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Steering More Women to Silicon Valley

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 5, 2017 - 4:31pm
In an attempt to get more women into the technology industry, Duke University has launched a program that matches female undergraduates with internships.
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Meet the Members of iGen, and Help Them Get Off Their Phones

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 5, 2017 - 4:30pm
Older generations aren’t trying to gripe about today’s college students, but to understand them, says the generational researcher Jean Twenge.
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Higher Education Takes On the Tech Industry’s Diversity Problem

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 5, 2017 - 4:29pm
Here’s a look at the different ways colleges are trying to increase the proportion of women and underrepresented minority groups working at technology companies.
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Appointments, Resignations, Deaths (11/10/2017)

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 5, 2017 - 4:26pm
Laura Monks is the new president of Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Shelbyville, and Harry Williams was named president and CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.
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In the Competition for Amazon’s New Headquarters, Will Universities Tip the Scale?

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 3, 2017 - 8:24pm
The company’s proposed $5-billion project stands to have a transformative effect on one region and its higher-ed sector. But it’s unclear how much of a selling point that sector will be.
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How a Clash Over ‘Safety’ Pitted a College President Against His Police Chief

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 3, 2017 - 3:02pm
The conflict at Evergreen State College this past spring epitomized colleges’ struggles to make people of color feel safe. New documents and video clips reveal the tensions between two campus leaders over that goal.
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The Button-Down Anarchist

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 3, 2017 - 3:00pm
Dartmouth’s Mark Bray has become the scholar who explains antifa to the world. What’s his place in academe?
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2 Flagship Universities Surveyed the Campus Climate. Here’s What They Found.

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 3, 2017 - 2:34pm
Members of minority groups at Michigan and Wisconsin reported feeling discriminated against more often than white students did.
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Academics, What Has the Year Since Trump’s Election Meant for You?

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 3, 2017 - 9:27am
Tell us how your professional life has changed since November 8, 2016.
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This Professor Was Taking an Ice-Cream Break. Then He Saw a Fire. Then … Boom.

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 3, 2017 - 8:52am
Dan Reichart, an astronomy professor at the University of North Carolina, attempted to put out a small fire on the Chapel Hill campus, but ended up with burns on his face and arms after a bomb exploded.
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Republican Tax Proposal Gets Failing Grade From Higher-Ed Groups

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 2, 2017 - 6:45pm
The planned overhaul would place new tax burdens on colleges and students, and some critics argue that it could undermine charitable giving to the institutions.
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The Gender Pay Gap in Physics Persists

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 2, 2017 - 6:06pm
Women aren’t aggressive enough in negotiating incoming salaries, and they are less likely to ask for raises later.
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If House Republicans Get Their Way, These Colleges Would See Their Endowments Taxed

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 2, 2017 - 5:02pm
Roughly 140 private colleges and universities would pay 1.4 percent of their net investment income under a sweeping tax-reform plan unveiled on Thursday.
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Still Ripe after 100 Years; ED Panel Discusses the Constitution and World War I

U.S. Department of Education Blog - November 2, 2017 - 2:38pm

To comply with the law that requires all schools that receive federal funding and all federal agencies to observe Constitution Day, September 17, here at the Department of Education, we focused on the Constitutional issues that arose during World War I. We chose to focus on World War I because 2017 marks the centennial of the U.S. entry into that war.

Secretary DeVos introduced this year’s program, held on September 18, by highlighting the importance of the Constitution with the following comments:

You see, the text of the Constitution is about limiting government, not a so-called living document that can suddenly usurp the power of the people on the whim of any politician or social norm. Yet this self-evident philosophy has been lost somewhere along the way. Unfortunately, too many kids aren’t even at the “School House Rock” level. Broadway elevated Alexander Hamilton’s name to cultural fame but too few know the real Hamilton. The author of the Federalist Papers also wrote that, and I quote, “The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for, among old parchments or musty records, they are written, as with a sunbeam, in the whole volume of human nature, by the hand of the divinity itself and can never be erased.”

This year’s program featured two distinguished historians; Edward G. Lengel, Chief Historian at the White House Historical Association, and Tony Williams, Senior Teaching Fellow at the Bill of Rights Institute.  Julie Silverbrook, Executive Director of The Constitutional Sources Project, served as moderator.

Although it has been 100 years since World War I, the panelists agreed that World War I and the issues that arose from that era are very much with us today.

“I think the impact of this war on our society was much, much, much greater than people realize,” said Lengel.  “We have tended to view this war from a distance. We have tended to view it through stereotype – that it was simply a brutal slugfest with millions of casualties with millions of people dying and accomplishing nothing whatsoever.  And we have very little understanding in this country – not just of its impact in Europe, but on its impact on every day people in the United States.”

In fact, many of the issues which are contentious today were issues during World War I as well.   Williams took civil liberties as an example.  In his description, the America of 1917-18 would be unrecognizable to us today.

Two pieces of legislation, the Espionage Act and the Sedition Act, were passed in Congress with the intention of limiting free speech.  Williams set the stage by describing President Wilson’s views on opposition to the war:  “Wilson commented several times on dissent against that war and dissenters who voiced their opinions.   He said the opponents of his war policies were ‘pouring the poison of disloyalty into the very arteries of our national life.  Those creatures of passion, disloyalty and anarchy, must be crushed now.’”

“The Wilson administration moved quickly, unfortunately, to suppress dissent and civil liberties,” said Williams.  “The Attorney General, Thomas Gregory, drafted the bill that would become the Espionage Act, which made it a crime to interfere with the operations of the military, or to cause insubordination, disloyalty, rioting, or refusal of duty — or shall willfully obstruct the recruiting or enlistment services of the United States.   The Attorney General on one occasion said, ‘May God have mercy on them for they need expect none from an outraged people or an avenging government.’”

The Wilson Justice Department went into action to enforce the law and “prosecuted 2,000 plus cases under the Espionage Act,” said Williams.  “Congress created the Espionage Act not just to curtail free speech, but more specifically, to prevent interference with the draft or conscription.  Over 1000 convictions were upheld by the courts, including a very famous socialist, Eugene Debs, and leaders of the Industrial Workers of the World, the IWW.”

Mr. Williams quoted a fellow historian, who said that, during World War I, “liberty and justice were compromised in ways more extreme and extensive than at any other time in American History.”

And so, in wrapping the Constitution with World War I, we acknowledged the men and women who have served in the armed services to defend our Constitution. Although they are no longer with us, their descendants and legacies are, and the legal lessons learned during that period are still very much with us.

View the Constitution Day program.

 

Anthony Fowler is Interagency Liaison at the U.S. Department of Education.

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It’s Not Just About Finding Information Anymore: A Librarian’s Changing Role

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 2, 2017 - 1:06pm
The Chronicle's Scott Carlson talked to a librarian at Educause about the importance of his field in these politically fraught times.
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It's Not Just About Finding Information Anymore: A Librarian's Changing Role

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 2, 2017 - 1:06pm
The Chronicle's Scott Carlson talked to a librarian at Educause about the importance of his field in these politically fraught times.
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Billionaire Says Supporting Milo Yiannopoulos’s Campus Tours Was a Mistake

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 2, 2017 - 11:04am
Robert Mercer said he had hoped Mr. Yiannopoulos would challenge political correctness on campuses, but he admitted that the speaker’s actions had caused “pain and divisiveness.”
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DeVos Falsely Suggests That Student Loans Were Federalized to Pay for Obamacare

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 2, 2017 - 10:19am
In an interview with Politico, the education secretary stated incorrectly that the federal government had taken over management of the student-loan market “ostensibly” to pay for the Affordable Care Act.
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How to Infuse Creativity in the Classroom

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 2, 2017 - 8:54am
Some projects used in psychology courses can be used to help students develop their integrative- and lateral-thinking skills.
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Ed-Tech Professionals Share What Keeps Them Up at Night

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 2, 2017 - 6:34am
Information-technology experts in higher education are gathering this week at Educause’s annual meeting, in Philadelphia. We asked them what worries them the most about their jobs.
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