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Watch This University Chancellor Catch a Bunch of Pokémon

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 25, 2016 - 3:49pm
The University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee put out a video of its chancellor, Mark Mone, stepping out of his office for a "meeting."
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Adams State U. Settles Lawsuit With Professor Who Was Banned From Campus

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 25, 2016 - 12:52pm
The university lifted the ban and will pay $100,000 to resolve the dispute.
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Former U. of Alaska Student Acquitted of Rape Says University Is Withholding His Degree

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 25, 2016 - 12:42pm
The former hockey player was found not guilty of two sexual-assault charges in February. But the university's investigation is still open, and the investigators have yet to schedule an interview with him, according to a lawsuit.
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Small College to Close After Accreditor's Recognition Is Thrown Into Doubt

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 25, 2016 - 12:40pm
The Pennsylvania college is one of more than 900 for-profit institutions reeling from the Education Department's call to shut down the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools.
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5 Things You Should Know about WIOA

U.S. Department of Education Blog - July 25, 2016 - 8:35am

Friday marked the two-year anniversary of President Obama signing into law the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (or WIOA for short).  Last month, the Departments of Labor and Education, in close collaboration with the Departments of Health and Human Services, Agriculture, and Housing and Urban Development, made publicly available the final rules implementing WIOA.  We are excited to continue the conversation around WIOA and we are committed to making sure WIOA works for all job-seekers, workers, and employers as the departments implement the final rules.

Here’s what WIOA means and why it matters:

  1. WIOA means the first major reform to federal job training programs in more than 15 years. When WIOA passed with bipartisan majorities in Congress and was signed by President Obama in 2014, it had the potential to revitalize the public workforce system to reflect the realities of the 21st century economy and meet the needs of all job-seekers, workers, and employers.  The final rules announced last month are the embodiment of that potential, setting the foundation for the workforce system to connect Americans of all walks of life more efficiently and effectively to high-quality careers. They also ensure that businesses of all sizes have access to the talent pipelines that will help grow their business and the U.S. economy.
  2. WIOA means improved services for approximately 20 million people every year. Looking for work can be challenging on many levels. WIOA streamlines that process, breaking down barriers between government agencies and service locations. It provides seamless access to high-quality services to help people get a job and advance along a career pathway – as well as crucial supports like food and housing assistance — through a network of more than 2,400 American Job Centers and their partners across the country.
  3. WIOA helps people overcome hurdles to find a job. WIOA improves access to job training and education opportunities for people who have traditionally faced barriers to employment, including individuals with disabilities, out-of-school and at-risk youth, youth in foster care or young adults who have aged out of foster care, formerly incarcerated individuals, and others.  WIOA emphasizes pursuing and obtaining post-secondary education, training and other credentials as a foundation for improving career prospects for the long-term.  The final rules will also help the approximately 1 million veterans, who use these services every year, better translate the skills they learned in the military into quality civilian careers.
  4. WIOA is better for business and communities. Under WIOA, businesses inform and guide the workforce system so that services are aligned with industry needs. WIOA places a premium on industry or sector partnerships and proven strategies like apprenticeship and work-based learning to deliver high-quality worker training.Since meeting workforce needs is critical to local, regional, and national economic growth, WIOA better aligns workforce development programs with economic development efforts. The final rules also put a greater emphasis on reemployment strategies and require rapid response activities at the state level in response to layoffs or other workforce reductions.
  5. WIOA means more and better information about what works. The final rules require that education and training providers publicly report their results so that the millions of people who use these services can make more informed choices about programs to pursue. Improved transparency also means improved accountability through better program evaluations and strong common performance metrics to ensure future investments are evidence-based and data-driven.

Whether you are looking for a job, looking to improve your skills, or looking to hire, WIOA works for you!  To get started today, visit one of the more than 2,400 American Job Centers around the country or call 1-800-USA-JOBS.

The WIOA final rules, along with accompanying resources, are available at the following links:

Tom Perez is U.S. Secretary of Labor and John B. King, Jr., is U.S. Secretary of Education.

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‘I Want to Get This Right’: Scenes From a Conference on Campus Sex Assault

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 25, 2016 - 2:55am
When officials from 33 colleges met in Washington to discuss a new curriculum for assault investigations, conducting fair interviews and making sense of consent emerged as key themes.
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How Much Can Unions Lift Adjuncts? CUNY Contract Fight Hinges on What’s Good Enough

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 25, 2016 - 2:55am
Many of the City University of New York’s part-time faculty members oppose a new labor agreement that their union heralds as offering them big gains.
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What a University Can Learn From Wegmans

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 24, 2016 - 5:28pm
American University hopes to translate the customer-service ethos developed by the successful grocery chain into better student-service policies.
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1999: Opening Lab Doors to Women

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 24, 2016 - 5:00pm
When a faculty-led study showed MIT that it was discriminating against women, the university did something unusual: It agreed.
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Seattle U.’s Humanities Dean, the Subject of Student Protests, Retires

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 23, 2016 - 4:27pm
Jodi O. Kelly had been placed on administrative leave after a 22-day sit-in protest staged by students critical of the college's "Eurocentric" curriculum.
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NCAA Questions Host Cities on Possible Discrimination

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 22, 2016 - 12:30pm
Cities that will host NCAA events or have expressed interest in doing so are being asked about local laws, regulations, or policies that might be biased.
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Education Dept. Proposes Rules to Clarify State Oversight of Online Courses

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 22, 2016 - 9:40am
The new regulations would close what's been called a loophole in which distance-education providers enroll students in states where the institutions are not located.
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Protecting Students of All Religious Backgrounds from Unlawful Discrimination

U.S. Department of Education Blog - July 22, 2016 - 7:30am

All students—regardless of race, national origin, religion, disability, or sex—deserve access to a high-quality education, from preschool through college. Throughout the last seven-and-a-half years, the Obama administration and the Department of Education have worked to safeguard the rights and protections of our students by enforcing our nation’s civil rights laws and implementing regulations that prohibit discrimination and providing additional support to educators to prevent such discrimination.

Building on these critical efforts, today, the Department’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) launched a webpage that consolidates resources from across the Federal government about religious discrimination. The new page links to OCR’s relevant policy guidance and case resolutions involving religious discrimination claims, as well as resources in various languages and from other Federal agencies.

We also revised our online complaint form to clarify when OCR can investigate complaints from individuals who believe they have experienced racial, ethnic, or national origin discrimination involving their religion. Both efforts aim to ensure that students of all religious backgrounds receive the full protection of federal civil rights laws.

OCR’s jurisdiction under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 extends to discrimination based on a person’s actual or perceived shared ancestry or ethnic characteristics, including membership in a religion that may be perceived to exhibit ethnic characteristics (e.g., Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, and Sikh students). Our updated online form reaffirms that students and parents of all faiths can file complaints with OCR that include aspects of religious discrimination in education, even though Title VI does not expressly prohibit religious discrimination.

Such complaints are not new to OCR. Last year, we received more than 450 complaints of racial or national origin harassment, including some involving religion. We have used enforcement as a key tool to protect students of many religious backgrounds from unlawful discrimination. For example, we have resolved cases involving Jewish students subjected to anti-Semitic epithets or Muslim students targeted for wearing a hijab and called terrorists. In instances where schools failed to address a hostile environment, we have secured commitments from those schools to improve their harassment policies and procedures, train staff and students, and conduct school climate surveys.

In addition to resolving cases, OCR has conducted outreach and worked to share resources with the field in order to support schools in their efforts to prevent religious discrimination. Since March, OCR has participated in a series of roundtables with other federal agencies on issues of religious discrimination, including bullying of students from diverse religious and ethnic backgrounds. Our participation in the Justice Department’s Combating Religious Discrimination Today roundtables also has given us the opportunity to hear from communities and advocates around the country on the issue of religious discrimination in our nation’s schools. In June, OCR issued a fact sheet about combating discrimination against Asian-American, Native-Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, Muslim, Arab, Sikh, and South Asian students, and I recently blogged about OCR’s work to prevent discrimination involving religion at schools and universities.

We recognize, as the Department recently stated in the Federal Register, that there are “an increasing number of incidents of anti-Semitic bullying and harassment in public schools . . . [and] reports documenting that students who are or are perceived as Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Arab, Middle Eastern, South Asian, or Southeast Asian are frequent targets of bullying and harassment.” In response, the Department revised the regulations for the Equity Assistance Centers (EACs). The EACs, starting in October, will be authorized to provide technical assistance, on request, to public school districts, students and parents, and community organizations to prevent and combat religious discrimination.

Recognizing that data are critical in understanding the problem and measuring progress, later this year every public school district in the country will be required, for the first time, to report to OCR through the Civil Rights Data Collection on the number of incidents of religious-based bullying or harassment in their schools in the 2015-2016 school year. We hope that this information will be useful to schools, policymakers, researchers, and others to facilitate a broader understanding of the scope of this issue.

We look forward to continuing this important work by using all the tools at our disposal to address unlawful discrimination so that all students can learn in safe, inclusive, and welcoming school environments.

Catherine E. Lhamon is Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education.

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As Dual Enrollments Swell, So Do Worries About Academic Rigor

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 22, 2016 - 2:59am
Courses that give high-school students college credit before they graduate are expanding rapidly. In Texas, where the idea is especially popular, many educators are watching the trend warily.
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How Alabama Is Trying to Diversify Its Greek Organizations

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 22, 2016 - 2:56am
This month the university released an "action plan" that seeks to promote inclusiveness within its traditionally white fraternities and sororities. But concerns remain about the possibility of lasting change.
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When Pokémon Goes to Campus: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 22, 2016 - 2:55am
The hit augmented-reality game has prompted many colleges to jump on the bandwagon. Sometimes, though, players are finding themselves in unusual situations.
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U. of Michigan Board Chair Withdraws $3-Million Gift Over Naming Concerns

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 21, 2016 - 3:40pm
He and his wife had pledged to fund a new building to be named for them, but they dropped the idea after critics noted that it would replace the only campus building named for an African-American.
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Behind the Shake-Up at Temple U.: A Merit Scholarship That Grew Too Fast

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 21, 2016 - 12:07pm
Though no administrators have taken the blame for the $22-million deficit that led to the president’s resignation, it’s clear that a financial-aid program had become too successful for its own good.
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How to Hold Research ‘Rock Stars’ Accountable for Sexual Harassment

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 21, 2016 - 2:58am
A panel on harassment in academe, particularly in the sciences, explored why it’s difficult to punish professors for inappropriate behavior and what can be done about that. Here are three themes from the discussion.
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Turkey’s University Leaders Are Expected to Face Loyalty Inquiries

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 21, 2016 - 2:57am
Turkish scholars in the United States say the recent turmoil appears to have been part of a long dispute between former allies who shared an interest in making the country more Islamic.
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