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What’s a Trove of Insights Into College Applicants Worth? $850-Million

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 16, 2014 - 2:56am

The price the Advisory Board Company is paying to acquire Royall & Company says a lot about the plight of today’s colleges.

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New U. of Texas Center Will Seek to Curb Troubling Behavior by Athletes

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 16, 2014 - 2:55am

The program will focus on strengthening athletes’ character at a time when many of them are facing intense scrutiny for their off-field actions.

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Spending Bill Holds Scant, if Any, Increases for Education and Research

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 15, 2014 - 2:57am

"We’re going to lose more ground," the director of the National Institutes of Health said of the small gain for his agency in the bill, which won final passage on Saturday.

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Big-Data Scientists Face Ethical Challenges After Facebook Study

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 15, 2014 - 2:55am

A new world of research is dawning six months after an uproar over an experiment in which the social-media company and academic researchers were accused of manipulating users.

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Higher-Education Consultant to Lead Muhlenberg College; Syracuse U. Chooses Chief Advancement Officer

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 14, 2014 - 10:00pm

Matt Ter Molen, associate vice president at Northwestern University and manager of its "We Will" campaign, will join Syracuse in February. Read other job-related news.

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Hired Guns: The Consultants

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 14, 2014 - 10:00pm

They came to whip colleges into shape.

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Boycotters: American Studies Association

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 14, 2014 - 10:00pm

They changed the debate about sanctions against Israel.

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Zealous Regent: Wallace L. Hall Jr.

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 14, 2014 - 10:00pm

In a year when trustees were pressed to get tough, he was the toughest.

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Athletes' Advocate: Kain Colter

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 14, 2014 - 10:00pm

He sparked a movement to recognize college players as employees.

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The Week

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 14, 2014 - 10:00pm

What you need to know about the past seven days.

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Messenger: Nicole Hurd

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 14, 2014 - 10:00pm

She showed thousands of students college is a possibility.

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Twitter Casualty: Steven G. Salaita

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 14, 2014 - 10:00pm

He raised new questions about the limits of academic freedom.

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Faculty Leaders Try Their Hand at Running a College

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 14, 2014 - 10:00pm

The training exercise is meant to open professors’ eyes to the financial realities that administrators must face.

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Enforcer: Catherine E. Lhamon

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 14, 2014 - 10:00pm

She made it clear colleges would pay a price for sexual assaults on campuses.

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Buffalo Charter Wired and #FutureReady

U.S. Department of Education Blog - December 11, 2014 - 8:17am

At the ConnectED to the Future event. (Photo courtesy of Ayinde Rudolph)

Two years ago when I arrived in Buffalo, we did not have Wi-Fi in our school. The teachers had tablets, but limited access to the web. The only way our students and teachers could access the internet was in our computer labs.

At the ConnectED to the Future event I recently attended in Washington, D.C., President Obama stated, “In a world where we expect free Wi-Fi with our coffee, we should expect the same in our schools.” He is right. Internet access has become essential and is needed by all, and schools provide an ideal setting for our youngest citizens to gain initial access.

In order to address this challenge, we launched a one-to-one initiative, providing high-speed Internet access to all students and giving each of our third through eighth graders a tablet. We felt this was a journey that every staff member should embark upon, and not just a select few. More importantly, we believed that from an education standpoint, this was the right thing to do, knowing that the digital divide further exacerbates the achievement gap.

This is the journey we’re now on in our part of the Buffalo community. Our goal is to create classrooms where students are given daily learning challenges and are skillfully guided by teachers who support them in sifting through available information toward solutions. For us, technology is a powerful lever to facilitate this kind of teaching and learning.

Our road has been incredibly challenging and messy, but delightful. And we’re still in the early stages. As one of my many colleagues pointed out, the key to our students’ success in Buffalo, and really America, lies in our ability to 1) provide them with the tools to facilitate this learning and 2) give teachers the appropriate professional development to execute this vision for learning.

After attending the event, I feel better about our future prospects. I listened to how other districts are being creative in providing afterhours access. Moreover, I now understand that our pledge to create future-ready students places us on level ground with countries like Singapore and Korea.

It is a long road, but it is definitely a fight worth fighting. After listening and learning from various leaders like President Obama, Secretary Duncan, and Richard Martinez, Superintendent of Pomona Unified in California, I realize that this is truly the direction in which education is headed—to ignore it would be detrimental to our students and our country’s prosperity.

Learn more about the #FutureReady Pledge and watch the president’s remarks from the recent ConnectED to the Future event that took place on November 19, 2014 at the White House.

 Ayinde Rudolph is principal of Westminster Community K-8 Charter in Buffalo, N.Y., a Promise Neighborhood school.

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What You Missed: Shakira and Secretary Arne Duncan Answer Your Questions on Early Education

U.S. Department of Education Blog - December 10, 2014 - 2:39pm

This post originally appeared on The White House Blog.

Earlier today, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Grammy award-winning artist Shakira took to Twitter to answer your questions about the early childhood education.

Shakira, who is a member of the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, and a strong advocate for high-quality early education, joined Duncan in highlighting $1 billion in new public and private commitments that were announced as part of today’s White House Summit on Early Education.

At the Summit, President Obama reiterated his call to expand access to high-quality early childhood education to every kid in America, and announced the launch of the Invest In Usinitiatitive. The new initaitive challenges public and private partners, business leaders, philanthropists, advocates, elected officials, and individuals to build a better nation by expanding high-quality early childhood education.

Take a look at the full #ShakiraEdChat Q&A below, or over on Storify, and check out Shakira’s new PSA videos on InvestInUs.org.

Cameron Brenchley is Senior Digital Strategist for the Office of Digital Strategy at the White House.
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Helping States Improve and Enhance Early Education for All

U.S. Department of Education Blog - December 10, 2014 - 10:53am

High-quality early education shouldn’t just be a privilege for some children—it must be an opportunity for all children in America. We know the foundation of a thriving middle class is access to a strong education for every child beginning in the first few years of life. But right now, the U.S. ranks 28th in the world in preschool access for four-year-old children.

The Obama administration is working to change that.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced today that 18 states have been awarded new funding, totaling more than $226 million, under the Preschool Development Grants program.

These grants will reach 33,000 children across the U.S. In the first year of the program alone, more than 18,000 additional children will be served in high-quality preschool. Preschool Development Grants will help the 18 winning states to build or enhance their state early learning infrastructure and expand high-quality preschool programs in high-need communities.

There are two types of grants. Development Grants are for states that serve less than 10 percent of four-year-olds. Expansion Grants are for states that serve 10 percent or more of four-year-olds. Check out our fact sheet (link to pdf here) for more information.

The importance of early learning is clear. Studies prove that children who have rich early learning experiences are better prepared to thrive in kindergarten and beyond.

Today’s White House Summit on Early Education convenes state and local policymakers, mayors, school superintendents, corporate and community leaders, and advocates to highlight collective leadership in support of early education for America’s children.

Leaders at the Summit will share best practices in building public-private partnerships that are expanding early education in communities across the country. Participants will discuss effective strategies and programs that support and bring high-quality early childhood education to scale. Follow this discussion on Twitter with the hashtag #InvestinUS.

And, for more information about the importance of early learning and the steps that the Obama administration is taking to ensure access for all children, check out our Early Learning page.

Dorothy Amatucci is a digital engagement strategist at the U.S. Department of Education.

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Join Shakira and Secretary Duncan for a Twitter Q&A on Early Education

U.S. Department of Education Blog - December 9, 2014 - 8:52am

For every dollar we invest in early childhood education, we see a rate of return of $7 or more through a reduced need for spending on other services, such as remedial education, grade repetition, and special education, as well as increased productivity and earnings for these kids as adults.

Early education is one of the best investments our country can make. Participation in high-quality early learning programs—like Head Start, public and private pre-K, and childcare—provide children from all backgrounds with a strong start and a solid foundation for success in school.

Tomorrow, President Obama will host a White House Summit on Early Education, announcing new commitments and building on his call to expand access to high-quality early childhood education to every child in America.

As part of the Summit, Grammy award-winning artist Shakira and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will be taking to Twitter on Wednesday, December 10, at 10:00 a.m. ET to answer your questions about early education. Shakira is a member of the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, and has been a strong advocate for high-quality early education.

Here’s how you can get involved:

Learn more about the President’s plan to expand access to high-quality early childhood education, and then join Shakira and Secretary Arne Duncan for a Twitter chat on Wednesday, December 10, at 10:00 a.m. ET.

This post originally appeared on The White House blog.

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