Tag: Higher

Texas must maintain higher education and K-12 funding to tap billions in federal aid for public schools

Updated at 5:23 p.m. with a statement from the Texas Education Agency.

Texas must keep funding steady for both K-12 public schools and state institutions of higher education to tap billions in federal pandemic aid, new Department of Education guidance clarified Monday.

The state’s top budget writers were hesitant to spend about $18 billion in the federal money as they waited weeks for answers on what was required. The department’s clarification noted that the state must maintain funding levels or seek a waiver.

State leaders have not yet indicated how they will respond. Texas Education Agency officials said they were

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A post-COVID reinvention of higher education

It is no secret our postsecondary institutions have floundered during the pandemic. In October of 2020, researchers confirmed that disruptions caused by the pandemic have impacted college access, with more than 40 percent of U.S. households canceling all their plans for community college and more than 15 percent of households canceling plans for four-year schooling. Without a college education, America’s low-income students, especially students of color, are more likely to be locked out of high-quality and in-demand programs that lead to stable, high-demand job opportunities. 

Postsecondary education in America has not made the shifts it needs to prepare students for

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Higher education’s racial reckoning reaches far beyond slavery

It now seems, however, that university leaders are a bit too eager to concede higher education’s ties to U.S. slavery, arguably the most explicit form of white supremacy. Pointing to a long-ago slave past has become almost reassuring because it allows schools to acknowledge their historical wrongdoings while celebrating how far they have come. But higher education’s racial reckoning goes far beyond slavery.

Our nation’s system of higher education expanded in the 19th century through the acquisition of lands belonging to Indigenous people, and many institutions continued to protect their wealth through the racial segregation of their neighborhoods. At the

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U.S. Higher Education: Rethinking the Possibilities

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André Dua

André Dua is a senior partner at McKinsey & Company. He is a member of the McKinsey Global Institute Council, which advises on MGI’s research on global economic, business, and technology trends. His work and research span company transformation, the inclusive economy, the future of work, higher education, and state and local government.

As the leader of McKinsey’s Inclusive US Economy Initiative, André works on topics related to education, reskilling, upskilling, economic opportunity, and the distribution of opportunity among different groups within the US. Andre founded and leads McKinsey’s higher-education work

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How Colorado Trustees Are Collectively Advocating For Public Higher Education

Colorado higher education is at a crossroads. For decades, funding for Colorado higher education has not kept pace with inflation, and at the same time, the state’s student body has become increasingly more diverse. Today’s students are older, working more or working while in school, raising families and often attending postsecondary education institutions part-time. There is an opportunity for institutions to continue to represent the interests of their respective student bodies, but there is also a collective power in aligning key stakeholders around the needs of the state’s talent pool and determining how resources can be best aligned to support

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