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How a University Fights to Keep Students' Demographics From Becoming Their Destiny

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 5, 2017 - 5:00pm
At the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, it involves hard numbers and a human touch.
Categories: Higher Education News

How CUNY Community Colleges Make Intensive Student Support Work

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 5, 2017 - 4:30pm
Their ASAP program is considered one of the nation’s most successful examples of intensive support, much of it nonacademic, for underprepared students.
Categories: Higher Education News

Building Remedial Ed’s Support Structure

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 5, 2017 - 4:30pm
It’s the help students get outside the classroom that often gets them through a course.
Categories: Higher Education News

Appointments, Resignations, Deaths (3/10/2017)

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 5, 2017 - 4:30pm
A former congresswoman from South Dakota will lead Augustana University, and Central Michigan University’s athletics director will be vice president for athletics at the University of Arizona.  
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5 Tactics to Help Remedial Students

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 5, 2017 - 4:30pm
Learning communities and other approaches can make the crucial difference.
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A Scuffle and a Professor's Injury Make Middlebury a Free-Speech Flashpoint

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 5, 2017 - 3:42pm
“We failed to live up to our core values,” the college’s president said of the chaos that erupted during and after a lecture by Charles Murray, the polarizing political scientist best known for The Bell Curve.
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Northwestern U. Is Accused of Violating Academic Freedom

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 3, 2017 - 4:42pm
A report by a faculty committee faults the university over its handling of a scholarly journal that published a controversial article and of a professor accused of wrongdoing for an essay criticizing sexual-misconduct policies.
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I’ll Take ‘A Publicity Windfall’ for $0

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 3, 2017 - 3:01pm
How a handful of small colleges ended up getting the Jeopardy! treatment.
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UT-San Antonio President Steps Down and Apologizes for Making Women ‘Uncomfortable’

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 3, 2017 - 12:49pm
Ricardo Romo resigned immediately and said he was sorry "for any conduct that offended anyone.”
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Foundation to Buy Education Management Corp., Convert Campuses Into Nonprofits

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 3, 2017 - 12:00pm
The Obama administration's heightened regulation of for-profit colleges was not kind to the once-sprawling for-profit educator known as EDMC.
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Here's Every Major Statement Trump and DeVos Have Made on Higher Ed

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 3, 2017 - 9:46am
The Trump administration has seldom spoken at length or with specificity about higher education. We’re listing all of the times it does.
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Trump’s Wild Ride

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 3, 2017 - 2:55am
On issues like immigration, free speech, and transgender rights, the president’s first month in office has proved a whirlwind for higher ed.
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Building Remedial Ed’s Support Structure

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 2, 2017 - 10:00pm
It’s the help students get outside the classroom  that often gets them through a course.
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Mike Pence Will Give Notre Dame's Commencement Address

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 2, 2017 - 12:35pm
Six U.S. presidents have spoken at the university's commencement over the years, but Mr. Pence will be the first sitting vice president.
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Legislative Panel Seeks to Open 'Intellectual Diversity' Office at U. of Tennessee

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 2, 2017 - 10:36am
The lawmakers said such an office could encourage conservatives to voice their opinions.
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Creating an inclusive student environment at UNE Online

WCET Frontiers Blog - March 2, 2017 - 6:01am

I believe that developing an inclusive and welcoming classroom environment is an important aspect of effective teaching and learning. But, how can we foster such an environment? Especially in an online classroom, where it may be harder to make connections between faculty and student?

Today we welcome Gregory Andrews, the Student Support Specialist at the University of New England’s (UNE) College of Graduate and Professional Studies. Greg will discuss UNE’s institutional philosophy for welcoming students to create an inclusive online environment.

How you equally as inclusive in your classroom? What do you do to respect student identifies in the online classroom environment?

Enjoy today’s post!

-Lindsey Downs

When looking for colleges, whether online or the more traditional brick and mortar, many students look at tangible areas. Questions often asked are: ‘How much will this cost?’ ‘How long is the program?’ ‘Are there residency requirements?’ ‘Is there a decent professor to student ratio?’ The list goes on and on.

One question that is rarely asked of an institution is ‘How will you make me feel like an individual?’ On top of this, nobody ever asks ‘How will you respect and work with my identities and create an inclusive environment?’ Whether social identities (religious, gender, race, etc.) or personal identities (parent, athlete, full time employee, etc.), these are often areas that a person must work with to create the best situation in a college environment, and rarely does a student question the institution unless it is a major issue.

The UNE Online Way

UNE Online however answers these questions before they are ever asked. You may be reading this and asking yourself how an online college program can possibly answer all of these questions regarding identities. The answer is simple; UNE Online listens to each student, and not only reactively but proactively.

Whether you’re a student in the Masters of Science in Education programs, Masters in Public Health, or even the Masters in Medical Education Leadership, you’re not given a voice; you’re simply encouraged to use the one you already have. Enrollment Specialists and Student Support Specialists are in contact with you from the moment you inquire about a program until the moment you graduate, and beyond if you like!

The inherent value of online education is the ability to work within the student’s schedule. Most people reflect on employment as the major reason why that is important, but consider this, UNE Online has students all over the world in different time zones, practicing different cultures.

Here at UNE Online, our staff creates opportunities to connect with each student to learn about their needs, and how to best make the connection between what they already know, and what our programs want to deliver!

Staff and Student Connections

You may be curious about the ways that we build connections between students and staff members.  We recognize that distance can be tough, so we are willing and able to utilize many different ways to stay connected. While e-mail and phone calls are the usual ways we stay in touch, our staff is always willing to go above and beyond. Skype or Google Hangout video chats are common, especially when we are reaching out to students in other countries.

In some cases, our students may not have the best connections or reception, and a simple instant message conversation might be in order.

We strive to keep students connected to the UNE community by checking in occasionally, and communicating ways that meets their technological needs!

The Platinum Rule

In the meantime, our support staff initiates“New Student Conversations” with every single newly enrolled student.

The purpose of these calls is to get to know each student. The Student Support Specialists are looking to learn more about each person, from background, to goals for the future.

It is in these conversations that the UNE Online staff seeks to live by the “Platinum Rule” of Social Justice and Diversity, “Do unto others, as they would have done unto themselves.” Basically, the Student Support Specialists strive to create a connection and an inclusive environment that ensures every student has a chance to be themselves. They become a name, a person, a backstory, and a future graduate. Our students are never just a number.

Welcome!

When you’re a student with a UNE Online program, you are a person, and you are every bit as accepted as a person as you were when we called you to congratulate you on your entrance into your program.

So when we say “Welcome” at UNE Online, we mean it in a way that is very holistic and inclusive. If you’re currently a student with a UNE Online program, let me once again say, “Welcome.”

If you’re not a student with UNE Online, we welcome you to consider us, where acceptance is more than a letter, it’s an educational experience.

Gregory Andrews
Student Support Specialist
University of New England’s
College of Graduate & Professional Studies

This post was originally published on the UNE Online Vision Blog.
Photo of Greg courtesy of Revolution Summer Photography

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With Energy Prices Down, Western States See Recession-Like Cuts

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 2, 2017 - 2:55am
A boom in energy production saved states like North Dakota from the deepest cuts of the 2008 recession. Now state spending is up elsewhere, and public colleges out West are feeling the pain.
Categories: Higher Education News

Back From the White House, Some HBCU Leaders Find Upset Students

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 2, 2017 - 2:55am
Some students at historically black colleges accuse their presidents of "selling out" by meeting with President Trump, but others support the move as an opportunity for genuine advocacy.
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U. of California Leader Advises Patience as the Trump Era Dawns

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 2, 2017 - 2:28am
The president’s rhetoric has caused anxiety on campuses, says Janet Napolitano, but it’s still unclear whether "the bark is worse than the bite."
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Iowa Lawmaker Who Has Criticized Colleges Listed Steakhouse Company as Alma Mater

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 1, 2017 - 12:34pm
Sen. Mark Chelgren, who has proposed bills on faculty hiring and firing, cited the owner of a Sizzler as his alma mater on a website for the state's Republicans.
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