According to a report from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), African-American and Hispanic students earning engineering degrees remain underrepresented despite an increase seen in recent years and a growing demand for workers in the industry. The APLU’s 2018 “Status Report on Engineering Education: A Snapshot of Diversity in Degrees Conferred in Engineering”, funded by the National Science Foundation, used data from all universities and colleges with engineering programs in the United States during the 2010-2011 and 2015-2016 academic years.