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Blog: Higher Ed BetaIt is fair to say that MOOCs have captured the world’s imagination as to what might be possible for education, both now and in the future. MOOCs have also generated controversy, with some wondering about their implications for...
From: Inside Higher Ed | By: James E. Ryan | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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Blog: Technology and LearningI’m here to discuss with you my six month experiment into having no office. Going officeless. But first, I want to stipulate a two things about campus offices: 1. Everyone who teaches should have a private office. A private...
From: Inside Higher Ed | By: Joshua Kim | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Enrollment of out-of-state students continues to rise, and provoke debate, at University of California campuses. The Los Angeles Times reported that the percentage of new freshmen from outside California will hit 20.2 percent in the fall, up from 18.3...
From: Inside Higher Ed | By: Scott Jaschik | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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ESPN released the results of a poll of the 300 top high school football recruits this year (of which more than 150 responded). Among the results: 60 percent believe college athletes should be able to unionize. 86 percent believe players should receive...
From: Inside Higher Ed | By: Scott Jaschik | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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British universities are less likely to admit ethnic minority applicants than they are white applicants, even when controlling for academic record, social background and other factors, Times Higher Education reported. The finding was from a study done...
From: Inside Higher Ed | By: Scott Jaschik | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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The board of Howard University has tapped the interim president, Wayne A.I. Frederick, to take on the position on a permanent basis. Frederick holds three degrees from Howard. He was 16 when he first enrolled, traveling from his native Trinidad, seeking...
From: Inside Higher Ed | By: Scott Jaschik | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Blog: Just VisitingAccording to the Inside Higher Ed report of his on-stage Q&A at the National Association of College and University Business Officers, Bill Gates was identified as a “voracious” reader of education-related texts, be it of “grand...
From: Inside Higher Ed | By: John Warner | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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In today's Academic Minute, Paul Selden, professor of invertebrate paleontology at the University of Kansas, discusses his survey of spider fossils, through which he is helping piece together ancient ecosystems to better understand the world at present....
From: Inside Higher Ed | By: Scott Jaschik | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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SEIU's drive to organize adjuncts seemed to be picking up steam. Why has it faltered in the Twin Cities? Editorial Tags: AdjunctsImage Source: SEIUImage Caption: Macalester College adjuncts campaign for an SEIU union earlier this year....
From: Inside Higher Ed | By: Colleen Flaherty | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Obama administration continues efforts to streamline programs, many of which involve community colleges. But efforts to promote reporting of job results worry some educators. Editorial Tags: Community colleges...
From: Inside Higher Ed | By: Michael Stratford | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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In today's Academic Minute, the University of Kansas' Paul Selden discusses his survey of spider fossils that is helping piece together ancient ecosystems to better understand the world at present. Selden is a Distinguished Professor in Invertebrate...
From: Inside Higher Ed | By: Doug Lederman | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Should professors and students pay more for the best spots? Yes, say parking reformers.  Editorial Tags: Business issues...
From: Inside Higher Ed | By: Ry Rivard | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Category: Tyro TractsAn important career skill is knowing when to avoid a disagreement and when to stand your ground, and the dividing line is particularly challenging for those without tenure, writes Nate Kreuter. Job Tags: HumanitiesAd keywords: facultyEditorial...
From: Inside Higher Ed | By: Nate Kreuter | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Intensive advising programs can result in significant savings for low-income students going to college, according to new research paper, but many high schools lack the resources to provide the help. Editorial Tags: Counseling...
From: Inside Higher Ed | By: Jake New | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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The U.S. Education Department opens the door to more tests with competency-based education, which could help set a new regulatory framework.  Editorial Tags: AccreditationCompetency-based learningCongress/legislationHigher Ed Act ReauthorizationEducation...
From: Inside Higher Ed | By: Paul Fain | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Column: Intellectual AffairsA documentary on prison gangs from a few years ago included an interview with a member of the Aryan Brotherhood about his beliefs, though one could easily guess at them at first sight. It is true that the swastika is an ancient...
From: Inside Higher Ed | By: Scott McLemee | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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The digital learning consortium Unizin has named Amin Qazi as its founding CEO. In a statement, Unizin co-founder James Hilton, dean of libraries at the University of Michigan, said, “The academy is at a critical moment in the growth of digital...
From: Inside Higher Ed | By: Carl Straumsheim | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson on Tuesday announced lawsuits against the Minnesota School of Business and Globe University, charging that the for-profit institutions were duping students into enrolling in programs that wouldn't help them, The...
From: Inside Higher Ed | By: Scott Jaschik | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Playing a high school sport is a great start to a long, healthy life. In today's Academic Minute, Cornell University's Brian Wansink describes his experiment surveying the health and general wellness of over 700 veterans of World War II. Wansink is a...
From: Inside Higher Ed | By: Doug Lederman | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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Adjuncts at the University of St. Thomas have voted by a large margin, 136 to 84, to reject a unionization bid by the Service Employees International Union, The Star Tribune reported. The campaign at St. Thomas was part of the SEIU's drive to organize...
From: Inside Higher Ed | By: Scott Jaschik | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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Anthem Education, a 34-campus for-profit chain, appears to be on the verge of shutting down campuses, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. Anthem has notified state officials of layoffs coming soon in Missouri, Texas, Wisconsin and Georgia. A Missouri...
From: Inside Higher Ed | By: Scott Jaschik | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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The Broad Institute, a biomedical research center affiliated with Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is today announcing a $650 million gift to support research on mental health issues, The Boston Globe reported. The gift...
From: Inside Higher Ed | By: Scott Jaschik | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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Some gay M.B.A. students are frustrated that straight students are attending job fairs set up to recruit gay talent, Bloomberg Businessweek reported. At a recent Reaching Out M.B.A. event, only 1 of the 15 students who attended from Rice University was...
From: Inside Higher Ed | By: Scott Jaschik | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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Christine Mordach, former head of financial aid at Merrimack College, is facing federal fraud charges, The Boston Business Journal reported. She allegedly promised students grants, but then tricked them into taking Perkins loans, and didn't provide the...
From: Inside Higher Ed | By: Scott Jaschik | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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On June 25th a group of faith-based organizations wrote a letter to President Obama asking him to include “explicit religious freedom protections in any executive order providing nondiscrimination guarantees for LGBT employees of federal contractors.”...
From: Inside Higher Ed | By: Julia K. Stronks | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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The African Literature Association is among a growing number of scholarly organizations that have backed the boycott of Israeli universities. In the rationale for its resolution, approved by the membership at the ALA’s annual meeting in Johannesburg,...
From: Inside Higher Ed | By: Elizabeth Redden | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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Colleges should be required to inform sexual assault survivors that nurse examiners, both on campus and in nearby communities, are available to them, two senators told the U.S. Department of Education Monday. Senators Mark Udall, a Democrat from Colorado,...
From: Inside Higher Ed | By: Jake New | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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In today's Academic Minute, Brian Wansink, professor of marketing at Cornell University, discusses his survey of the health and general wellness of over 700 veterans of World War II. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.  ...
From: Inside Higher Ed | By: Scott Jaschik | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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The Microsoft founder and head of influential foundation tells college business officers that big changes are on the way -- but offers moderated views on role of technology and push for college completion. Editorial Tags: AssessmentFoundationsFoundationsGraduation...
From: Inside Higher Ed | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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A District of Columbia judge ruled Monday that seven students of the Corcoran College of Art and Design, along with a faculty member and a staff member, have legal standing to challenge the merger of the college into George Washington University while...
From: Inside Higher Ed | By: Scott Jaschik | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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The National Collegiate Athletic Association's failure to enforce its rules in recent months has encouraged rogue football coaches and boosters to break rules with impunity, the commissioner of the Big 12 Conference said in an unusually public critique...
From: Inside Higher Ed | By: Doug Lederman | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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Bryn Mawr College announced Monday that it will no longer require standardized tests for admissions. In 2009, the college went "test flexible," under which a range of standardized tests -- not just the SAT and ACT -- could be considered, but applicants...
From: Inside Higher Ed | By: Scott Jaschik | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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Terminated tenure-track faculty members at Upper Iowa University say they were punished for voicing their concerns about proposed curricular changes. Editorial Tags: FacultyPoliticsTenure...
From: Inside Higher Ed | By: Colleen Flaherty | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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The California State U. System scales back plans to enroll a quarter of a million students through a centralized online portal -- a goal that failed to attract interest across its 23 campuses and that many professors questioned. Editorial Tags: Online...
From: Inside Higher Ed | By: Carl Straumsheim | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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Colleges and universities need to get involved in the the rollout of the Core Core curriculum, argues a new paper from the New America Foundation.   Editorial Tags: Curriculum...
From: Inside Higher Ed | By: Colleen Flaherty | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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The Senate Appropriations Committee last week passed a bill to fund the Defense Department that would increase the Pentagon's basic research budget and also place new restrictions on the flow of federal dollars to for-profit colleges. The $549.3 billion...
From: Inside Higher Ed | By: Michael Stratford | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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Blog: Library Babel FishImagine a service that will let you get your hands on almost any book you want, however obscure or expensive, for a very low price. Imagine the opportunity to indulge your curiosity impulsively and read all you want to without...
From: Inside Higher Ed | By: Barbara Fister | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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Blog: University of VenusAfter eleven years of working as a college administrator, I decided for a variety of reasons to quit my job and embark on something completely different. The path to “completely different” resulted in me going to back to...
From: Inside Higher Ed | By: Melinda Manning | Monday, July 21, 2014
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Blog: Technology and LearningDid you attend the D2L, Blackboard or Instructure conferences this year?  (Sorry of not including Moodle or Sakai - what are the big events for these platforms?). There seems to be some debate if any big news came out of...
From: Inside Higher Ed | By: Joshua Kim | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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Tensions continue to grow between faculty members at Pasadena City College and President Mark W. Rocha, The Los Angeles Times reported. Rocha says he is making necessary changes to deal with financial challenges. But faculty members say he doesn't consult...
From: Inside Higher Ed | By: Scott Jaschik | Monday, July 21, 2014
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As many women's colleges move to admit men, Mary Baldwin tries to preserve a single-sex institution by building up professional and graduate programs. Some faculty fear the college is safeguarding one tradition by sacrificing another. Editorial Tags: New...
From: Inside Higher Ed | By: Charlie Tyson | Monday, July 21, 2014
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Another disciplinary organization endorses call for end of ties to all Israeli academic institutions. Editorial Tags: IsraelPalestine...
From: Inside Higher Ed | By: Scott Jaschik | Monday, July 21, 2014
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Michigan colleges are assigning the hiring and payment of adjuncts to a third-party company. Administrators say it's a win-win, but adjunct advocates say it's a worrisome trend. Editorial Tags: Adjuncts...
From: Inside Higher Ed | By: Colleen Flaherty | Monday, July 21, 2014
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Valerie Macon has resigned as poet laureate of North Carolina, just a week after she was appointed by Governor Pat McCrory, The News & Observer reported. Macon's appointment drew widespread criticism from literary figures and others in North Carolina,...
From: Inside Higher Ed | By: Scott Jaschik | Monday, July 21, 2014
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Category: Academic EntrepreneurshipKerry Ann Rockquemore explains how academics trying to become entrepreneurs need to think about the services or goods they will deliver. Job Tags: JOBS OUTSIDE HIGHER EDUCATIONAd keywords: facultyTopic: Alt-Ac CareersEditorial...
From: Inside Higher Ed | By: Kerry Ann Rockquemore | Monday, July 21, 2014
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To avoid regulations and attract private research dollars, universities may be turning away from tax-exempt bonds. Editorial Tags: Business issues...
From: Inside Higher Ed | By: Ry Rivard | Monday, July 21, 2014
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The U.S. Department of Education said Friday that it will automatically reprocess the federal financial aid applications of tens of thousands of students whose aid eligibility was likely reduced because of a decimal place error. The problem came to light...
From: Inside Higher Ed | By: Michael Stratford | Monday, July 21, 2014
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The National Collegiate Athletic Association has dropped a controversial name-and-likeness release from the "student-athlete statement" signed each year by Division I college athletes, USA Today reported. The release is a central part of the high-profile...
From: Inside Higher Ed | By: Jake New | Monday, July 21, 2014
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The board of directors that governs Division I member universities of the National Collegiate Athletic Association will soon vote on a new governance model, increasing the size of its board from 18 members to 24 and giving greater voting control to the...
From: Inside Higher Ed | By: Jake New | Monday, July 21, 2014
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The U.S. Department of Education announced on Friday that Patrick Fitzgerald, a prominent former U.S. attorney from Illinois, will lead the team of outside monitors that will oversee the closure and sale of Corinthian Colleges' 107 campuses. An agreement...
From: Inside Higher Ed | By: Paul Fain | Monday, July 21, 2014
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