Higher Education News

U. of Missouri Professor Offers to Resign After Declining to Cancel Class

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 11, 2015 - 4:18pm

Dale E. Brigham drew scorn online for saying he wouldn't cancel class as rumors of alleged violence swirled on the Columbia campus.

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#BlackOnCampus Draws Attention to African-American Students' Experiences

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 11, 2015 - 12:10pm

Leaders of the activist group Concerned Student 1950, which helped force out two University of Missouri leaders, started the hashtag, which has resonated with many users.

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Amid Fears of Violence, Police in Missouri Arrest 2 Students Over Threats on Yik Yak

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 11, 2015 - 9:38am

With protests having toppled two senior administrators, campus police officers stepped up security over reports of threats to the protesters.

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Your Dissertation Is Almost Done. What's Next? Turnitin.

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 11, 2015 - 2:55am

Plagiarism-detection software is catching on in graduate programs. At some institutions, it’s required.

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Business Dean at Texas Tech Resigns Post After Investigation Into Grade Changes

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 11, 2015 - 2:55am

A faculty panel looked into the changes after the professor who had flunked four M.B.A. students was surprised last spring to see them receive their degrees.

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After Missouri’s Leadership Exodus, Hard Questions Loom on Race, Power, and Culture

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 11, 2015 - 2:55am

The resignations of the University of Missouri’s top two officials were a victory for student activists. But now how will the university tackle the issues at the root of the protests?

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Obama Takes Steps to Assure Quality of Education Programs That Recruit Veterans

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 11, 2015 - 2:53am

The administration is updating tools that help shield veterans and members of the armed services from unscrupulous colleges. It’s also calling on Congress to enact stronger protections.

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Report Lends Support to 'Corequisite' Remediation

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 10, 2015 - 11:56am

A statement endorsed by several major higher-education groups emphasizes the provision of learning support for students as they take credit-bearing courses.

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Providing Digital Pathways for Native Youth Success

U.S. Department of Education Blog - November 10, 2015 - 10:45am

Cross-posted from the Department of Interior blog.

No matter who you are, where you grew up or what you want to do, we all know digital skills and connectivity are crucial for success in today’s job market.

And so, as part of the Obama Administration’s Generation Indigenous (Gen-I) initiative to invest in opportunities for Native youth success and the President’s ConnectED initiative to provide access to digital learning and education technology resources, Interior is moving forward with a public-private partnership between the Department and Verizon to provide more than 1,000 Native American students nationwide with improved access to digital technology in their classrooms and dorms. The President announced this ConnectED commitment in his visit to Standing Rock last year, and it delivers on a recommendation from the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) Blueprint for Reform that Interior invest in educational technology for its schools.

By early next year, thanks to this new partnership, 10 dormitories funded by the BIE will have high-speed wireless Internet and Microsoft Nokia tablets, enabling students to use vital tools for learning 24/7.

According to a recent White House report, Native youth have the lowest high school graduation rate of students across all schools. Forward-thinking solutions like this partnership are critical if we’re going to change those numbers for the better. Improved access to technology helps meet some of the critical educational needs for Native students while empowering tribal communities to provide high quality, academically rigorous and culturally relevant education to their students.

On their tablets, students can access educational apps for STEM — or science, technology, engineering and math subjects — as well as programs that can preserve and strengthen their tribal identity and cultures. Verizon is also providing free wireless data to students for two years, which includes data use on the educational tablets donated by the Microsoft Corporation. And through a partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America in Indian Country, Verizon is hosting two years of free digital training, services and support for students — as well as teachers and dormitory staff.

In a few weeks, I’ll visit the Winslow dormitory on the Navajo Nation to see firsthand how these new digital tools are helping students learn and achieve their educational goals inside and outside the classroom. Through new investments, increased engagement, multiple partnerships, and a culturally appropriate approach, we’re working to ensure that Native youth have the tools they need to reach their full potential.

Sally Jewell is U.S. Secretary of the Interior.

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Latest Merger in Georgia Will Combine an HBCU With a Largely White College

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 10, 2015 - 10:12am

The merger is the seventh of public colleges in the state during recent years, a strategy that has been driven by declining levels of state funding.

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Why Economists on the Academic Job Market Must Strike Quickly

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 10, 2015 - 2:55am

Tenure-track jobs in the field tend to go to scholars who have just earned, or are wrapping up, their Ph.D.s. Here's a look at the data from Vitae's JobTracker project.

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Thrust Into a National Debate on Race, 2 Missouri Chiefs Resign

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 10, 2015 - 12:00am

A long-simmering protest movement, escalated by a hunger strike and a threatened football boycott, became the catalyst for turnover at the top.

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Racial Disparities in Higher Education: an Overview

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 10, 2015 - 12:00am

The protests in Missouri offer a reminder that efforts to improve diversity among students, faculty members, and administrators have a long way to go.

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Upheaval in Missouri Highlights Football Players’ Power

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 10, 2015 - 12:00am

The question now for many is whether the Missouri players' example will inspire athletes at other colleges to start protests on their own campuses.

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U. of Illinois Reaches Tentative Settlement With Steven Salaita

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 9, 2015 - 7:24pm

The terms of the proposed agreement with the professor, whose job offer was rescinded last year, were not revealed. The university's trustees are scheduled to vote Thursday on the deal.

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5 Moments That Led 2 Top Leaders at Missouri to Resign

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 9, 2015 - 5:15pm

Both Timothy M. Wolfe and R. Bowen Loftin had been called on to step down. But it was long-festering turmoil that played a critical role in their departures.

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What Google’s New Open-Source Software Means for Artificial-Intelligence Research

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 9, 2015 - 2:03pm

On Monday, Google announced it planned to turn its machine-learning software, called TensorFlow, into open-source code.

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D.C. Principal Empowers Students to Transform Their Lives

U.S. Department of Education Blog - November 9, 2015 - 12:58pm

Tucked away in Laurel, Maryland, among trees and rundown buildings lies what, for some, serves as a safe haven – and even better, a new beginning. Maya Angelou Academy, within the walls of the New Beginnings Youth Development Center, serves students who have been adjudicated in order to help them reach their full academic and career potential, and aims to support them in transitioning back successfully to the community.

I recently had the privilege of visiting Maya Angelou, meeting some of the students and educators, and shadowing its leader, Principal Rennie Taylor. Principal Taylor is a passionate educator, originally from the Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago, who has formed an undeniable connection with his students and staff at the Maya Angelou Academy. As a former coach, motivational speaker and special education instructor, he has dedicated his entire career to serving students who face the greatest odds inside and outside the classroom. For Principal Taylor and the staff at Maya Angelou, there is no greater satisfaction than seeing their students overcome the toughest circumstances and exceed everyone’s expectations.

“[At the Academy] students get a taste of what it means to be celebrated”, Taylor told me during my visit with him this week. “That dose of positive energy can get them to say ‘this isn’t so bad.’” He said showing a student you believe in their ability to achieve is the center of his and his staff’s mission.

Maya Angelou Academy’s goal is to provide a safe, nurturing, and mutually respectful environment that motivates and prepares adjudicated young men to fulfill their academic and career potential. The young men it serves struggled and were deemed failures by the system, but Maya Angelou is providing them a second change to get on the right path. Like Taylor, the school’s founders, David Domenici and James Forman, Jr., strongly believed in the redemptive power of second chances.

For students like one recent graduate, having educators at the academy who truly believed in his ability to succeed made all the difference in the world. Principal Taylor shared that one student left Maya Angelou Academy to return to his community school. Today, he is attending Delaware State University. This summer, he interned for the Office of the Attorney General for Washington DC, and participated in the creation of a program to celebrate students in the community.

Today, the school serves as a bastion of hope in a community that still struggles with crime and poverty. Students earn credits at an 87 percent rate – more than 3 times the rate they were achieving before attending the Academy, according to the Academy’s data. Seventy-one percent of scholars are engaged in school, a job, or a group home 120 days after returning to their community; compared to 23 percent in the Academy’s first year of operation. Principal Taylor and the staff at Maya Angelou view their job as not only educating students while they are there, but also supporting their transition back to the community. They are the first to admit there is still much work to do, but are very optimistic about the future.

We all know that when it comes to getting things right for our kids, nothing matters more than great leadership. Strong leaders like Rennie Taylor are a critical part of the equation – they support students, educators and the community, and make the promise of education a reality every day. In my current role at the U.S. Department of Education, as well as previous roles, I have witnessed firsthand the tremendous influence school leadership has on how students succeed in and outside of the classroom. Spending a day with Principal Taylor was a good reminder of that, as well as a reminder of the power of second chances.

Emma Vadehra serves as Chief of Staff to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Her visit to Maya Angelou Academy was part of an ED-wide effort to shadow principals across the country during National Principals Month.

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U. of Illinois Fires Athletic Director After Full Report of Former Coach's Misconduct

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 9, 2015 - 11:45am

The new report details allegations of player mistreatment by the former football coach, Tim Beckman, who was fired in August.

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U. of Missouri President and Chancellor Resign After Mounting Protests Over Racism

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 9, 2015 - 9:31am

The surprise announcements came one week after a graduate student began a hunger strike demanding that the president, Timothy Wolfe, step down.

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