Higher Education News

Coaches Support Athletes' Desire for More Time Away From Sports

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 12, 2016 - 2:55am
Players want more downtime following road trips, at least two weeks off after the season, and more chances to participate in internships and study-abroad programs, an NCAA survey finds.
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Online Piracy of Academic Materials Extends to Scholarly Books

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 12, 2016 - 2:55am
A website called Library Genesis, apparently a sister site to the notorious Sci-Hub, has ripped off thousands of university-press titles.
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Kentucky Attorney General Sues Governor Over Higher-Education Cuts

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 11, 2016 - 2:33pm
The Democratic attorney general, Andy Beshear, said the state's Republican governor, Matthew Bevin, had made an "unconstitutional" cut in funding.
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ED Hosts First-Ever Educator Equity Lab

U.S. Department of Education Blog - April 11, 2016 - 1:07pm

The first-ever Educator Equity Lab was held on March 29th at Jackson State University in Mississippi, where more than one hundred education stakeholders made commitments to ensuring equal access to excellent teachers for the state’s students of color and students from low income backgrounds.

The Lab was part of the Department of Education’s broader efforts to support states in closing persistent nationwide “equity gaps” in access to great teachers. Last fall, then-Secretary Arne Duncan announced the approval of the first batch of state plans submitted under the Excellent Educators for All Initiative. And, he tasked the Department’s Teaching and Principal Ambassador Fellows with leading a series of labs to help with their implementation.

Access to educational opportunity was firmly established as “a right that must be made available on equal terms” in the landmark 1954 Brown v. Board decision that ruled unconstitutional America’s racially segregated, and inherently unequal, public educational institutions. Yet more than 60 years later, the disproportionate rate at which students of color and students from low income backgrounds are taught by inexperienced, unqualified, or out-of-field teachers is one example of how this right continues to be denied to countless students.

These equity gaps perpetuate inequities outside of schoolhouse walls, preventing our nation from upholding its foundational commitments to freedom, justice and equality. Our hope is that the Educator Equity Labs will represent a step toward reversing this unacceptable reality.

As educators and Fellows, we understand the importance of including practitioner voice in decisions that affect teachers and students, and we planned the Lab—in partnership with the Mississippi Department of Education and Partners for Each and Every Child—to maximize educator input in the implementation of Mississippi’s Equity Plan. And, since all Mississippians have a stake in the state’s education system, we also felt it critical to include community leaders, institutions of higher learning, and advocacy groups.

Throughout the day, participants collectively developed action plans to support the implementation of strategies to recruit, support and retain excellent teachers in the districts with the greatest equity gaps. Stakeholders offered their unique perspectives on the problem and employed their particular expertise to develop solutions. Teachers shared their experiences regarding staying at under-resourced schools. Principals discussed efforts to recruit teachers to remote districts. Faculty from schools of education talked about the disconnect between what students learn in their preparation programs and the realities they face when they become teachers. And, advocacy groups provided an understanding of community contexts.

The Equity Lab highlighted the importance of collaboration, as Deputy Secretary James Cole noted in the day’s inspiring closing remarks. Participants developed new relationships and explored new ideas, learning from each other’s viewpoints. Such collaboration empowered the voice of every stakeholder in the room, underscoring the notion that we are all responsible for making all schools great and all teachers excellent so that all children can succeed.

The Equity Lab highlighted the importance of collaboration.

We hope the Equity Lab will prove to be a catalytic force in closing Mississippi’s equity gaps. We know this was just the beginning of a conversation and that much more collaborative work needs to happen–including engaging in difficult conversations about the state’s legacy of racial injustice–in order for significant progress to occur and for all of Mississippi’s children to have the teachers and the education they so deserve.

Several more Equity Labs are scheduled to be held in various parts of the country before the end of the year. Let’s continue this conversation on Twitter!

Meredith Morelle is a Teaching Ambassador Fellow and Alicia Pérez-Katz is a Principal Ambassador Fellow at the U.S. Department of Education. Find them on Twitter at @meredithmorelle and @bcchs_principal.

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Students Were Mad Their College Banned Yik Yak. So They Went on Yik Yak.

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 11, 2016 - 12:41pm
Illinois College's president prohibited the app after students asked him to. But users can still access the app on their phones through their network data plans.
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Tenured Professor Says Blog Post Cost Him His Job

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 11, 2016 - 11:08am
Dickinson College says the philosophy professor was not fired but is no longer employed there.
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Dickinson College's President Resigns After 3 Years

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 11, 2016 - 10:04am
Nancy A. Roseman was the college's first female leader. Its current provost will become the interim president.
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Streamlining the Path to Program Completion

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 11, 2016 - 2:57am
Community colleges are exploring structured approaches that more efficiently guide students through the course-selection process. No, it's not about killing the liberal arts.
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Former Vanderbilt Football Player Is Found Guilty in 2013 Campus Rape

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 11, 2016 - 2:56am
A jury in Nashville convicted Cory Batey of aggravated rape and several related charges for his role in a videotaped assault of an unconscious woman in a dorm room.
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Coach Fired Amid Inquiry at Berkeley Has New Job in Nevada

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 11, 2016 - 2:56am
The assistant coach, Yann Hufnagel, was accused of sexually harassing a female reporter. He was hired on Friday by the University of Nevada at Reno.
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Faculty Salaries Show Strong Recovery From Recession

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 11, 2016 - 2:55am
An annual survey by the American Association of University Professors found positive signs in a gradually improving economy, while it lamented long-term trends in the academic work force.
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What Higher-Education Professionals Made in 2015-16

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 11, 2016 - 2:55am
Institutional-affairs officials saw the most significant salary gains. View median salaries for 227 professional positions here.
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College Attainment Ticks Up, Lumina Says, but Is Likely to Miss 60% Goal

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 10, 2016 - 10:01pm
An annual report's figure jumped this year, but largely because the foundation started counting "high-value postsecondary certificates" instead of just associate degrees or higher.
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A Higher-Ed Needler Finds Its Moment

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 10, 2016 - 5:00pm
The American Council of Trustees and Alumni, long dismissed in academe as a relic of the culture wars, has a resonant message for disruption-prone college boards. Not everyone is happy about that.
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At Columbia U., Philadelphia’s Ex-Mayor Seeks Solutions for Knotty Urban Issues

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 10, 2016 - 4:35pm
Michael A. Nutter says he was attracted to the university, in part, because his daughter studies there.
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The Week: What You Need to Know About the Past Seven Days

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 10, 2016 - 4:35pm
Students protest from Ole Miss to Princeton, the Antonin Scalia School of Law changes its name, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security creates a fake college.
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4-Part Plan Seeks to Fix Mathematics Education

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 10, 2016 - 4:35pm
The way colleges teach math has long been criticized as outdated. Now a new player is fostering fresh approaches.
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What I'm Reading: ‘It Can’t Happen Here’

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 10, 2016 - 4:34pm
In Sinclair Lewis’s 1935 novel, the suppression of speech begins on campuses. What’s the chance that could still happen here?
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Activist Group Unites via Social Media

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 10, 2016 - 4:30pm
The Black Liberation Collective uses online platforms the way the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee used the black press in the 1960s.
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Mary Goldberg Helps Disabled Veterans Find STEM Careers

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 10, 2016 - 4:30pm
At the University of Pittsburgh, she brings the science of education to the field of rehabilitation technology.
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