Conditionally Accepted

Conditionally Accepted

Many individuals are drawn to higher education, including academic careers, because of academe’s potential for change. Countless prospective and current graduate students note that their desire to make a difference in their communities or society in general was their primary decision to attend graduate training. Unfortunately, many colleges and universities in the U.S. have practiced outright discrimination and exclusion throughout history, particularly against women, people of color, and disabled people/people with disabilities. 

Today, academe — like every social institution — is structured hierarchically, producing numerous professional and personal obstacles for academics from marginalized backgrounds. Scholars who are women, of color, lesbian, trans, bisexual, gay, queer, disabled, working-class or poor, immigrants, fat, religious and non-religious minorities, and/or single parents are faced daily with the difficult tension between academe's narrow definition of success and their own politics, identities, needs, happiness, and health.

Conditionally Accepted was created as a freestanding blog in July 2013 as an online space for scholars on the margins of academe. It has steadily grown since, becoming a career advice column for Inside Higher Ed in January 2016.  In this column, we provide news, information, personal stories, and resources for scholars who are, at best, conditionally accepted in academe. Conditionally Accepted is an anti-racist, pro-feminist, pro-queer, anti-transphobic, anti-fatphobic, anti-ableist, anti-ageist, anti-classist, and anti-xenophobic online community.

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Conditionally Accepted Archive

March 22, 2019

The rich cheat to get ahead in college admissions, but celebrities and CEOs aren’t the only ones playing the game, writes Jessica Calarco.

March 15, 2019

Much more needs to be done to increase the number of minority faculty members and to promote mathematics as a field of study for students of color, writes Alvaro Huerta.

March 8, 2019

A core curriculum must be institutionalized and mandated for all students, argues Daisy Verduzco Reyes.

March 1, 2019

An English professor laments the downsizing of liberal arts and humanities programs and departments by college administrators bent on promoting more "job-oriented" disciplines.

February 22, 2019

A professor of gender and women's studies questions the arbitrariness and biases of scholarly standards for so-called lowbrow subjects and activities.

February 15, 2019

Amelia Gibson explores the far-reaching effects of campuses' mistreatment of senior faculty of color.

February 8, 2019

Seanna Leath describes the challenges of mothering at the intersection of poverty and privilege.

February 1, 2019

N. Fadeke Castor and Bertin M. Louis Jr. describe how best to cope with the toll that holding an Africana studies joint position takes on your body, mind and spirit.

January 25, 2019

N. Fadeke Castor and Bertin M. Louis Jr. discuss navigating the challenges of a joint position in Africana studies.

January 18, 2019

While often necessary, it’s not a substitute for technical proficiency, writes Chanda Prescod-Weinstein.

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