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14 Academics Are Among 23 Winners of 2016 MacArthur Fellowships

Chronicle of Higher Education - September 22, 2016 - 10:41am
Fellows are chosen for their creativity, history of accomplishment, and potential to produce more creative work.
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Justice Dept. and Wheaton College (Mass.) Settle Sex-Assault Case

Chronicle of Higher Education - September 22, 2016 - 10:13am
The college, which was found to have fallen short of Title IX's requirements, agreed to a series of steps to do better.
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U. of Tennessee Investigates Professor for 'Run Them Down' Tweet on Charlotte Protesters

Chronicle of Higher Education - September 22, 2016 - 9:58am
Glenn Reynolds, a law professor on the Knoxville campus and a well-known blogger, reported that Twitter had suspended his account until he deleted the tweet.
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Governor Can't Unilaterally Cut Colleges' Budgets, Kentucky Justices Rule

Chronicle of Higher Education - September 22, 2016 - 9:36am
In March, Matt Bevin, a Republican, ordered that public universities' budgets be cut. The state's Supreme Court has ruled he overstepped his authority.
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The Presidential Election: A Lesson in Civics

U.S. Department of Education Blog - September 22, 2016 - 6:00am

As a social studies teacher, I’m always excited to teach students about their legal rights, our political system and how they can become engaged citizens. However, that excitement kicks up a notch during a presidential election year because I’m reminded of the importance of teaching students how to become engaged citizens. As a social studies teacher, it’s up to me to set the foundation for my students so they will be able to engage productively.

Exchanging ideas in civics class. (Photo courtesy of the author)

Each year around Constitution Day (September 17), the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania releases data showcasing some Americans’ limited understanding of civics and government. Two alarming statistics from their most recent study: three-quarters of respondents could not name all three branches of government, and thirty-one percent of respondents could not name one branch. This data provides a yearly reminder about how important it is for me to arm my students with this knowledge so they can become informed citizens who don’t end up as one of those statistics.

Teaching about civic engagement during an election year is more important than ever. Many social studies teachers have legitimate concerns about teaching the controversial issues that surround presidential elections, out of concern for upsetting parents and administrators. But in my classroom, I believe that if I don’t teach my students how to have civilized political discourse when they are in school, they may grow up without this skill, without an understanding of history and government and without the knowledge they need about their responsibility to be informed citizens. I want my students to take the time to thoughtfully understand the position of others – something that’s not always easy when they watch TV or engage on social media.

Fortunately, I have found that there are great resources to support teachers in educating students about the intricacies of our political system in a non-partisan way. iCivics’ Win the White House game allows students to choose a platform and run a nationwide campaign including fundraising, polling, and planning media appearances. The Civics Renewal Network is dedicated to consolidating access to all kinds of civic education resources for teachers. Project VoteSmart is dedicated to providing non-partisan fact-checking resources about federal and state level government officials.

The 2016 election brings the usual presidential election cycle excitement and our media outlets are energizing that daily. I support a renewed focus in schools on issues and policy stances that could strengthen our students’ political understanding and critical thinking skills. Our students are the next generation of governors, senators, and presidents and I know I will do my best to equip them with the foundational knowledge they’ll need to succeed.

Franklin Roosevelt once said, “Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy; therefore, is education.” It is imperative we provide students with strong and engaging civics curriculum for the future of our democracy.

Erica Schnee is a National Board Certified Teacher and an iCivics Master Teacher and an Assistant Principal at Bozeman High School by day and an AP Government teacher for Montana Digital Academy by night.

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HBCU Students Trust the Media Less Than Other College Students, Survey Finds

Chronicle of Higher Education - September 22, 2016 - 3:58am
A majority of students at historically black colleges say they believe student protesters should be able to prevent reporters from covering demonstrations on their campuses.
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In San Francisco, the Fates of a College and Its Accreditor Are on the Line

Chronicle of Higher Education - September 22, 2016 - 3:55am
A long battle involving the City College of San Francisco and the commission that accredits it is about to enter a pivotal stage.
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Bill in Congress Would Use Research Funds to Curb Sex Harassment in Academe

Chronicle of Higher Education - September 22, 2016 - 2:55am
The legislation would require federal agencies that provide research funds to consider alleged sexual misconduct by grant seekers in reviewing their applications for funds.
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Who’s Got the Time to Train​ ​​Admissions​ ​Officers?

Chronicle of Higher Education - September 22, 2016 - 2:55am
For a profession that practitioners often just fall into, many colleges find it difficult to provide adequate training and continuing education to new hires.
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Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Pledges $3 Billion for Science Research

Chronicle of Higher Education - September 21, 2016 - 3:43pm
The Facebook co-founder and his physician wife draw praise from Bill Gates, among others, as they outlined plans to tackle big goals and fund research that other grant makers consider too risky.
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Lafayette College Professor Who Went on Hunger Strike Is Denied Tenure Again

Chronicle of Higher Education - September 21, 2016 - 1:53pm
The college's Board of Trustees denied the faculty member's bid for tenure because he had not met the standard for distinction in teaching.
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U. of Kentucky Promises Reforms After Sexual-Misconduct Case

Chronicle of Higher Education - September 21, 2016 - 12:31pm
The university says it will provide better training for students and the faculty, and will establish a process to review the tenure of professors involved in harassment cases.
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Rutgers Athletic Director Apologizes for Chugging a Beer While Fans Cheered

Chronicle of Higher Education - September 21, 2016 - 11:35am
"I regret that any action on my part can be interpreted as promoting the use of alcohol," Mr. Hobbs said after a video of his feat surfaced.
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How Colleges Should Adapt in a Networked Age

Chronicle of Higher Education - September 21, 2016 - 10:30am
In a Re:Learning podcast, The Chronicle talks with Joshua Cooper Ramo, who points to a shift in attitudes toward college and authority figures in general.
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Northwestern U. Lifts Ban Keeping Tenured Professor From Campus

Chronicle of Higher Education - September 21, 2016 - 9:33am
Jacqueline Stevens has completed the health evaluation that her dean required her to undergo after she got into an argument with another faculty member.
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Regional Accreditors Will Push to Improve Graduation Rates

Chronicle of Higher Education - September 21, 2016 - 2:55am
The agencies will pay special attention to institutions with low graduation rates.
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As Reformers Take Aim at Remediation, Community Colleges Feel the Squeeze

Chronicle of Higher Education - September 21, 2016 - 2:55am
Some states have cut back on remedial education, saying it’s broken. But more and more students are packing into the classes, and questions about college readiness still linger.
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So Long, for Now: A Former Admissions Officer Looks Back

Chronicle of Higher Education - September 21, 2016 - 2:55am
How one black alumnus of a majority white university tried to paint a positive but realistic picture for prospective students.
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Unarmed Black Motorist Shot Dead by an Oklahoma Police Officer Was a Student

Chronicle of Higher Education - September 20, 2016 - 7:22pm
Terence Crutcher, 40, was on his way home from Tulsa Community College when his car broke down. It is unclear what led the police to regard him as a threat.
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Belmont U. Removes Student After Racist Social-Media Post

Chronicle of Higher Education - September 20, 2016 - 12:38pm
The Tennessee university said it rejects "comments rooted in racism or bigotry. This is not free speech — this is hate speech."
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