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Upcoming Conference

Sara Goldrick-RabHigher Education Seminar Series Brownbag
Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab

Paying the Price: College Costs and the Betrayal of the
American Dream

Wednesday, February 17

4:00pm – 5:00pm
Sill Center Conference Room
*refreshments will be provided

College of Education Student Research Fair

Wed. March 30, 2016
3:30 - 5:00 pm
BTS Arts & Education Rm 1151
The College Council Executive Committee invites you to attend this event and interact with students in the College of Education as they deliver poster presentations on projects in which they have been involved.

Sharon Aiken-WisniewskiNew Publication by Sharon Aiken-Wisniewski

A Preliminary Report of Advisor Perceptions of Advising and of a Profession

National Academic Advising Journal, Volume 35 (2)


Yong Mei NiNew Publication by Min Sun & Yong Mei Ni

Work Environments and Labor Markets: Explaining Principal Turnover Gap Between Charter Schools and Traditional Public Schools

Educational Administration Quarterly, February 2016 52: 144-183, first published on December 4, 2015 doi:10.1177/0013161X15616659

Erin CastroNew publication by Erin Castro

Castro, E. L. (Ed.). (2015). Understanding Equity in Community College PracticeNew Directions for Community Colleges, 172: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/cc.2015.2015.issue-172/issuetoc

Erin Castro is the editor for a special issue of New Directions for Community Colleges titled Equity in Community College Practice. She gathered scholars, administrators, practitioners, and activists from around the country to contribute chapters about increasing student-level equity in the community college context.  

Jason Taylor

ELP Assistant Professor Awarded Gates Grant to Study Transfer Students
Jason L. Taylor, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy, is Co-Principal Investigator on a new grant that will fund a series of studies focused on helping community college transfer students earn baccalaureate degrees. The $700,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation was awarded to researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Utah. The grant will fund several studies that use a multi-state transfer student dataset and examine issues such as the effect of reverse transfer policies, student- and institutional-level factors that influence bachelor’s degree completion, transfer credit loss, and transfer shock. Another study will examine high-performing transfer partnerships to identify institutional policies and practices that facilitate transfer access and success.

Maria LedesmaOn December 9th, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States will rehear arguments in Fisher v. University of Texas (Fisher II). In Fisher II the High Court is expected to deliberate on the future of race-conscious affirmative action in higher education. ELP Assistant Professor María Ledesma will once again bear witness to history, as she attends oral arguments in Fisher II. This marks the third time Professor Ledesma visits the Supreme Court as guest of Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. A ruling on Fisher II is expected by July 2016.

Sharon Aiken-WisniewskiSharon Aiken-Wisniewski receives a 2015 Beacons of Excellence Award

Sharon is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy . She was nominated by both students and her staff for providing transformational experiences for students.  One student writes, “Sharon is able to embrace all students and meet them at their level.” Another says “Sharon goes out of her way to support and include students in the decision-making process at the university. She is truly an advocate for students and helps them navigate the complex processes at the university.”  Staff and faculty alike point to the mentoring she provides for students as well as her staff. One states, “she demonstrates the importance of hearing students’ stories to better assist them in and out of the classroom.” Aiken-Wisniewski has been called inspirational, kind, incredibly talented, passionate and innovative in her efforts to create a student-centered advising environment.

Colin BenThe Executive Director of the White House American Indian and Alaska Native Education (WHI AIANE) invited Colin to participate in a, Symposium Honoring Male Educators of Color, held by the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, DC this past summer.  The Symposium was an opportunity for men of color in the field of education to network with senior ED officials as well as other education professionals, and engage in meaningful conversation about challenges faced in their roles as educators. 

"The WHI AIANE recognizes the importance of male educators of color within tribal communities, in advancing succeeding generations of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) youth, especially boys and young men. WHI AIANE aims to not only provide educational support to AI/AN youth, but also professional development and networking opportunities to educators of color who work directly with Native youth. WHI AIANE recognizes and appreciates you as an integral part of this important work taking place around Indian Country" 

Gerardo LopezLegal victory for immigrant students in court case filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center included expert witness testimony by Gerardo R. Lopez, Professor and Chair of ELP.  Read more here.


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