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What’s New in Freshmen Housing? Buildings That Help Students Make Friends

Chronicle of Higher Education - 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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Northwestern U. Professor Sought in Killing Donated $1,000 in Victim’s Name

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 4, 2017 - 10:29am
The police are searching for Wyndham Lathem, an associate professor at the university, and Andrew Warren, an employee of the University of Oxford. Both are accused in the murder of a 26-year-old man.
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Wait, Will Anyone Investigate Legacy Admissions?

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 3, 2017 - 8:23pm
The debate over race-conscious admissions is back in the headlines. Some experts say it’s time to examine other preferences, too — including those for the children of alumni.
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They Each Applied to More Than 100 Colleges. That May Be the Problem.

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 3, 2017 - 7:22pm
A program at some Memphis high schools rewards students who are offered more than $1 million in college scholarships. A former “million-dollar scholar” says participating ended up hurting her.
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Federal Sex-Assault Investigations Are Being Resolved More Often. These 11 Cases Show How.

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 3, 2017 - 4:58pm
Under Trump, the Education Department’s civil-rights office is cutting through the backlog of cases more quickly, more quietly, and more often through "administrative closure."
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4 Questions for 2 Experts on the Future of Higher Education

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 3, 2017 - 4:20pm
Ithaka is a nonprofit organization focused on technology and academic transformation. We asked Kevin M. Guthrie, its president, and Catharine Bond Hill, managing director of its Ithaka S+R consulting arm, which trends show the most promise and which are most overhyped.
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Sometimes, Perceptions of Affirmative Action Don’t Mesh With Reality

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 2, 2017 - 11:45pm
The notion that race-conscious admissions are systematically biased against some applicants has been a rallying cry of critics for decades. The data paint a different picture.
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Trump May Find No Easy Targets if He Attacks Race in Admissions

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 2, 2017 - 10:00pm
Any federal challenge to colleges that consider applicants’ race will bump up against the Supreme Court’s repeated blessings of such policies.
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How Colleges Can Prepare for Scrutiny of Their Admissions Policies

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 2, 2017 - 8:56pm
The answers haven’t really changed in light of reports about the Justice Department’s apparent interest in potential racial bias in admissions, experts say. But it’s a good time for a refresher.
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UC-Irvine Reinstates Admissions Offers to Hundreds of Students

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 2, 2017 - 5:34pm
The university faced withering criticism for withdrawing offers to some 500 prospective students after acknowledging that it had exceeded its anticipated enrollment by 850.
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Yes, Your Manuscript Was Due 30 Years Ago. No, the University Press Still Wants It.

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 2, 2017 - 5:32pm
Authors’ blown deadlines may extend across decades. That’s not what editors want, but in many cases they’re content to wait.
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Caltech Professor Resigns Following Harassment Investigation

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 2, 2017 - 12:19pm
The professor, Christian Ott, had been placed on leave and banned from the campus in connection with a university investigation. He will officially depart by the end of the calendar year.
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On Affirmative Action, Candice Jackson Said Civil-Rights Office Would Not ‘Push a Social Agenda’

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 2, 2017 - 11:59am
In June, the top civil-rights official at the Education Department told a meeting of college lawyers that she didn’t “foresee there being any new regulation or policy on the topic of racial preferences” in admissions.
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In Trump Era, the Use of Race in Admissions Comes Under New Scrutiny

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 1, 2017 - 11:50pm
The Justice Department reportedly will direct resources to investigating colleges that are perceived as discriminating against white applicants. Some groups rebuke that decision as a step back from protecting civil rights.
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What You Need to Know About Race-Conscious Admissions in 2017

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 1, 2017 - 11:50pm
The U.S. Department of Justice is reportedly taking aim at colleges’ consideration of race in admissions. Here’s a look at where the issue stands.
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Race-Conscious Admissions Returns to the Spotlight

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 1, 2017 - 10:00pm
Barely a year after the U.S. Supreme Court appeared to issue its final word on this form of affirmative action, the issue is back, following a Justice Department memo that seemed to promise Trump-administration investigations of colleges. Here’s all of The Chronicle’s coverage.
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Trump Administration Will Investigate Affirmative Action in College Admissions, Report Says

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 1, 2017 - 7:10pm
A document from the U.S. Department of Justice seeks lawyers to participate in “investigations and possible litigation related to intentional race-based discrimination in college and university admissions.”
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What Happens When a College Accepts Too Many Students?

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 1, 2017 - 7:05pm
The University of California at Irvine’s decision to revoke admissions offers from hundreds of students stirred outrage. Experts say over­enroll­ment is fraught with conflict, but there are simple, if messy, strategies to mitigate it.
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Education Dept. Hits Reset on Process to Choose Student-Loan Servicer

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 1, 2017 - 4:17pm
The department announced late Tuesday that it would cancel the current competition to select a loan servicer and would start over.
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Join Education ‘Taking Learning Outside’ on the 2017 Green Strides Tour!

U.S. Department of Education Blog - August 1, 2017 - 1:32pm

As my toddler son grows, I’ve become intrigued by the outdoor and forest preschool movement. In fact, so convinced have I become of the benefits of outdoor play and learning at his age that I’ve made a point to get Íñigo out every day of his first two years — swimming, hiking, running, biking, camping, climbing, and skiing.  There’s not a day or a temperature at which I don’t bundle him up and get him out, and Íñigo absolutely loves it.

This is just one of many reasons I’m especially thrilled to share that we’ll conduct a fourth iteration of the Green Strides Tour, which spotlights our U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools honorees’ work, this year to Georgia, and focused on the importance of outdoor learning.

As background, U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) and its Green Strides outreach initiative share promising practices and resources in the areas of safe, healthy, and sustainable school environments; nutrition and outdoor physical activity; and environmental and sustainability education. To bring additional attention to honorees’ practices, ED-GRS has conducted a Green Strides Tour since 2013, allowing schools, school districts, and postsecondary institutions to share their work with community leaders and policymakers and celebrate their achievements.

The following is the tentative tour schedule for this September’s tour in the state of Georgia. Updates will be shared through our newsletter.


September 19th
8:15 a.m.—9:45 a.m. Pharr Elementary School, 1500 North Rd, Snellville, GA 30078
10:15 a.m.—11:15 a.m. Mason Elementary School, 3030 Bunten Rd, Duluth, GA 30096
12:00 p.m. —1:30 p.m. High Meadows School, 1055 Willeo Rd, Roswell, GA 30075
2:30 p.m.—4 p.m. Ford Elementary School, 1345 Mars Hill Rd NW, Acworth, GA 30101


September 20th
8:15 a.m.—9:15 a.m. Morningside Elementary School, 1053 E Rock Springs Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30306
9:20 a.m.—10:20 a.m. The Paideia School, 1509 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307
10:35 a.m.—11:45 a.m. Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School, 688 Grant St SE, Atlanta, GA 30315
12:00 p.m.—3:30 p.m. Georgia Institute of Technology, North Ave. Atlanta, GA 30332


All are welcome to join the tour. Past participants have included federal, state and local agency officials and elected officers, such as governors, state legislators, mayors and city council members.  Members of the press are also invited to attend and amplify honorees’ promising efforts, many of which leverage free resources that are available to all interested parties.  Moreover, neighboring schools, districts and colleges and universities are invited to come and learn from the examples on the tour.

This year we’ll be focusing on how schools are teaching effective environmental education, stewardship and civic values through learning outside school walls, using experience to breathe life into standards, in addition to making positive contributions to our communities and planet.

Visitors will see how innovative outdoor learning in its many forms — from school gardens, to field studies, to citizen science and forest schools — provides opportunities to expand traditional learning into the real world to create real change for the betterment of our society and the environment.

I look forward to meeting many representatives who are just beginning their green schools journey and to celebrating the school communities that we have already honored with our award. With a little elbow-grease, strong partnerships, resourcefulness and leadership, I’m confident that I’ll have the opportunity to read about visitors in a coming awards cycle of ED-GRS.

Come prepared to get a little dirty with us while learning outdoors!


Andrea Suarez Falken is Director of U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools and Facilities, Health, and Environment Liaison at the U.S. Department of Education.  

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