Category: Insights

The 18 fellows in the 2020 Rising Higher Education Leaders Fellowship cohort tackled a wide range of issues in their capstone projects, reflecting the diversity of institutions and professional experiences of the participants. Several fellows deeply examined student success at their institutions, specifically focusing on equity issues. Others made recommendations for improving campus sustainability, building stronger online programs, and adjusting graduate tuition rates.

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Disability accommodations by definition are changes to non-essential components in a given environment. Moving forward, we need to ask ourselves whether a testing component, for example, is “non-essential” and why we continue certain practices if the practices result in separation or segregation.

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While conducting my research I found many risk factors that can influence the equity gap including pre-college (financial factors, college prep), student experience (feelings of belonging, college transition), and academics (advising, rigor). Multiple resources noted that peer-to-peer mentoring programs increase first year engagement and ease both the academic and social transition to college.

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My capstone project was focused on Goal 2: Graduate Education and Lifetime Learning, which includes a strategic imperative focused on providing robust educational offerings and delivery methods that includes baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate micro-credentials, short-term learning modules, professional licensure workshops, and enrichment opportunities to accelerate career fulfillment and enhance personal development and wellbeing.

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