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"Diverse Issues in Higher Education" featured Lubin School of Business Dr. Larry Chiagouris in "Study Focused on Millennial’s Perceptions of Their College Education"

12/04/2019

"Diverse Issues in Higher Education" featured Lubin School of Business Dr. Larry Chiagouris in "Study Focused on Millennial’s Perceptions of Their College Education"

A Pace University professor has unveiled new research on how millennials perceive their college education in terms of overall satisfaction and career preparedness.

The topic piqued the interest of Dr. Larry Chiagouris over 10 years ago after he helped students develop and understand their career options both during lectures and after class. He decided to write a book, The Secret to Getting a Job After College to provide students with tips on how to attract the attention of an employer and land their preferred job.

After receiving feedback on his writing, Chiagouris became interested in how students across all interdisciplinary sectors viewed their degree, especially with the recent questioning about the value of a college education. “The Millennial College Graduate Report,” which includes perspectives from 1,023 college degree-holding millennials attempts to grapple with the question.

A Pace University professor has unveiled new research on how millennials perceive their college education in terms of overall satisfaction and career preparedness.

The topic piqued the interest of Dr. Larry Chiagouris over 10 years ago after he helped students develop and understand their career options both during lectures and after class. He decided to write a book, The Secret to Getting a Job After College to provide students with tips on how to attract the attention of an employer and land their preferred job.

After receiving feedback on his writing, Chiagouris became interested in how students across all interdisciplinary sectors viewed their degree, especially with the recent questioning about the value of a college education. “The Millennial College Graduate Report,” which includes perspectives from 1,023 college degree-holding millennials attempts to grapple with the question.

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"Diverse: Issues in Higher Education" featured Pace University in "Pace University Program Focused on Diversifying Performing Arts"

09/05/2019

"Diverse: Issues in Higher Education" featured Pace University in "Pace University Program Focused on Diversifying Performing Arts"

Using Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s $585,000 grant, Pace University will launch a new program to diversify voices in media and the performing arts.

Dr. Darnell Hunt, who is the dean of social sciences at the University of California in Los Angeles reported that less than five percent of television writers are Black.

The initiative, Writing for Diversity and Equity in Theater and Media Arts Fellows Program, allows student to portray their personal racial and ethnic diversity experiences rather than see it being interpreted by other people, according to school officials.

The fellowship will also help prepare students for their careers through mentorships, networking opportunities and access to directors. The first cohort of fellows will be chosen this fall.

“In my own career I have seen a lack of diversity in the sciences, and in the media and entertainment industries,” said Dr. Vanya Quiñones, who is provost at Pace. “With the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, this new program will help develop diverse voices by providing students with the necessary training to tell their own stories on our country’s screens and stages.”

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"Diverse: Issues in Higher Education" featured Pace University's Provost Vanya Quiñones in "VANYA QUINONES"

11/29/2018

"Diverse: Issues in Higher Education" featured Pace University's Provost Vanya Quiñones in "VANYA QUINONES"

VANYA QUIÑONES was appointed provost of Pace University. Prior to her new role, she was an associate provost at Hunter College. Quiñones received a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s in cell biology from the Universidad de Puerto Rico and a Ph.D. in neurobiology and physiology from Rutgers University.

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"Diverse Issues in Higher Education" featured President Marvin Krislov's piece "Protecting the Dreams of Immigrant Students"

06/07/2018

"Diverse Issues in Higher Education" featured President Marvin Krislov's piece "Protecting the Dreams of Immigrant Students"

June is Immigration Heritage Month. It’s a time to celebrate American diversity, to celebrate the stories of those — like my mother and my grandparents — who came to this country and worked hard to succeed here, and to admire the bravery and perseverance of today’s immigrants, striving to achieve the American Dream.

It’s also time to redouble our efforts to support the roughly 700,000 young people, called Dreamers, who were brought to America as children and are protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. It’s a program the Trump administration is trying to end.

Three federal courts have prevented the administration from stopping the program, and the Supreme Court earlier this year let those rulings stand. But Congress and the administration have been unable to reach an agreement on its a future, and a new case in Texas threatens to bring DACA back to the Supreme Court. In the meantime, student recipients are stuck in limbo — protected for now but uncertain how long that will last, and, even worse, ineligible for federal financial aid programs. State and college-based aid programs vary.

At Pace, we are, as we always have been, dedicated to providing access to the power of education for students from all backgrounds. We value immigrant students, and we provide them financial aid — including merit-based aid to Dreamers.

At a time when other countries are increasing their R&D spending and investing more and more in STEM students, many Dreamers are highly educated, ambitious young people who are interested in these fields. They inject talent and entrepreneurialism into today’s job market. They help expand our economy — on the whole, immigrants don’t take jobs away, because it’s not a zero-sum question. They keep the United States internationally competitive. And while international students earn nearly half of U.S. engineering and computer science degrees, those numbers are shrinking. We need to make these students more welcome, not less.

Beyond that, in a time when business is global, a student body composed of many cultures and nationalities helps all students learn how to operate in a global economy. This kind of exposure and understanding is a central part of education today. Even if a student graduating into the workforce this spring doesn’t leave the United States for the rest of their life, they’ll still have to deal with international customers, international vendors, or the global supply chain at some point in their careers. Immigrants help prepare fellow students for today’s workplace.

Pace was founded more than a century ago as an accounting college, to help aspiring business-minded students work their way into the middle class. Our fields of instruction have expanded — today we’re producing nurses and physicians’ assistants, app developers and cybersecurity experts, educators and lawyers, actors and writers, and, yes, still plenty of accountants — but our mission remains the same. We provide access to a quality education for ambitious young strivers, regardless of background. Pace does not ask about immigration status of prospective students or their parents, but we know that almost half of this year’s first-year students say they’re the first in their families to attend college.

A U.S. Department of Education study found that first-generation immigrant students make up 13.5 percent of domestic undergraduates in New York State, and second-generation immigrants make up another 22 percent. That means that more than a third of the state’s undergraduates are immigrant students — and that doesn’t include undocumented immigrants. Additionally, the Department of Homeland Security says that more than 43,000 Dreamers have applied and been approved for DACA in New York State. The Migration Policy Institute estimates that 25 percent of them were in post-secondary education, meaning that there around 11,000 Dreamers in New York’s colleges and universities.

I see what immigrant students and alumni at Pace can accomplish. I see what Dreamers at Pace can accomplish. I think of Lisdy Contreras-Giron, a Pace undergraduate who “came out” as Dreamer after President Trump announced his attention to end the program last September. “With me choosing to come out, it’s because I am proud,” she said at a campus event. “Being a Dreamer, as we are identified, is not just being a Dreamer. We are your neighbors, we are peers, we are your classmates, we are your children’s babysitters, your nurses.”

Like the best of Pace students, Lisdy is smart, striving, and ambitious. She’s a valuable addition to the Pace community, and she’s a valuable addition to this country. We need students like her, both Dreamers and immigrants, and the country, needs them, too. Let’s hope that Congress and the president can use the time afforded by the Supreme Court’s move this week to find a way forward that is inclusive, fair, and beneficial — not just for Dreamers but for the country.

Marvin Krislov is president of Pace University.

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Dean Harriet Feldman, College of Health Professions and Lienhard School of Nursing, featured in "Diverse Issues in Higher Education" on "Meeting Nursing Demands Through Diversity"

02/26/2018

Dean Harriet Feldman, College of Health Professions and Lienhard School of Nursing Dean featured in "Diverse Issues in Higher Education" on "Meeting Nursing Demands Through Diversity"

Diverse Issues in Higher Education: "Meeting Nursing Demand Through Diversity"

by Lois Elfman

From "Diverse Issues:"

...At the College of Health Professions and Lienhard School of Nursing at Pace University, two home grown faculty members have already taken their spots. They are teaching undergraduate students and are working on developing their research. Pace’s “grow our own” specifically targets minority students.

“We recently started a Ph.D. program and we have about 10 students in that program,” says Dr. Harriet Feldman, a professor and dean of Pace’s nursing school. “Two of them are [currently] clinical faculty (teaching clinical practice and working with students in the field). Assuming everything goes well, they will reach their Ph.D.s in a few years and be able to enter tenure-track roles, whether here or somewhere else.”

Ross says that, when she was an undergraduate nursing student at Coppin State University, the professors created a love for the profession and a desire to continue the school’s legacy.

“When professors create that desire in the students to give back to the university and to their community, that’s when those students want to come back and teach,” says Ross, who also strongly voices the opinion that, if faculty positions paid salaries commensurate with clinical work, more people in the nursing workforce would pursue teaching.

To help build motivation among Pace students, education courses are in the graduate curriculum. At present, approximately half the students in the school of nursing are underrepresented minorities.

“We’re planting seeds,” says Feldman, who is also launching a distinguished lecture series to provide exposure for the nursing program to diverse individuals. “We’ve also built an environment where people want to teach. We have terrific outcomes in terms of our students finding employment and passing licensure and certification exams.”

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