Higher Education News

What I'm Reading: ‘The Quarter-Life Breakthrough’

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 22, 2017 - 4:39pm
A book by Adam Smiley Poswolsky opens up classroom discussions about the road to meaningful work.
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What Many Colleges Need: a Driving Vision

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 22, 2017 - 4:39pm
Mark William Roche, a former dean, says universities can distinguish themselves by remedying higher education’s shortcomings.
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Selected New Books on Higher Education

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 22, 2017 - 4:25pm
The latest topics include the value of liberal-arts education for prison inmates and why students resist learning.
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Appointments, Resignations, Deaths (1/27/2017)

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 22, 2017 - 4:25pm
A vice president at a Virginia college will lead Pennsylvania State University at Wilkes Barre, and a former dean at a Russian university will be education dean at Sacramento State.  
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‘This Is a Fight We Can Win’

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 22, 2017 - 4:25pm
A campus activist reflects on how sexual-assault survivors organized to change the discussion under the Obama administration and how they plan to meet the challenges under President Trump.
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Female-Only ‘Nerd’ Dorm Helps Keep Women in Engineering

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 22, 2017 - 4:25pm
Virginia Tech’s living-learning community includes social activities and visits to high schools to help spur female interest in becoming an engineer.
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Scenes From the Women's March on Washington

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 21, 2017 - 11:00am
Hundreds of thousands of protesters took to the streets of Washington, D.C. We went in search of connections to academe. Here are a few that we found.
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UVa President, Who Prevailed Over Bid to Oust Her, Will Step Down

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 20, 2017 - 1:23pm
Teresa A. Sullivan defeated an effort in 2012 to unseat her that was led by the rector of the Board of Visitors, Helen E. Dragas.
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As Trump Takes Office, Artists Denounce Threats to Federal Support

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 20, 2017 - 12:54pm
Activists, writers, and others gathered for an inauguration-themed Peace Ball on the night before the new president took office.
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A ‘Shot Over the Bow’: Groups Respond to Reported Plan to Cut Arts and Humanities Endowments

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 20, 2017 - 2:56am
A newspaper’s report that the president-elect planned to eliminate the two federal cultural endowments sparked widespread alarm.
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On a Bus to the Inauguration: Hope, Grief, and Fear for the Trump Era

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 20, 2017 - 2:56am
Students traveling from Indiana State University to Washington shared their thoughts about the incoming president and Twitter, trust, and disruption in politics.
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Here's a Sampling of Inauguration Protests College Students Are Organizing Nationwide

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 20, 2017 - 2:55am
Some students are traveling to Washington, D.C., to demonstrate against the presidential inauguration of Donald J. Trump. Others are taking action near their campuses.
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Prof. Barack Obama Needs a New Job, So We Sent Around His Academic Résumé

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 20, 2017 - 2:55am
Set aside the benefits of having a former president on the faculty. Would the rest of the president’s CV make him an appealing faculty candidate? A handful of law professors with hiring experience gave us their views.
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Trump Asks Francis Collins to Remain NIH Director, at Least for Now

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 20, 2017 - 2:55am
The National Institutes of Health released a statement saying the longtime head of the agency "has been held over by the Trump administration." But it was unclear whether that status was temporary or permanent.
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How Public Colleges Enhance Social Mobility (and Elite Colleges Often Don’t)

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 20, 2017 - 2:55am
Hint: They view poor students as opportunities, not challenges.
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Keeping Women in STEM

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 19, 2017 - 10:00pm
How colleges are retaining female undergraduates in engineering and computer science.
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LGBT Students Work to Ensure Safe and Supportive Schools for all Students

U.S. Department of Education Blog - January 19, 2017 - 4:15pm

Yesterday, myself and four other LGBTQ Activists from GLSEN had the honor of sitting down with US Secretary of Education, Dr. John King, in his second to last day in office. Amid a changing administration, the Secretary offered his words of advice, and listened to our experiences as LGBTQ students as well as our hopes for inclusivity in the future of education.  I think all of us, both visitors from GLSEN and the staff at the Department of Education, can agree that we all walked away with valuable information, useful connections, and an even stronger motivation to fight for student’s rights in schools.

Much of our conversation with the Secretary consisted of talking about our experiences in schools and how the federal government can further support LGBTQ students. We discussed issues like discriminatory bathroom policies, discrimination and bullying in schools, LGBTQ inclusive curriculum, and mutual respect among teachers, administrators, and our peers. As students, we proposed new ideas to help make schools more inclusive: e.g. class rosters with student’s preferred names and pronouns, accessible gender neutral bathrooms, and school bullying policies that specifically mention LGBTQ identities. We also talked about various steps the Department of Education has taken in the last few years; how they have improved school climates, and ways that there’s still room for growth.

At one point in the meeting, Secretary King asked us what an ideal school would look like to us, concerning LGBTQ issues. Among the five of us, we came to the agreement that our perfect school would be one where we are simply treated as equal. However, the reality is that we have a long way to go. This includes having curriculum that represents all identities, because when students feel they can see themselves in their learning, they subsequently feel safer in school, and begin to perform better. Equality in schools is also about stopping and preventing bullying against LGBTQ youth. For example, instead of solely punishing students who have bullied someone, we also have to engage with them in communication about why their actions were wrong, how they can affect others, and how to prevent similar events in the future. Because, as we agreed in our meeting, bullying and discrimination rarely stem from malicious intent, but rather from ignorance and a lack of knowledge about other identities.Our main question for the Secretary was where do we, both activists and the federal government, go from here? With a changing administration, it’s uncertain what the future holds regarding the Department of Education. Luckily, career staffers who will be remaining in the department attended the meeting, and will be able to carry our experiences and thoughts into their future work. When asking what we should do to help improve the national school climate, the Secretary ensured us to continue fighting for our rights and for the rights of other students. Furthermore, he told us that any change we make is valuable, as it contributes to a larger whole.

As I move forward in my work as a student activist, I hope to keep the Secretary’s words of wisdom and encouragement close to my heart, and I would only hope that other students across the country can do the same.

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

Katie Regittko is a Junior at Crossroads Flex High School.

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Gun-Violence Researchers, Anticipating No Change Under Trump, Rethink Strategy

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 19, 2017 - 2:55pm
With a 20-year ban on federal funds for studies of firearm violence, researchers at more than 80 public-health institutions plan to make progress locally.
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Education Dept. Clarifies Rule Governing Online Courses

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 19, 2017 - 1:18pm
The department said that an agreement under which more than 1,300 colleges had already been approved to offer online courses across state lines would satisfy the new regulation.
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In California, Tensions Over Growth Divide a Campus

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 19, 2017 - 2:59am
Faculty and administrators at the University of California at Riverside are wrestling with how to heal a rift caused in part by fallout from an ambitious expansion plan.
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