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In the last three years, higher education institutions have had to reckon with intensified conversations on race and criminal justice on one hand, and increased disparities in academic performance within the context of a global pandemic on the other. At Mercy College, we have observed how student performance demanded greater attention to these challenges, particularly in how we deal with widening achievement gaps that were closing prior to the pandemic.
Following the murder of George Floyd, Drake University leaders facilitated virtual meetings for faculty, staff and students called “[email protected]” Through these discussions, it became clear that faculty, staff, and students were interested in improving their ability to address racially charged campus incidents. This blog explores how to prepare to respond to these issues in real time.
There are some considerations for rethinking the academic structure: functional alignment, institutional priorities, strategic altitude, and provost’s individual priorities. The provost needs to need to balance functional alignment with institutional and individual priorities. There are of course many other considerations such as timing, change management, and communications.
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