Notes & Coffee: January 9-15

Here’s hoping this morning is the second of three weekend mornings you will enjoy this week. With all the extra time, we are hoping you will do something special to take care of yourself, and consider including us in your ME time. Notes & Coffee is here to connect you with all the trending news in student affairs and higher ed from the past week, perfectly packaged for a lazy morning on the couch. Hope 2017 has been good to you so far! 

Scrutiny of new Koch grant - “Is billionaire libertarian investor Charles Koch using money with strings attached to co-opt the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, a supporter of historically black colleges and universities? Or are the two parties strange bedfellows united by a surprisingly common purpose?” 

Race, student debt, and for-profit graduate schools - “Discussions about higher education often focus on affordability—what college costs, what students pay and crucially, how much they borrow to finance their degrees. Discussions about student loans, however, rarely focus on what happens to the debt after students earn a college degree. That’s why a recent study by Columbia University professor Judith Scott-Clayton (a fellow Evidence Speaks contributor) and her co-author Jing Li is so important.”

Why STEM majors need the humanities - “When I was a freshman, half a century ago, I asked one of my professors — an eminent mathematician named Lars Ahlfors — for advice on my academic program. As a budding mathematician, I knew about a lot of math courses I should take and some physics courses as well. I asked what other courses in math and science I should include in my program. Ahlfors replied, "Don’t take more courses in those subjects. Once you get to graduate school, you’ll be studying nothing but mathematics. Now is your chance to become well-educated. Study literature, history, and foreign languages."

Making the case for liberal arts colleges - “ORLANDO, Fla. — Talk to presidents of liberal arts colleges and they are proud of how their institutions educate graduates and prepare them for life. But ask the presidents to prove that value, and many get a little less certain. Some cite surveys of alumni satisfaction or employment. Others point to famous alumni.”

“Schools can save lives”: An exit interview with the U.S. education secretary - “He didn't have long. Education Secretary John B. King Jr. was confirmed by the Senate in March 2016 after President Obama's long-serving secretary, Arne Duncan, stepped down at the end of 2015. No matter the outcome of the 2016 presidential election, King knew that Obama would be out in a year and replaced by a president who, regardless of party, would almost certainly replace him.”

More Notes

Bathroom politics

Hashtag campaign urge protection Title IX

Can a text message increase college access for low-income students

Georgia tech’s model expands

The real reason kids move back home after college (it's not student loans)

NASPA Highlights

NASPA Right Now - January 2017 - “The start of a new year often brings an opportunity for renewal, growth, and new beginnings. While there have been significant challenges in this academic year, I am optimistic about the future because of the passion, commitment, and energy I feel from our community. NASPA continues to engage in the integral aspects of student learning, closing the achievement gap, access and equity, and many other issues that have an impact on our students. I look forward to continuing an action-oriented and collaborative student affairs agenda that will provide meaningful support to our students, our colleagues, and our profession.”

A moment in the sun with Alice Manicur - “A legend in her time, Dr. Alice R. Manicur was a pioneer in student affairs and higher education who broke the glass ceiling for women in the field.  While her name may not be household yet to some, her influence is felt every day by the many supporting the student experience.  After 92 years of continued service, passion, and dedication, Dr. Manicur passed away early last week leaving many reflecting on shared moments and lessons learned.”

NASPA wishes you bon appetit - On behalf of the NASPA staff, Board of Directors, and Foundation Board, we wish you a happy and prosperous new year. Please enjoy this cookbook from our families to our NASPA Family. We hope you give one of our recipes a try—please let us know if you enjoy it! 

Student councils on religious, spiritual, and secular diversity - “A few years ago, I had the privilege to help launch with several students our campuses’ multi-faith student council (MSC), which was, at first, simply a group of students who were interested in interfaith dialogue, had an interest in getting to know each other, and were available. From the beginning, I knew this would be a tricky organization to build and manage. The University of Minnesota, where I am currently employed, has almost 90 religiously affiliated student groups currently. This multi-faith student council was designed from the beginning to support and in many ways be the voice of all of these groups.  How to do this was going to be the challenge.”