Higher Education News

Temple U. Adjuncts Vote to Unionize

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 25, 2015 - 12:32pm
More than 1,400 part-time faculty members at Temple will join the university's American Federation of Teachers affiliate, the Temple Association of University Professionals, roughly doubling the union local’s size.
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At One College, Professors Support Students Protesting Racial Inequality

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 25, 2015 - 12:11pm
Sympathetic faculty members at Brandeis University are teaching from a syllabus devised by protesters and holding classes at the site of a sit-in.
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On Recruiter Pay, For-Profit Colleges Win One, Lose One

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 25, 2015 - 11:10am
The Education Department says in a notice that it will no longer "proscribe compensation for recruiters" that is based on graduation rates.
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How Much Can Campus-Crime Reports Tell Us About Sexual Assault?

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 25, 2015 - 2:55am
Nine out of 10 colleges reported no rapes on their campuses in 2014 under the law known as the Clery Act. What that means depends on who's weighing in.
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Owner of Florida For-Profit Chain Is Convicted of Theft and Conspiracy

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 25, 2015 - 1:53am
The company, called FastTrain, was accused of enrolling ineligible students and coaching them to lie on applications for federal student aid.
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Video: Campus Libraries Rethink Focus as Materials Go Digital

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 24, 2015 - 10:55pm
President Sari Feldman of the American Library Association discusses programs that preserve tweets as well as books.
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Why Is Dartmouth Still Boiling Over a Protest That Happened 2 Weeks Ago?

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 24, 2015 - 12:51pm
Dubious claims of violence and mixed messages from the administration have fueled controversy over a library demonstration.
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Diving Coach at Towson U. Is Charged in Locker-Room Recording Incident

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 24, 2015 - 12:22pm
Members of the women's swimming and diving team discovered a smartphone recording them last month.
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Senior Official Will Leave Education Dept.

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 24, 2015 - 12:18pm
Jamienne Studley, deputy under secretary and acting assistant secretary of the Office of Postsecondary Education, will step down on December 18.
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Occidental Faculty Weighs System for Reports of Microaggressions

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 24, 2015 - 11:20am
A proposed system for the California college is scheduled to be put before the faculty at its December 1 meeting.
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Torn Over Tactics: Activists Refine Their Demands as Protests Over Racism Spread

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 24, 2015 - 1:58am
Backlashes on some campuses and compromises on others have prompted some student activists to settle for less.
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A Virginia Tech Survivor Puts a Face on the Gun-Violence Prevention Movement

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 24, 2015 - 1:56am
Nearly nine years ago, Colin Goddard was shot four times in a college classroom. Today, with the campus-carry debate raging, that experience helps shape his advocacy for gun-safety legislation.
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Why So Many New Graduates of Elite Colleges Flock to the Same Kinds of Jobs

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 24, 2015 - 1:55am
Sure, financial, consulting, and tech firms recruit heavily. But universities themselves play a key role in structuring the pathways to those careers, according to new research.
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A Call to End Racial Harassment on Campuses

U.S. Department of Education Blog - November 23, 2015 - 1:24pm

Recently, the Department held a meeting with campus leaders from around the country — presidents, faculty, legal experts and student leaders — to tackle the issue of racial harassment on campuses and to lay out solutions to foster supportive educational environments. In the wake of recent incidents of racial harassment on college campuses across the country, Secretary Duncan penned an Op-Ed for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch to share highlights from the meeting.

Nancy Cantor, Chancellor of Rutgers University-Newark, was in attendance and wrote a statement in solidarity to the Rutgers community, sharing the university’s support for students calling for an end to racial harassment on campuses and for institutions of higher education to do their part to make social change.

Dear Members of the Rutgers University-Newark Community:

As the world continues to process the horror of the violence that claimed so many innocent lives in Paris on Friday night, we, too, at Rutgers University – Newark feel profound shock and bewilderment.  Our minds go to other places – to Beirut and Kenya, to the children lost at sea seeking freedom, to the lives lost that so mattered in Ferguson and Baltimore and on, to the seemingly endless instances in our daily lives, on our campuses – even ours – when difference cloaks bigotry or just ignorance, when we fail to listen to the other, fail to give the respect they deserve and manage instead, perhaps without intent, to hurt those with whom we should be sharing one community.  How can this keep happening?

We sit here, in a city made global by waves of migration over many generations, a place whose heart beats to a rhythm of opportunity-seeking that knows no boundaries of land of origin, language, race, ethnicity, a gathering of peaceful peoples pursuing different faiths and common desires.  Yet we see also around us the scarring consequences of decade after decade, group after group, strangers to each other, enemies even within the same land, separated by an architecture of segregation, an economy of inequality, a politics of polarization, a dogma of intolerance.  We witness the loss of a new future, struck down.  And we wonder aloud, what we can do differently?

We can take seriously what we all know to be profoundly true, the diversity of our university and its home community with all its ties to heritages far and wide is the power we have – arguably the only power we have – to make a fairer, safer, more just, less violent, more peaceful future.  This is it, so what shall we do to act together in that power?

We shall answer the call of our students to rally in solidarity with other students facing racial harassment on campuses from Missouri to Ithaca and on, as they stand here echoing the courageous voices of the Black Organization of Students at Conklin Hall and the Minority Student Program at the Law School.

Join me as I join too, and do so, as they call us to do, with an eye toward looking too at ourselves, for we have the benefit of numbers here, the vibrancy of much diversity, but not the luxury of complacency. We must examine how hard it is, every day, for each of us, to move from the insularity of difference to the breadth of real conversations, when we live with the ghosts of a long past with an even longer reach, as I wrote about in August.  Can we do this together?

We need to, as the strategic plan study group on leveraging diversity asked us to, and as a new Commission on Diversity and Transformation, following their lead, and co-lead by Jerome Williams and Shirley Collado, will do going forward – scholars, activists, students, faculty, and staff will articulate what it means for us to be a place that values the freedom of expression and the responsibility of listening, so that we too can move forward to the heartbeat of opportunity and the inspiration of excellence built on the power of difference coming together.  If we are the one’s we’ve been waiting for, let’s not wait any longer.

My best in hope,

Nancy Cantor

Nancy Cantor is Chancellor of Rutgers University-Newark

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No, Your College Probably Doesn't Have a 'White Student Union'

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 23, 2015 - 11:43am
Facebook pages that have been trumpeted as a backlash to protests over racism on campuses appear to have little connection to the colleges to which they say they are attached.
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Yoga Class Is Suspended After Students Deem It Culturally Inappropriate

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 23, 2015 - 11:35am
A campus center run by the University of Ottawa's Student Federation alluded to the "oppression" and "cultural genocide" associated with the practice of yoga.
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1966: First Issue of The Chronicle

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 23, 2015 - 9:13am
Here's a look at the cover of our very first issue, published 49 years ago today.
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Complaint Accuses U. of Kansas Professor of Racial Discrimination in Class

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 23, 2015 - 1:58am
Graduate students who want the professor fired say her remarks were "outright racism." The professor says she believes her comments were not discriminatory and are protected by academic freedom.
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Citing 'Rapid' Changes in Higher Ed, Kilian Community College Will Close

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 23, 2015 - 1:55am
The South Dakota institution's president said "local initiatives along with the external competitive landscape" had put its "future in doubt."
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How Well Is Hillary Clinton Tweeting? Syracuse Takes a Closer Look

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 23, 2015 - 1:55am
A team of researchers at the university is studying social media’s effects on the 2016 presidential campaign.
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