Hammer, Nails, and Software Bring Thoreau Alive

Chronicle of Higher Education - Fri, 2014-10-17 02:56

Students at SUNY-Geneseo are not just reading Walden. They're building a version of the author’s cabin in the woods, using 19th-century tools.

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Here Are 88 Weird College-Owned Trademarks, Arranged as a Poem

Chronicle of Higher Education - Fri, 2014-10-17 02:55

Some of them are standard. Others, not so much.

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Why Colleges Don't Want to Be Judged by Their Graduation Rates

Chronicle of Higher Education - Fri, 2014-10-17 02:55

The government's calculation of the rates ignores millions of potential graduates, a worrisome prospect as a controversial college-rating system is about to be unveiled.

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Promoting Safe and Supportive Schools

U.S. Department of Education Blog - Thu, 2014-10-16 12:36

Cross-posted from the Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs blog.

Last week, Secretary Duncan joined representatives from education and juvenile justice organizations at the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Summit on School Discipline and Climate. There, he spoke about the importance of comprehensively supporting our students – and not just when it comes to raising test scores. Our schools should first, and foremost, be safe places to learn and our students should feel secure and valued.

We’d all agree that acting out in school is both disrespectful and disruptive, but should a minor infraction like tardiness or a dress code violation earn a student suspension or expulsion? For some kids, that’s exactly what happens, thanks to zero-tolerance disciplinary policies in place in school districts across the country. What’s even more troubling, too often these removals from school begin a road to academic failure and even later involvement in the juvenile justice system.

Under a promising effort called the Supportive School Discipline Initiative, the Departments of Justice, Education, and Health and Human Services, in partnership with philanthropies, are helping to foster safe, supportive, and productive learning environments while keeping students in school. As part of the initiative, on Oct. 6 and 7 we held a National Leadership Summit on School Climate and Discipline that brought together teams of educators and justice system professionals from 20 states and the District of Columbia to discuss how to improve school disciplinary practice and reduce student entry into the juvenile justice system. The summit provided the opportunity for states and local jurisdictions to develop strategies and begin taking steps toward disciplinary and juvenile justice reform. We also announced $4.3 million in grant awards to support activities designed to keep kids in school and out of court.

Kids should be held responsible for their behavior, but there are better alternatives to the harsh disciplinary methods being used in too many districts. By working with schools and justice system professionals, I believe we can find ways to keep our kids in school and on the path to learning and success.

Karol Mason is Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs at the U.S. Department of Justice.

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When Guns Come to Campus, Security and Culture Can Get Complicated

Chronicle of Higher Education - Thu, 2014-10-16 02:56

The cancellation of a speech by a feminist media critic at Utah State University has revived concerns about safety at institutions in states that allow firearms on campuses.

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NSF-Backed Scientists Raise Alarm Over Deepening Congressional Inquiry

Chronicle of Higher Education - Thu, 2014-10-16 02:55

Grants to some 50 professors are now being investigated by the Republican-controlled House science committee.

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As Complaints Over Private Student Loans Rise, Repayment Information Remains Scarce

Chronicle of Higher Education - Thu, 2014-10-16 02:55

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has received 5,300 complaints from borrowers since last October, an increase of 38 percent.

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'Dear White People': A New Movie About Race on Campus Is, Sadly, Spot-On

Chronicle of Higher Education - Thu, 2014-10-16 02:55

We spoke with students and scholars who caught preview screenings of the buzzed-about film. For the most part, they said, it resonates.

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Severe Cuts to European Science Budgets Draw Protests From Researchers

Chronicle of Higher Education - Wed, 2014-10-15 11:22

With budget reductions as large as 40 percent in some countries, scientists are speaking out, saying the cuts will hurt the region's global competitiveness.

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WUE makes out-of-state tuition more affordable | Thinking About College (10/15/2014)

WICHE in the News - Wed, 2014-10-15 07:52
For slightly more than the cost of a CSU, you can attend University of Arizona, Washington State University, Colorado State University, University of Nevada, and hundreds of other western colleges…all thanks to WUE and WICHE.
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In Taste of Autonomy, Sports Programs Now Battle for Athletes' Bellies

Chronicle of Higher Education - Wed, 2014-10-15 02:58

Freed of NCAA limits on how much they can give their athletes to eat, some programs are budgeting $1-million extra for snacks. And keeping an eye on competitors' tables.

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A College System Lets Students’ Pay Determine Its Budget Requests

Chronicle of Higher Education - Wed, 2014-10-15 02:55

The Texas State Technical College system bases its requests on a "returned value" formula that looks at how much students earn above the minimum wage.

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Join Secretary Duncan for a Connected Educator Month Twitter Chat

U.S. Department of Education Blog - Tue, 2014-10-14 12:14

Mark your calendars and join Secretary Duncan this week on Twitter during Connected Educator Month.

Duncan and educators across the country will have a discussion about the importance of connected learning and the newly announced Future Ready Pledge this Tuesday, Oct. 14 from 7-8 pm ET. Use the hashtag #ce14 to join the discussion. And be sure to follow @ArneDuncan and @usedgov. (If you aren’t able to join, the conversation will be archived here.)

Connected Educator Month offers a range of engaging online professional development activities for educators at all levels.

Originally developed by ED and our partners, Connected Educator Month focuses on reaching and encouraging educators to try out and explore national and global, online learning opportunities. Its goal is not only to provide access to unique professional development opportunities, but to also to show how educators can stay connected and learn with each other.

In the brief video below, Richard Culatta, Director of the Office of Educational Technology, highlights the value of connecting with other teachers to share ideas and best practices and invites teachers to bring a friend or colleague to the conversations happening during Connected Educator Month.

This year’s Twitter chat with Secretary Duncan will focus on the importance of being a connected educator and Future Ready.

Connected learning opportunities provide teachers with a support network and the opportunity to engage in discussions around teaching and learning. These opportunities will help further initiatives like Teach to Lead, which emphasizes the importance of providing opportunities for teachers to lead from the classroom and involving teachers in the development of policies that affect their work.

Tuesday’s conversation will also focus on the newly announced Future Ready Initiative. At its heart is the Future Ready District Pledge, which establishes a framework for districts to achieve the goals laid out in President Obama’s ConnectED Initiative. In particular, the pledge emphasizes the value of providing personalized professional learning opportunities that empower educators to use technology effectively to improve student learning.

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At Saint Louis U., Ferguson Protests Make for a Long, Tense, but Peaceful Night

Chronicle of Higher Education - Tue, 2014-10-14 02:58

Campus officials had little warning that a middle-of-the-night march would bring hundreds of demonstrators through the university’s gates.

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The U. of Texas Tracks What Its Graduates Earn. It Thinks You Should, Too.

Chronicle of Higher Education - Tue, 2014-10-14 02:56

University officials found a receptive audience on Capitol Hill last week. They showed off an online tool that could be just what some lawmakers want all colleges to do.

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On Campuses and Beyond, the Job Market for New Graduates Looks Up

Chronicle of Higher Education - Tue, 2014-10-14 02:55

A survey of employers agrees with a gut feeling shared by career counselors—that the Class of 2015 will see a rise in employment opportunities.

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How a Sex-Assault Researcher Persevered Against University Resistance

Chronicle of Higher Education - Tue, 2014-10-14 02:55

Jennifer Freyd says the University of Oregon's leaders supported her survey on rape—until they saw the survey.

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How to Choose the Best Federal Student Loan Repayment Plan

U.S. Department of Education Blog - Mon, 2014-10-13 06:00

If you have federal student loans, it’s important that you understand your loan repayment options. For example, did you know that you have the option to choose a repayment plan? That’s right. While your loan servicer (the company that handles the billing and other services on your federal education loan) will automatically place your loan on the Standard Repayment Plan, you CAN choose another plan.

The Department of Education offers several traditional and income-driven repayment plans with different payment options. So, make sure to take the time to understand these options and find the plan that works best for you.

Generally, our repayment plans offer three types of payments:

  • Fixed Payments: Our Standard Repayment Plan and Extended Repayment Plan offer payments that remain the same amount for the life of the loan.
  • Graduated Payments: Our Graduated Repayment Plan and Extended-Graduated Plan offer payments that start out low and gradually increase every two years.
  • Income-Driven Payments: Our three income-driven repayment plans offer payments that are calculated based on your income.

Choosing a repayment plan can feel overwhelming. Don’t worry—there are several resources available to help you understand the repayments plans, determine your eligibility for each plan, and make the right decision for you.

  • Use our online Repayment Estimator to find out which plans you may be eligible for and to estimate how much you would pay under each plan. (If you log-in, the Repayment Estimator will use your actual loan balance to estimate your eligibility and payment information.)
  • Get detailed information about each repayment plan on our website.
  • Watch our Repayment: What to Expect video to get a high-level overview of the repayment plans.
  • Check out our Repayment Plans infographic for an easy-to-understand visual that will give you some key points to keep in mind as you are choosing a repayment plan.
  • Read our Repay Your Federal Student Loans fact sheet for additional information on loan repayment and the repayment plans.
  • Contact your loan servicer to discuss your options and choose a federal student loan repayment plan that’s best for you.

Remember, the repayment plans discussed here are for federal loans only. If you have private loans, check with your lender about available repayment options.

For more information on federal student loan repayment plans, visit Studentaid.ed.gov/repay-loans.

Tara Marini is a communication analyst at the Department of Education’s office of Federal Student Aid.

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As a President Gets 5 More Years, a Faculty Gets Nervous

Chronicle of Higher Education - Mon, 2014-10-13 02:57

John Garvey has the backing of the Catholic University of America’s trustees. Now he just has to regain the support of his own professors.

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