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Just How Private Are College Students’ Campus Counseling Records?

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 5, 2015 - 2:55am

The U.S. Education Department has weighed in on, but not resolved, a dispute stemming from an alleged rape at the University of Oregon over the limits of students’ privacy protections.

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Audio: What 8th Graders Know About Paying for College

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 5, 2015 - 2:55am

A Chronicle reporter talked with a group of middle-school students from low-income families about the cost of higher education.

 

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Republican Governors' Shared Goals for Higher Ed: Accountability and Work-Force Preparation

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 5, 2015 - 2:55am

GOP leaders might not be on the same page when it comes to public-college funding, but most of them agree on some key ideas.

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Sweet Briar’s Demise Is a Cautionary Tale for Other Colleges

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 5, 2015 - 2:42am

To avoid a similar fate, small colleges need to be hard-nosed about what works and what doesn’t, experts say.

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In Europe, Universities Are Divided On Value of New Rankings

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 4, 2015 - 3:43pm

Questions remain about U-Multirank, although most universities will continue to contribute data to it, says the European University Association.

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The Importance of Early Education for All

U.S. Department of Education Blog - March 4, 2015 - 12:00pm

It’s time for reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. There’s no doubt change is necessary to ensure our children’s civil rights to a high quality education. While the media has focused on the annual assessments mandated by NCLB as being key, I want to highlight another critical improvement needed: high-quality preschool.

We are a family that can speak to the benefits of high-quality preschool for every child. We have lived in the north, south, east, and west. Our whole lives have been about education and overcoming struggle and “the odds.”

(Photo courtesy LaToya Smith.)

I am an African American born to teenage parents thirty years ago in Michigan. Yet, now that I have my own children, I understand how fortunate I was to attend a Montessori program at age three and then preschool at my public elementary school at age four. Since then, excelling in school has been second nature to me. I was high school valedictorian and magna cum laude at a top major university.

I was nearly finished with college in Los Angeles when I got married and my husband and I started our family. I wanted my children to have high-quality preschool like I did, but it came at a steep price. We found the same to be true from California to Mississippi — North Carolina and Michigan.

Three years ago we moved to Washington, D.C., where our three-year-old son could go to school with our five-year-old daughter each day. We were so relieved. He was excelling in many ways — cognitively, socially, and emotionally.

I could see the results of his early learning at home. He was more conversational. He spoke to us about his friends at school. He has learned the alphabet, to count, the names of basic shapes and colors, and so much more. He talked about the stars and the galaxy, and D.C. as the nation’s capital. He knew of President Obama, the names of the First family, including their pets, and even their address — “1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW!” He asked about visiting the White House.

He was excited about learning!

Having my son enrolled in high quality preschool definitely prepared him for kindergarten. I believe he will have a strong start like I did, a life-long thirst for learning, and achieve anything he wants. Regardless of what type of money a child’s parents make, their cultural background, their native language, where they live, as Americans, they should have access to the same high quality education early in life. Why? Because we know it’s what’s best for them, their future, their family’s future, and thus the future of our country. It would be a disservice not to include preschool in the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

Latoya Smith is the Founder and President of Pros4Kids and Chair of the DCPS Early Childhood Education Policy Council.

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How the Pressure on Public Colleges Plays Out in One State

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 4, 2015 - 2:56am

Tuition is mostly on the rise. State support generally heads the other way. A new report looks at how those trends have affected educational goals and outcomes in Virginia.

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How One University Unexpectedly Found Itself Ranked Among the ‘25 Most Dangerous Colleges’

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 4, 2015 - 2:55am

Drake University was astonished at a website’s recent ranking. But even after the site apologized for errors and removed Drake from the list, the damage was done.

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Under Increasing Financial Pressure, Colleges Consider Mergers—Cautiously

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 4, 2015 - 2:55am

Joining forces with another institution can solve some problems but bring new ones as well.

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Is Sweet Briar’s Closure a Warning Sign for Other Small Colleges?

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 3, 2015 - 6:47pm

Some of the college’s peers have made big changes to stay afloat. But Sweet Briar couldn’t escape declining interest.

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Talk of 'De-Tenure' Triggers Faculty Ire in Tennessee

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 3, 2015 - 2:56am

The university system said a reference to the potential "enacting of a de-tenure process" was "inadvertent and incorrect." But faculty members remain leery.

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After 6 Suicides, U. of Pennsylvania Takes a Tough Look at Its Campus Culture

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 3, 2015 - 2:55am

A task force’s report on mental health calls for change in the university’s culture of perfection, to a mixed response on campus.

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If B.A.’s Can’t Lead Graduates to Jobs, Can Badges Do the Trick?

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 2, 2015 - 2:55am

A group of universities in the Washington area are betting that the certifications will help convince employers that students are picking up essential skills.

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Median Salaries of Senior College Administrators, 2014-15

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 2, 2015 - 2:55am

For the second consecutive year, the rate of salary growth for senior administrators at public colleges outpaced that of their peers at private institutions.

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NIH Refuses to Release Its Count of Animals in Academic Labs

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 1, 2015 - 10:55pm

But data collected by the activist group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals suggest that such animal use rose nearly 73 percent from 1997 to 2012.

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Director Looks at How Social Relations Affect the Land, and Other News About People

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 1, 2015 - 10:01pm

Brinda Sarathy, who has studied Latino forestry workers, leads the Robert Redford Conservancy at Pitzer College.

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Vanderbilt and Northwestern Name New Arts-and-Sciences Deans

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 1, 2015 - 10:01pm

Lauren Benton, a dean at New York University, is going to Vanderbilt, and Adrian Randolph is leaving Dartmouth for Northwestern.

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The Week

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 1, 2015 - 10:01pm

What you need to know about the past seven days.

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