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UH Mānoa should keep leadership structure, survey finds - Ka Leo O Hawaii: News (05/29/15)

WICHE in the News - June 1, 2015 - 8:36am
The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Board of Regents (BOR) determined the roles of president and chancellor should remain separate following an [WICHE] analysis of the system’s leadership structure.
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In a Paradox, Study Finds That Long, Jargon-Laden Abstracts Make for More Citations

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 1, 2015 - 2:55am

Search engines may create a disincentive to write clear academic prose, say researchers at the University of Chicago.

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Making Diversity Not the Work of One Office, but a Campuswide Priority

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 1, 2015 - 2:55am

Talk at a national gathering focused on how to keep diversity and inclusion on the minds of people across campus every day, not just when a scandal strikes.

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Wisconsin Lawmakers Take Aim at Tenure and Shared Governance

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 31, 2015 - 8:51am

A key legislative panel has endorsed measures that would limit the faculty’s role in decision making.

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Universities Yelp as Elsevier Pulls Back on Free Access

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 29, 2015 - 2:59am

As more institutions create repositories of their own researchers’ work, the publisher is telling them they must respect waiting periods before allowing free access to Elsevier-owned content.

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U. of Kansas Takes Narrow View of Lecturer’s Privacy Rights in Records Dispute

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 29, 2015 - 2:57am

In a court filing, the university argues that only higher-education institutions, and not their individual faculty members, have a right to academic freedom under the First Amendment.

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White Like You: The Challenge of Getting White Students to Grapple With Racial Identity

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 29, 2015 - 2:55am

Having better conversations about race on college campuses requires deeper reflection on privilege, educators say.

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Video: Lessons From a Competency-Based Education Experiment

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 28, 2015 - 2:55am

Paul LeBlanc, president of Southern New Hampshire University, explains his vision of competency-based education and what has surprised him from his college's own experiment.

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Fraternities’ Ranks Swell at a Time of Intense Public Scrutiny

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 28, 2015 - 2:55am

Despite a rash of bad behavior, Greek organizations thrive in part because their insurance policies help them pass liability on to others.

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An Equal Investment in Each Child’s Future

U.S. Department of Education Blog - May 27, 2015 - 2:12pm

America is built on principles of equality and opportunity for all. In education, that means all our students deserve fair and equal access to strong academic programs, great teachers, new technology, and appropriate facilities, no matter where they live. Those values motivate committed educators and their partner organizations throughout this country.

Yet today, not every child in America gets a fair shot at success, including equal access to educational resources. Many students in high poverty districts are short-changed. Often, their peers in low poverty districts receive more per-pupil funding, and that translates to more resources, more opportunities, and better access to effective teaching.

For our nation to be strong, we must offer a real opportunity to every child – it’s a moral imperative and an economic necessity. Yet wide gaps continue to prevail in how we fund schools for rich and poor students. Low-poverty districts spend, on average, 16 percent more per student than high-poverty districts. In some states – like Pennsylvania, Vermont and Indiana – the gaps are much wider.

These gaps should spur bold action by all of us — educators, district leaders, community members, and elected and appointed officials. And there are examples throughout the country of just that kind of collective action.

Just outside D.C., in Prince George’s County, Maryland, the education budget trails far behind those in neighboring districts like Montgomery County, or Virginia’s Fairfax County. But in Prince George’s, advocates are considering bold steps to close some troubling funding gaps, target more resources for struggling schools, and boost academic achievement.

Faced with limited state funding and longstanding local shortfalls, the county executive and the local school board have proposed a significant budget increase to better meet the needs of the district’s students.  They also plan to address a-decades-old property tax cap that has squeezed tax-based contributions to their schools.

The approach is backed by community leaders and stakeholders who want to see their county flourish as neighboring counties have under new education efforts that support all students.  Additional dollars could help increase per-pupil spending, raise teacher salaries which lag behind those in nearby counties, and expand full-day pre-k programs.

For instance, James Madison Middle School, in Upper Marlboro, serves nearly 800 students, most of them African American and roughly 45 percent from low-income families. Under the proposed budget, the school would receive more than $125,000 to focus on improving essential college and career-ready skills for students.  More equitable funding would allow the principal to hire a literacy coach and an 8th grade digital literacy instructor, to help ensure that every student becomes a strong reader, and can perform well in our technology-rich world, from computer-based tests, to the digital workplace.

In Minnesota, Governor Dayton convened a working group of superintendents, business managers, school facilities directors and school board representatives to develop recommendations to create an adequate and equitable funding formula for Pre-K –12 programs. The group “Schools for Equity in Education” is also working with state officials to draft a budget formula that meets the state’s obligation to provide a uniform quality education to all students. The combination of these efforts, the voice of school leaders, and a strong state-level vision has yielded remarkable progress. In the latest legislative session, lawmakers drafted plans to expand programs to close the achievement gap and address funding differences between rural and urban school districts.

True leadership by lawmakers, advocates, and civic leaders means taking courageous action to meet the needs of all students. We cannot cut our way to better education. We have to listen to those who know what is needed – superintendents, district chiefs, educators, and parents – and develop laws and policies to support practices that work.

In Pennsylvania, which leads the nation in school funding disparities, local education leaders recently convened to tackle this issue collaboratively. At the same time, the state’s Basic Education Funding Commission has hosted statewide conversations to increase community participation in developing recommendations for the legislature. And, in late April, community members, superintendents and educators came together to discuss the problem of unequal funding between well-off and poorly funded districts. When teachers and students have the support they need, everyone does better.  The wealthier counties are joining the conversation and developing solutions alongside high-poverty districts.

I’ve seen firsthand how important it is for all of us, at all levels, to join with and support those leaders who are willing to take on the toughest conversations and the most challenging issues.

We now face a crucial national opportunity to advance equity, as Congress debates reauthorizing the most important national education law, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. I’ve called for scrapping the current law, known under the label No Child Left Behind, and replacing it with one that expands funding and support for schools and educators, and maintaining high expectations for students.

The nation faces clear choices here. Some proposals under discussion could exacerbate existing inequities by allowing funds to move out of high poverty schools into wealthier ones.  Other, better proposals would take important steps to ensure all students have the resources and support they need, closing a longstanding loophole in order to ensure that funding intended for the neediest students actually reaches them.

Wise proposals would also help to close opportunity gaps by ensuring an equitable distribution of resources. It’s basic: no matter where they are – in Prince George’s County, in Pennsylvania, or anywhere in this country – kids should have access to challenging, high-level classes and technology, and teachers should have the resources they need to their jobs.

When we adults do our civic duty and take strong steps to ensure that all our children have equal access to a great education, we improve their chances to succeed in college, careers and life – and our own future, as well.

Arne Duncan is the U.S. Secretary of Education.

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Know It 2 Own It: Advocating for Your Rights on Campus

U.S. Department of Education Blog - May 27, 2015 - 7:58am

As we approach the end of the school year, most high school seniors are preparing for graduation and their future. At this time, I’m reminded that each passing year, more and more students with autism and other disabilities are attending college with their peers. For many of them this will be their first time away from home, a time for excitement and a time for independence. It will also be the first time where they will be responsible to advocate for their own needs at school.

The transition from high school to college can be tough, especially for students with disabilities; however, when students know their rights and where to get help, the transition can be made a little easier. Some students, such as Elijah a high school senior from Jacksonville, Florida, learn the importance of advocating for themselves and their needs for accommodations while still in high school. Here is his story and his wish for all students with disabilities.

A student’s ability to advocate for himself is important to succeed at the college level. Every year, I have an opportunity to meet and work with a group of about 15 autistic college students from various backgrounds and ranging in age. Some of them are traditional college students, others are accessing college through a TPSID program or a modified course of study. All of them say the same thing – it can be hard.

Part of my job at the Autistic Self Advocacy Network is to provide incoming students with training in self-advocacy through our Autism Campus Inclusion program and give them the tools and resources they need in order to effectively advocate for themselves and get the most out of their college experience.

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, colleges and universities are required to remove any barriers impeding the student, whether these are architectural, communication related, or transportation and to provide reasonable modifications to rules, policies, or practices. It is, however, the student’s responsibility to know his or her rights and how to advocate for appropriate accommodations. These accommodations could include:

  • Wearing noise-cancelling headphones in class,
  • Using laptops for note-taking
  • A place to doodle, fidget, pace, or sit on the floor in order to focus and learn.
  • Live in a single dorm room, even as a freshman if needed
  • A quiet testing space
  • Alternative formats of classroom materials, textbooks, and tests

In addition to getting the word out about self-advocacy, we’ve created resources such as Navigating College and ACI to assist students with disabilities as they navigate through higher education.

Autistic and other students with disabilities will often face barriers from the day they set foot on campus. In order for these students to succeed in college, we say, self-advocacy is needed. You have to know your rights, have a plan for getting the accommodations and modifications that are appropriate and needed, and be prepared to face an array of challenges. However, by creating a community on campus and bringing students together to share their experiences we remind one another that self-advocacy is easiest when we know we aren’t alone.

The opinions expressed and materials contained in this blog are not an endorsement by the U.S Department of Education and herein do not necessarily reflect the position or policy of the United States Department of Education.

Julia Bascom is the Deputy Executive Director of the Autism Self Advocacy Network.

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When Students Are Disowned Over Sexuality or Gender, Some Colleges Lend Them a Hand

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 27, 2015 - 2:55am

Officials at the colleges have established emergency funds for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students whose families cut them off financially after they come out.

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On Being Undocumented

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 27, 2015 - 2:55am

Eighteen recipients of TheDream.US scholarships share their stories and thoughts on college.

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Education Dept. Finds Little Evidence Servicers Are Failing Troops

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 27, 2015 - 2:55am

The agency's findings stand in stark contrast to the results of a Department of Justice audit, which found widespread denial of benefits by one servicer.

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Want to Value Your Chinese Students? Say Their Names Right

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 27, 2015 - 2:54am

Conference-goers flocked to a panel on pronouncing Chinese names. Just trying, they were told, goes a long way toward helping make students feel respected and welcome.

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India's Prime Minister Is Failing to Reform Higher Education, Say Academics

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 26, 2015 - 12:33pm

A year after Narendra Modi was elected, critics say they don't see a clear policy direction and are concerned about government attempts to take control of some universities. 

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What It Takes to Make the Class

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 26, 2015 - 2:55am

A look at the time, money, and outreach it took to bring 532 freshmen to one university.

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The Week

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 25, 2015 - 10:01pm

What you need to know about the past 7 days.

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Harvard’s University Librarian to Retire, and Other News About People

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 25, 2015 - 10:01pm

Robert Darnton, an advocate of sharing materials online, will continue on the board of the Digital Public Library of America.

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What I'm Reading: 'Designing the New American University'

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 25, 2015 - 10:01pm

Richard A. DeMillo, a professor at Georgia Tech, says Michael Crow made his vision for higher education coherent in the book he wrote with a colleague.

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