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Coats issued a statement to control the damage from his "admittedly awkward response" to Trump's announcement.
In an interview, Kirstjen Nielsen says she hasn’t seen evidence that Russia intended to help President Trump win the 2016 election, contrary to U.S. intelligence agencies’ 2016 findings. The Department of Homeland Security later clarified her comments to say that she “agrees with” the agencies’ findings.
Earlier this month, USA Field Hockey fielded an Olympic team in Rio filled with members heavily connected to the Southeastern Pennsylvania area.
It is tempting to pit racial/ethnic and socioeconomic diversity as competing goals. But there is no evidence that pursuing one kind of diversity keeps colleges from achieving the other.
What specific commitments should colleges and universities make to enrich the education of students for citizenship? How can colleges and universities build more effective partnerships to advance progress toward a more just, equitable, and sustainable democracy?
Although you wouldn't know it from the GOP's presidential candidates, there are signs that more conservatives are warming up to the idea that global warming is real and we really need to do something.
Education at its best isn't just about learning for its own sake, nor only about readying students for work. It prepares the citizens we need to make informed decisions, become active in their communities, and take responsibility for the future.
I remember when E. D. Hirsch published Cultural Literacy and the controversy sparked by his list of things he believed every American should know. His point was that we must all be ready to move outside our comfort zones and work together to make progress.
Community colleges need to assess labor market outcomes, the end of completion. Economic research and data firms like EMSI and Burning Glass are supporting this effort taking the college's value-add assessment to a new level.
But what if the next place where innovation would spring from is not a physical place, but an entire segment of our economy? I'm talking about the non-profit sector.
Everyone knows we need to change how people get benefits in America. But no one is really sure how.
I remember the first sight of my dad in the airport. Once he saw us, he started running until we all embraced. Even though I was only a few years old, it's a moment that will be ingrained in my mind forever.
One of the greatest aspects of this position, and the entire point of promoting national service, is the people I have connected with that I would not come to know in my daily routine.
Today, colleges and universities should be creating expectations of service for their prospective students and recent graduates.
Today less than 0.5 percent of the U.S. population actively serves in the armed forces. The decline of duty has not only resulted in a disconnect between U.S. military personnel and American civilians, it's created a disconnect between Americans and service to each other.
Here's the thing: As a person of color and a Filipino immigrant, I sometimes cringe when I think of "service." The first thing I envision is a white adult working in a "third world" country like the Philippines, huddling together with versions of a four-year-old me, darker-skinned and of modest means.
I was meant to serve. As the child of a police officer and a paramedic and the grandchild of war veterans, service was in my blood. Caring deeply about others was in my soul. My first word was even "justice." (This is likely because my German Sheperd puppy was named Justice, but still.)
Discussions on race are important, and we should continue having them, but it's going to take more action to move us forward. While there is no one panacea, I am confident as to what a piece of the puzzle looks like.
My narrative and experience as an AmeriCorps member and my year of service is not unique; it's actually very common. I was a young, college-educated adult looking to turn my altruism and idealism into reality.