Joint Annual Meeting - Forum and Alliance


At the Confluence: Academic Leaders Steering Their Communities Forward

April 20-22, 2016
Missoula, MT

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Photo of Ruth Claire BlackWhistling Vivaldi

by Claude M. Steele, University of California, Berkeley

“Claude M. Steele, who has been called “one of the few great social psychologists,” offers a vivid first-person account of the research that supports his groundbreaking conclusions on stereotypes and identity. He sheds new light on American social phenomena from racial and gender gaps in test scores to the belief in the superior athletic prowess of black men, and lays out a plan for mitigating these “stereotype threats” and reshaping American identities.”

Photo of Ruth Claire BlackRedesigning America’s Community Colleges

Thomas Bailey, Community Colleges Research Center

“In the United States, 1,200 community colleges enroll over ten million students each year – nearly half of the nation’s undergraduates. Yet fewer than 40 percent of entrants complete an undergraduate degree within six years. This fact has put pressure on community colleges to improve academic outcomes for their students. Redesigning America’s Community Colleges is a concise, evidence-based guide for educational leaders whose institutions typically receive short shrift in academic and policy discussions.”

Photo of Ruth Claire BlackMoving the Attainment Agenda from Policy to Action

Keith Witham, Megan Chase, Estela Mara Bensimon, Debbie Hanson & David Longanecker (2015), Moving the Attainment Agenda from Policy to Action, Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 47:4, 6-15, DOI:10.1080/00091383.2015.1053779

According to the authors’ of this article, “Inequity is fundamentally inefficient. No matter how robust a state’s investment in education, inequities in higher education participation and attainment limit how effectively those systems of education can produce the human capital that states need. Disparities in educational outcomes also undermine our national aspiration to be a society that provides equal opportunities to citizens, regardless of race and socioeconomic status.” Read about how “two imperatives – incorporating equity and engaging campus practitioners – can be implemented as core features of state’s completion agendas.”