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Education Dept. Replaces Obama-Era Title IX Directives With New Interim Guidance

Chronicle of Higher Education - September 22, 2017 - 9:13am
The department's interim guidance gives colleges the discretion to use a "clear and convincing" standard of evidence in resolving sexual-misconduct cases, and allows for mediation when all parties agree to participate.
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Rethinking the Presidential Search

Chronicle of Higher Education - September 21, 2017 - 10:00pm
A national search with paid consultants has become the norm. But it's not the only way.
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What You Need to Know About the Inspector General’s Audit of Western Governors U.

Chronicle of Higher Education - September 21, 2017 - 9:04pm
The audit’s recommendation that the university repay more than $700 million in student aid has grabbed all the attention. But it’s far from clear that that will ever happen.
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Dust-Up Involving Conservative Student Sparks Political Uproar in Nebraska

Chronicle of Higher Education - September 21, 2017 - 6:08pm
Two instructors protested a student who promoted the right-wing group Turning Point USA. The backlash that ensued has left some professors feeling vulnerable.
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What Can Campus Police Learn From Charlottesville?

Chronicle of Higher Education - September 21, 2017 - 3:56pm
Violence on and near the University of Virginia campus gripped the nation in August. A month later, campus police chiefs are looking to see what lessons can be gleaned from the events.
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Western Governors U. Might Have to Repay $700 Million in Student Aid

Chronicle of Higher Education - September 21, 2017 - 1:03pm
An audit by the Education Department’s inspector general found that too many courses did not feature “regular and substantive interaction between students and their instructors.”
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White Student at Cornell U. Charged in Attack on Black Classmate Apologizes

Chronicle of Higher Education - September 21, 2017 - 11:21am
But he said he was sorry only for using “unacceptable and inappropriate” language. He denied physically assaulting anyone.
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2 More Speakers Drop From Yiannopoulos’s ‘Free Speech Week’ at Berkeley

Chronicle of Higher Education - September 21, 2017 - 11:13am
The event’s organizers say it will go on regardless, with its headliners intact, including Stephen K. Bannon. The university says it’s still awaiting confirmation on most of the speakers but is preparing for them anyway.
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Teaching Newsletter: Helping Students Persist, 9/21/2017

Chronicle of Higher Education - September 21, 2017 - 10:07am
Keeping students academically motivated helps them stay enrolled. But do professors see retention as part of their job?
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David Boren Will Retire as U. of Oklahoma’s President

Chronicle of Higher Education - September 20, 2017 - 4:47pm
His long presidency was noted for the university’s many improvements, as well as for his blunt response to an ugly racial incident in 2015.
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Napolitano Riffs on DeVos, Free Speech, and DACA

Chronicle of Higher Education - September 20, 2017 - 4:42pm
At lunch with reporters, the University of California system president said the new education secretary’s learning curve on higher ed is “quite vertical.”
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Laura Kipnis Says She Faced Another Title IX Investigation, This Time for Her Book

Chronicle of Higher Education - September 20, 2017 - 3:45pm
The Northwestern University professor had been investigated before, after a complaint was filed about an essay she wrote for The Chronicle, “Sexual Paranoia Strikes Academe.”
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How Arab Countries Regulate Quality in Higher Education

Chronicle of Higher Education - September 20, 2017 - 2:07pm
A survey found that after licenses are issued, government follow-up to check educational quality is usually weak or nonexistent.
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Education Opportunity Migrates to Nation’s Farmworkers

U.S. Department of Education Blog - September 20, 2017 - 1:16pm

If you’re a high school student in rural America, it’s not always easy to get to school. You may have to travel a lot farther than you would in the city. But what if you live in a rural area and also need to travel with your family to go to work on a farm? How would you get to high school? Could you go to college?

The U.S. Department of Education’s (ED) Office of Migrant Education (OME) recognizes the challenges that migrant families face and oversees two competitive grants that provide high school and college opportunity for migrant and seasonal farmworkers. The High School Equivalency Program (HEP) funds selected two-year community colleges, four-year universities, and nonprofit community organizations that provide high school equivalency classes tailored to the needs of these students. The College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) grants money to community colleges and universities to offer migrant students their first year of post-secondary education.

Acting Assistant Secretary Jason Botel presents an award to CAMP student speaker Sandra Reyes (center) while Project Director Jennifer Nunez looks on (photo credit: Mike Johnston).

“These HEP and CAMP programs change lives for many generations,” said Lisa Ramirez, director of both OME and the Office of School Support and Rural Programs, as well as the daughter of migrant workers and a former migrant worker herself. “To my knowledge, there is no other program that is set up the way HEP and CAMP are set up, and the support activities that we provide to our students are unique.”

Nationwide in 2016, 2,405 migrant and seasonal farmworker students earned a high school equivalency diploma through HEP, and 1,475 migrant and seasonal farmworkers completed their first year of college through CAMP.

This past August, OME held its annual HEP/CAMP Directors Meeting, at ED headquarters. Approximately 130 grantees attended the two-day conference to receive OME technical assistance and collaborate. The agenda featured two student speakers, one of whom graduated under a HEP grant and one who is studying in a CAMP-funded college program.

Yolanda Ambrosio Barrientos (right) and a co-worker pause at the plant nursery where they work. (In the photo at the top of this post, Ms. Barrientos is shown arriving with her family for her high school equivalency graduation.)

Students Yolanda Ambrosio Barrientos and Sandra Reyes spoke about their respective experiences in HEP and CAMP. Barrientos arrived in the U.S. without a high school diploma and not speaking English. While a migrant farmworker, she was subjected to violent domestic abuse in her marriage. However, Barrientos persevered and earned her high school equivalency diploma under HEP at Wake Tech Community College in North Carolina.

Reyes overcame performance anxiety and challenges in family relationships while she was a migrant farmworker and is now pursuing college studies under CAMP at Eastern Washington University in the state of Washington.

Maria Fister, director of Wake Tech’s HEP, arranged for Barrientos to speak at the Washington meeting. “Something that makes our program stand out is that we establish a really close connection with the students,” Fister said. “Students make a commitment not only to their personal education goals but to the program.”

“We don’t want students to stop with the high school equivalency. We want them to go to college, to get better employment,” Fister said.

Ramirez explained why having student speakers is important. “The tenor of the students’ speeches reminds us that every day, we’re not just pushing paper; that what we do impacts lives,” she said. “Yolanda’s speech reminded us that not all students are young children and that being a lifelong learner is critical. And someone can survive domestic abuse and still be an English-language learner, and the progress doesn’t stop there.”


Joe Barison is a public affairs specialist with the Office of Communications and Outreach.

Photo at the top: Yolanda Ambrosio Barrientos arrives with her family for her high school equivalency graduation at Wake Tech’s partner school Wayne Community College, where Yolanda attended classes. Wake Tech HEP has collaborations with community colleges across North Carolina (photo credit: Maria Fister).

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Community-College Chief Will Step Down After Report Cites ‘Hostility, Intimidation, and Retaliation’

Chronicle of Higher Education - September 20, 2017 - 12:28pm
Months after the release of a “blistering” report criticizing the leadership of Nashville State Community College, its president has announced plans to retire.
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Editorial Board of ‘Third World Quarterly’ Resigns

Chronicle of Higher Education - September 20, 2017 - 11:03am
A recent essay questioning the harmful effects of colonialism should never have been published, a letter of resignation says.
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How a College Aims to Breed Activists With Keen Eyes on Identity Politics

Chronicle of Higher Education - September 19, 2017 - 7:34pm
A new program at the City College of New York will teach activism with a nuanced approach to politics.
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At Georgia Tech, Tensions Over How to Mark a Student’s Killing by the Police

Chronicle of Higher Education - September 19, 2017 - 7:09pm
Scout Schultz, an LGBT student leader, was shot and killed by a campus police officer on Sunday. In video of the incident, he is heard saying, “Shoot me.”
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Purdue’s Purchase of Kaplan Gets Go-Ahead From Education Dept.

Chronicle of Higher Education - September 19, 2017 - 4:46pm
The second of three regulatory hurdles is closer to being cleared, say the department and the university.
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After Faculty Outcry, UNC Will Allow Athletics Course to Be Taught Again

Chronicle of Higher Education - September 19, 2017 - 12:16pm
The class, which covers the infamous Chapel Hill academic-fraud scandal, will be offered in the spring. A planned offering was canceled under ambiguous circumstances in the fall of 2016.
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