Higher Education News

In Tense Times, Black Students Find Ways to Tell Their Own Stories

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 9, 2016 - 2:55am
More and more black students are starting their own campus publications. Tied to activism, it's a matter of asserting control over their lives.
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Wisconsin Regents Approve Post-Tenure Policies Condemned by Faculty

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 8, 2016 - 6:48pm
The new policies mandate that administrators conduct independent reviews of tenured professors every five years.
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Virginia Military Institute Defends Use of Coloring Sheets at Campus Event

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 8, 2016 - 12:35pm
The optional, annual "Reading Day" faced a backlash after a poster noted that it would offer coloring sheets to relieve stress.
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Dreamers in Jeopardy

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 8, 2016 - 12:14pm
Immigrant students share what college means to them, and their fears as they wait for Donald J. Trump and his administration to take office.   
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A Sex-Assault Case Pits Privacy Against Transparency

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 8, 2016 - 2:55am
Eli Capilouto, Kentucky’s president, stopped by The Chronicle's offices this week to talk about the case and the university’s broader efforts to create an environment where victims feel they can safely and confidentially report those crimes.
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Resident Advisers at George Washington U. Attempt to Open a New Union Front

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 8, 2016 - 2:55am
A proposed union at the university, which would be the first of its kind at a private institution, is caught up in a familiar debate over whether such employees should be considered students or workers.
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Education Dept. Approves Sale of U. of Phoenix Owner, With Strict Conditions

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 7, 2016 - 4:35pm
The department said it was requiring the buyers to post a letter of credit amounting to nearly $386 million.
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What Forgiveness Means to Students

U.S. Department of Education Blog - December 7, 2016 - 4:15pm

We tell small children that it is okay to make mistakes. We are told to forgive and forget. But our country doesn’t hold to these adages for those convicted of a crime. The revolving door of incarceration and juvenile justice has ensnared many of my students. It’s a hamster wheel that proves very hard to get off of. Poverty, crime, and violence are inextricably linked in the worlds of my students. In the county-wide consortium high school program where I currently teach, the students are all considered 100% at-risk in a multitude of categories – high-poverty, homeless, court-involved, frequently absent, working moms at 17, pregnant, expelled, etc. To address our students’ intense needs, our high school uses intentional strategies rooted in improving social-emotional learning to provide a better foundation for student success. We use trust, relationships, and character-building to provide stability and support for these students who have suffered trauma and often turn to crime to cope or survive.

Luke’s story is but one example. He was abused and neglected by his drug-addicted parents who lost custody of him, and he had a spotty attendance record beginning in elementary school. When he started our program six years ago, he was already a drug addict. After a stint in jail, Luke was able to get clean, but he was kicked out of his grandparents’ house because of his poor decision-making while on probation. We started to make headway together using trauma-informed approaches, and last year he earned more school credit than he had earned in the previous four years of high school. But just how far he had to go felt daunting to him; he was constantly in his own head telling himself he was stupid. He also had to balance school with working full-time. This past summer he almost decided to drop out.

As Luke’s advisor I am responsible for being his biggest advocate and helping him find solutions not only to academic problems, but to challenges that impede his progress towards post-secondary success. Because the structure of our program allows for home visits, I visited Luke’s residence and workplace frequently. I spent a lot of time establishing a consistent positive relationship with him. I offered Luke empathy for the trauma he had suffered, provided support for the mistakes he made, and gave frank reminders of what he needed to do for school. I also provided opportunities for him to develop social-emotional skills by asking him to share his life story with others and modeled how to engage in productive conversations with adults. We also continued to work on how to make curriculum engaging for him. His interests became woven into project-based learning assignments.

Our advising meetings use motivational interviewing techniques and provide both of us with a consistent frame for his decision-making. Motivational interviewing centers around therapeutic techniques and allows students to discover what motivates them to take the actions they do.

Luke knows that I am not letting him off the hook with finishing school. I am proud to report that he has less than three credits to go. My entire career has been spent with high-needs, at-risk students. Rather than burning me out, my program’s approach with students has had the opposite effect – it reenergizes me every day. My students have many obstacles, they commit major mistakes, but they deserve to be forgiven, to have a second chance, and to contribute positively to their world.

Sarah Giddings is a National Board Certified teacher in social studies and history. She is currently an advisor, multi-subject instructor in Big History, social studies, and ELA, and curriculum coordinator for the WAVE Program with the Washtenaw Educational Options Consortium high school programs in Ypsilanti, MI. Currently she is a National Hope Street Group fellow, a Teacher Champion with the Collaborative for Student Success, and a Teacher-Powered Ambassador with the Center for Teaching Quality. She is also a post-residential America Achieves MI Fellow. Sarah has a B.A. from James Madison College at Michigan State University in Social Relations with a minor in English. She has a master’s in K-12 Education Administration and a professional certificate in Educational Technology, also from Michigan State University.


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USA Funds Moves to Further Focus on Education Philanthropy and Investing

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 7, 2016 - 2:08pm
The $1-billion organization said it would shed its loan-guarantee affiliates, allowing it to pursue its new mission of ensuring that college leads to meaningful results for students.
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NCAA Rules Ex-Official at Cal State-Northridge Committed Academic Misconduct

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 7, 2016 - 12:50pm
The university did not investigate and monitor its former director of basketball operations, who provided "impermissible academic benefits" to 10 players on the men's team.
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A White Supremacist Incites a Crowd at Texas A&M

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 7, 2016 - 2:55am
While Richard B. Spencer goaded a sometimes raucous audience in the student center, hundreds gathered at a unity event across the street to oppose his racist rhetoric.
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The Scholars Who Study the Alt-Right, a Movement Defined by White Supremacists

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 7, 2016 - 2:55am
Professors tracking the fringe faction’s rise have gotten a lot more attention since Donald J. Trump won the presidency.
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What You Should Know About the Professor Who Has Trump’s Ear on the Economy

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 7, 2016 - 2:54am
Peter Navarro, an economist in UC-Irvine’s business school, has positions on trade that few in his field share. But the president-elect is listening.
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Charles Reed, Longtime Chancellor of Cal State, Dies at 75

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 6, 2016 - 6:54pm
He navigated the system through an enrollment boom, savage state budget cuts, and a rocky relationship with the faculty union, but always put a priority on access.
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Baylor and U. of Louisville Get Heat From Accreditor

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 6, 2016 - 11:59am
Both universities were penalized for a year by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools' Commission on Colleges.
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Education Dept. Denies Student-Aid Funds to 2 For-Profit Colleges

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 6, 2016 - 11:58am
The department found that Globe University and the Minnesota School of Business had committed fraud involving Title IV funding.
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New Jersey Will Forgive Student-Loan Debt of Dead Borrowers

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 6, 2016 - 9:09am
The bill, signed by Gov. Chris Christie on Monday, follows an investigation that found the state's student-loan program to have "extraordinarily stringent" rules.
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U. of Notre Dame Is Undecided on Whether to Invite Trump to Speak at Commencement

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 6, 2016 - 9:09am
Traditionally, the university has invited the president to give the commencement speech during his first year in office.
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A Population in Flux Forces Colleges to Adapt

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 6, 2016 - 2:56am
New projections of high-school graduates foresee a period of continued stagnation that threatens enrollments. In Pennsylvania, colleges are trying an array of strategies in response to those changes.
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Research Universities Hope Trump’s Infrastructure Plans Could Be a Boon to High-Speed Communications

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 6, 2016 - 2:55am
The president-elect has focused mostly on brick-and-mortar projects like roads and bridges. Academics hope his administration will also dedicate new federal money to a better internet.
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