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Teaching Newsletter, August 11, 2017

August 11, 2017 - 11:06am
Categories: Higher Education News

Could Grades Be Counterproductive?

August 10, 2017 - 8:16pm
A University of Georgia professor’s offer to change students’ grades upon request raises intriguing questions.
Categories: Higher Education News

An Anti-Hate Group Has This Advice for When the Alt-Right Comes to Campus

August 10, 2017 - 7:10pm
The Southern Poverty Law Center lays out some strategies for student activists who want to oppose speakers with racist views but avoid a spectacle on their campuses.
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Purdue Wins State Approval for Controversial Deal With Kaplan U.

August 10, 2017 - 4:13pm
Opposition was not expected from Indiana, and the transaction now moves to the U.S. Education Department for additional review. One outspoken critic outlined his objections in a letter to a top department official.
Categories: Higher Education News

Former Official Sues Southern U. Over Termination

August 10, 2017 - 12:37pm
Brandon Dumas, a former vice chancellor on the Baton Rouge campus, was fired a few days after the university said it would investigate a sex tape allegedly involving a student and an employee.
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Big-Time Sports Programs Tighten Rules on Athletes With Sexual-Assault Records

August 9, 2017 - 9:00pm
The wealthiest athletic conferences and some of their members have taken steps to bar players who commit sexual misconduct or other forms of violence. Advocates wonder if the bans will work in practice.
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In Higher Ed’s Mental-Health Crisis, an Overlooked Population: International Students

August 9, 2017 - 4:10pm
Some come from cultures that see mental illness as weakness or fiction. When the stress of being in college alone and far from home becomes too great, it’s sometimes the job of advisers to teach them that the disorders — and the dangers — are real.
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Marygrove College to Eliminate All Undergraduate Programs

August 9, 2017 - 9:29am
To remain financially viable, the Board of Trustees decided to turn the Michigan college into a solely graduate institution.
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New Venture Will Offer Free Courses That Students Can Take for College Credit

August 9, 2017 - 3:00am
The leaders of Freshman Year for Free call it an “on ramp” to college. It’s backed by a philanthropy in New York City called the Modern States Education Alliance.
Categories: Higher Education News

Were Red Flags Missed in U. of Southern California Dean’s Hire?

August 8, 2017 - 8:32pm
Before allegations of drug-fueled partying undid Carmen Puliafito’s reputation, the former medical-school dean settled an assault lawsuit and faced sexual-harassment allegations at the University of Miami.
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The Faculty Club: Not Dead Yet

August 8, 2017 - 7:48pm
The once-exclusive organizations have struggled to attract young faculty members. But now, with many professors craving more collegiality, officials at Ohio State and elsewhere see a chance for revival.
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Secret Meetings and Aliases in a Presidential Search Rekindle Debate About Openness

August 8, 2017 - 7:34pm
The University of Florida chose W. Kent Fuchs as its new president in 2014 only five days after he formally applied, but talks with individual members of the search team had started earlier.
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U. of Georgia Prevents Professor From Including ‘Stress-Reduction Policy’ in Syllabus

August 8, 2017 - 1:50pm
As originally written, the policy would have allowed students to choose their own grades and abandon group work and meetings without explanation.
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UC-Berkeley's Former Chancellor Will Be Paid $434,000 on Leave

August 8, 2017 - 12:36pm
A University of California policy allows executives to receive a year off with pay to pursue research that may have been stalled by administrative work.
Categories: Higher Education News

College Diversity Officers Face a Demanding Job and Scarce Resources

August 8, 2017 - 3:00am
Many of them grapple with political and financial pressures, but they’re still largely satisfied with their role, a new survey finds.
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Elsevier Is Becoming a Data Company. Should Universities Be Wary?

August 7, 2017 - 9:39pm
For years university researchers have complained that the publishing giant has driven up the costs of journals. Now, as data-sharing becomes more valuable, the company’s shifting focus is raising new concerns.
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‘Driverless’ Van Turns Out to Be Va. Tech Researcher Costumed as Car Seat

August 7, 2017 - 4:51pm
What only appeared to be a van with no driver was actually an experiment by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute.
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Education Dept.’s Progress Is Stalled in Complying With Consumer Rule

August 7, 2017 - 1:14pm
In a letter last week, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said her department does not have “any timetable” for generating data to comply with the Obama-era gainful-employment rule.
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Fresno State Says Lecturer Who Tweeted ‘Trump Must Hang’ Won’t Teach This Fall

August 5, 2017 - 2:30pm
Lars Maischak came under fire after Breitbart News drew attention to a series of his controversial tweets.
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What’s New in Freshman Housing? Buildings That Help Students Make Friends

August 4, 2017 - 5:39pm
As colleges tailor residences to the needs of first-year students, architects find that what works best isn’t what students say they want.
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