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‘We Are Ready to Thrive’

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 23, 2017 - 4:38pm
Moises Serrano tells the story of his unlikely journey to college in a new documentary film, "Forbidden: Undocumented and Queer in Rural America."
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Celebrating a Sixth Cohort of U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools; Launching the 2017 Green Strides Tour

U.S. Department of Education Blog - August 23, 2017 - 12:45pm

U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) began in 2011-2012 by defining “green school” according to three Pillars.  In 2012-2013, ED added a District Sustainability Award and began an annual tour spotlighting the practices of honorees and launched a Green Strides resources portal for all to employ.  The 2013-2014 cycle added an honor for state officials and 2015 brought a postsecondary category and saw the revamping of the Green Strides portal.

Need an occasion for celebration? On Wednesday, July 19th, we recognized 45 schools, nine districts, nine postsecondary institutions, and one state education agency official at a Washington, D.C. ceremony for their efforts to cultivate sustainable, healthy facilities, wellness practices, and authentic place-based learning.

Assistant U.S. Secretary of Education for Management Holly Ham addresses the 2017 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools at a ceremony on July 19th in Washington, D.C.

The Director of the Campaign for Environmental Literacy James L. Elder, Director of the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council Anisa Heming, Assistant U.S. Secretary of Education for Management Holly Ham, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Education Director Louisa Koch congratulated the 2017 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools.  They were also treated to a special briefing with hydrogen fuel car demonstration offered by the U.S. Department of Energy, a National Park Service ranger-led tour of National Monuments, and a reception with their Hill members sponsored by the Center for Green Schools.

As ED-GRS Director, I rejoice in honorees’ achievements each passing year while continuing to look for ways to make this federal communications and outreach tool structured as a recognition award fresh and useful to the school communities we serve.  From tentative beginnings, it has become quite clear to us here at ED that sustainable school practices are here to stay and that our federal agency requires some understanding of school facilities, health, and environment matters, particularly as they affect learning.  I’ve been honored to serve in this evolving role, to read each and every one of our nominations in full every year of this award, and to preside over our annual ceremony — which is always a special event.

Learning from the many national non-profit and federal colleagues who have educated us in these areas over the last five years, I, too, have come to think of healthy, safe, sustainable schools that offer real-world learning opportunities as something that should be the norm in all of our schools.

I’m also thrilled to share that we’ll conduct a fourth iteration of the Green Strides Tour, which spotlights our honorees’ work, this year to Georgia, and focused on the importance of outdoor learning.  You can learn more about that tour here.

To learn more about this year’s U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools, District Sustainability Awardees, and Postsecondary Sustainability Awardees, visit our website and annual Highlights Report.  You may also subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.  Watch the ceremony video and view photos.

 

Andrea Suarez Falken is Director of U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools and Facilities, Health, and Environment Liaison at the U.S. Department of Education.  

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Brandeis U. Is Closed After Receiving Email Threats

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 23, 2017 - 11:44am
It wasn't immediately clear where the threats came from or what they said. The university reported that students on campus were safe.
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Former FBI Director Comey Will Hold Endowed Chair at Howard U.

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 23, 2017 - 9:32am
James Comey will lead a series of lectures on public policy at the historically black college during the coming academic year.
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UNC Says It Can't Legally Remove Confederate Statue, Despite Governor's Guidance

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 22, 2017 - 4:32pm
A law signed by a previous governor says a historical commission must give permission for monuments on state property to be altered.
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Colleges Go Online to Help Orient Nontraditional Students

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 22, 2017 - 3:02pm
A different type of orientation is needed for those who are older and have more family responsibilities.
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Revamping Orientation for Parents

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 22, 2017 - 3:01pm
The University of Oregon tries to get moms and dads to talk with their kids about tough issues.
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The New, Improved Orientation

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 22, 2017 - 2:39pm
Colleges try to ensure that crucial lessons on sex assault, racial diversity, and other issues take hold.
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‘A Monument to the Best’

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 22, 2017 - 1:50pm
Before Daniel Weiss ran the Metropolitan Museum of Art, he was a college president. What does he know now that he wished he knew then?
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We’re Tracking Confederate Monuments. Tell Us What’s on Your Campus.

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 22, 2017 - 11:45am
The Chronicle has compiled a list of Confederate monuments erected on college campuses in the decades following the Civil War. Fill out the form here to let us know about anything we’ve missed.
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We're Tracking Confederate Monuments. Tell Us What's on Your Campus.

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 22, 2017 - 11:45am
The Chronicle has compiled a list of Confederate monuments erected on college campuses in the decades following the Civil War. Fill out the form here to let us know about anything we've missed.
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Penn State Is the Latest to Deny a Request for a White-Nationalist Event

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 22, 2017 - 9:25am
The university joins at least three others that have refused to host Richard Spencer after deadly protests in Charlottesville, Va.
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How One White Nationalist Became — and Remains — a Thorn in Texas A&M’s Side

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 21, 2017 - 8:24pm
Preston Wiginton doesn’t have an especially strong connection to the university: He dropped out after taking classes for a year. But he’s made it his mission to force extreme racial politics upon College Station.
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Liberty U. Alumni Protest Falwell's Continued Support of Trump

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 21, 2017 - 1:12pm
Some graduates of the university are upset that its leader has voiced support of President Trump's inflammatory comments about the violence in Charlottesville.  
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The Future of the Degree: How Colleges Can Survive the New Credential Economy

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 21, 2017 - 11:29am
As the economy undergoes significant change, the meaning of the college degree is increasingly questioned. This report examines the history of college credentials, the ultimate value of the college degree, and the development of lifelong credentials.
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Cincinnati State Suspends All Sports Except Soccer

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 20, 2017 - 12:38pm
Struggling with declines in enrollment and revenue, the college is exploring a new model for athletics that will focus on more local recruiting and hiring part-time instead of full-time coaches.
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Professors See Charlottesville as a Starting Point for Discussions on Race

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 18, 2017 - 5:06pm
Recent events have inspired faculty members not only to talk about race in class, but to show students how to respond to hate groups.
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A Professor Says She Was Penalized for an Instructor's Tweet

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 18, 2017 - 4:38pm
The controversy that cost an adjunct a job offer at Montclair State University affected a professor who didn't hire him but would have supervised him.
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Family Settles Suit Against Clemson U. in Fraternity Pledge's Death

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 18, 2017 - 12:51pm
Tucker Hipps was found dead in a lake after a fraternity event in 2014.
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After White-Supremacist Violence, UVa Will Review What Activities Are Allowable on Campus

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 18, 2017 - 11:59am
The university is also hiring a contractor to review its safety infrastructure and more staff members and police officers “to ensure safety and security" as the semester begins.
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