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Large Community-College System in Arizona Gets Its First Female and Latina Chancellor

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 22, 2016 - 4:28pm
Maricopa Community Colleges’ new chief says she plans to reach out to new populations and create stronger ties with businesses.
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Selected New Books on Higher Education

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 22, 2016 - 4:28pm
Among the topics are working conditions for campus custodians, and the impact on college women of having "helicopter," "bystander," or "paramedic" parents.
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What I’m Reading: ‘A Dance to the Music of Time’

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 22, 2016 - 4:27pm
A 12-volume novel on the social history of London reminds a university president of the value of the arts and humanities.
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What I'm Reading: ‘A Dance to the Music of Time’

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 22, 2016 - 4:27pm
A 12-volume novel on the social history of London reminds a university president of the value of the arts and humanities.
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Deadlines (5/27/2016)

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 22, 2016 - 3:00pm
Compiled by Anais Strickland
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Appointments, Resignations, Deaths (5/27/2016)

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 22, 2016 - 3:00pm
Compiled by Anais Strickland
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‘It’ll Never Stop!’ Linguistics Scholar Warns of Great Emoji Flood

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 22, 2016 - 12:55pm
The demand for new emoji has made the work of the Unicode Consortium, which develops standards for the display of text in software, newly relevant. But has it gotten out of hand?
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U. of Iowa Investigates Possible Cheating in Online Courses

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 20, 2016 - 3:51pm
At least 30 potential cases of students' having other people take exams for them are being reviewed.
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Asian-American Groups Accuse Brown, Dartmouth, and Yale of Bias in Admissions

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 20, 2016 - 3:31pm
The groups are seeking to end the colleges' consideration of race in admissions, curtail their use of subjective admissions criteria, and disclose the qualifications of their applicant pools.
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In Pun-Filled Invite, Drake U. Begs Drake, the Rapper, to Take a Campus Tour

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 20, 2016 - 2:42pm
The university hopes a news release littered with song lyrics can help bring the popular performer to campus.
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Bill Diverting Funds from U. of Tenn. Diversity Office Becomes Law

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 20, 2016 - 12:34pm
The money will instead go to minority engineering scholarships.
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Professor Who Says He Was Fired for Bathroom-Bill Post Is Reinstated

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 20, 2016 - 10:36am
Lt. Gen. William (Jerry) Boykin blasted transgender-rights legislation on Facebook, and claimed Hampden-Sydney College had fired him for his comments.
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Professor Is Awarded $2.2 Million in Discrimination Case Against William Paterson U.

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 20, 2016 - 9:44am
The black education professor sued the college in 2013 after she was demoted from her role as department chair.
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From Washington, D.C. to the Reservation: Showing Love for Native Students

U.S. Department of Education Blog - May 20, 2016 - 8:00am

Santa Fe Indian School graduation is a celebration of tradition and family. (Photo courtesy: Clyde Mueller/The New Mexican)

I grew up listening to my father sing traditional Acoma songs as we would drive to the mountains didn’t understand why until I became old enough to learn that we were going to pray. It took even longer to understand why we pray — and a couple more years to understand that we pray in the following sequence for: the land, the rain, the animals, the world, the country, the Acoma community, our families and finally for ourselves.

Santa Fe Indian School in 1938. (Photo courtesy The Ernest Knee Photographic Trust)

I continued to learn these types of skills along with a western education when I entered the doors of Santa Fe Indian School (SFIS) for my high school career. SFIS is an example of how Native American education has taken a 180-degree turnaround. The Indian Boarding School era was a period in American history that saw white people attempting to assimilate native students into U.S. western society with the following framework in mind, “Kill the Indian, save the man.” It began with Carlisle Indian School and continued into the 1850’s with the start of SFIS.

In 2001, the All Pueblo Indian Council (AIPC), fearful of losing more of the Pueblo Indian languages and cultures, took action to gain ownership over SFIS. Since then, SFIS has evolved into an incredible institution for over 700 middle and high school Pueblo Indian, Navajo and Mescalero Apache students. SFIS has created many opportunities for students to thrive in middle school, high school and postsecondary education. Now it stands as an alma mater to a dozen Gates Millennium scholars within the last three years, many Ivy League students and a high number of future Indian Country leaders. These high success rates are strongly related to how SFIS integrates traditional and cultural philosophy in their school conduct and curriculums.

Pupils at Carlisle Indian Industrial School, Pennsylvania, ca. 1900 (Photo courtesy Frontier Forts)

It was an affirmation of this success when First Lady Michelle Obama agreed to give the commencement address for the SFIS class of 2016 on April 4. The First Lady’s visit to SFIS had many Native students and both Native and non-Native educators excited and feeling extremely accomplished. The visit also included many interested in the federal government’s efforts to promote the success of educational outcomes for Native students.

Additionally, Secretary King visited two schools on the Pine Ridge reservation on May 12 and attended the fourth Pine Ridge Educator Gathering hosted by the White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education (WHIAIANE) and other federal agencies.

Both of these visits resonated strongly with students like me.

Having both the First Lady and Secretary of Education visit Native institutions and schools showed love for students – like me – who are growing up learning how to balance two very complex languages such as English and Keresan (the language spoken by Acoma Pueblo).

Their visits mean that there is appreciation for how hardworking Native students are and how difficult attaining a western education can be. A great example of this is the word ‘eyaani’. This Keresan word powerfully relates to the concept of “essence in life” in moments of prayer in the Keresan language – and it doesn’t have a concrete English translation. Native students like me often reflect on how words like this can’t be translated into English, but are incredibly powerful and important to our language and culture.

These visits represent love to the students who grew up on the reservation and learned traditional values. They showed love for students who attend pre-school in mobile homes and have dreams of attending one of the country’s most prestigious institutions. These visits showed love for students who grew up learning the sequence of items and people in a prayer from their fathers while learning algebra.

These visits meant love for me.

Chasity Salvador is an intern with the White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education. She is currently a junior at Stanford University.

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What Obama’s Overtime Rule Could Mean for Colleges

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 20, 2016 - 2:55am
The rule will affect more than just postdoctoral researchers at public institutions. Here’s a quick guide to what you need to know about its potential impact.
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Among Greek Groups, Efforts to Curb Drinking Have Little Effect

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 20, 2016 - 2:55am
Members of fraternities and sororities who participated in alcohol-education programs drank just as heavily as before, sometimes even more heavily, a study finds.
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Elsevier’s Purchase of Social-Sciences Hub May Signal a Strategy Shift

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 20, 2016 - 2:55am
The move by the publishing giant caused a ruckus on social media.
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Common App’s New Leader Ponders College Access — and Holographic Video Interviews

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 20, 2016 - 2:55am
Jenny Rickard, now at the University of Puget Sound, describes her vision for the nonprofit organization behind the widely used admissions-application platform.
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Rutgers Will Pay $300,000 to Settle Lawsuit by Former Basketball Player

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 19, 2016 - 12:21pm
The athlete, who has a learning disability, alleged mistreatment and discrimination by a former coach.
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