Higher Education News

A Liberal-Arts College Intervenes to Diversify Its Faculty

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 19, 2015 - 10:12pm

Skidmore College requires training for hiring-committee members at four key points during a search process.

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A Young Man of Words

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 19, 2015 - 10:12pm

Making a viral video about race at the University of California at Los Angeles helped one student find a voice.

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When Activism Is Worth the Risk

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 19, 2015 - 10:12pm

Academics who champion causes may be gambling with their careers. But for dedicated activists, the choice is clear.

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How Great Colleges Distinguish Themselves

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 19, 2015 - 3:01pm

The institutions that stood out in this year’s survey excelled in four areas: leadership, communication, alignment, and respect.

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Great Colleges to Work For in 2015

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 19, 2015 - 3:00pm

In our eighth annual survey, 86 colleges were recognized. Explore the sortable results to see if yours made the list.

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Facing More Regulations, Aid Offices Struggle to Serve Students

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 19, 2015 - 3:00pm

Administrators must find ways to follow government rules without reducing counseling time with students.

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Making History, With Less

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 19, 2015 - 3:00pm

Members of the University of South Florida’s history department are finding new ways to get their jobs done after budget cuts.

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Past Imperfect

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 19, 2015 - 3:00pm

It’s useful to remember that faculty work has always been challenging, that student indifference is not new, and that teaching and research have always existed in tension.

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Why They Want to Reject You

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 19, 2015 - 3:00pm

It’s nothing personal, just that search-committee members have too much to do and too few hands to do it.

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College Jobs, Never Easy, Have Become Pressure Cookers

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 19, 2015 - 3:00pm

Enrollment competition, increased oversight, growing use of assessments, and tighter budgets weigh heavily on higher-education managers.

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Roommate Tiff, Title IX Dispute: The General Counsel Sees It All

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 19, 2015 - 3:00pm

In an era when people are increasingly "lawyering up," campus legal officials strive to keep minor disagreements from escalating into major courtroom battles.

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To Find Happiness in Academe, Women Should Just Say No

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 19, 2015 - 3:00pm

Drowning in commitments, female professors who want a balanced life need to practice ways of avoiding yet more.

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Una nueva guía para padres habilita la participación de las familias en la educación

U.S. Department of Education Blog - July 17, 2015 - 1:15pm

Como padre de dos niños en las escuelas públicas, aprecio que las escuelas me informan con frecuencia sobre el progreso de mis hijos — a menudo hasta una vez por semana. Pero aun así a veces me pregunto cuál es el nivel de mis hijos en comparación con otros niños de su edad en el distrito, estado y país. Y aun como empleado del Departamento de Educación, no siempre sé cuáles preguntas debo hacer.

Por esta razón estoy contento por la nueva guía para padres que hoy lanzamos en colaboración con America Achieves, el Consejo Nacional de La Raza, National PTA, y el United Negro College Fund. La guía incluye preguntas que los padres deben hacer y recursos que pueden utilizar los padres y cuidadores para asegurar que sus niños reciban la educación que merecen. La guía sugiere preguntas importantes que hacer, consejos para el éxito educativo y recursos para obtener más información.

La guía complementa el conjunto de derechos que el Departamento publicó recientemente, donde se expone lo que las familias deben esperar de la educación de sus hijos. Los derechos se aplican a toda la trayectoria educativa y cubren todos los niveles educativos, incluido el acceso a una educación preescolar de calidad; escuelas primarias y secundarias seguras, con buenos recursos y normas altas de rendimiento para los estudiantes; y acceso a una educación universitaria de calidad a un precio asequible.

La guía sugiere las siguientes “preguntas básicas” que los padres deben plantear a los educadores de sus hijos, incluyendo:

Calidad: ¿Recibe mi hijo una buena educación?

  • ¿Cómo me mantendrán ustedes regularmente informado sobre el progreso de mi hijo? ¿Cómo podemos colaborar juntos si mi hijo se retrasa?
  • ¿Está mi hijo a nivel de grado y en camino de preparación para la universidad y el trabajo? ¿Cómo lo sabré?

Listos para el éxito: ¿Estará mi hijo preparado para triunfar en el futuro?

  • ¿Cómo se medirá el progreso y la capacidad de mi hijo en materias como lectura, matemática, ciencia, artes, desarrollo social y emocional, y otras actividades y materias?
  • ¿Cuánto tiempo pasará mi hijo preparándose y tomando pruebas del estado y del distrito? ¿Cómo sabré yo y el maestro de mi hijo cómo utilizar los resultados para ayudar a mi hijo a avanzar?

Seguros y saludables: ¿Se cuida y mantiene seguro a mi hijo en la escuela?

  • ¿Qué programas existen para que la escuela sea un entorno seguro, enriquecedor y positivo? ¿Cuáles son las políticas de la escuela sobre la disciplina y para evitar el acoso en la escuela?
  • ¿Son saludables las comidas y meriendas proporcionadas en la escuela? ¿Cuánto tiempo se dedica al recreo o el ejercicio?

Buenos maestros: ¿Participa y aprende mi hijo en la escuela cada día?

  • ¿Cómo sabré si los maestros de mi hijo son eficaces?
  • ¿Cuánto tiempo pasan los maestros colaborando entre sí?
  • ¿Qué tipo de desarrollo profesional hay para los maestros aquí?

Equidad y justicia: ¿Tienen mi hijo y los demás niños de la escuela o programa, la misma oportunidad de triunfar y de ser tratados justamente?

  • Cómo asegura la escuela que todos los estudiantes reciban un trato justo? (Por ejemplo, ¿existen diferencias en las tasas de suspensión o expulsión por raza o sexo?).
  • ¿Ofrece la escuela a todos los estudiantes acceso a las clases que necesitan para prepararse para el éxito, incluidos los estudiantes de inglés y los estudiantes con necesidades especiales (por ejemplo, Álgebra I y II, clases para dotados y talentosos, laboratorios de ciencia, clases AP o IB, arte, y música)?

Guíese por la guía.

Cameron Brenchley es subsecretario adjunto de comunicaciones en el Departamento de Educación de EE.UU.

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New Parent Checklist Empowers Families

U.S. Department of Education Blog - July 17, 2015 - 1:15pm

As a parent of two children in public schools, I appreciate how often I get updates on how they’re doing in school—sometimes as often as once a week! But it often leaves me wondering how my kids are stacking up against other kids their age in the district, state and country. And even as an employee at the Department of Education, I’m not always sure what questions I should be asking.

This is why I’m excited about a new parent checklist we’re releasing today in collaboration with America Achieves, National Council of La Raza, National PTA, and the United Negro College Fund. The parent checklist includes questions and resources that parents and caregivers can use to help ensure their children are getting the education they deserve. The checklist suggests key questions, tips for educational success and resources for more information.

The checklist follows the set of rights that the Department recently released outlining what families should be able to expect for their children’s education. The rights follow the educational journey of a student—from access to quality preschool; to engagement in safe, well-resourced elementary and secondary schools that hold all students to high standards; to access to an affordable, quality college degree.

The checklist suggests these “key questions” that parents should pose to their child’s educators, including:

Quality: Is my child getting a great education?

  • How will you keep me informed about how my child is doing on a regular basis? How can we work together if my child falls behind?
  • Is my child on grade level, and on track to be ready for college and a career? How do I know?

Ready for Success: Will my child be prepared to succeed in whatever comes next?

  • How will you measure my child’s progress and ability in subjects including reading, math, science, the arts, social and emotional development, and other activities?
  • How much time will my child spend preparing for and taking state and district tests? How will my child’s teacher and I know how to use the results to help my child make progress?

Safe and Healthy: Is my child safe and cared for at school?

  • What programs are in place to ensure that the school is a safe, nurturing and positive environment? What are the discipline and bullying policies at the school?
  • Are the meals and snacks provided healthy? How much time is there for recess and/or exercise?

Great Teachers: Is my child engaged and learning every day?

  • How do I know my child’s teachers are effective?
  • How much time do teachers get to collaborate with one another?
  • What kind of professional development is available to teachers here?

Equity and Fairness: Does my child, and every child at my child’s school or program, have the opportunity to succeed and be treated fairly?

  • How does the school make sure that all students are treated fairly? (For example, are there any differences in suspension/expulsion rates by race or gender?)
  • Does the school offer all students access to the classes they need to prepare them for success, including English language learners and students with special needs (for example, Algebra I and II, gifted and talented classes, science labs, AP or IB classes, art, music)?

Check out the checklist for yourself.

Cameron Brenchley is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Communications at the U.S. Department of Education

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University Experts Renew Denials of Links Between Tobacco and Disease

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 17, 2015 - 1:15pm

A new study identifies three medical professors who have repeatedly testified in support of tobacco companies at civil trials.

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How Presidents and Enrollment Leaders Can Get on the Same Page

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 17, 2015 - 11:57am

A lesson for admissions professionals in the arts of engagement across the campus, enlisting support and making allies everywhere, but chiefly at the top.

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SCV News | CSUN President Reappointed to Higher Ed Commission (7/17/2015

WICHE in the News - July 17, 2015 - 8:00am
California State University, Northridge President Dianne F. Harrison has been reappointed to the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education.
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Financial Literacy: Can It Be Taught? Should Colleges Even Try?

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 17, 2015 - 2:55am

Many colleges offer such programs. But it’s tricky to tell whether they improve students’ decisions, now or in the future.

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2 Graduate Students Sue UCLA Over Professor’s Alleged Sexual Harassment

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 17, 2015 - 2:55am

The students say the university didn’t do enough to protect them, and their education suffered as a result.

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Teenagers and Colleges Are of 2 Minds on the Best Recruitment Strategies

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 17, 2015 - 2:55am

Social media is important, but applicants might not use it as you think. As for brochures, don’t waste the trees.

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