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Blog: Technology and LearningWhenever someone in my family complains to each other about something in our lives, our usual family response is to say “First World problem”.   We have lots of First World problems in our family.  Right now, my wife...
From: Inside Higher Ed | By: Joshua Kim | Monday, July 27, 2015
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BALTIMORE -- American higher education is failing “far too many of our students,” Education Secretary Arne Duncan was scheduled to say Monday, as he calls for colleges to be held more accountable for graduating students with high-quality degrees...
From: Inside Higher Ed | By: Michael Stratford | Monday, July 27, 2015
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Blog: Confessions of a Community College DeanShould community college students borrow more? It seems like a ridiculous question, given the recent focus on student loan burdens and the move towards free community college. But there’s actually a serious...
From: Inside Higher Ed | By: Matt Reed | Monday, July 27, 2015
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Blog: The World ViewHardly any week goes by without the appearance of an article on corruption in higher education. The stories cover not only individual students or faculty but also whole institutions and even countries. And corruption in higher education...
From: Inside Higher Ed | By: Goolam Mohamedbhai | Sunday, July 26, 2015
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The British government is planning a referendum on whether to remain in the European Union, prompting leaders of British universities to start Universities for Europe to encourage British voters to keep the country in the EU. British academic leaders...
From: Inside Higher Ed | By: Scott Jaschik | Monday, July 27, 2015
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In today's Academic Minute, Diane Peters, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Kettering University, discusses her work on autonomously piloted vehicles. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.  ...
From: Inside Higher Ed | By: Scott Jaschik | Monday, July 27, 2015
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Early in my career, there was an incident involving a senior professor in another department. He was a mild-mannered man but deeply embittered about his career. He began savagely berating students in feedback on assignments and writing vitriolic reviews...
From: Inside Higher Ed | By: Stephen L. Chew | Monday, July 27, 2015
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When the University of Michigan let quarterback Shane Morris stay in a game in September despite his exhibiting symptoms of what would eventually prove to be a concussion, it rejuvenated a debate over whether college football is doing enough to prevent...
From: Inside Higher Ed | By: Jake New | Monday, July 27, 2015
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Japan's Defense Ministry has announced plans, for the first time, to support research at the country's universities, The Japan Times reported. Such support has been considered taboo for years, given concerns ever since World War II about the military's...
From: Inside Higher Ed | By: Scott Jaschik | Monday, July 27, 2015
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The University of Alaska at Fairbanks first removed the state flag of Mississippi and then restored it to a display of state flags. The flag (at right) was removed because it contains the Confederate battle flag in one corner. In a statement on Facebook,...
From: Inside Higher Ed | By: Scott Jaschik | Monday, July 27, 2015
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The University of California is about to start accepting letters of recommendation from undergraduate applicants. Most highly competitive private institutions do so (and many require such letters), as do many public flagships. Berkeley will accept one...
From: Inside Higher Ed | By: Scott Jaschik | Monday, July 27, 2015
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The Florida Board of Education approved a new performance-funding system for its state colleges that will determine how to award $40 million to the institutions. The plan resembles a larger performance plan that started last year for the state's universities....
From: Inside Higher Ed | By: Ashley A. Smith | Monday, July 27, 2015
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A California judge said Friday that she was issuing a temporary injunction to restore control over a massive database of research on Alzheimer’s disease to the University of California at San Diego.   UCSD sought the injunction after the scholar who...
From: Inside Higher Ed | By: Scott Jaschik | Monday, July 27, 2015
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Self-driving cars are almost a reality. In today's Academic Minute, Kettering University's Diane Peters discusses her work toward creating autonomously piloted vehicles. Peters is an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Kettering. A transcript...
From: Inside Higher Ed | By: Doug Lederman | Monday, July 27, 2015
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Category: Carpe CareersJoseph Barber explores how to think about your résumé -- and how to reshape the language you use -- if you are a new Ph.D. looking for employment outside academe. Job Tags: JOBS OUTSIDE HIGHER EDUCATIONAd keywords: facultyTopic: Alt-Ac...
From: Inside Higher Ed | By: Joseph Barber | Monday, July 27, 2015
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Nine in 10 students in California's unaccredited law schools drop out, The Los Angeles Times reported. California is among the few states with many unaccredited law schools, in large part because the state is unusual in allowing graduates of unaccredited...
From: Inside Higher Ed | By: Scott Jaschik | Monday, July 27, 2015
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Conventional wisdom holds that in bad economic times, students are more likely to make academic decisions that favor fields perceived to be paths to jobs, and jobs that pay well. Despite plenty of evidence that liberal arts graduates also have successful...
From: Inside Higher Ed | By: Scott Jaschik | Monday, July 27, 2015
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Blog: Just VisitingAs the mania for measuring learning “outcomes” seems to continue unabated, primarily through standardized metrics, I’m wondering what kind of tool we can develop to quantify the number and impact of “mind blowing” moments....
From: Inside Higher Ed | By: John Warner | Sunday, July 26, 2015
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Blog: College Ready WritingI’ve been participating haphazardly in #clmooc again this year. This week’s prompt is about public spaces. I just came back from (driving, solo, with the two kids) from Montreal. We spent every day at the same public pool...
From: Inside Higher Ed | By: Lee Skallerup Bessette | Sunday, July 26, 2015
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Blog: Mama PhDBen turned 21 earlier this week. He took it pretty casually, but it impacted me more powerfully than I had imagined it would. In the morning, I posted one of his toddler pictures on my Facebook timeline, along with a brief appreciation....
From: Inside Higher Ed | By: Susan O'Doherty | Sunday, July 26, 2015
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Blog: Law, Policy -- and IT?It was a warm, spring night in late May when my father offered to teach me how to play golf. Mom cleared off the table while Dad put his clubs in the car. Genesse Valley Park was only a mile from our house and we were there...
From: Inside Higher Ed | By: Tracy Mitrano | Sunday, July 26, 2015
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Spelman College announced Friday that it is discontinuing an endowed professorship named for Bill Cosby and his wife. "The William and Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby Endowed Professorship at Spelman College has been discontinued and related funds have been...
From: Inside Higher Ed | By: Scott Jaschik | Sunday, July 26, 2015
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