Higher Education News

New Texas Law Will Allow Concealed Weapons on Campuses. Now What?

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 8, 2015 - 2:55am

Mindful of safety concerns, public colleges and universities will start devising policies this summer to comply with the controversial legislation.

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What I’m Reading: Articles on President Obama’s Plan to Make Community Colleges Free

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 7, 2015 - 10:01pm

Christine J. Holt, of Northern Virginia Community College, says she has gained hope that the sector will reshape itself somehow, even without free tuition.

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The Secret to Hitting Your Writing Goals May Be Simple: Peer Pressure

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 7, 2015 - 10:01pm

Self-organized writing groups provide accountability for time-starved tenure-track professors.

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Selected New Books on Higher Education

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 7, 2015 - 10:01pm

Topics include getting published in selective journals and making cost-effective college choices.

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From Managing a Private-Equity Fund to Leading a Catholic University, and Other News About People

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 7, 2015 - 10:01pm

Wanting to make "a bigger, global impact," Simon Newman left his financial jobs to lead Mount St. Mary’s University.

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The Week

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 7, 2015 - 10:01pm

What you need to know about the past seven days.

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Rising Pay for Presidents Draws Public Scrutiny

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 7, 2015 - 4:00pm

When public-college leaders take home hundreds of thousands on top of their salaries, as many in this year’s survey do, lawmakers’ eyebrows go up.

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Studying Politics or Playing Politics? Scholarly Experiments Sometimes Blur the Line

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 5, 2015 - 2:55am

Experimental methods are a hot trend in political science. But as recent scandals show, the ethics can be tricky.

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A University Banks on Ph.D. Stipends to Better Compete With Its Peers

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 5, 2015 - 2:55am

Northwestern plans to raise its minimum stipend 26 percent to attract doctoral students.

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Wesleyan’s 3-Year Degree: How It's Doing After 3 Years

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 5, 2015 - 2:55am

The university’s first cohort of accelerated-degree students graduated this spring. What did they gain or lose by shaving off a year?

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For Northwestern, the Kipnis Case Is Painful and Personal

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 4, 2015 - 2:58am

Other faculty members, even the university’s president, have felt the controversy's sting.

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One College’s Method to Prove Its Value: Scanning Students’ Brains

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 4, 2015 - 2:55am

Study-abroad experiences are said to expand students’ minds. Westmont College is turning to neuroscience to put that cliché through its paces.

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Wisconsin’s Fight Over Faculty Rights: What’s at Stake, and What’s Next

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 4, 2015 - 2:55am

The American Association of University Professors called the proposal "a direct attack on higher education as a public good." Here’s a guide to the dispute.

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China Pushes for Foreign Universities to Use Its College-Entrance Exam

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 3, 2015 - 12:48pm

Adopting the test would make it easier for Chinese students to apply, and, according to a news report in China, limit their contact with American values. 

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Duncan Praises Sustainable Schools and Announces New Green Strides Site

U.S. Department of Education Blog - June 3, 2015 - 12:30pm

Part of preparing students for success in the twenty-first century is making sure they are good stewards of the environment. U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools began in order to recognize schools, districts, and institutions of higher education that reduce environmental impact and costs, improve health and wellness, and teach sustainability literacy. Today, the 2015 cohort of U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) was recognized at a ceremony at the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, DC, where honorees received sustainably crafted plaques and flags. Honorees then attended a celebration hosted by the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council and Senator Patty Murray’s Office, where they met their Congressional representatives, and some also participated in tours offered by the National Park Service and Department of Energy.

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2015 Green Ribbon SchoolsJUST ANNOUNCED: The 2015 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools!

Posted by U.S. Department of Education on Wednesday, April 22, 2015

 

Secretary Duncan addressed attendees accompanied by Managing Director of the White House Council for Environmental Quality Christy Goldfuss and NOAA Director of Education Louisa Koch. He congratulated the honorees by highlighting their “common sense ways to invest more in education rather than utility bills, improve health and attendance and, and excite students about real-world learning.”

As part of the ceremony, Secretary Duncan announced the re-launch of Green Strides, a new user-friendly site that serves as a one-stop shop for the resources that all schools can use to save money, improve health, and engage their students with authentic sustainability learning. The new site is thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council. The Green Strides site features a calendar of webinars offered by a host of non-profit and federal collaborators explaining the use of these resources. The site showcases the cohorts of honorees – schools, districts, and the most recent postsecondary additions–in a searchable map to facilitate their promising practices’ replication nationwide.

To learn more about this year’s U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools, District Sustainability Awardees, and Postsecondary Sustainability Awardees, visit our website and annual Highlights Report. You may also subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on Facebook and Twitter. In the upcoming 2015-2016 awards cycle, state education authorities are once again invited to nominate green schools, districts, colleges, and universities by February 1st, 2016 and to encourage all schools to make use of these money-saving, health- and achievement-enhancing environmentally sustainable practices.

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

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Let’s Stop Summer Hunger

U.S. Department of Education Blog - June 3, 2015 - 11:51am

During the school year, more than 21 million children rely on free and reduced school meals, but during the summer, only 3.8 million participate in the USDA’s summer meals program. This means that too many kids are at risk of hunger because they are out of school. For many students, school meals provide for over half of their daily calories during the school year, which means that providing these children with access to healthy meals is a big priority.

To help prevent summer hunger, the USDA partners with schools, local governments, and community organizations to provide free meals to children during the summer.

This means that any child under the age of 18 can go to a designated summer meal site and eat for free. But we need your help in ensuring that no child goes hungry this summer. During Summer Food Service Program Kick Off Week, observed June 1- 5, our colleagues at USDA want to invite everyone to help spread the word about this important program.

How you can help:

Be a Summer Meal champion in your community! Check out USDA’s Summer Meals Toolkit:

  • Get the word out through community-based outreach
  • Find info on program policy and administration
  • Get ideas for planning and collaborating with stakeholders

The USDA also has a Summer Food site finder that will be updated soon.

Learn more about Summer Food Service Program.

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Inside the Decision to Reinstate Football at the U. of Alabama at Birmingham

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 3, 2015 - 2:58am

The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s about-face is a lesson in how much today’s college leaders must balance decisiveness and transparency.

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Kipnis Case Highlights Perilous Clash of Title IX and Academic Freedom

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 3, 2015 - 2:55am

The fallout illustrates how student and faculty rights can collide on campuses. Some critics are calling for better guidance from the Education Department.

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With Restorative Justice, Students Learn How to Make Amends

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 3, 2015 - 2:55am

An alternative to traditional punishment is spreading across campuses, but it’s not an easy out for anyone.

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