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  • Bensimon speaks at State Policy Meeting Convened by Jobs for the Future

    Bensimon speaks at State Policy Meeting Convened by Jobs for the Future

    CUE’s equity-focused state and institutional change approaches will be discussed by Professor Estela Mara Bensimon on the Plenary Panel: Looking around the Corner - Trends and Next Steps for Postsecondary Policy and Institution Reform at the State Policy Meeting convened by Jobs for the Future in Ft. Lauderdale, FLA on July 14-15.

    The panel also includes:

    Michelle Asha Cooper - President, Institute for Higher Education Policy

    Kay McClenney - Senior Advisor, American Association of Community Colleges

    Karen Stout - President & CEO, Achieving the Dream

    Learn more about Jobs for the Future's Postsecondary State Policy initiative here.
  • Bensimon and Witham speak at the State Higher Education Officers (SHEEO) Annual Meeting

    Bensimon and Witham speak at the State Higher Education Officers (SHEEO) Annual Meeting

    Professor Estela Mara Bensimon, also co-director of the Center for Urban Education, and Dr. Keith Witham, professor at Temple University, were invited to speak at the 62nd State Higher Education Officers (SHEEO) Annual Meeting to be held in Santa Fe on July 7-10. Bensimon and Witham will be speaking on five principles for creating equity by design that were introduced by CUE’s researchers in America’s Unmet Promise: The Imperative for Equity in Higher Education published by the Association of American Colleges and Universities. The SHEEO Annual Meeting is attended by the Chief Executive Officers of state higher education boards and commissions in all U.S states and territories, and attracts leaders of national and regional organizations with whom states work. The meeting emphasizes key state and national higher education policy issues.

    America’s Unmet Promise: The Imperative for Equity in Higher Education is available here.
  • Show and Tell

    Center for Urban Education teams up with Lumina Foundation for equity gap guide

    Show and Tell

    The Rossier School of Education's "Show and Tell" series recently featured Professor Estela Mara Bensimon, Keith Witham, and Megan Chase's partnership with the Lumina Foundation to help policymakers embed equity into state plans for increasing college attainment. As part of this partnership, the Center for Urban Education and the Lumina Foundation published a resource guide titled, "Addressing Equity Gaps in State Goals for Postsecondary Education Attainment." It is one of CUE's many recent efforts to build equity into policy on both state and national fronts.

    Read the full article here.

    The "Addressing Equity Gaps in State Goals for Postsecondary Education Attainment" resource guide can be found here.
  • Critical Approaches to the Study of Higher Education

    A Practical Introduction edited by Ana M. Martinez-Aleman, Brian Pusser, and Estela Mara Bensimon

    Critical Approaches to the Study of Higher Education

    A new book edited by Dr. Estela M. Bensimon that illustrates critical tools and methods central to contemporary scholarship is now available for purchase. The book argues that critical research design and critical theories help scholars see beyond the normative models and frameworks that have long limited our understanding of students, faculty, institutions, the organization and governance of higher education, and the policies that shape the postsecondary arena. A rigorous and invaluable guide for researchers seeking innovative approaches to higher education and the morass of traditionally functionalist, rational, and neoliberal thinking that mars the field, this book is also essential for instructors who wish to incorporate the lessons of critical scholarship into their course development, curriculum, and pedagogy.

    To order your copy click here.
  • Center for Urban Education at the 2015 AERA Conference

    Center for Urban Education at the 2015 AERA Conference

    CUE Co-Directors Alicia C. Dowd and Estela Mara Bensimon signed their new book, "Engaging the 'Race Question': Accountability and Equity in U.S. Higher Education" (TC Press 2015), at the 2015 AERA Conference in Chicago. The book signing took place Saturday, April 18th from 10:00 am - 10:30 am in the Sheraton Chicago's 1st floor River Exhibition Hall. Other sessions featured authors and presenters from the Center for Urban Education as well.

    For more information please visit our AERA 2015 event page.
  • Design Principles for Equity and Excellence at Hispanic-Serving Institutions

    Design Principles for Equity and Excellence at Hispanic-Serving Institutions

    CUE Co-Director Estela Mara Bensimon and Lindsey Malcom-Piqueux contributed to a policy brief series in PERSPECTIVAS: Issues in Higher Education Policy and Practice by taking a look at what it means to be authentically 'Hispanic-Serving.'

    Click here to read it.
  • Bensimon receives AAHHE Outstanding Latino/a Faculty Award

    Bensimon receives AAHHE Outstanding Latino/a Faculty Award

    The Center for Urban Education congratulates Co-Director Dr. Bensimon who received the Outstanding Latino/a Faculty in Higher Education: Research/Teaching (Research Institutions) award at the 10th Annual American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education’s National Conference in March.

    Read the article in Diverse here.
  • Engaging the Race Question

    Accountability and Equity in U.S. Higher Education

    Engaging the Race Question

    CUE Co-Directors Alicia C. Dowd and Estela Mara Bensimon have published a new book, titled “Engaging the Race Question: Accountability and Equity in U.S. Higher Education.” Drawing on their experience conducting CUE’s Equity Scorecard--a comprehensive action research process that has been implemented at over 40 colleges and universities in the United States--“Engaging the Race Question” demonstrates what educators need to know and do to take an active role in racial equity work on their own campuses.

    To order your copy click here.

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