Iloh a featured panelist at Aligning for Black Excellence in Higher Education Summit

PhD candidate Constance Iloh recently served as an invited panelist for the Aligning for Black Excellence in Higher Education Summit on Feb. 7, 2015. The event was sponsored by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, USC Black Alumni Association and Ebony Magazine.

PhD candidate Constance Iloh

PhD candidate Constance Iloh speaks at ABEHE Summit

At the summit, Iloh served on a panel discussing “Trends Impacting Competitive College Readiness and Completion Outcomes.” When asked to discuss how black students can better prepare for competitive institutions, Iloh responded, “I would like to reverse the question. Are institutions prepared for our students?”

David Johns, executive director for the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, was one of many who applauded Iloh for changing the narrative by stressing institutional responsibility and more focus on the open-access institutions to which black students frequently enroll.

Iloh’s research and publications reflect her commitment to advancing understanding of the changing landscape of postsecondary education and its impact on underrepresented students. She particularly focuses on students and practices within the spaces of for-profit universities and community colleges. In the fall of 2015, Iloh will join the University of California, Irvine School of Education as an assistant professor of higher education.

You can view the archived video of Constance Iloh and other education leaders at the Aligning for Black Excellence in Higher Education Summit. For more updates on Iloh, visit her website and follow her on Twitter, @constanceiloh.