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Baylor’s Provost Steps Down After Only One Year

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 12, 2017 - 11:50am
L. Gregory Jones is the second provost who has left the university in the past year and a half.
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Race Ethnicity and Gender of Full-Time Faculty at More Than 3,700 Institutions

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 12, 2017 - 10:45am
This sortable table shows the percentages of full-time faculty members who were members of specific racial and ethnic groups at degree-granting colleges and universities in November 2015.  
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Yelp for Colleges? An Economist Rates Its Usefulness

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 12, 2017 - 9:56am
His survey finds that a consumer-based ratings tool could be an effective way to measure the quality of a college.
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A Task Force With Falwell Is Happening, White House Says

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 11, 2017 - 12:14pm
Liberty University’s leader is to be part of a presidentially appointed panel, an official confirmed to The Chronicle. But the panel’s purpose and membership are still unclear.
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How a Campus Fight Drove 2 Left-Leaning Professors to Fox News

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 9, 2017 - 5:03pm
For months Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying had worried that Evergreen State College was spiraling out of control. When Tucker Carlson’s producer came calling, they were “horrified” by the decision they faced.
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Apprenticeship Program Helps Students Find And Fund Their Passions

U.S. Department of Education Blog - June 9, 2017 - 1:31pm

Ask anyone in America what they would expect to see when walking through an American high school, and the last thing they’d probably say is a group of students building a house! Yet that’s exactly what goes on each and every day at the Academy of Construction and Design (ACAD), located at the Integrated Design & Electronics Academy (IDEA) Public Charter School in Washington, D.C.

Late last month, the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Labor were privileged to visit this school. During the visit, several high level officials had the opportunity to see this innovative high school apprenticeship program in action.

The trip was initially arranged to help give officials insight into what makes great Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs tick in light of the President’s Fiscal Year 2018 Budget, which requests an additional $20 million to promote innovative CTE programs in STEM fields through CTE National Programs.

“We wanted to see a program on the ground,” said James Manning, Acting Under Secretary of Education. “We want to learn what is working, what challenges are being encountered, and in what ways the Department of Education might be helpful.”

Most of our nation’s apprenticeships are housed in our postsecondary education system, but we know that to truly prepare our workforce, it’s imperative that we begin at the high school level. This is ACAD’s goal.

It doesn’t feel like a traditional school — it has a business oriented environment everywhere you look. We saw a garden that the students maintained, complete with a rain water catcher apparatus that they had built themselves. We saw work rooms and classrooms that were built to educate students to engage in hands-on careers.

And that house that the students were building? It was actually the school’s second, with the goal of ultimately selling it once finished.

At the visit’s conclusion, students, administrators, and private sector supporters engaged in a discussion focusing on the positive effects of this program on students’ lives and how parents need to see CTE as an opportunity for them. Roderic L.Woodson, advisor to the DC Students Construction Trades Foundation and Partner of Holland & Knight, remarked that “too many of our young people have lost sight of the opportunity that comes with building trades and skills that will help them build a life around these careers and a future.”

And the results aren’t just academic – graduates of ACAD are already experiencing the impact that this high-quality program can have on their lives.

During the visit, officials had the opportunity to meet Treymane Chatman, a 2014 ACAD graduate who is currently a carpentry apprentice and will be moving into a full-time role within the carpentry profession later this month. Treymane shared that, as a result of ACAD, he came into the apprenticeship with the skills and knowledge to hit the ground running and handle everything he was asked to do. Treymane hopes to have a general contracting corporation one day and the skills he learned at ACAD and during his apprenticeship will help him get there.

 

Sam Ryan is Youth Liaison in the Office of Communications and Outreach at the U.S. Department of Education

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A Filmmaker Sheds Light on a ‘Nuanced System of Hazing’

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 9, 2017 - 12:11pm
As a fraternity member at Northeastern University, Byron Hurt participated in initiation rites. Now he hopes his forthcoming documentary will help educators put an end to those rituals.
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From Indiana Jones to Minerva McGonagall, Professors See Themselves in Fiction

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 9, 2017 - 12:02pm
We asked readers to send in their favorite fictional professors. Here’s what they said.
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Virtual Reality Can Teach Altruism, Empathy — and Why You Should Use Less Toilet Paper

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 9, 2017 - 11:48am
Jeremy Bailenson, a professor at Stanford University and founding director of its Virtual Human Interaction Lab, says the technology, in the right circumstances, can be educationally transformative.  
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Could Finland’s Strategy of Supporting Education – and Teachers’ Stature – Translate to the U.S.?

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 9, 2017 - 11:44am
A founder of the company behind Angry Birds and two others highlight how the Finish way of promoting creativity in the classroom has paid off.  
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How ‘College for All’ Goes Wrong

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 9, 2017 - 11:39am
Ted Dintersmith, an investor and financer of documentary films, argues that schools should give students relevant skills, not just courses to pad a college application.
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New Chief of the Modern Language Association Sees Signs of Hope

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 8, 2017 - 7:25pm
Amid falling enrollments and threats to federal funding for the humanities, Paula Krebs wants to seize on opportunities.
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NIH Abandons Plan to Limit Per-Person Grant Awards

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 8, 2017 - 7:23pm
The agency says it is shifting to a new strategy but not from its goal of helping younger scientists compete for NIH support.
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Can a Single Course Jeopardize an Academic Department?

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 8, 2017 - 4:42pm
The chairman of the history department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill says higher-level administrators raised concerns about a class taught by a prominent faculty critic. The class was then canceled.
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Why Conservative Lawmakers Are Turning to Free-Speech Bills as a Fix for Higher Ed

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 8, 2017 - 4:30pm
Many of the sponsors share a common refrain: that college campuses have become hostage to a limited worldview — specifically, a liberal one.
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What the World Can Teach Us: International Lessons on Choice and Innovation in Education

U.S. Department of Education Blog - June 8, 2017 - 3:55pm

Every student in the United States deserves a great education. And, every parent in this country – regardless of background, income or zip code – deserves the right to choose the school that is best for his or her child.

To achieve that goal, Secretary DeVos has called for “a transformation that will open up America’s education system.” If we’re going to meet the diverse needs of today’s learners, we need fresh thinking and innovative approaches.  There’s plenty we can learn from other countries, as they strive to prepare their students for 21st century realities.

Those lessons were the subject of a recent briefing at the Department – the first of a new series of learning sessions the Secretary has launched, focused on effective, student-centered education. The speaker was Andreas Schleicher, Director of Education and Skills for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

Schleicher’s message was simple: Around the world, nations are finding that choice programs can and do contribute to better results for students. If we want school choice to promote equity and excellence for all students, we need to keep it real, relevant, and meaningful. And, we need to ensure parents have the information and support they need to make the right decision for their kids.

Schleicher cites England as an example of a country that’s taken a proactive approach to sharing information with parents about school choice. Here in the United States, several districts – including New Orleans and Denver, which the Secretary highlighted in remarks at the Brookings Institution – provide families transparent access to the information they need to make sound choices on behalf of their children.

“As a parent, you can’t take advantage of a choice you don’t know exists,” said Secretary DeVos in her remarks to Brookings. “We need to find ways of better connecting citizens to the information they need.”

Schleicher also emphasized the fact that countries that provided more autonomy at the school level saw greater student achievement. When those closest to the problem – teachers, parents and administrators – were given greater decision-making power to find solutions, the data showed that students performed at much higher levels.

Some OECD countries, like the Netherlands and Belgium, are implementing safeguards on the national level to increase choice, quality and opportunity for all students, regardless of background. They’re instituting weighted-student funding formulas, which ensure funding follows each student to the school they choose to attend, and calculate the amount provided based on his or her educational and economic needs. This type of funding promotes equity, transparency and flexibility.

Another key point of Schleicher’s is similar to the situation in the United States. Just like every state faces different educational challenges and opportunities, Schleicher asserts that one country can’t just “cut and paste” another’s system. That’s why, in recognition of this reality, the Every Student Succeeds Act allows each state the flexibility to find creative solutions that work best for that state.

We can all learn from Schleicher’s presentation of the facts surrounding choice and innovation in education throughout the world. To learn more, click here.

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Pair Used IRS Data-Retrieval Tool in $12-Million Scam, Indictment Says

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 8, 2017 - 1:07pm
Two men face 23 federal charges in connection with an identity-theft conspiracy.
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The Story of James Comey’s Most Explosive Investigation — in College

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 8, 2017 - 12:44pm
Long before he was director of the FBI, Mr. Comey was a student journalist at the College of William & Mary. His series about race on the Virginia campus ignited a firestorm.
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Does State Support Have ‘Weak’ Connection to Tuition? Association Begs to Differ

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 8, 2017 - 12:11pm
The American Association of State Colleges and Universities says the ideas in a new report from the American Enterprise Institute would be “a disaster for students and families.”
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Columbia U. Professor, Friend of James Comey, Says He’s ‘Welcome to Join Us Next Year’

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 8, 2017 - 9:59am
The faculty member, Daniel Richman, was name-dropped during Mr. Comey’s highly anticipated testimony on Thursday before a U.S. Senate committee.
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