Higher Education News

Antioch U. System Dismisses Leaders at All 5 Campuses

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 1, 2016 - 12:40pm
The campuses will operate under a single board of governors, according to Antioch's interim chancellor.
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U. of Northern Colorado Admits Bias-Response Team Violated Free Speech

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 1, 2016 - 12:24pm
The university's president said it was "completely inappropriate" that a professor had been asked to avoid a sensitive topic in class.
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U. of South Florida Fires Official After Investigation Into Hiring Process

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 1, 2016 - 11:58am
The director of the university's communications school, Samuel Bradley, was accused of hiding an inquiry into his inappropriate relationships with students at a previous job.
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Wave of Campus Activism Brings Fresh Challenges for College Lawyers

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 1, 2016 - 2:56am
Protests over race relations and debates over the rights of transgender people are among the campus issues fueling new conversations on longstanding civil-rights issues.
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How Does a State College Survive, and Thrive, on Emergency Funding?

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 1, 2016 - 2:55am
As public institutions in Illinois fall victim to budget gridlock, experts say short-term funding makes it difficult for administrators to plan for the future.
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Arkansas’ ‘Pathways’ Program Could Be a Model for Spurring Completion

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 1, 2016 - 2:55am
With enough financing from state and federal sources, the program could help many more disadvantaged students graduate and prosper, officials say.
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Law Schools Cut Back to Counter Tough Financial Times

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 1, 2016 - 2:55am
Many were once a boon to their universities, with revenues that subsidized money-losing parts of the institution. Now the money is frequently going in the opposite direction.
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NCAA Rules Baruch College Lacked Institutional Control

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 30, 2016 - 12:47pm
Two former staff members gave a total of $255,097 in impermissible student aid to athletes on the City University of New York campus.
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U. of Tennessee Medical Students Will No Longer Train on Live Animals

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 30, 2016 - 12:06pm
The university's Health Science Center is the last American medical school to stop using such animals.
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South Carolina State Appoints New President After Interim Resigns

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 30, 2016 - 11:53am
The historically black university has weathered declining enrollment, mounting debt, and several administrative change-ups in the past few years.
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Immigrant Heritage Month: In Their Own Words

U.S. Department of Education Blog - June 30, 2016 - 7:18am

Diversity of all types – race, ethnicity, national origin and economic status, family structure and gender identity, sexual orientation and disability status, religion or native language – benefits all students. Diversity is not a nicety but a necessity.

In honor of Immigrant Heritage Month, these educators share their personal stories in their own words:

Celebrating Our Heritage & Student Diversity

My name is Alfonso Treto and I am a first generation Mexican-American and public school teacher. Coming to the United States, my parents had to struggle for the American dream. My mother emphasized the importance of an education. I was raised with the idea that a proper education would create many opportunities for me.

Alfonso Treto

I can say that teaching is a profession that chose me. As a teacher’s assistant, I witnessed students being treated differently which motivated me to become a teacher and provide an opportunity to all students regardless of their background. Many of the students see me as a role model because of the similarities of upbringing.

Working for M-DCPS Title I Migrant Education Program I have had the privilege of serving families from very diverse backgrounds. Recently there has been an influx of unaccompanied minors who have made a treacherous journey by themselves as well as escaping violence and seeking protection in search of a better life. Some students are fearful of what is going on politically however they have learned to respect and celebrate their differences. All students know that with determination (ganas) they can overcome any obstacle.

Alfonso Treto teaches high school students in the Title I Migrant Education Program in Miami-Dade County Public Schools in Miami, Florida. 


Just Yearning to Exhale, If Not to Breathe Free

Recruited on two occasions by Philippine-based agencies to fill teacher labor shortages, first in Texas and later in Maryland, Rogie has now taught in American schools for a combined total of 20 years.

His initial immigration attempt turned out to be a human trafficking scheme by the agency that first recruited him.

Rogie Legaspi

While waiting to exhale from the protracted immigration process, he leveraged his awful experience in his work with a multi-stakeholder council to co-author “The Code for the Ethical International Recruitment and Employment of Teachers,” a document that guides best practices for the recruitment and employment of immigrant teachers.

Every day, he encourages his students to pledge allegiance to the American flag, even while he is unable to do the same as a temporary worker. His students (and his American-born children) ask “why do you make us pledge but you don’t do it yourself?”

After so many years of accomplished teaching, while struggling tirelessly as an immigrant teacher advocate, he hopes that someday all immigrant teachers who choose to may be able to proudly join their students in the pledge as well. Then perhaps, they could all dare to stop just yearning to exhale, but breathe free indeed.

Rogie Legaspi teaches 7th grade Life Science at Hamilton Elementary/Middle School in the Baltimore Public School System in Baltimore, Maryland.

Determined to Make a Difference in the Lives of My Students

Remigio Willman

Life experiences molds individuals, and because of experiences I have persevered through in my journey from Mexico to the United States, I know that everyone has the raw potential to succeed. After multiple years of working in various public schools, serving at-need, at-risk student populations, including migrant and diverse students, I feel an urgency and commitment to address the needs of my students and their families. I work continually to strengthen my skills to address these obstacles. I also work on strengthening these skills in other teachers. Creating educational equitable opportunities for every child in our society it is a moral imperative for social cohesion and a strong democracy.

As a teacher that immigrated to this country I feel an extremely important responsibility to serve as an example for my students of what is possible when you are determined and work hard. In America if you work hard along with your community to create opportunities for all, you get ahead and it makes no difference where are you coming from. We, the immigrants that made this country our home feel proud to say that this can only happen in America.

Remigio Willman is a 3rd grade teacher at Askew Elementary School in the Houston Independent School District in Houston, Texas.

Learning to Live without Fear

I was born in Guanajuato, Mexico. I was nine years old when my father passed away and my family had to migrate to the United States. I missed my grandma, I missed my language, my culture. My mother would comfort us by saying we would go back to Mexico in a few months. However, I soon entered fourth grade.

Maria Dominguez

In middle school, I remember seeing my mother work two jobs, coming home late at night and struggling to raise four children on her own. I knew one day I wanted to repay her sacrifice and everything she was doing for us. My dream was to become a professional; I knew I wanted to be a teacher and help others with the same struggles.

On June 15, 2012, I again became hopeful when President Barack Obama announced his executive order that allowed me to begin working at my dream school. As a DACAmented 1st grade bilingual teacher serving my community I’m heartbroken that the Supreme Court failed me, my students, and over 720,000 other DACAmented individuals that are proving President Obamas’s executive action work. I worry for my students and community, I’m not giving up, this is just a set-back.

Maria Dominguez is a 1st grade teacher at Rodriguez Elementary School in the Austin Independent School District in Austin, Texas.

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Police Confront the Price Tag of Prepping for Guns on Campus

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 30, 2016 - 2:55am
As campus carry becomes legal in Texas and active-shooter scenarios loom in the public consciousness, security officials are grappling with costs both big and small.
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Is Student-Loan Debt Really Holding Would-Be Entrepreneurs Back?

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 30, 2016 - 2:55am
Hillary Clinton wants to help aspiring business creators with their loans. Higher-education experts don’t think that’s the best way to help them out.
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Education Dept. Releases Final Report on Corinthian Loan Discharge

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 29, 2016 - 2:33pm
As of June 24, the report says, the agency had approved more than 11,000 claims for student-debt relief, for a total of more than $170 million.
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Nearly 1 Million Community-College Students Lack Access to Federal Student Loans

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 29, 2016 - 12:55pm
A study finds that students are pushed to take out more-expensive private loans or rely on credit cards to finance their education.
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Long-Struggling Dowling College Is Told It Will Lose Accreditation

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 29, 2016 - 10:54am
The New York institution has been trying to strike a deal with an international education company to help reverse declining enrollments and avoid closing.
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Kentucky Governor Reveals Nominees for New U. of Louisville Board

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 29, 2016 - 10:29am
Gov. Matt Bevin's list of trustees includes the founder of Papa John's Pizza.
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4 Ways Cleveland’s Colleges Are Bracing for the Republican Convention

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 29, 2016 - 2:56am
Amid concerns over protests and other potential unrest, institutions like Cleveland State University and Cuyahoga Community College are expanding their police presence and advising students on how to stay safe.
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Judge Tosses Ex-Fraternity Members' Defamation Suit Against 'Rolling Stone'

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 29, 2016 - 2:55am
The judge said none of the plaintiffs could be identified in a 2014 article, since debunked and retracted, about an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia.
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Washington U. Is Fixing Its Economic-Diversity Problem. Its Next Challenge Is Parity.

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 29, 2016 - 2:55am
The university is making progress in enrolling more students eligible for Pell Grants. Now it is wrestling with how to better support low-income students once they enroll.
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