Texas Legislators Stop Short of Impeaching Controversial Regent

Chronicle of Higher Education - Tue, 2014-08-12 02:57

A committee voted instead to censure Wallace L. Hall Jr., whose scrutiny of the University of Texas flagship stirred debate about the appropriate role of a regent.

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Israeli Scholar Says Outcry Over His Rape Remarks Has Not Hurt Planned U.S. Tour

Chronicle of Higher Education - Tue, 2014-08-12 02:56

The only thing that deters terrorists is if "they know that their sister or their mother will be raped," Mordechai Kedar of Bar-Ilan University said last month.

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Owning the Challenge: Summit Helps Community-wide Teams Strengthen Collaboration to Boost College Completion

U.S. Department of Education Blog - Mon, 2014-08-11 12:36

Q: What do Camden, Denver, Spartanburg and Minneapolishave in common with Albany, New York; Baltimore; Kansas City, Missouri; Providence, Rhode Island; the Rio Grande Valley and McAllen, Texas; and Riverside County, California?

A: On July 31, leadership teams from each of these communities took part in a lively, constructive workshop hosted by the White House and the Department of Education. The teams came together to catalyze and expand collaboration across the K-12 and higher education sectors, as well as with community, business, and philanthropic partners, to significantly increase college access and completion.

The goal of the workshop was to support and accelerate these partnerships’ efforts by highlighting lessons learned from successful efforts for sharing effective policies and practices, connecting teams with experts and resources, and building relationships within communities.

Secretary Arne Duncan kicked off the day by saying, “This for me is very personal work. We never had an opportunity quite like this when I was in Chicago… having people come together, work together, and understand the goal of college completion as a national priority. It’s so exciting that you are stepping up to this challenge.”

Chancellor Nancy Zimpher, a SUNY System educator and Albany team member, said, “This is about all of us owning the challenge.” That spirit of shared investment for shared success propelled discussions throughout the day. She also challenged communities to think about how they could shift from being “program rich, system poor” to real cohesiveness and systemic change.

Participants eagerly dived into discussions of effective data sharing and looping across K-12 and higher education, along with strategies for college advising and counseling, developmental education, and accelerating college level work.

Several attendees said the workshop was the first time that leaders of their key education sectors had gathered at the same table. One participant called it “an historic occasion” because of the new links forged among her community’s players.

President Robert Templin of Northern Virginia Community College put his finger on a critical element of community collaboration: “jointly owning a common outcome.” Another participant picked up that theme when she said that her community tracked significant sets of data, but had never established ambitious shared goals for student achievement. Jeff Edmondson of Strive Together added an important factor when he said, to many nods, “Partnerships move at the speed of trust.”

The Partnership Workshop is part of the White House College Opportunity Initiative, a call to action by the President and First Lady to accelerate college completion through a set of targeted commitments by colleges and universities, non-profit groups, states and cities, philanthropy and other allies.

At the first White House Summit in January, many organizations recognized that the success of their efforts to increase academic preparation and broaden the pipeline to college would depend in part on building an even stronger foundation of early and K-12 education. These groups urged the White House and Department of Education to reach out to K-12 leaders and community organizations, and this new wave of city-based partnerships reflects an enthusiastic response to that suggestion to broaden the universe of players who can help promote real progress toward achieving local, state and national college completion goals.

With the White House College Opportunity Initiative continuing and a second Summit planned for December, more partners have a chance to “own the challenge” and build powerful momentum for even greater progress in 2015.

Jamienne Studley is Deputy Undersecretary of the U.S. Department of Education.

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Details of Energy Dept. Plan to Ease Access to Research Don't Please All

Chronicle of Higher Education - Mon, 2014-08-11 02:55

The announcement marks a new, pragmatic phase in the debate over how widely published research should be shared, and how quickly.

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‘Wait a Second, This Is Terrible.’

Chronicle of Higher Education - Sun, 2014-08-10 22:01

Two computer scientists resent the presence of Facebook's founder at a scholarly gathering.

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Can Colleges Use Data to Fix What Ails the Lecture?

Chronicle of Higher Education - Sun, 2014-08-10 22:01

In a culture of accountability, some professors call on technology to collect information about student participation in the classroom.

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Thanks to Outreach, U.S. Colleges Enjoy Jump in Gifts From Abroad

Chronicle of Higher Education - Sun, 2014-08-10 22:01

Through regional investment and engagement, U.S. institutions are tapping a vast pool of wealth around the globe.

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Longtime Planetarium Director Reflects on a Career Spent Under the Stars

Chronicle of Higher Education - Sun, 2014-08-10 22:00

Jack Dunn is retiring after having led a planetarium at the University of Nebraska for 43 years.

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How Close Is Too Close? Industry Courts Computer Scholars

Chronicle of Higher Education - Sun, 2014-08-10 22:00

Academe, for its part, wants access to corporate data as well as the money that tech giants like Google can generate.

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A Dean's Path: From Carnegie Mellon to Google and Back Again

Chronicle of Higher Education - Sun, 2014-08-10 22:00

Andrew W. Moore was a professor of robotics and computer science at the university before he left to lead Google’s Pittsburgh office.

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What's in a Title? Adjuncts by Another Name May Face the Same Realities

Chronicle of Higher Education - Sun, 2014-08-10 22:00

In an effort to better recognize the work of those off the tenure track, some colleges are recategorizing them.

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U. of Arkansas Hires Its First Female Graduate-School Dean; SUNY Gets New Provost

Chronicle of Higher Education - Sun, 2014-08-10 22:00

Before becoming dean, Kim LaScola Needy led Arkansas’s department of industrial engineering for nearly six years.

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Data-Analysis Programs That Help Retain Students Are Gaining Traction at Colleges

Chronicle of Higher Education - Sun, 2014-08-10 22:00

Efforts to identify those at risk of dropping out shed new light on the science of retention.

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Behind an Ex-President, a Band of Loyalists

Chronicle of Higher Education - Sun, 2014-08-10 22:00

As Graham Spanier fights to clear his name, an eclectic group of defenders has coalesced around the former Penn State chief.

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Breaking Down the Ruling: 3 Experts' Views

Chronicle of Higher Education - Sun, 2014-08-10 17:23

We asked three legal scholars to take a highlighter to the most significant parts of the judge’s ruling in the Ed O’Bannon case.

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Amateurism May Be Dead, but a New Educational Model Is Born

Chronicle of Higher Education - Sun, 2014-08-10 16:11

The judge dismantled the NCAA's amateurism defense, but gave the association the tools to create a new academic focus.

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What People Are Saying About the O'Bannon Ruling

Chronicle of Higher Education - Sun, 2014-08-10 07:40

Many observers said that while the judge dealt a powerful blow to the NCAA, it wasn’t a fatal one. Here’s a sampling of their reactions.

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How the O'Bannon Ruling Could Change College Sports

Chronicle of Higher Education - Sat, 2014-08-09 14:59

Colleges are budgeting for new player benefits, but some could curb licensing deals to limit what they give athletes.

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Federal Judge Finds NCAA's Player Rules Violate Antitrust Laws

Chronicle of Higher Education - Sat, 2014-08-09 11:25

If the ruling stands, players like former UCLA basketball star Ed O'Bannon could earn a share of licensing revenue they help generate.

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Who Needs an A, Anyway? A Lot of Folks on Campus Do

Chronicle of Higher Education - Fri, 2014-08-08 17:49

Grade inflation doesn’t just affect GPAs: As Princeton’s report on its grading policy notes, coaches, admissions directors, and competing institutions all have a stake in the matter.

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