higher education

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Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to Eastern Kentucky University

Save the TRIO NOVA Program at EKU!

Hey y'all, The U.S. Department of Education Federal TRIO Programs are federal outreach services targeted to serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities. Eastern Kentucky University's TRIO Student Support Service "NOVA Program" was first funded in 1975 and has been serving the students of Appalachia ever since. This program is the embodiment of found family, support, and resilience. They are funded to serve 206 students per year but with a mere four member staff exceed their call and serve 280 students each year.  I write to you today to say that this program is in grave danger. The Eastern Progress, the EKU Student News Publication recently reported "NOVA program students rally against forced exodus": Linked here. Please take your time to read the article. If you are affiliated with EKU you may take part in a petition linked on the publication.  Federal grants hinge on a collaborative and supportive institutional host environment- and unfortunately EKU's commitment to the 47 year program is up for question. For over 30 years, this program has operated from the historical Turley House. It is a commitment to the program to provide this space for the myriad of services that the EKU NOVA program offers. Most devastating in this exodus, students lose dedicated space for student study, student lounge, and a fully operating kitchen to gather around meals- truly a rare and comforting space for students from similar backgrounds to gather together and revel in their community and fellowship. In particular, the home brings comfort to so many students who may experience marginal housing or homelessness.  In the article you will learn that the program is being moved to the repurposed dormitory building with little space and is hardily fitting for a program meant to support the retention, success, and graduation completion of the underserved student populations that NOVA works so diligently to support. Please share your support of this program with others in the TRIO Family because we know that TRIO WORKS! Share with family, friends, and importantly, tag Eastern Kentucky University when you do so to let them hear the PEOPLE speak!  What can you do?  Sign this petition!  Post your support of the NOVA Program on social media Thank you all!  Paris Nelson Former EKU NOVA Staff and Passionate supporter of the passionate, brave, and inspiring NOVA students who are CLAIMING their space and making their voices HEARD! I am so very proud of each and every NOVA student. 

Paris Nelson
251 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to The President of the University of Lynchburg and the Board of Trustees

Remove Liberty University influence and Falwell name from The University of Lynchburg.

The University of Lynchburg is independent and distinct from the values and mission of Liberty University. Over the past several years Liberty has encroached on the decision making process of the University of Lynchburg. Examples of this include but are not limited to the following: 1. A terrace has been named for Jerry Falwell Sr. 2. The University of Lynchburg has accepted gifts and money from Liberty University valued at 1 million dollars.  3. Chaplins and professors may have been silenced on campus so as to appease Liberty.  4. University of Lynchburg Students have been housed in Liberty dorms and teams have shared facilities.   In honor of our core values that run contrary to those at Liberty we have hope that a change will be made. We urge the incoming University of Lynchburg President Alison Morrison-Shetlar and the Board of Trustees--in keeping with our history, our alumni, our professors past and present, and particularly for our community members of color and those identifying as LGBTQ--to do the following: 1. Affirm the right of free speech and assembly at the University of Lynchburg, as well as support diversity of thought and expression on campus.  2. Remove the Falwell name from the new terrace and campus.  3. Stop receiving money and gifts of any kind from Liberty.  4. End the University of Lynchburg's relationship with Liberty unless for purely academic experiences and in rare circumstances.  We expect this to happen before students arrive on campus in mid August. Students of many generations have chosen UofL as their home because it is a "College that changes lives." They did not sign up for an institution that upholds (or is perceived to uphold) the damaging ideology of Jerry Falwell Sr.. We look forward to a bright, vibrant future for the University of Lynchburg. This is a step in the right direction. 

Concerned Hornets
1,492 supporters
Started 3 months ago

Petition to

Atlanta Declaration of Core Principles for At-Scale Learning Platform Partnerships

ATLANTA DECLARATION Core Principles for Higher Education and At-Scale Learning Platform Relationships We, undersigned, are practitioners of non-profit global higher education, operating at-scale online academic and professional education courses and programs. We gathered in Atlanta, Georgia, USA on November 2nd, 2021, to reaffirm our commitment to our educational mission, our collaborative work, and declare our core principles in any partnerships, platform or otherwise, in designing, producing, and delivering our high quality, accessible, and meaningful educational opportunities. Our focus is on improving and broadening the impact of education and serving more people in meaningful and life-changing ways, while being fiscally responsible for the resources entrusted to us to sustain our institutions, generating a surplus to reinvest to further expand access. We are not driven by market valuations, corporate profits, or the destruction of the university as we know it. We are motivated by progressively serving learners via innovative educational opportunities. We aim to preserve our mission-focused commitment to furthering democratic practices around the world by democratizing and expanding access to high-quality, equitable, and rigorous education. The following are the characteristics of our community and our work that we deem crucial to achieving these ambitions. We are: Committed to Access, Affordability, and Equity We advocate for all at-scale content to be low or no cost to the learner, openly licensed, easily discoverable, created with universal design in mind, and fully accessible. We serve learners of all ages, genders, races, ethnicities, sexual orientation, abilities, background, and expertise anytime and anywhere. We aim to promote equity to improve the human condition. Committed to Quality We determine and uphold standards for quality at-scale from the perspective of course design and delivery; learner engagement and support; program sustainability; and faculty competencies to create and deliver at-scale courses and programs. We own the curricular control and academic rigor of our courses and programs, and the responsibility to define and manage academic integrity. We maintain and update course content and activities based on the information we collect about learners’ performance and the data provided by the system. We relentlessly seek continuous improvement by incorporating new knowledge, insights, and technologies. Committed to the Protection of our Learners and Faculty We respect and defend the data and privacy of our learners and instructors. We make the decisions on faculty compensation. We own the intellectual property of our educational products in their original and derivative forms. We own the relationship with the course instructors. We treat the learners who enroll in programs offered by our instructors on at-scale platforms as ours and care about them as such from a learner services, data collection, and marketing approach. At-scale platforms serve the purpose of increasing access, not abdicating our responsibilities to learner care and wellbeing. Committed to the Production of New Knowledge We own the data and insights generated from course and program activity to advance our understanding of how people learn and how we can help them learn. We commit to the ethical use of data. We allocate resources to conducting learning efficacy research and continuous improvement of learner services and reinvesting in expanding access. We demand a corresponding level of resource commitment to the creation of new knowledge and improvement of services from any entity with whom we partner. Committed to Each Other and Collegiality We drive at-scale innovation to enhance the higher education ecosystem by: connecting and collaborating with institutions actively offering at-scale courses and programs; promoting collaboration, research, and discovery; advancing policy, equity and quality; informing development of platforms and analytics, and engaging with vendors and service providers. We support higher education practitioners with an exchange of lessons learned, best practices, and tips for building successful programs as appropriate. Upholding transparency and trust among higher education entities is of utmost importance to us. We understand that this endeavor does not end with this declaration. We will continue our commitment and engagement with this community and revisit these core principles as needed. Issued at The Affordable Degrees at Scale Symposium, on Georgia Institute of Technology campus in Atlanta, Georgia on November 2, 2021. To continue the conversation and collaboration, join the Affordable Degrees at Scale Network.

Yakut Gazi
27 supporters