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Contingent Faculty Members at Loyola U. Chicago Vote to Unionize

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 27, 2016 - 1:02pm
The election results came on the heels of two successful Service Employees International Union drives last month at the University of Chicago.
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Nearly One-Quarter of College Athletes Report Signs of Depression

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 27, 2016 - 12:52pm
A new study also found that rates of depression among female athletes were higher than among males.
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Former Mizzou Chief Blames Others for Resignation in 'Confidential' Letter

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 27, 2016 - 12:39pm
Timothy M. Wolfe wrote that R. Bowen Loftin, the former flagship chancellor, shifted protesters' attention "to me from him once he discovered his job was in jeopardy."
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Bar Association Investigates Bias Complaint at BYU Law School

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 27, 2016 - 11:45am
A group of alumni says policies allow for the expulsion of students for being homosexual or for losing their Mormon faith.
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Claiming Deceptive Practices, Education Dept. and FTC Take Action Against For-Profit DeVry

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 27, 2016 - 10:59am
The Federal Trade Commission sued the company, saying it had exaggerated job-placement claims in its advertisements.
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Sortable Table: College and University Endowments, 2014-15

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 27, 2016 - 10:20am
A searchable database shows how individual institutions fared.
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Arne Duncan Joins Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 27, 2016 - 10:09am
The former U.S. secretary of education said the commission has "a lot more to do to protect the integrity of college sports."
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U. of Iowa Doesn't Know Why Its Fight Song Blares From an Empty Building in Niagara Falls

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 27, 2016 - 9:12am
A university spokesman said he had "no clue" about the mysterious, monthslong phenomenon, which is annoying people nearby.
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College Endowments Report Lowest Return Rate in 3 Years

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 27, 2016 - 6:45am
The 2015 rate of return — 2.4 percent — was a sharp drop from 2014, when endowments shot up by 15.5 percent.
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A University Softens a Plan to Cut Tenured Faculty, but Professors Remain Wary

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 27, 2016 - 2:56am
Facing a dire budget situation, Western Illinois University had proposed to lay off more than 40 professors. It has taken a dozen tenured faculty members off the list, but that hasn’t allayed concerns about its process or goals.
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How Christian Colleges Might Pick Their Battles More Wisely

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 27, 2016 - 2:55am
The author of a new book on Christian colleges and academic freedom says the institutions could uphold their faith without unnecessary clashes with instructors.
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On Climate Change, Are University Researchers Making a Difference?

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 26, 2016 - 10:55pm
They’ve studied it and written about it, but some experts say scientists haven’t done enough to shape public opinion on what may be the most important issue of our time.
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Colleges Raised $1.2 Billion in Donations for Sports in 2015

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 26, 2016 - 10:01pm
A push for new facilities and increased aid for athletes has fueled a boom in gifts. But some donors are growing weary of the appeals.
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U.S. Colleges Raise $40 Billion; Stanford Tops List at $1.6 Billion

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 26, 2016 - 10:01pm
Fund raising jumped by 7.6 percent over 2014, with nearly a third of all contributions going to the top 20 institutions.
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Which States Allow Guns on Campuses? New Study Takes Stock

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 26, 2016 - 12:36pm
Nine states have permitted concealed-firearm carriers to bring guns on campuses, and 21 others have effectively banned guns.
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Amherst College Abandons Controversial 'Lord Jeff' Mascot

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 26, 2016 - 12:04pm
Student protesters had called on the college to cease using the 18th-century military commander because of his attacks on Native Americans.
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Large School Districts Come Together to Prioritize Sustainability

U.S. Department of Education Blog - January 26, 2016 - 9:45am

I once heard a student ask: “To change everything, we need everybody to take action. How will you engage others in developing a brighter, more just global community?” When I think back to that student’s question, I’m pleased to now report that 21 large districts have come together with the support of the Green Schools Alliance (GSA) to collaborate on more sustainable school options.

Represented by their sustainability personnel, these districts have formed the GSA District Collaborative to accelerate hands-on environmental action in school communities across the nation. Over the years, district sustainability officials had shared frustrations over higher prices for more sustainable products and policies that encumbered their work. This sparked a conversation about collaborating to affect major change, particularly in purchasing. Instead of creating their own separate association, they asked the Green Schools Alliance to house the coalition.

The Collaborative is comprised of 21 U.S. school districts – eight of which are among the 12 largest districts in the country. Collectively, these districts affect the lives of 3.6 million children in 5,726 schools with more than 550 million square feet of building area. The school districts have committed to working together and joined the Alliance as individual members, pledging to reduce their climate and ecological impact; connect their students to nature; and educate and engage their communities on climate and conservation. The charter members of the District Collaborative are:

  • New York City Department of Education, NY
  • Chicago Public Schools, IL
  • Clark County School District, NV
  • Broward County Public Schools, FL
  • Houston Independent School District, TX
  • Orange County Public Schools, FL
  • Fairfax County Public Schools, VA
  • The School District of Palm Beach County, FL
  • The School District of Philadelphia, PA
  • San Diego Unified School District, CA
  • Denver Public Schools, CO
  • Austin Independent School District, TX
  • Virginia Beach City Public Schools, VA
  • San Francisco Unified School District, CA
  • Boston Public Schools, MA
  • District of Columbia Public Schools, DC
  • Oakland Unified School District, CA
  • Detroit Public Schools, MI
  • Lincoln Public Schools, NE
  • Fayette County Public Schools, KY
  • Kansas City Public Schools, MO

These districts concur that every child has a right to learn, engage, and play in a healthy and sustainable environment where every person is aware of and accountable for their impact. Together, they will work in four key areas:

  • Leveraging collective purchasing power to increase access to sustainable alternatives;
  • Influencing local, regional, and national policy decisions;
  • Building and sharing district-level best practices; and
  • Contributing to the development of district-level sustainability programs.

The Collaborative is excited to be working within the GSA to develop programs that directly impact students, including project-based STEAM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Art-Mathematics) initiatives and leadership training programs for middle and high school students.

Later in 2016, the Green Schools Alliance will be releasing a new version of its online community, still based on its long-term goals of peer-to-peer networking and best practices sharing. The new community will enable students and school professionals to more easily search for resources to make their school more sustainable and learn the leadership skills to affect that change. The second phase of the online platform will include a web-based measurement and reporting platform/dashboard that will improve data collection and reporting of resource efficiencies and other sustainability programs in member schools.

District Collaborative membership is open to districts with more than 40,000 students. For more information, visit www.greenschoolsalliance.org/district-collaborative. If your district has less than 40,000 students or you are part of an individual school, you can still benefit from the work of the Collaborative. See http://www.greenschoolsalliance.org/membership for more information.

Dr. Sharon Jaye, D.Ed., SFP is Executive Director of the Green Schools Alliance and former Director of Sustainability for New York City Department of Education.

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Does Technology Ever Reduce the Costs of Teaching?

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 26, 2016 - 2:55am
The Chronicle spoke with three experts about ways colleges can use technology to reduce instructional costs.
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14 Students at the Citadel Face Punishment for Klan-Like Costumes

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 26, 2016 - 2:55am
An investigation "found that the cadets did not intend to be offensive," the college's presdent said, but "I am disappointed some recognized how it could be construed as such but didn’t stop it."
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What It's Like to Teach Islam 101 When Anti-Muslim Rhetoric Runs High

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 26, 2016 - 2:55am
Heated debates about terrorism and immigration are making many Muslims wary. The charged climate is a challenging backdrop for a course meant to introduce undergraduates to the religion.
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