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Demographic Changes as Destiny in College Admissions? It’s Complicated

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 14, 2017 - 6:04pm
Projected shifts in the applicant pool prompt doom-and-gloom predictions at many institutions. But Nathan Grawe, an economist at Carleton College, says the forecast varies from campus to campus.
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Repeal of Net-Neutrality Rules Disappoints Higher-Ed Associations

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 14, 2017 - 4:28pm
The Federal Communications Commission’s decision to allow internet-service providers to favor some types of online traffic over others could hurt research and instruction, college groups say.
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Free Speech on Campus, and Its Limits

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 14, 2017 - 1:37pm
Unguarded speech on social media and on campuses can lead to all kinds of grief. Here’s how colleges have become tangled in debates over free speech when professors and students speak out.
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When Students Aren’t as Prepared as They Look on Paper

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 14, 2017 - 8:22am
The problem of academic preparation touches every corner of academe. 
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Confessions of a Student at a Conference for Faculty and Administrators

WCET Frontiers Blog - December 14, 2017 - 6:46am

My name is Emma. I am 25 years old and I am a part time student who is also working full time.

I have been familiar with WCET for quite sometime, however, it was not until recently that my interests aligned with their work. As I have pursued my education I have become interested in higher education policy, data management, and data analysis. Very few students understand the many layers that make up higher education as we know it today, and I hope that more students will have a chance to get involved in the future. As a student, I have been asked to share some of my first experiences while attending WCET conferences and interacting with people from across the higher education community.

I Wanted to Know More about Student Centric Models

I think it is important to understand what compelled me to attend the WCET Summit in Salt Lake City, UT earlier this year. I currently attend the community college here in Salt Lake City, Utah. I also work full time at Western Governors University.

I wanted to work at WGU to gain more insight into their student centric model and their competency based education system. I specifically wanted to learn how they were able to support all their students in a personal, more holistic manner.

The short answer is data. Lots of data.

I was already aware of WCET summits and their annual meetings but my position at WGU helped me understand the impact that WCET has in technology-enhanced learning in higher education. While I was doing my own bit of reading and asking around about data analysis at WGU and at my community college, I was made aware that WCET was holding their Leadership Summit in a few months: Essential Institutional Capacities to Lead Innovation. I knew that WCET would have people from other institutions speaking and that would provide more of the perspective I was hoping to gain. I actually put in my paid time off to attend within minutes of seeing the summit schedule.

Much to Learn About Institutions and Its Data

I was sitting in the session on “Making Your Data Analytics Actionable,” and scribbling away in my notebook. Mind you, I was not writing things down to recall later, I was trying to organize my thoughts. I understood bits and pieces of the conversation, but I had to remember that I was learning from the faculty perspective of student data, not the student perspective.

As a student, there I was sitting in a session about student data and realizing that I did not know exactly what student data is. Despite attending a higher education institution and working at one, I still did not understand – what is the underlying structure? What are the operations and what data do those operations collect? This was disheartening because as a student investing in higher education, shouldn’t I have the tools and knowledge necessary to contribute to a solution?

Who Gets to Use Student Data? And for What Purpose?

During the session, one of the speakers voiced their opinion regarding student data. In short, they were saying that student data should be more easily accessible to faculty and staff. The other speaker voiced their disapproval, and went on to explain that data can be a great tool but it should not be the only measure of success. I agreed. I asked if I could build on his comment. I explained that while I did not disapprove of faculty accessing my data, I would want assurances that the faculty understood the data and that it was being used for the student benefit above all else.

There was more discussion about “empowering faculty, learning engineers, and designers,” to utilize student data. While I want to be assured that the people collecting and working with my data are doing so in an appropriate manner, I want, as a student, to be empowered to identify innovative solutions with student data. Who better to come up with solutions than the students experiencing those very problems?

Inclusion Is Key

I believe that student data should continue to be used actionably and responsibly by higher education institutions. I know that, overall, student data helps an institution improve and move forward therefore better catering to the student’s needs. All I suggest is inclusion. Although people who work in higher education have been through the higher education system, it is never the same experience twice. Students who are currently in school offer the most relevant perspective. I hope that as you read a bit about my personal journey that you reflect on how far you have all come. As a student, I thank you for all that you do and all your continuous effort.


Emma Tilson
Student in Salt Lake City, Utah






A Campus-Politics Whodunit: Who Invited James O’Keefe to Speak at Middlebury?

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 13, 2017 - 5:26pm
When emails announcing a visit by the Project Veritas founder bombarded campus in-boxes, few had heard of the student group behind it all.
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ACT and College Board to Offer Free Test-Score Reports for Needy Students

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 13, 2017 - 4:22pm
Testing companies get a lot of scrutiny — and scorn. But sometimes they do something that’s bound to make people happy.
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Proposed Tax on Graduate Students’ Tuition Waivers Appears to Be Dead

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 13, 2017 - 1:16pm
A conference committee, convened to reconcile differing House and Senate versions of tax legislation, was reported to have dropped the controversial proposal.
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No One Likes to Talk About Them, but Deferred-Maintenance Costs Won’t Go Away

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 13, 2017 - 11:00am
California’s public-college systems need at least $47.2 billion to cover construction, renovation, and retrofitting over the next five years, a report says.
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Teaching and Learning

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 13, 2017 - 8:00am
Learn more about The Chronicle's coverage of teaching and learning, including its weekly newsletter devoted to these issues.
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House Republicans Press for Higher-Ed Overhaul in 2018

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 12, 2017 - 7:01pm
In a session of the House education committee that seemed likely to stretch into Wednesday morning, members debated a plan that could mean sweeping change for academe.
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‘A Complete Culture of Sexualization’: 1,600 Stories of Harassment in Higher Ed

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 12, 2017 - 4:11pm
When Karen Kelsky, an academic career adviser, created an online survey so scholars could describe their experiences with sexual misconduct, the responses poured in.
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What You Need to Know About Learning Analytics

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 12, 2017 - 1:00pm
The advent of online learning has made it possible to track each student’s path toward mastering course content. Here’s how data can be tapped to improve teaching.
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Mental-Health Issues in Students

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 12, 2017 - 12:59pm
As anxiety and depression increase among students, colleges are struggling to respond. Here’s what they’re doing to cope with mental-health issues.
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Why Is Michigan State’s President Facing Calls to Resign?

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 11, 2017 - 5:25pm
Increased outrage over the abusive conduct of Larry Nassar, a former university physician and USA Gymnastics team doctor, isn’t the only reason Lou Anna Simon is taking heat.
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What Happened to These 15 Accused Harassers?

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 11, 2017 - 4:04pm
The #MeToo movement has ignited a conversation about sexual harassment on campuses. The Chronicle looked beyond the recent wave of allegations, to trace the outcomes of 15 prior cases.
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Facing Anxiety

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 11, 2017 - 3:51pm
Students share how they cope with it, and what their professors and peers need to know.
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Students, Share Your Story: How Does Anxiety Affect You?

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 11, 2017 - 3:51pm
The Chronicle is teaming up with Active Minds, a nonprofit group focused on mental-health issues, to collect students’ stories. Share yours by filling out this form.
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Central Washington U. Places Professor — and State Lawmaker — on Leave Amid Allegations

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 11, 2017 - 2:44pm
Matt Manweller, a political scientist and a politician, has been under investigation for sexual harassment twice since he began teaching at the university, in 2003.
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In Reversal, College Adviser Who Was Grabbed by Far-Right Speaker Is Criminally Charged

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 11, 2017 - 10:57am
The speaker, Lucian Wintrich, had previously been charged on a count of “breach of peace,” but that has since been dropped.
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