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Improving Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Art Museums
New Report Synthesizes Findings from Eight Case Studies

Over the past year, Ithaka S+R and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation have partnered in a major qualitative study of equity, diversity, inclusion, and community engagement in art museums. In this project, which was conducted through detailed case studies of eight art museums, we did not find a panacea. Our work, however, finds that these eight museums have followed an array of common strategies, and through ongoing hard work have made a meaningful difference. Today, we are publishing an analytical capstone report that can serve as a guide to leaders in art museums and other cultural organizations. Interrogating Institutional Practices…


Evaluating Online Instruction and Cross-Institutional Course Sharing

The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC), in collaboration with Ithaka S+R, recently concluded its four-year initiative with the Consortium for Online Humanities Instruction (2014-18), which provided opportunities for two distinct cohorts of private liberal arts colleges to first design and teach online humanities courses in their own institutions and later to revise and offer the same courses to all students in the Consortium.[1] The second Consortium just completed its final year of work and participants shared valuable insights about what they have gained and learned through the experience. Since the beginning of the project in 2014, Ithaka S+R has provided…


From 101 Innovations to a Roadmap for Collaboration
Open Source Tools for Scholarly Workflow Support

Last month, I participated virtually in the Joint Roadmap for Open Science Tools (JROST) workshop as 86 individuals from 58 different organizations gathered in Berkeley on August 27-28 to explore the growing category of open source scholarly workflow tools, to compare notes, and to identify areas of cooperation and integration.The event program includes all the background information and presentations so I’ll try to highlight only a few key takeaways, noting that I found the entire program useful and thought-provoking.  JROST is an initiative worth watching because it seems to have the potential to meld together a coherent open ecosystem that…


“The Degree Is Cool, But I’m More About the Knowledge”
How Community College Students Define Student Success

“Student success” has moved to the forefront of the higher education agenda. Success at community colleges — and four-year colleges — has often been defined by the achievement of institutional outcomes, predominantly comprised of various measures of student persistence, achievement, and attainment, including rates of transfer, enrollment in postsecondary education, GPA, retention, time to graduation, graduation, and post-graduation job attainment and compensation. However, these traditional measures of student success have often been derived from higher education institutions, state boards of education, and the federal government, thus omitting the important perspective of the student in what defines success. How do community…


Dispatch from IFLA 2018

I recently presented at the 2018 IFLA World Library and Information congress on the Indigenous Studies project. For the project, Ithaka S+R is working with 12 university libraries to understand the research support needs of Indigenous Studies scholars. The project is endorsed by IFLA’s Indigenous Matters section and I presented alongside section member Camille Callison, who is serving as an advisor on the project. The congress, and IFLA, as an organization, can be very confusing for the uninitiated to navigate. What makes IFLA so confusing is a by-product of its great ambition, to be a truly global library association. In…