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Judge Rules Against Marquette Professor Over Public Rebuke of TA

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 4, 2017 - 5:43pm
The Wisconsin judge rejected the argument by John McAdams, a tenured faculty member, that academic freedom had given him the right to attack the graduate student by name in a blog post.
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NLRB Extends 'Microunit' Concept to Efforts to Organize Faculty Members

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 4, 2017 - 5:30pm
The labor board ruled on Wednesday that non-tenure-track faculty at Vanderbilt University are eligible to form separate collective-bargaining units for their respective schools, the first extension of that right beyond graduate employees.
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Noose Is Found on U. of Maryland at College Park's Campus

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 4, 2017 - 1:06pm
The noose was found in a fraternity house last week, and the campus police are investigating.
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National Reentry Week: Our Visit to SCI-Pine Grove’s College in Prison Classroom

U.S. Department of Education Blog - May 4, 2017 - 8:30am

“Education Is the Most Powerful Weapon Which You Can Use to Change the World” — Nelson Mandela

National Reentry Week was April 23-29, during which Pennsylvania Department of Corrections leadership visited a program that history very well may judge has the most effective intervention yet at reducing the likelihood of future crimes being committed by individuals coming through our system.  It’s a program that’s been changing lives since its inception – a program that many of us have completed.  This program is called a college education.

Pennsylvania is fortunate to have four such programs operating in prisons across the state.  On Tuesday, I was joined by the President of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) Dr. Michael Driscoll at State Correctional Institution Pine Grove, where we were honored to sit in on a college class.

The class was facilitated by IUP faculty member Dr. Randy Martin and we both witnessed and interacted with the students who are participating in the criminal justice 101 class.  I want to acknowledge the leadership of Pine Grove Superintendent Eric Bush and his team, in particular, for their commitment to making this important program successful.

We experienced a learning environment with engaged and inquisitive students seeking knowledge beyond the book.  Dr. Martin shared that the writing submission assignments of the inmate students were more reflective of graduate level work than that of college freshmen.

Perhaps the most impactful moment was when we asked for feedback and advice about this program from the students.  The first words spoken were sincere gratitude for the opportunity, and the simple fact that they were judged “worthy”, in their words, to participate, changed how they thought of themselves.

The students also expressed that learning gave them the hunger to know and achieve more and a belief that they have options.  Hope abounded at last.

We left the classroom shaking the outreached hands of every student inside that prison in the middle of Pennsylvania, buoyed by the experience and resolute in the need to continue providing transformative educational experiences inside prisons. This perhaps is our best chance to reduce recidivism and allow individuals leaving our system to do so with a real chance for a different lifestyle, and as more prepared human beings than when they entered.

 

John E. Wetzel is the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Corrections.

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Zap! Can Electrical Stimulation Help Us Learn?

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 4, 2017 - 2:55am
Researchers are looking into whether administering an electrical pulse to nerves around the head and neck can improve cognitive function.
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As Fafsa Tool Outage Continues, Lawmakers Investigate Why It Happened

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 4, 2017 - 2:55am
The data-retrieval tool will be back online for people on income-driven repayment plans at the end of the month, but there is little respite for many prospective students who rely on it.
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‘I Feel Connected Now’

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 4, 2017 - 2:55am
Six people who learned that they descended from slaves sold by Georgetown University more than 175 years ago reflect on family and life.
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Organizers Put Off Union Vote by George Washington U.’s Resident Advisers

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 3, 2017 - 11:02am
Just weeks after the National Labor Relations Board ruled that RAs were eligible to bargain collectively, the union seeking to organize them canceled the election. Students disagreed with that decision.
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Hateful Fliers Appear at U. of Texas Following Fatal Stabbing

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 3, 2017 - 10:52am
Texas campuses have seen an increase in racist, white nationalist propaganda since the presidential election.
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Why More Historians Are Embracing the Amicus Brief

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 3, 2017 - 2:55am
Scholars in the field say they are being asked to weigh in more often on legal cases. But historians who are used to dealing in nuance find that arguing a case is very different from writing a journal article.
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As Stabbing Attack Unfolded, U. of Texas Officials Strained to Curb Misinformation

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 3, 2017 - 2:55am
The police on the flagship Austin campus said that they needed to alert people about this week’s fatal incident more quickly, as rumors multiplied.
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A Year After Her Ouster, Linda Katehi Still Can’t Resist a Fight

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 3, 2017 - 2:44am
Almost a year after stepping down from her controversial tenure as chancellor of the University of California at Davis, Linda Katehi says she’s ready to return to campus as a faculty member.
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Glue-Gun Incident at Colgate Prompts Concern About Racial Profiling

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 2, 2017 - 12:37pm
The university put its campus-safety director on leave as it investigates the response to a report of a "black male" with a gun that turned out to be a student with an art project.
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With Final Exams Looming, Faculty Strikes at U. of Illinois at Springfield

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 2, 2017 - 11:40am
Both tenured and tenure-track faculty members took to the picket lines after contract talks, in progress for several months, failed to result in agreement.
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3 Deans Are Suddenly Dismissed at Florida A&M

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 2, 2017 - 10:00am
Faculty members were surprised at Monday's announcement that the deans of the journalism, pharmacy, and education programs had been removed from their posts.
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Cleveland’s Project Lead the Way Is Making a Real World Impact

U.S. Department of Education Blog - May 2, 2017 - 8:30am

In the coming decades students will join a workforce that is creative and innovative; many of them will use computers and technology to solve real-world problems. Students will need to be equipped with the skills and knowledge to help them take risks, collaborate and devise solutions—proficiencies they need for college and careers.

Recognizing the importance of developing these tools for life, the open enrollment Cleveland Metropolitan Public School (CMSD) District, led by CEO (Superintendent) Eric Gordon, gives students in eight District high schools the opportunity to participate in Project Lead the Way (PLTW). PLTW, a program from a nonprofit organization that provides transformative learning experiences for students and teachers, was highlighted by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos as “a great example of how [local education agencies] are leveraging federal, state and local funds to best serve children.”

Students in Project Lead the Way are excited about their studies because the classes are mainly immersive learning experiences. While they explore topics like 3-D printing and modeling, robotics, coding, digital electronics and building design, they often break into small groups and create models, construct and test machines or build robots that let them see the importance of working together and thinking critically to solve real-world problems. Projects expose them to the importance of creativity and innovation— in-demand skills they need for jobs of the future, some that have yet to be created.

CMSD Career and Technical Education Director Annette Darby said that PLTW is considered to be an elective and takes four courses to fully complete the program.  “Superintendent Gordon wanted to deliberately focus on career and technical education because it’s emphasized in The Cleveland Plan,” she said. The Plan calls for broadening access to internships, apprenticeships, applied learning, and career tech programs and preparing students to enter the workforce as well as to enroll in college, and PLTW does just that.

The Project Lead the Way program is supported by several community partners who provide funding, field trips, scholarships and internships. Some of the partners include ArcelorMittal, Rockwell Automation, Junior National Society of Black Engineers, Cleveland Water Department, Regional Information Technology Engagement Board and General Motors. These companies see the need to educate young people and encourage careers in their businesses.

Recently, while following some students who had already graduated from the PLTW program (a requirement that the state applies to local schools that use Carl D. Perkins funding for CTE STEM classes), Darby became aware of a student who had graduated from the James Ford Rhodes High School’s certified PLTW program. The student was employed and recruited by a local engineering company that has offered to pay for him to take classes leading to a college degree in engineering.

“PLTW prepares students,” Darby said. “It is very much hands-on. Students can get scholarships, earn college credit; partnerships with businesses are so important.”

Some high schools’ PLTW programs receive certification, which provides students with the opportunity to apply for college credit or receive college-level recognition at PLTW affiliate universities. So far, two of the CMSD programs have certification – James Ford Rhodes and most recently East Tech High School.

This year, the Rhodes robotics team has advanced to the VEX Robotics World Championship in Louisville, KY. This competition, now entering its 10th year, will bring together the top 1,400 student-led robotics teams from around the world.

Students today need access to real-world, applied learning experiences. Thanks to PLTW students have more opportunities to become confident, independent thinkers, ready to excel in today’s economy.

 

Sherry Schweitzer is a communications specialist in ED’s Office of Communications and Outreach.

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Who’s Up and Who’s Down in Online Education?

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 2, 2017 - 2:55am
A new study takes stock of the top institutions in online enrollment in 2015 and traces their growth ­— or retrenchment — over the previous three years. Most of the biggest gainers are nonprofit institutions.
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Would Andrew Jackson Have Prevented the Civil War? Trump Says Yes. A Jackson Scholar Says No.

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 2, 2017 - 2:55am
A scholar of the 19th-century president weighs in on the current president’s speculation on how history might have turned out differently.
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Science Advocates See Trump Backlash in Budget Boost

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 2, 2017 - 2:34am
Shock over the size the president's proposed cuts for the NIH apparently energized scientists and lawmakers.
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U. of Utah President to Step Down Amid Cancer-Institute Controversy

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 1, 2017 - 5:45pm
The abrupt removal and subsequent reinstatement of the head of the university's Huntsman Cancer Institute seems to have prompted David W. Pershing to leave office.
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