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During his sixty-year career as a civil rights leader—in which he participated in sit-ins and marches; helped to lead the 1961 Freedom Rides; and collaborated closely with Martin Luther King Jr., Jesse Jackson, and other major figures—C. T. Vivian became known as the “finest preacher who ever lived” because of his eloquent vocabulary, ferocious reading, and passionate pursuit of knowledge. This fall, faculty at colleges and universities across the country are teaching a creative and inspirational course based on C. T. Vivian’s teachings.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), originally established to serve the needs of Black Americans, have evolved into vibrant and vital institutions committed to providing a high-quality education for all students. In order to help institutions improve access and decrease the cost of education, the HBCU Affordable Learning $olutions project combines no- and low-cost educational resources, professional development opportunities, and online tools to facilitate collaboration and empower leadership.

In 2020, New America and the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association partnered on a research project to understand the effects of several pivotal moments—the pandemic, the economic crisis, the election, and a racial reckoning—on America’s colleges and universities. This article details several key federal policy priorities related to funding and affordability, the digital divide, and accountability that can move colleges from crisis to recovery.

The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and our nation's reckoning with racial injustice have heightened the importance of a postsecondary system that better serves Black, Latinx, and Indigenous students, and students from low-income backgrounds. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Postsecondary Success strategy is driven by the belief that educational opportunity should not depend on race or income.

Updating, revising, and re-envisioning a core curriculum is a complex—but critical—task for colleges and universities. Different stakeholders often have different goals. Balancing these perspectives can be a challenge, but the key to success is a transparent process of shared governance among administrators, faculty, and students.

For some faculty members, redesigning part or all of a course can feel overwhelming. Where do you start? How do you know that you’ve had a positive impact on student learning? As you finalize preparations for the fall, this article shares a roadmap for designing and implementing a plan to improve student learning in your courses.

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