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Instructors, What's the Oddest Thing You've Seen a Student Looking At in Class?

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 6, 2016 - 9:36am
A viral tweet in which a professor purportedly marked a student absent for gazing at golden retrievers online raises the question.
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Public Colleges Lead in Adopting Competency-Based Programs

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 6, 2016 - 1:55am
That's among the findings of one of the first comprehensive surveys of how this model of learning is being used.
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We Asked for Your Videos on Campus Traditions. Here Are the Best.

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 6, 2016 - 1:55am
Our favorite submissions profile a secret society that promotes school spirit, a football TV show that comes with its own huddle, and a colorful campus melee.
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For-Profit Colleges May Be Down, but Don’t Count Them Out

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 6, 2016 - 1:55am
As the terrain of higher-education shifts, proprietary institutions look for ways to reinvent themselves.
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Elevator Pitch for a Women’s College: Revamp Curriculum, Attract Students

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 6, 2016 - 1:55am
With an emphasis on leadership and global awareness, Agnes Scott College has tried to reinvigorate the appeal of a liberal-arts institution for women.
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Wheaton College (Ill.) Moves to Fire Professor Who Wore Hijab in Solidarity With Muslims

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 5, 2016 - 3:53pm
Larycia A. Hawkins, who was placed on administrative leave last month, said in a Facebook post about Christians and Muslims, "We worship the same God."
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U. of Colorado to Pay $25,000 to Settle Dispute With Philosophy Professor

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 5, 2016 - 1:56am
The professor was barred from the Boulder campus for two months in 2014 after making a joke about suicide and murder.
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GOP Lawmakers Ask U. of Missouri to Fire Pair Who Obstructed Student Journalists

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 5, 2016 - 1:55am
An assistant professor of communication and an assistant director of Greek life confronted journalists who were trying to cover a demonstration on the campus.
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What America Can Learn From Australia’s Student-Loan System

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 5, 2016 - 1:55am
Australia has long operated a fully income-based repayment program, which countries like Britain have adapted. Now experts want the U.S. government to do the same.
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The Flagship Diversity Divide

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 5, 2016 - 1:00am
The student bodies at large state universities are more diverse than the faculties. But the broader population outpaces them both.
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Top Black Administrator at Missouri State U. Resigns After Investigation of Alleged Racism

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 4, 2016 - 2:57pm
The investigation found no evidence Kenneth D. Coopwood had been discriminated against, as had been alleged in an online petition.
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Kent State Will Pay $145,000 to Settle Therapy-Dog Lawsuit

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 4, 2016 - 12:05pm
The federal government accused the university of discriminating against disabled students by not allowing them to keep therapy animals in on-campus housing.
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Mount Holyoke President Will Lead Assn. of American Colleges and Universities

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 4, 2016 - 10:47am
Lynn Pasquerella will step down to head up the association, which Carol Geary Schneider has led since 1998.
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Meet John King, Acting Secretary of Education

U.S. Department of Education Blog - January 4, 2016 - 10:13am

Every New Year offers the chance for each of us to set new personal goals to make us healthier, happier, or more productive. In 2016, I hope you’ll join me as I recommit myself to ensuring that every child in America—regardless of background or circumstance—has access to an excellent education.

I’m honored and humbled by the opportunity President Obama has given me to build on the many accomplishments he and my friend Arne Duncan have achieved over the past seven years.

Education always has been a focal point in my life—both my parents were New York City public school educators. My father was a teacher and a principal. My mother was a teacher and guidance counselor. When I was 8, my mother passed away.  I then lived with my father who was suffering from undiagnosed Alzheimer’s disease and passed away when I was 12.

After that, I moved around between family members and schools. Home was an unpredictable and often scary place. But school, and the remarkable teachers who believed in my potential, offered me a safe haven. Because of them, I went on to become a high school social studies teacher, a middle school principal, and a state education commissioner—and now I have the tremendous privilege to serve you in this new role.

Watch a short video introduction from John King (Español)

Over the past seven years, we’ve made a lot of progress. More students than ever are being taught to college- and career-ready standards; dropout rates are at historic lows and graduation rates at all-time highs; and high quality preschool and higher education are within reach for more families.

But there is a lot more work to do. Our efforts in 2016 must be measured by the progress we make toward educational opportunity for all—so that no child’s fate is left to luck, no student’s destiny defined by circumstances.

In the weeks to come, I’ll be traveling across the country to visit with folks like you—students, parents, teachers, principals and community leaders—to highlight what’s working and hear about the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

I’ll also be asking you to help us accelerate progress in more classrooms.

In the meantime, please follow me on Twitter @JohnKingatED and ask me a question anytime using #AskJohnKing. Here’s wishing you a wonderful New Year!

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How For-Profit Education Is Now Embedded in Traditional Colleges

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 4, 2016 - 3:01am
Proprietary institutions were easy to track and regulate. The new companies are something else entirely.
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This Chart Shows the Promise and Limits of ‘Learning Analytics’

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 4, 2016 - 3:01am
Data about how students learn could open new vistas in education, if only instructors can figure out how to use it.
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What Puzzles You About the New Education Landscape? Tell Us. We May Write About It.

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 4, 2016 - 3:00am
Tell us what you want our reporters to explore in a coming story.  
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In Defense of 'Slacktivism'

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 4, 2016 - 1:55am
Even as campus activism has intensified, popular dissent sometimes seems to go no further than the mouse pad. But it's worth taking even those lightweight protests seriously, says a professor who studies "slacktivists."
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Video: 'Man Up' on Racism

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 3, 2016 - 4:30pm
Black students at Missouri talk about racial divides and how to fix a broken campus.
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What It's Like to Be Black at the U. of Missouri

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 3, 2016 - 4:30pm
Students on the flagship campus say they are used to feeling invisible at times, singled out at others. They are hardly alone.
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