Thanks to Outreach, U.S. Colleges Enjoy Jump in Gifts From Abroad

Chronicle of Higher Education - Sun, 2014-08-10 22:01

Through regional investment and engagement, U.S. institutions are tapping a vast pool of wealth around the globe.

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Longtime Planetarium Director Reflects on a Career Spent Under the Stars

Chronicle of Higher Education - Sun, 2014-08-10 22:00

Jack Dunn is retiring after having led a planetarium at the University of Nebraska for 43 years.

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How Close Is Too Close? Industry Courts Computer Scholars

Chronicle of Higher Education - Sun, 2014-08-10 22:00

Academe, for its part, wants access to corporate data as well as the money that tech giants like Google can generate.

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A Dean's Path: From Carnegie Mellon to Google and Back Again

Chronicle of Higher Education - Sun, 2014-08-10 22:00

Andrew W. Moore was a professor of robotics and computer science at the university before he left to lead Google’s Pittsburgh office.

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What's in a Title? Adjuncts by Another Name May Face the Same Realities

Chronicle of Higher Education - Sun, 2014-08-10 22:00

In an effort to better recognize the work of those off the tenure track, some colleges are recategorizing them.

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U. of Arkansas Hires Its First Female Graduate-School Dean; SUNY Gets New Provost

Chronicle of Higher Education - Sun, 2014-08-10 22:00

Before becoming dean, Kim LaScola Needy led Arkansas’s department of industrial engineering for nearly six years.

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Data-Analysis Programs That Help Retain Students Are Gaining Traction at Colleges

Chronicle of Higher Education - Sun, 2014-08-10 22:00

Efforts to identify those at risk of dropping out shed new light on the science of retention.

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Behind an Ex-President, a Band of Loyalists

Chronicle of Higher Education - Sun, 2014-08-10 22:00

As Graham Spanier fights to clear his name, an eclectic group of defenders has coalesced around the former Penn State chief.

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Breaking Down the Ruling: 3 Experts' Views

Chronicle of Higher Education - Sun, 2014-08-10 17:23

We asked three legal scholars to take a highlighter to the most significant parts of the judge’s ruling in the Ed O’Bannon case.

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Amateurism May Be Dead, but a New Educational Model Is Born

Chronicle of Higher Education - Sun, 2014-08-10 16:11

The judge dismantled the NCAA's amateurism defense, but gave the association the tools to create a new academic focus.

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What People Are Saying About the O'Bannon Ruling

Chronicle of Higher Education - Sun, 2014-08-10 07:40

Many observers said that while the judge dealt a powerful blow to the NCAA, it wasn’t a fatal one. Here’s a sampling of their reactions.

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How the O'Bannon Ruling Could Change College Sports

Chronicle of Higher Education - Sat, 2014-08-09 14:59

Colleges are budgeting for new player benefits, but some could curb licensing deals to limit what they give athletes.

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Federal Judge Finds NCAA's Player Rules Violate Antitrust Laws

Chronicle of Higher Education - Sat, 2014-08-09 11:25

If the ruling stands, players like former UCLA basketball star Ed O'Bannon could earn a share of licensing revenue they help generate.

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Who Needs an A, Anyway? A Lot of Folks on Campus Do

Chronicle of Higher Education - Fri, 2014-08-08 17:49

Grade inflation doesn’t just affect GPAs: As Princeton’s report on its grading policy notes, coaches, admissions directors, and competing institutions all have a stake in the matter.

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Students Who Have Beaten the Odds Share Their Stories with the Secretary

U.S. Department of Education Blog - Fri, 2014-08-08 13:40

Secretary Duncan and members of the most recent Student Voices session. From left to right: Darius Wesley, Jordan Roberts, Juan Montano, Rachel Scott, Michella Raymond, Deja Chapman, Tenzin Choenyi, Julia Jent, Kristen Fraenig, Anthony Mendez, and Dr. Freeman Hrabowski (Photo credit: U.S. Department of Education)

The move from middle school to high school is exciting for some students, but can be incredibly difficult for others. Some students require intensive support to stay on the path to graduation, and that support can take many different forms.

That was the sentiment expressed by Secretary Arne Duncan during a recent session of Student Voices, where young people from across the country gather and chat with senior ED staff about what it’s like to be a student in America today.

Darius was one of the 10 students who attended and, for him, this transition was almost insurmountable. His mother suffered a severe stroke and went into a deep coma during his freshman year of high school, forcing him and his siblings to move to the far south side of Chicago. On top of coping with the emotional and physical strain of his mother’s condition, because he was forced to move, he had to wake up at 4 a.m. to get to school every day, and he often stayed late for basketball practice, which took a toll on his academics. He explained, “tiredness grew over me and teachers berated me for not paying attention in class. I didn’t want to let my mother down, and as I felt alone in this situation, basketball was my stress reliever.” His coach noticed that Darius needed more support, so he offered to give him rides to school and eventually invited him to live with him. After a few months with his coach he moved in with a friend and this experience altered the course of his life.

Darius will be attending Southern Vermont College in the fall, where he has received a Mountaineer Scholarship.  Darius has become empowered to take control of his future knowing that he can overcome any obstacles he may encounter in college. Darius still continues to struggle to keep his family together but feels his success is what’s needed to keep them all together.

Rachel, a student from Washington State, told Secretary Duncan that as one of five children growing up on a farm, she also faced seemingly insurmountable challenges.

After losing her mother, she moved into the foster care system. Rachel told Duncan that “constant moving created gaps in my learning. I can do advanced math, but because of the lapses in primary education, some of the basic middle school stuff troubles me.” Luckily, she explained, she was able to eventually stay with her aunt, who became her main source of support. Once she settled into life with her aunt, things changed. During her high school career, she took advanced placement math and sciences and worked twenty hours a week at her family’s restaurant. This fall, she will attend the University of Washington to study Marine Biology and Ocean Sciences.

After hearing from several other students, Secretary Duncan then asked all of the attendees to think about who or what helped them to beat the odds and graduate high school. The students agreed that strong mentors and role models, high expectations, and relevant college information made the strongest impacts.

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This session was a part of the ongoing “Student Voices” series at the Department, in which students engage with senior staff members to help develop recommendations on current and future education programs and policies

Samuel Ryan is a special assistant and youth liaison in the Office of Communications and Outreach at the U.S. Department of Education

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How the 'Long Shadow' of Family Background Helps Determine Which Children Succeed

Chronicle of Higher Education - Fri, 2014-08-08 13:31

The author of a new book explains why conventional views of urban poverty are often wrong, and how schooling both helps and hinders social mobility.

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A Plan to Relax PLUS-Loan Restrictions Spurs a Debate on Default

Chronicle of Higher Education - Fri, 2014-08-08 02:55

Some HBCUs are welcoming a proposal that could help borrowers with checkered credit histories secure the loans. But consumer advocates are less sanguine.

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Why the U. of Oregon's Presidency Is Such a Difficult Job

Chronicle of Higher Education - Fri, 2014-08-08 02:09

Michael R. Gottfredson’s resignation may have caught some off guard. But his tenure demonstrates recurring issues.

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Comparing Colleges' Net Prices Is Tricky, in More Ways Than One

Chronicle of Higher Education - Thu, 2014-08-07 16:00

Now that the government provides data on what families at various income levels pay, it’s tempting to make comparisons. But you might be taking an apple for an orange.

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New Law Requires Public Colleges to Extend Tuition Breaks to Veterans

Chronicle of Higher Education - Thu, 2014-08-07 14:09

The federal government will require institutions to offer reduced in-state rates to a wider range of students—a matter that had previously been left to states.

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