Great Colleges Create a Culture of Accountability and Cooperation

Chronicle of Higher Education - Sun, 2014-07-20 22:55

More than 43,500 staff and faculty members weighed in for this year’s survey about what makes certain institutions great places to work.

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'I've Always Thought of Myself More as a Midwife'

Chronicle of Higher Education - Sun, 2014-07-20 22:18

Kathleen Conzen, a historian at the University of Chicago, inspired such devotion among her mentees that they held a symposium on her when she retired.

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Great Colleges To Work For 2014

Chronicle of Higher Education - Sun, 2014-07-20 22:14

The Chronicle's seventh annual survey recognized 92 outstanding colleges nationwide. View the full list to find out which colleges made the cut.

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Great Colleges Create a Culture of Accountability and Cooperation

Chronicle of Higher Education - Sun, 2014-07-20 22:08

More than 43,500 staff and faculty members weighed in for this year’s survey about what makes certain institutions great places to work.

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The Difference a Boss Makes

Chronicle of Higher Education - Sun, 2014-07-20 22:08

Tenure-line faculty members don’t have bosses. Administrators really, really do.

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Trouble Finding Mentors on Campus? Go Online

Chronicle of Higher Education - Sun, 2014-07-20 22:08

The new era of mentoring is based increasingly on relationships created within virtual spaces, but they don’t just happen. Here’s how to develop them.

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'Give Them Good Advice'

Chronicle of Higher Education - Sun, 2014-07-20 22:08

Robert T. Paine, a retired ecologist at the University of Washington, is known for encouraging students to follow their own interests.

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'You Pay It Forward'

Chronicle of Higher Education - Sun, 2014-07-20 22:08

Richard A. Tapia, a mathematician at Rice University, says he knows how to be both a friend and an adviser to his students.

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The Difference Mentoring Makes

Chronicle of Higher Education - Sun, 2014-07-20 22:08

Everyone agrees that it helps new professors find their way. But it works best when colleges recognize and support mentors’ efforts.

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The Uncertain Future of Academic Work

Chronicle of Higher Education - Sun, 2014-07-20 22:08

Now more than ever, those employed in higher education face the forces of change.

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Spotting a Bad Adviser—and How to Pick a Good One

Chronicle of Higher Education - Sun, 2014-07-20 22:08

How can you avoid a picking a bad mentor if you’re not sure what you’re looking for in the first place?

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'It's Lifetime Service'

Chronicle of Higher Education - Sun, 2014-07-20 22:08

Stanley N. Katz, a historian at Princeton University, is proud to say he has stayed in touch with students he taught as far back as the 1960s.

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Job Seekers, Don't Curb Your Enthusiasm

Chronicle of Higher Education - Sun, 2014-07-20 22:08

Search committees spend a lot of time thinking about which finalist seems to want the job most.

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5 Plaintiffs Reach Agreement With UConn in Sexual-Assault Lawsuit

Chronicle of Higher Education - Fri, 2014-07-18 17:00

The university said it would pay nearly $1.3-million to settle the case brought by the women, who are current or former undergraduates.

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An Educational Experience Second to None for VCU’s Vets

U.S. Department of Education Blog - Fri, 2014-07-18 13:05

For 70 years, the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944 – known as the “GI Bill” – has provided our nation’s military with higher education opportunities. In an effort to give back to our veterans, the Obama administration signed an  Executive Order 13607, Establishing Principles of Excellence for Educational Institutions Serving Service Members, Veterans, Spouses, and Other Family Members that led to the creation of the 8 Keys to Veterans’ Success (8 Keys).

These are concrete steps institutions of higher education can take to assist veterans and service members on their campus in their transition to postsecondary education. Over 400 universities and colleges across the country have pledged themselves to these 8 Keys. On July 16, Education Under Secretary Ted Mitchell and Under Secretary of Veterans Affairs Allison A. Hickey sent a joint letter to institutions of higher education encouraging them to affirm support for the 8 Keys.

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) offers a view into what it looks like to support veterans through the 8 Keys.

“At Virginia Commonwealth University, we have taken significant steps to ensure that our more than 1,100 veteran, active duty, and military dependent students have an educational experience that is second to none in our nation,” VCU President Michael Rao said. “We are proud of our record in supporting these outstanding students, and we are committed to ensuring that they have every resource to succeed at VCU and beyond.”

From the creation of Military Student Services (MSS) to the Green Zone program, veteran students on campus have ample opportunity to connect with one another. MSS addresses the unique needs of military students during their time at the university. Undergraduate student Scott Seal said, “MSS guided me through every step of the transition process, from utilizing my GI benefits to registering for classes and helping me to navigate the college experience.” The Military Student Service Center (MSSC) works with a number of organizations to help improve the student veteran experience and offers a number of systems that provide students with financial, academic and career advice. MSSC is centrally located and provides military affiliated students with a place to relax, study and socialize with their peers.

Green Zone is an innovative program that trains university faculty and staff members on how to better support veteran students making the difficult transition from service member to student. “The training was immensely helpful and targeted a population of students all too often forgotten. I would recommend Green Zone training to any individual employed in a higher education setting who has contact with active or veteran military students,” said Amy Rostan, a VCU academic advisor. VCU’s efforts are not solely confined to their own campus but have reached other institutions. For example, Green Zone has been shared with approximately 20 other colleges and universities across America.

To join VCU and the hundreds of other schools committing to these principles, to learn more about them, and to electronically upload your institution’s affirmation letter, visit the 8 Keys registration website.

Sydney Mann is an intern for the Military Affairs Team at the U.S. Department of Education.

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Texas Lawmakers Take New Steps Toward Sanctions Against University Regent

Chronicle of Higher Education - Fri, 2014-07-18 02:55

A legislative committee held a grueling hearing this week on the matter and may announce next month whether it plans to move against the regent.

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How Do You Plan the Campus of the Future? Try Not To.

Chronicle of Higher Education - Fri, 2014-07-18 02:55

The leaders of Cornell Tech, a new institution in New York City, are designing spaces meant to accommodate whatever tomorrow brings.

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