Congressional Efforts to Police Research Worry Scientists

Chronicle of Higher Education - Mon, 2014-05-05 02:57

Universities and agencies that support academic science are in a better position to guard against research conflicts and misconduct, speakers at a conference said.

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Navigating Culture Shock

Chronicle of Higher Education - Sun, 2014-05-04 22:01

Ph.D. students at Stanford learn about faculty life at San Jose State University, some miles and a world away.

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A Professor Walks Into a Bar ...

Chronicle of Higher Education - Sun, 2014-05-04 22:01

A student-run lecture series seeks to turn New York City into a giant campus. For a night.

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Technology Provides Foreign-Language Immersion at a Distance

Chronicle of Higher Education - Sun, 2014-05-04 22:01

The method, called "teletandem," is based on a simple idea for students: I teach you my language, you teach me yours.

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Cyberlaw Scholar to Lead Berkman Center for Internet & Society

Chronicle of Higher Education - Sun, 2014-05-04 22:01
Jonathan Zittrain will be chair of the Board of Directors of the center, which is studying the future of the web.
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S.C.’s Public Colleges Find Themselves Caught in Election-Year Grandstanding

Chronicle of Higher Education - Sun, 2014-05-04 22:01

Lawmakers flex budgetary muscle to dent boundaries of academic freedom.

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Tuskegee U. Selects President; Johns Hopkins Dean to Be Provost of UMass at Amherst

Chronicle of Higher Education - Sun, 2014-05-04 22:01

Brian Johnson goes to Tuskegee University from an administrative post at Austin Peay State University. Read about that and other job-related news.

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Congress Promotes Prize Competitions to Award Research Funds

Chronicle of Higher Education - Sun, 2014-05-04 22:01

More contests are apparently on the way, but their uses are likely to be limited.

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Gerontologists in Demand, but Degree Programs Languish

Chronicle of Higher Education - Sun, 2014-05-04 22:01

As baby boomers come upon old age, far too few students are being trained in the services that the growing cohort of retirees will require.

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Around the World, Students Supporting Others

Chronicle of Higher Education - Fri, 2014-05-02 15:27

Glimpses of life in academe from around the world. 

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Reach Higher for College

U.S. Department of Education Blog - Fri, 2014-05-02 07:39

It’s easy to talk about the importance of college. But some folks really walk the walk.

I had the thrilling opportunity to meet some of them a few years ago, when I joined the college signing day at YES Prep in Houston, Texas. As I told the audience that day, I was moved nearly to tears as students announced their college plans to a cheering stadium, and signed letters committing to their college. It was the kind of unbridled enthusiasm we usually reserve for sporting events — and yet it was also like a family reunion. It was overwhelming.

Today, first lady Michelle Obama will take that experience to a whole new level when she gives a name to her college access initiative, Reach Higher, at the culmination of a city-wide college celebration in San Antonio, Texas. All week, the entire city has been focused on the vital importance of getting a college degree. Today, the first lady will witness an auditorium full of high school seniors committing to entering and completing college.

Their embrace of that goal is part of changing our country’s future. A generation ago, our young people were first in the world in their college completion rate — but now we are 12th in the world. President Obama has set a goal of reclaiming our world leadership.

And we are seeing some really important progress. Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of announcing our new cohort high school graduation rate, which at 80 percent is the highest in US history. And last month, we learned that attainment of college degrees last year saw its biggest rise since 2008.

These improvements are badly needed and long in coming. African-American, Latino and low-income students have helped to drive many recent increases in high school graduation and college-going — but they still don’t have the same opportunities, or the same success rates, as many other students. The need for equitable opportunities has always been pressing — but is even more so as we project that this fall, America’s public school students will for the first time be mostly nonwhite. We are working hard to ensure stronger opportunities — but we have a long way to go.

And college matters in a way that it never has before — because without some postsecondary education, there are very few opportunities in today’s knowledge-based economy.

The first lady understands this at her core. Fighting for and committing to getting a great education isn’t some intellectual exercise for the first lady. She lived this experience on Chicago’s South Side. Her parents didn’t have a college education, but they pushed her and her brother Craig to work hard in high school and concentrate on getting a college degree. She pushed herself to study as hard as possible — benefiting from the encouragement of those who supported her, and pushing past the doubts of those who didn’t. So when students hear from her, when she tells her own story of perseverance in high school, in college, in law school — they listen. Because they understand that she’s not that different from any of them. All those struggles, whether it was picking classes, navigating student loans, or even just knowing the right sized sheets to bring that first day of college — she’s faced them, persevered, and been successful thanks to getting a great education. And she wants to make sure others understand how to navigate that path.

So I feel really lucky to have her as a better partner to inspire students across the country and push them to reach higher and commit to postsecondary education. In San Antonio, she won’t just be celebrating the importance of the college-going culture in one city, but the college-going culture she’s trying to create across the country. Her story, her candor, and her energy ensure that young people across this country will reach higher — and will achieve more.

Arne Duncan is the U.S. Secretary of Education.

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Colorado Sociology Department Rebels Against Its Chair

Chronicle of Higher Education - Fri, 2014-05-02 02:59

The upheaval in the Boulder department stems in part from the chairwoman’s role in the controversy over a classroom skit about sex workers.

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#ThankATeacher and Share on Teacher Appreciation Day

U.S. Department of Education Blog - Thu, 2014-05-01 08:35

Peter Markes (@PeterMarkes) the 2014 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year, and Edmond North High School Orchestra Director, tweeted his #ThankATeacher sign during a visit to the U.S. Department of Education headquarters.

Tuesday, May 6, is National Teacher Appreciation Day, and we want your help in thanking a teacher that has inspired you. Click below to download our “#ThankATeacher” sign, fill it out, and on Tuesday, May 6, post your picture on social media using the hashtag #ThankATeacher.

There’s no doubt that teachers deserve a special week and day, but our appreciation and support for teachers needs to be a year-round effort. At the U.S. Department of Education, one of our top priorities is to continue to strengthen the teaching profession. Read more about the Obama Administration’s plan to improve teacher preparation, leading from the classroom through Teach to Lead, and the RESPECT proposal to elevate teaching and leading so that all of our students are prepared to meet the demands of the 21st century.

Download your #ThankATeacher sign!

Cameron Brenchley is director of digital strategy at the U.S. Department of Education.

 

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College-Rating System Will Go Forward, Duncan Says

Chronicle of Higher Education - Thu, 2014-05-01 02:56

The Education Department is seeking $10-million to develop the system, but the work doesn’t depend on those funds, the secretary told senators.

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Botched Execution in Oklahoma Is Part of a Pattern, Says Amherst Scholar

Chronicle of Higher Education - Thu, 2014-05-01 02:56

Austin D. Sarat and his students have reviewed thousands of executions. About 3 percent did not go as planned, he says.

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Global Higher Education’s Winners and Losers Are Focus of Meeting

Chronicle of Higher Education - Thu, 2014-05-01 02:55

At the British Council’s annual Going Global conference, speakers described how English-language instruction and technological change could fuel inequities.

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Once a First-Generation Student, Now a College President

Chronicle of Higher Education - Thu, 2014-05-01 02:55

In a video interview, Kathleen McCartney, president of Smith College, talks about the importance of mentors and how her background shapes her approach to leadership.

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Worried by FCC Plan, Net-Neutrality Advocates at Colleges Gauge Next Steps

Chronicle of Higher Education - Thu, 2014-05-01 02:55

Some members of the higher-education community are mobilizing to oppose new Internet rules that they fear would promote inequality.

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