Higher Education News

Starbucks and Arizona State U. Will Expand Tuition-Discount Partnership

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 6, 2015 - 5:00pm

The program, which provides scholarships equal to 42 percent off the university’s sticker price, will be open to students with fewer than 60 credits.

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A Year After Shabazz Napier Controversy, NCAA Finds More Ways to Placate Players

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 6, 2015 - 2:56am

The association still faces questions about academic problems, but at this year’s Final Four the focus is on the game, not on whether athletes go to bed hungry.

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In Jefferson Lecture, Anna Deavere Smith to Speak on Quest for American Character

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 6, 2015 - 2:55am

The actress, playwright, and professor at New York University will also use Monday’s address to talk about what she calls the school-to-prison pipeline.

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Ed-Tech Entrepreneur Returns, Hoping to Connect Colleges and Start-Ups

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 6, 2015 - 2:55am

Less than two years after being forced to sell most of his company, Paul Freedman is back on the scene with a new idea.

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Selected New Books on Higher Education

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 5, 2015 - 10:01pm

Topics include the impact of increasing corporatization of universities and engaging issues of spirituality in student affairs.

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The Week

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 5, 2015 - 10:01pm

What you need to know about the past seven days.

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Boston College, to Refresh Its Aging Curriculum, Turns to Design Thinkers

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 5, 2015 - 10:01pm

Universities have seized on design thinking to improve their marketing materials and business practices. Now it’s being used to change what lies at the heart of an institution.

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Career-Office Director Seeks Jobs for Every Last Polar Bear, and Other News About People

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 5, 2015 - 10:01pm

Justin F. Courtney wanted his office at Ohio Northern University to stand out to employers, and it did.

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What I'm Reading: 'The Education of Henry Adams'

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 5, 2015 - 10:01pm

William M. Chace, a president emeritus of Emory University, says the book is a reminder of the limits of knowledge.

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Why Universities Alone Aren't Going to Save Your Economy

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 5, 2015 - 10:00pm

Colleges claim they’re the last hope for revitalization. But can they really revive struggling towns and cities?

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To Attract Students, Professors Produce Hollywood-Style Previews

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 5, 2015 - 10:00pm

Though some academics may despair at the idea of "branding" their courses, promotional videos are taking hold.

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Is Greg Sankey the Most Powerful Man in College Sports?

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 4, 2015 - 7:01am

The onetime intramurals director, tapped to lead the powerful Southeastern Conference, has a vision for a new kind of NCAA.

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edX to Improve Access to MOOCs for People With Disabilities

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 3, 2015 - 2:56am

A settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice marks the federal agency’s first effort to challenge the accessibility of massive open online courses.

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To Resurrect a College, Supporters Need More Than Nostalgia

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

As alumnae fight to keep Sweet Briar open, other colleges that have come back from the brink offer cautionary tales.

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Video: Strategies for an Era of Tighter Research Budgets

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

Harold E. Varmus, former head of the National Cancer Institute, discusses the budgetary challenges facing the National Institutes of Health.

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The Opportunity and Necessity for a New ESEA

U.S. Department of Education Blog - April 2, 2015 - 10:37am

Secretary Duncan has called for replacing No Child Left Behind, the current version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), with a law that ensures opportunity for every child, expands support for schools, teachers, and principals, and preserves accountability for the progress of all students.

Secretary Duncan and National Urban League president, Marc Morial, discussed the Elementary and Secondary Education Act after a recent event at the White House. Below is a transcript of their conversation.

Marc Morial (MM): It was great to have Secretary Duncan with us and for him to reaffirm his commitment, the President’s commitment to a strong Elementary and Secondary Education Act bill that holds accountability in place but also focuses on equity and equity in terms of funding. So this blueprint that’s being developed in the Congress and the administration’s commitment, Mr. Secretary, your commitment is a lot in alignment with what we at the Urban League think and believe.

Secretary Arne Duncan (AD): The Urban League has just been an amazing partner. And we need to fix this law, we need to fix this in a bipartisan way. We need a law that focuses on equity, more early childhood education, more resources for poor kids. We need a law that focuses on excellence and Mark’s been an amazing champion here. High standards for every single child, assessing progress so we actually know whether we’re making progress or not, and we have to focus on innovation as well.

MM: I’m so glad to hear you emphasize early childhood education. We both know that for poor kids, for urban kids, and for many rural kids, and even nowadays suburban kids, the opportunity to get started on their educational journey early in life… to get the basics of literacy and numeracy down pat when you’re 3, 4, 5 years old is so crucial to later success. The data is so clear but parents know that no matter who I speak to, whether it’s a parent, whether it’s a business leader, whether it’s a community leader, whether it’s a seasoned citizen or millennial. They understand, they know in their basic intuitive gut how crucial education is. That teacher, that coach, that counselor, that some adult in addition to parents and guardians and grandparents who gave them just an inspiration. I mean, I remember my 9th grade English teacher, he was tough, he was mean.

AD: What was his name?

MM: He was a priest! named Father DeRucci. He was tough! And it was honors English but guess what? I remember what he taught us. I understood how impactful that one year was to everything I was able to do later on in college and law school and life. So I really, truly think that we’re at a moment in time where the opportunity and the necessity meet. And the opportunity is a chance to build the bipartisan blueprint that embraces civil rights and equity principles but is founded on the basic foundation of the need for excellence. And the necessity is that a nation that we must compete economically in a global economy.

AD: You said it perfectly. Education has to be the great equalizer, it has to be the thing that gives every child regardless of race or ethnicity or zip code a chance in life. And if we do that we increase social mobility, we reduce poverty, we reduce income inequality, if we do this we compete successfully with our international counterparts. If we don’t do this, our kids lose, our families lose, our communities lose, and ultimately our nation loses. This is nothing political, nothing ideological here. We are fighting for kids, families, and the nation.

MM: We’ve got to view this about how to shape the best partnership for the future and leave behind old debates of exclusivity, sole responsibility. If this is the issue that’s going to define the future of this great nation, then it is everyone’s responsibility.

AD: Amen.

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Financial Capability: Important for Students and Communities

U.S. Department of Education Blog - April 2, 2015 - 9:10am

Education is the civil rights issue of our time. The Obama administration has worked to ensure all students have a strong foundation and level playing field, no matter where they were born or where they live. This week, President Obama declared that April will be Financial Capability Month.

Now more than ever it is important to ensure that all students are ready for college and careers. A critical component of this readiness is financial capability. This includes sound financial education, but also the skills, dispositions, and access to appropriate financial products—in a consumer-friendly environment—necessary to make informed financial decisions.

It is critical that financial capability is a part of every student’s education, whether they are about to enter the workforce or make the decision about where to go to college and how to pay for it.

The effects of this financial capability, however, stretch beyond the gains that will accrue to the individual. We know that students who learn financial lessons often spread these lessons to their parents, aunts and uncles, and others in their community.

This is why Secretary Duncan recently joined leaders in the city of Chicago as they announced an initiative to bring financial capability to more people throughout the region. John Rogers, CEO of Ariel Investments and Chair of President Obama’s Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans, hosted civic leaders from across the city of Chicago.

Commitments to expand the reach of financial capability were made by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, City Treasurer Kurt Summers, Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett, and many other civic and community leaders.

Before the event, Secretary Duncan toured Ariel Academy, where all students learn financial lessons starting in kindergarten. He also spent some of the day with Mario Gage, an alumnus of the school, who now works for Ariel Investments.

Chicago is taking great steps forward to increase the financial capability of its citizens. ED plans to continue to highlight similar work being done by other cities that will build the foundation of financially capable students.

For more information on financial capability, see the following resources:

David Soo is a senior policy advisor in the Office of the Undersecretary at the U.S. Department of Education.

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Accusations of Student Harassment Leave Professors Feeling Vulnerable

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 2, 2015 - 2:55am

A University of Michigan faculty committee accuses the administration of ignoring instructors’ due-process rights in handling complaints of sexual misconduct.

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