College Counseling Centers Turn to Teletherapy to Treat Students for Anxiety

Chronicle of Higher Education - Fri, 2014-09-26 02:55

Despite concerns about online privacy, more colleges are using the technique, and counselors say it is effective and suits the needs of today’s students.

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‘Excellent Sheep’ Author Returns to Yale to Tend His Flock

Chronicle of Higher Education - Fri, 2014-09-26 02:55

William Deresiewicz says boundless extracurricular activities threaten college’s deepest purpose.

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The Man Who Ranks Philosophy Departments Now Rankles Them, Too

Chronicle of Higher Education - Fri, 2014-09-26 02:55

Brian Leiter's Philosophical Gourmet Report carries great weight. But his harsh personal attacks on other scholars leave its future uncertain.

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In the Role of College President, Many Politicians Shed Their Partisanship

Chronicle of Higher Education - Thu, 2014-09-25 02:58

State Sen. John Thrasher's appointment at Florida State sparked protests. But not all lawmakers bring full-throated ideology to campus.

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As Default Rates Drop, So Does Confidence in How the Education Dept. Counts Them

Chronicle of Higher Education - Thu, 2014-09-25 02:55

An eleventh-hour shift in how the rates were calculated appears to have undermined what little credibility they had with college officials and policy wonks.

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Colleges Crack Down on Fraternities Amid a Wave of Crises

Chronicle of Higher Education - Wed, 2014-09-24 22:00

Pledges have died in events held by chapters at Clemson University and Cal State-Northridge. In Wisconsin, a drug investigation led to a chapter leader’s ouster.

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In Norway, Government Challenges Veracity of Global University Rankings

Chronicle of Higher Education - Wed, 2014-09-24 08:17

A Norwegian government-commissioned study of the placement of the country's universities has concluded that global rankings are useless if the goal is to improve higher education.

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As Law School Struggles to Stay Open, Some See ‘a Canary in the Coal Mine’

Chronicle of Higher Education - Wed, 2014-09-24 02:58

Thomas Jefferson School of Law is working on a debt restructuring that it says will allow it to "prosper." Experts say that’s a tough order in legal education.

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Florida State U. Board Picks Politician as President Despite Widespread Protest

Chronicle of Higher Education - Wed, 2014-09-24 02:55

John E. Thrasher, a state senator, won approval on an 11-to-2 vote.

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In 11th-Hour Move, Education Dept. Spares the Rod on Loan Defaults

Chronicle of Higher Education - Wed, 2014-09-24 02:55

On the eve of its annual roundup of student-loan default rates, the department has moved to cut the number of institutions that would lose access to federal student aid.

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Ed Games Week Highlights the Emergence of Video Games in Education

U.S. Department of Education Blog - Tue, 2014-09-23 06:34

Ed Games Week wrapped up with a 48-hour Education Game Jam that brought together over one hundred veteran and independent game developers, teachers, and students. (Photo credit: U.S. Department of Education)

Games and play are a central part of childhood and can stimulate creativity and learning. As technology grows as a tool for teachers, one question has been: what role might educational video games play in the classroom?

Today, increasing numbers of teachers are incorporating games to supplement and enrich classroom instruction. In addition, students of all ages are developing their own games, as showcased in competitions and hackathons in communities across the country.

Ed Games Week brought the discussion on educational games to Washington, D.C. The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the U.S. Department of Education (ED) collaboratively planned a series of events including the Ed Games Expo, the Ed Games Workshop, and the White House Education Game Jam.

The Ed Games Expo

The Ed Games Expo showcased 25 newly developed learning games developed with funding from the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) programs at ED’s Institute of Education Sciences (ED/IES SBIR) and other federal programs. More than 150 attendees met face-to-face with the developers and played games that covered a range of topics – from STEM, history, and foreign languages – and used a wide variety of genres for gameplay. For example:

  • Addimal Adventure challenges children to solve mathematical equations with support of friendly characters.
  • Zoo U helps grade school students navigate a series of challenging social situations.
  • Reach for the Sun encourages deep understanding of photosynthesis as students grow a virtual sunflower from seed to full plant.

For more, check out the Office of Educational Technology YouTube channel:

Ed Games Workshop

The Ed Games Workshop brought together the Expo game developers and a team of federal experts. Workshop collaborators strategized exciting possibilities to create regional, national, or even international STEM game competitions featuring games that motivate as well as teach, such as through an X-Prize model. For more, see this article on the Clinton Foundation blog.

The White House Education Game Jam

Ed Games Week wrapped up with a 48-hour Education Game Jam that brought together over one hundred veteran and independent game developers, teachers, and students with the goal of creating educational games that make challenging K-12 topics easier for students to learn and for teachers to teach. Organized by the White House and Department of Education, developers were challenged to develop playable prototypes during the event. On Monday, Sept. 8, Game Jam participants presented videos of their games and demonstrated the prototypes at the White House. Twenty-three educational games were developed over the weekend including:

You can find videos of all the game prototypes on the Office of Educational Technology YouTube channel:

ED is committed to tracking the emergence of technology-based games in education as a way to enrich in-and-out of classroom learning opportunities for students. Follow @OfficeofEdTech and @IESResearch on Twitter for the latest!

Ed Metz is a developmental psychologist and the Program Manager for the Small Business Innovation Research Program at the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences.

Russell Shilling is an experimental psychologist and the Executive Director of STEM Initiatives at the U.S. Department of Education.

Mark DeLoura is Senior Advisor for Digital Media at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

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Building a Better Major-Gifts Officer

Chronicle of Higher Education - Tue, 2014-09-23 03:00

After surveying more than 1,000 fund raisers, a consulting company has developed a model for success.

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As Athletic Directors Gain Influence, Faculty Reps Feel Disenfranchised

Chronicle of Higher Education - Tue, 2014-09-23 02:56

A new NCAA governance structure gives athletics officials more rule-making clout. Faculty representatives say they have been marginalized.

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NIH Issues $10-Million in Grants to Cut Gender-Based Test Biases

Chronicle of Higher Education - Tue, 2014-09-23 02:55

The money is the latest step in more than 20 years of efforts to reduce the predominance of male animals and cells in research financed by the agency.

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College of Tomorrow: The Changing Demographics of the Student Body - US News (9/22/14))

WICHE in the News - Mon, 2014-09-22 07:54
The 'traditional' college student - young, white, male, wealthy - is a thing of the past.
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Texas University Faces Trial for Ousting Employee Who Defied Congressman

Chronicle of Higher Education - Mon, 2014-09-22 02:59

An appeals court has cleared the way for a former gallery director at Stephen F. Austin State University to sue administrators who ousted him after he refused involvement in a lawmaker’s event.

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Start Up, Slow Down

Chronicle of Higher Education - Sun, 2014-09-21 22:01

MIT doctoral students struggle to graduate while trying to get a potentially lucrative invention off the ground.

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Art Schools Work to Erase Image of Graduates as ‘Starving Artists’

Chronicle of Higher Education - Sun, 2014-09-21 22:01

In the debate about a college degree’s return on investment, the schools pay new attention to career prospects.

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Take a Tip From the Tech World: Hire a Chief Marketing Officer

Chronicle of Higher Education - Sun, 2014-09-21 22:01

Sherrie Weldon’s mission at Lynn University, in South Florida, includes making the case that it is like an innovative company.

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