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At Top Athletics Programs, Students Often Major in Eligibility

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 18, 2014 - 2:55am

"Social science" and similar multidisciplinary majors are home to many more athletes than nonathletes.

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2 Takes on Student-Loan Defaults: Is the Glass Half-Full or Half-Empty?

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 18, 2014 - 2:55am

The Education Department’s latest data say that more borrowers are taking steps to manage their debt. But forbearances and defaults are continuing to climb.

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Can You Match These College Presidents With Their Dogs?

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 17, 2014 - 4:04pm

Campus leaders’ pets help them project their image. This quiz measures how well you can guess which dog belongs to which president.

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Nigeria Contends With a Rise in Fraudulent Student Recruiters

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 17, 2014 - 8:52am

With more Nigerians seeking to study overseas, student fairs have started to attract agents who sell them false promises about admissions to Western universities. 

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Why the Admissions Office May Be Part of the Problem of College Access

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 17, 2014 - 2:55am

Too often, the author argues, the admissions office is the chief obstacle to low-income, first-generation, and minority students' efforts to gain access to college.

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Campus Police Departments Struggle With Issues of Race

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 17, 2014 - 2:55am

Many departments are taking steps to avoid profiling and other biased enforcement practices. But some cite safety concerns in resisting change.

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Celebrate Diversity During the Holidays

U.S. Department of Education Blog - December 16, 2014 - 1:03pm

The holiday season can be a great time for families to celebrate diversity!

Parents and caregivers, you can choose to use this time to teach your children about customs that are different from your own and you can help children to understand and embrace other cultures.

Children learn best by seeing, doing, and being a part of a new experience.

Engage children through reading.

Engage your child by reading to him or her about how other cultures celebrate holidays during this time of year. The Library of Congress is a great resource for stories about Christmas and Hanukkah. You can choose to search online for resources about observances such as and the way that people in different countries mark the arrival of the New Year. You also can find information about celebrations that happen on or around the winter solstice. Once you’ve read together, encourage your child to create something – like a painting, a drawing, a mask or a sculpture – representing some festival or tradition that interests him or her.

You also can head into the kitchen! Try making a special dish that is served during the holidays in a culture other than your own. Plum pudding or candied yams are just two dishes that come to mind.

Encourage your child to join you in the kitchen!

Parents and families can use this time to teach children about the importance of volunteering in the community as well. A visit to a senior facility is one way children can learn about other cultures; the importance of community; and the incredible wealth of wisdom, values, and history that the elder members of any neighborhood have to share with the next generation.

Another fun activity could be exploring how other people and countries celebrate and then creating a list of places to visit.

A trip to your local library is always a fantastic way to find new information and fun activities that will allow your child to discover how wonderful other cultures are. Learning about humanity’s diversity and richness gives us all so much more to celebrate – during the holidays and throughout the year!

Carrie Jasper is director of outreach to parents and families at the U.S. Department of Education.

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What’s a Trove of Insights Into College Applicants Worth? $850-Million

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 16, 2014 - 2:56am

The price the Advisory Board Company is paying to acquire Royall & Company says a lot about the plight of today’s colleges.

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New U. of Texas Center Will Seek to Curb Troubling Behavior by Athletes

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 16, 2014 - 2:55am

The program will focus on strengthening athletes’ character at a time when many of them are facing intense scrutiny for their off-field actions.

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Spending Bill Holds Scant, if Any, Increases for Education and Research

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 15, 2014 - 2:57am

"We’re going to lose more ground," the director of the National Institutes of Health said of the small gain for his agency in the bill, which won final passage on Saturday.

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Big-Data Scientists Face Ethical Challenges After Facebook Study

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 15, 2014 - 2:55am

A new world of research is dawning six months after an uproar over an experiment in which the social-media company and academic researchers were accused of manipulating users.

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Higher-Education Consultant to Lead Muhlenberg College; Syracuse U. Chooses Chief Advancement Officer

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 14, 2014 - 10:00pm

Matt Ter Molen, associate vice president at Northwestern University and manager of its "We Will" campaign, will join Syracuse in February. Read other job-related news.

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Hired Guns: The Consultants

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 14, 2014 - 10:00pm

They came to whip colleges into shape.

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Boycotters: American Studies Association

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 14, 2014 - 10:00pm

They changed the debate about sanctions against Israel.

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Zealous Regent: Wallace L. Hall Jr.

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 14, 2014 - 10:00pm

In a year when trustees were pressed to get tough, he was the toughest.

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Athletes' Advocate: Kain Colter

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 14, 2014 - 10:00pm

He sparked a movement to recognize college players as employees.

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The Week

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 14, 2014 - 10:00pm

What you need to know about the past seven days.

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Messenger: Nicole Hurd

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 14, 2014 - 10:00pm

She showed thousands of students college is a possibility.

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