This article by Mark Newman originally appeared on MLB News.
NEW YORK — This was a day for groundbreaking barriers. Commissioner Rob Manfred joined Rachel and Sharon Robinson at a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday morning in lower Manhattan to mark the start of construction on the Jackie Robinson Museum. The 18,500-square-foot space at 75 Varick Street will honor the late Hall of Famer, who broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball when he started for the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947, and played an active, pioneering role in the civil rights movement.
“Jack lived his life with such great purpose,” said Rachel Robinson, the Jackie Robinson Foundation founder and wife of Jackie Robinson. “I hope that visitors to the museum will not only learn about his journey and experience his energy, but that they will be inspired to view each day as a chance to make a difference.”
MLB donated $1 million to the foundation in 2016 to expand its partnership with JRF, part of that toward the fundraising drive. Manfred joined dignitaries in donning hardhats and planting shovels in a row of symbolic dirt.
“Major League Baseball is really proud to have contributed to this project, but quite frankly we are even prouder of our longstanding relationship with the Jackie Robinson Foundation,” Manfred said. “Every year on April 15, baseball pauses to honor the legacy of Jackie Robinson. We undertake this unique celebration because Jackie’s breaking of the color barrier is literally the greatest moment in the history of baseball. It is the greatest moment because Jackie took our game beyond sport and made it a part of a process of change in America that is still going today.”
The museum will expand the foundation’s mission to educate and expose current and future generations of Americans to a man and an era that were pivotal in forming a more inclusive society. Interactive exhibitions, educational outreach efforts and dynamic programing to illuminate the life and character of one of the most storied athletes of all time are all on the museum’s agenda.
“We are proud to realize Rachel Robinson’s dream of establishing a fixed tribute to her husband’s rich legacy,” said Della Britton Baeza, JRF’s president and CEO. “Jackie Robinson’s contributions to our country propelled us through challenging social times and continue to encourage us to practice empathy and brotherhood toward others. The Jackie Robinson Museum will satisfy sports fans who will learn more about Jackie Robinson’s great accomplishments as an athlete and visitors of all walks of life who want to be inspired by a true humanitarian.”
In addition to MLB and the Dodgers, Mets and Yankees, diverse partners who have gifted the foundation include Nike, Phil Knight, the Yawkey Foundation, the City of New York, Citi, Strada Education Network, the Tull Family Foundation and Stephen Ross. Halfway to its $42 million fundraising goal, which is inclusive of a museum operating endowment, the foundation plans to open the museum’s doors in the spring of 2019.
The museum is located near the intersection of Varick and Canal streets in the heart of downtown Manhattan, just blocks north of the 9/11 Memorial. The foundation retained Gensler as its design architect in collaboration with Ralph Appelbaum Associates, exhibit designer, to develop the museum.
Joseph Plumeri, vice chairman of the First Data board of directors, chairs the museum’s legacy campaign, and he said, “This museum is about honoring a legacy and the courage of a hero who shaped American history. Through baseball and beyond, Jackie Robinson impacted a nation. He continues to serve as a reminder that all people deserve the absence of hate and discrimination and an equal opportunity to succeed.”
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This article by Madeline St. Amour originally appeared in Inside Higher Ed.
Virginia’s largest community college and a prominent public research university have co-partnered with an educational management and student support service provider to improve academic outcomes for transfer students.
Edtech integration can cause headaches if technology solutions aren't "getting along"--but a new free tool could help alleviate that pain
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DXtera Institute, a nonprofit consortium of higher ed institutions, ed tech companies and other postsecondary education professionals, has released a free Next Generation Integration Scorecard (NGIS) aimed at improving technology integration in higher education.
Massachusetts will be the recipient of financial and technical help to build “data-driven approaches” to linking residents to jobs in growing industries, thanks to a partnership between the National Governors Association and the Strada Education Network.
This article by Carol D’Amico originally appeared on RealClear Education.
This article by Jeffrey J. Selingo originally appeared on the Washington Post.
The letter alerting Cal State Northridge students that they were being put on academic probation was pretty blunt and scary: shape up or risk getting kicked out.
Michigan State University has long worked with and competed against other colleges and universities in the United States.
One of the students leaving today on “Roadtrip Indiana” says she expects an “awakening” of what Indiana is about. Purdue University senior Shannon Newerth is joining two other Indiana students on a two-week RV trip throughout the state to take part in career exploration and work-based learning opportunities. The trip, organized in part by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education and several private partners, will be the subject of an upcoming public television documentary.
As a lifelong baseball fan, former high school baseball player, and coach for 20 years, I have always been struck by how deeply intertwined baseball and learning really are. An education advocate for most of my career, I have seen firsthand how a passion for sports can shift mindsets and create sustainable pathways to college, meaningful careers, and inspired lives.
More than half of adults in the U.S. would change at least one aspect of their higher education experience, according to a new survey from Gallup and the Strada Education Network. Common regrets were choice of institution and major or field of study. Comparatively, relatively few regretted their degree type.
A majority of Americans who attended college say they received a quality education. But half would change at least one of these three decisions if they could do it all over again: the type of degree they pursued or their choice of major or institution.
CLEVELAND, Ohio – Half of college graduates regret their choice of school or major, according to a national survey.
Approximately half of all U.S. adults who pursued or completed a postsecondary degree would change at least one aspect of their education experience if they could do it all over again, including their major or field of study, the institution they attended, or the type of degree they obtained.
Regrets, I’ve had a few…and so have most Americans — at least when it comes to decisions they’ve made regarding their education. A new Gallup poll out today finds that 51 percent of Americans would change at least one of their education decisions if they had to do it all over again. Thirty-six percent said they’d choose a different major, 28 percent would attend a different school and 12 percent would pursue a different type of degree, according to the poll.
On May 2, the Senate Career and Technical Education Caucus in conjunction with the Alliance for Excellent Education hosted “College and Career Pathways: Stories of Innovation.” The Alliance is a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy organization focusing on high school redesign for underrepresented students. The briefing revolved around “highlighting innovative approaches across the country to college and career pathways that have led to positive outcomes for traditionally underserved students.”
Data analytics has proven to be a powerful tool in a number of industries, and in higher ed, it has significant potential to help institutions streamline operations and improve experiences for students. But in using that data, colleges and universities must also be careful to also consider the underlying causes behind some of those numbers.
This is important news for admissions officers, who may feel that low-income students pose more of a risk at a four-year college or university. These students are just as capable of thriving as those from more affluent households, but institutions and policymakers must also consider that they may need more resources.
In a Monday morning session at the ASU+GSV Summit in Salt Lake City, a panel of thought leaders discussed how to expand access and success, particularly among low-income, first-generation and underrepresented student populations.
INDIANAPOLIS — Higher Education Commissioner Teresa Lubbers recently announced a new initiative, “Roadtrip Indiana,” that aims to help Hoosier students make more informed decisions about their futures through intentional career exploration and direct engagement with employers across the state.
TPT Global Tech, Inc. (OTCQB: TPTW) announced today it has completed its $1.75M Asset acquisition of SpeedConnect LLC (“SpeedConnect”) and the assumption of certain liabilities. The Asset Purchase Agreement required a deposit of $500,000, paid as part of entering into the Asset Purchase Agreement and an additional $500,000 paid at closing.
Strada Education Network, which recently changed its name from USA Funds and is now focused on supporting college completion and success, announced Monday that it had purchased InsideTrack, which provides student coaching services for hundreds of colleges. InsideTrack says it has served 1.5 million students with its outsourced coaching services, which research has found to be effective.
NCAN recently closed the Call for Proposals period for our National Conference that will take place in San Diego from Sept. 11-13, marking an exciting time of the year for us here at NCAN. We look forward to reading about ideas from members and non-members alike across all of the different threads of the college access and success field. We read about exciting ideas, thoughtful approaches, new research, and (near and dear to my heart) how we evaluate what is or is not working. Proposals flood in from every corner of our field and the country.
TRACKING SUCCESS: Student coaching startup InsideTrack has merged with Strada Education Network, a newly formed nonprofit made up of companies focused on student success in higher ed. According to a press announcement, Strada Education will own InsideTrack, which will remain an “independent entity” under CEO Pete Wheelan.
The Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) hosted a groundbreaking ceremony in New York City to announce that the start of construction has begun for the highly anticipated Jackie Robinson Museum.
Future. It’s a word that appears in the titles of at least 65 panels at next week’s annual ASU-GSV summit, where educators, innovators, and entrepreneurs will meet in Salt Lake City to talk about the Future of Education for America’s 74 million children, as well as adult learners.