Higher Education News

What Obama’s Overtime Rule Could Mean for Colleges

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 20, 2016 - 2:55am
The rule will affect more than just postdoctoral researchers at public institutions. Here’s a quick guide to what you need to know about its potential impact.
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Among Greek Groups, Efforts to Curb Drinking Have Little Effect

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 20, 2016 - 2:55am
Members of fraternities and sororities who participated in alcohol-education programs drank just as heavily as before, sometimes even more heavily, a study finds.
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Elsevier’s Purchase of Social-Sciences Hub May Signal a Strategy Shift

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 20, 2016 - 2:55am
The move by the publishing giant caused a ruckus on social media.
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Common App’s New Leader Ponders College Access — and Holographic Video Interviews

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 20, 2016 - 2:55am
Jenny Rickard, now at the University of Puget Sound, describes her vision for the nonprofit organization behind the widely used admissions-application platform.
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Rutgers Will Pay $300,000 to Settle Lawsuit by Former Basketball Player

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 19, 2016 - 12:21pm
The athlete, who has a learning disability, alleged mistreatment and discrimination by a former coach.
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Common Application Gets New Leader From U. of Puget Sound

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 19, 2016 - 11:43am
Jenny Rickard, now vice president for enrollment at the university, in Washington State, will take office in August.
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2 For-Profit Universities Will Cut Arbitration Clauses From Enrollment Agreements

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 19, 2016 - 9:23am
Students at the University of Phoenix and Western International University will now be able to sue the colleges if they feel they have been defrauded.
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Johns Hopkins Will Cease Teaching Surgery With Live Pigs

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 19, 2016 - 2:55am
The university said the practice, abandoned by nearly all other American medical schools, was no longer needed.
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AAUP Accuses U. of Missouri System of Violating Melissa Click’s Rights

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 19, 2016 - 2:55am
Investigators with the American Association of University Professors said that the controversial faculty member’s firing set a precedent that threatens academic freedom.
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Building a Better ‘Bridge’ to the Ph.D.

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 19, 2016 - 2:55am
An HBCU works with a top research university to help minority students transition from the master’s.
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Judge Rules Kentucky Governor Can Unilaterally Cut University Budgets

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 18, 2016 - 3:17pm
Two state laws let Gov. Matthew G. Bevin trim state funds without the legislature's approval, according to a state court.
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Police Records Reveal Further Assault Allegations Against Baylor Football Players

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 18, 2016 - 12:25pm
The new accusations, disclosed by ESPN, came out as officials at the university were reviewing an outside report into its response to alleged sexual assaults.
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Facing Budget Cuts, Kentucky Community College System Lays Off 45 Faculty Members

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 18, 2016 - 12:16pm
The system trimmed more than 500 positions and announced a 6-percent tuition increase to offset a $26-million budget shortfall.
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Why Audrey Watters Thinks Tech Is a Trojan Horse Set to ‘Dismantle’ the Academy

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 18, 2016 - 11:00am
In a new podcast, a prominent critic of education technology deconstructs what she calls the "Silicon Valley narrative."
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UNC Tuition for $500? State Lawmakers Consider the Possibility at 5 Campuses

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 18, 2016 - 2:58am
Legislatures in several states have tried to curb college costs, but none has gone as far as a bill in the North Carolina Senate would. The bill’s focus on minority-serving institutions adds another dimension to the debate.
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As Consent Rules Change, Big Questions Come to the Surface

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 18, 2016 - 2:55am
Hundreds of colleges and a few states have adopted policies requiring affirmative consent. An unusual conference in Texas highlighted moral and philosophical objections to the new approach.
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‘Yes’ to Sex? Students Consider What That Looks and Sounds Like

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 18, 2016 - 2:55am
The standard of "affirmative consent" in sexual encounters has spread to many campuses, but students are still trying to figure out how to apply it.
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Why Do Politicians Keep Talking About ‘Hard-Working’ Students?

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 18, 2016 - 2:55am
The frequently used phrase sheds light on how politicians and the public view higher ed — and they might not all be talking about the same thing.
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The “Invisible Tax” on Teachers of Color: A Philly Point of View

U.S. Department of Education Blog - May 17, 2016 - 4:25pm

Bringing together Black male teachers and principals and building a network of learning, support and empowerment is essential, relevant and necessary not only for Black male students, but for all students. This is the essential mission of The Fellowship, a Philadelphia-based group that was founded to support current and aspiring black male educators through advocacy, engaging policy makers, expanding the teacher pipeline, and quarterly professional development opportunities called, “Black Male Educators Convenings” (BMEC).

In November 2015, members of The Fellowship had the opportunity to share our work with Secretary John King. Secretary King spoke candidly and critically about the achievement gap and the need to do more for those most in need through equity and access to excellence. As a former inner-city student, teacher, and leader, King was able to articulate the importance of increasing teacher diversity. He knew well of the “invisible tax” that many African American and Latino male teachers silently endure for the sake of their schools’ students. The pressure of being the lone black or brown male educator in a school, while simultaneously charged with being the main mentor, disciplinarian, and relationship guru for all students who share similar backgrounds, can be overwhelming.

Sharif El-Mekki, co-founder of The Fellowship, moderating Q&A, during Town Hall with Secretary John King in Philadelphia. Photo by Rashiid Coleman

In a school district in which Black males have a four-year graduation rate of 24 percent, Philadelphia is a city with an urgent need for support that targets this population. The Fellowship aims to do just that through a mission to support schools in the recruitment, retention, and development of current and aspiring Black male educators in the Greater Philadelphia region. Studies show that having more role models within the school system can have a positive impact on Black children. We also believe that more Black male teachers can also have a positive effect on all students, not just the students we share a cultural identity with.

In January 2016, in Philadelphia, Secretary King reiterated his urgent message of addressing the stark racial disparity between America’s students and teachers in a town hall meeting with teachers and leaders representing charter, private and traditional district schools. He once again affirmed not only the need to do more for our students, but to do so in a spirit of community and collaboration.

Members of The Fellowship have been able to continue our work of diversifying the teacher pipeline through the Teach to Lead initiative. Through the support we received from the U.S. Department of Education and other critical organizations, we were able to craft a strategic plan for our three-pronged approach to support Black male educators-convenings to provide professional development and networking opportunities, advocacy, and expanding the pipeline.

The Fellowship has committed to ensuring such excellence through the targeted efforts to create a teacher workforce that better reflects the faces of the students we serve. Secretary King not only supports these efforts, but also continues to affirm the work of all educators committed to ensuring that our students are given the best opportunities for success, including ensuring equitable educational opportunities for all students.

Dr. William Hayes is a founding member of The Fellowship and the founding principal of Mastery-East Camden Middle School. He is a graduate of Morehouse College and Harvard University and recently received his PhD in Education Leadership from Vanderbilt. Dr. Hayes and The Fellowship can be found on Twitter: @SpeakHayes & @BMECFellowship.

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Illinois Professors Speak Out Against Governor's Pick for Higher-Ed Board

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 17, 2016 - 3:47pm
The state's Republican governor has appointed a former Republican candidate for State Senate and part-time university lecturer to fill the faculty seat on the board.
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