Higher Education News

Joy Over Sweet Briar’s Reopening Is Tempered by Questions About the Road Ahead

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 22, 2015 - 2:56am

Supporters of the women’s college claim a huge victory. But the challenges remain.

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U. of Washington Wants a President Who Will Stick Around, for a Change

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 22, 2015 - 2:55am

Michael Young’s lucrative move to Texas A&M has provoked questions in Seattle about finding and keeping a loyal leader.

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Today's Fail-Safe Students

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 21, 2015 - 10:01pm

Many students are shielded by their parents from having things go wrong. What happens to those who don’t know how to stumble?

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Former Director of Congressional Budget Office to Lead Harvard's Kennedy School, and Other News About People

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 21, 2015 - 10:01pm

Douglas W. Elmendorf, an economist with past ties to Harvard, impressed professors at the school with his reputation for integrity.

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The Week

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 21, 2015 - 10:01pm

What you need to know about the past seven days.

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What I’m Reading: ‘Graceful’

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 21, 2015 - 10:01pm

An e-book that argues for the valuing of ideas gives Kristin Vogel, library director at Saint Norbert College, hope for higher education.

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Education Dept. Calls Imminent Rule a Reminder to States of Their Oversight Role

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 19, 2015 - 11:27am

The rule, which will be enforced starting on July 1, requires state authorization for colleges to remain eligible to participate in federal student-aid programs.

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U. of Texas Campus Seeks to Retain Students Through Data and Personal Coaching

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 19, 2015 - 2:55am

The system’s new Rio Grande Valley campus hopes to use TEx, or "Total Educational Experience," to keep students in science, technology, and related fields.

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Sororities Say They, Too, Have a Key Role to Play in Preventing Sexual Assault

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 19, 2015 - 2:55am

A proposal at the University of Missouri to ban women from fraternities during popular party hours has drawn sharp criticism. Sorority leaders have other ideas.

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A Professor, a Graduate Student, and 2 Careers Derailed

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 19, 2015 - 2:55am

In Northwestern University’s philosophy department, a relationship gone bad illustrates some of the toughest problems facing higher education.

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Skip the Sushi Bar. This Campus Cafeteria Dishes Homegrown Simplicity.

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 19, 2015 - 2:55am

Since it reopened, Antioch College is bucking the national trend of offering students food choices that are fancy but often not as healthful as they could be.

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Federal Watchdog Criticizes Lenders for Treatment of Borrowers’ Co-Signers

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 18, 2015 - 12:44pm

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says issuers of private student loans routinely reject requests to have co-signers released from the loans.

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Community Center Provides Critical Lifeline in Baltimore

U.S. Department of Education Blog - June 18, 2015 - 7:15am

Secretary Duncan enjoys one of the student’s creations.

Secretary Duncan joined U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith in Baltimore Monday for a series of events focused on engaging the community. Their visit comes on the heels of recent unrest in the city and focused on ways communities can keep children safe, healthy and involved in continuous learning during the summer.

During their first stop at Liberty Elementary School, they witnessed firsthand how the school’s use of technology has accelerated student learning and praised the school’s commitment to staying connected with the community through the Liberty Rec and Tech Center.

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The center provides exercise activities, GED classes for adults and runs a food pantry for area families struggling to make ends meet. It almost closed in 2012 due to budget cuts, but thanks to the hard-fought efforts of principal Joe Manko and community activists, it is as vibrant as ever and serves as a critical lifeline for the surrounding community.

“This is the best of an American learning community, where everybody’s all in,” said Smith.

Liberty Elementary students show Arne Duncan and U.S. Chief Technology Officer, Megan Smith, their Adobe Voice projects

Following their tour, they participated in a roundtable discussion in conjunction with the National Week of Making to discuss the importance of STEM. The National Week of Making, which the White House and community members across the nation are celebrating from June 12 to 18, is focused on STEM and on fostering a culture of invention, innovation and imagination.

Duncan was determined to get back to Baltimore to see how students were doing following his visit last month to nearby Frederick Douglass High School in the wake of Freddie Gray’s death. He came away impressed with how teachers encouraged students to process the events that engulfed the city through talking, drawing and writing about it.

“Our kids’ physical, social and emotional needs have to be met before we can even talk about going to college and making things and being the leaders of tomorrow,” he said. “You have amazing young people here and what you guys are doing to give them a real chance in life is extraordinary.”

Patrick Kerr is a member of the Communications Development division in the Office of Communications and Outreach

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Libia Gil: My Parents Provided Limitless Possibilities through Education

U.S. Department of Education Blog - June 18, 2015 - 7:00am

June is Immigrant Heritage Month. In recognition of the diverse linguistic and cultural assets of immigrants and the value they have brought and continue to bring to the United States, the Department of Education will share the immigration stories of its staff throughout the month of June. 

Libia Gil, Assistant Deputy Secretary and Director of the Office of English Language Acquisition at the U.S. Department of Education

My family intentionally uprooted its home to pursue a better life in America, the land of immigrants and unlimited opportunities. We entered the country as Costa Rican citizens through the port of entry in Los Angeles, California. My family is multiracial and multilingual and we spent our early years living in various regions of China, my mother’s homeland, and San Jose, Costa Rica where my father’s family resides. I started my formal education in Hong Kong during the British Colonial period and subsequently attended a private school in Tainan, Taiwan operated by Dominican Sisters from Spain who taught in English using Spanish translations for comprehension.

At the time of our arrival as visitors to the country, my mother spoke no English and my father had limited social English language so our roles reversed and I accepted responsibility for reading documents, interpreting and making decisions for all medical, educational and business transactions including the purchase of a car and house. Up until that point, my experiences with day-to-day transportation were limited to scooters and pedi-cabs. We had no exposure to basic activities such as shopping at a supermarket or any technological advances such as a television. Language and cultural differences limited employment access and my father struggled with two full-time manual labor jobs to support the family. Despite living in poverty, we believed that we were wealthy by definition—living in America! My sister and I were thrilled to have our makeshift bedroom in the garage.

It was a major cultural jolt to navigate a transition to a new world with a lack of context and reference points to address complex challenges and the negative experiences of an acculturation process with a shifting identity. Nonetheless, I was the first in my family of five children to enter college. I became the first in my family to enter college and finished my degree. The pursuit of a better life through education was instilled in each member of my family and I marvel with pride at the successful accomplishments of my well-educated siblings: physician; attorney/business owner; county public health director and University of California career program director.

My siblings and I are indebted to our parents who exemplify a pure selfless sacrifice to ensure that their children would have better lives. We have internalized the value of education and taken advantage of opportunities to contribute to the development and welfare of others. I am grateful that I have the opportunity to serve this administration and give back to a country that has provided limitless possibilities for my family and future generations of immigrants and their children, who will provide leadership for the common well-being of all people.

A 1940s wedding picture of Libia’s parents, Phoebe Cecilia Gil Ling and Jose Francisco Gil Jaubert.

Libia Gil is the Assistant Deputy Secretary and Director of the Office of English Language Acquisition at the U.S. Department of Education.

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Another Challenge on Campus Sexual Assault: Getting Minority Students to Report It

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 18, 2015 - 2:55am

Many nonwhite students don’t feel the campus conversations about sexual assault apply to them, victims’ advocates say.

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How a For-Profit’s Implosion Could Be a Game-Changer for College Oversight

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 18, 2015 - 2:55am

The Education Department’s plan to discharge the loans of defrauded students could prompt states and accreditors to ratchet up their scrutiny.

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Developing Countries Push to Produce More Ph.D.'s

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 17, 2015 - 11:28am

As the number of students earning a doctorate grows in countries like Brazil and China, the global research landscape is starting to shift, said speakers at a conference. 

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Electronic Checking on Athletes in Class Sparks Debate About Their Privacy

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 17, 2015 - 2:55am

Allegations of academic misconduct lead to new ideas for safeguarding integrity.

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Performance-Based Funding Can Be Fickle, One University's Close Call Shows

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 17, 2015 - 2:55am

If its recent graduates had made just a bit less money, Florida State University could have lost millions of dollars in state support.

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