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Slaves in the Ivy League: Princeton Discovers Its Racial Past

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 6, 2017 - 5:22pm
How one historian's seminar has grown into one of the most-ambitious investigations of an institution's racial history. 
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What Some Colleges Have Learned From Hosting Controversial Speakers

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 6, 2017 - 5:21pm
Top academic and student-affairs officials who have handled appearances by Milo Yiannopoulos and others shared lessons at a meeting held by the Council of Independent Colleges.
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Florida State U. Suspends Fraternities and Sororities After Pledge’s Death

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 6, 2017 - 2:58pm
“There will need to be a new normal for Greek life at the university,” said the president, John Thrasher.
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Longest Serving Sergeant Major of the Army to Highlight ED Veterans Day Program

U.S. Department of Education Blog - November 6, 2017 - 1:00pm

Here at the Department of Education, autumn is more than back to school.  In addition to all the back to school activities, we also host significant events each year tied to our nation’s history.  Veterans Day is one of them and is observed at the Department each year close to November 11.

2017 marks the centennial of the U.S. entry into World War I and Veterans Day originated from that war. November 11 marks the date of the armistice that ended hostilities in 1918.

In fact, President Woodrow Wilson signed the following proclamation to commemorate the first Armistice Day, held on November 11, 1919: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”

ED’s 2017 Veterans Day Program

This year’s Veterans Day program theme is “Military members serve with their hearts – We honor them with our thanks.”

The program will be held on Thursday, November 9 at 10:00am in the LBJ Auditorium.  The keynote speaker this year is Kenneth O. Preston, who retired as the 13th Sergeant Major of the Army and was the longest-serving Sergeant Major of the Army.  According to the U.S. Army web page, “There’s only one Sergeant Major of the Army. This rank is the epitome of what it means to be a Sergeant and oversees all Non-Commissioned Officers. The Sergeant Major serves as the senior enlisted advisor and consultant to the Chief of Staff of the Army.”

In that position, Sgt. Maj. Of the Army Preston served as the Army Chief of Staff’s personal adviser on all Soldier and Family related matters, particularly areas affecting Soldier training and quality of life. Throughout his 36-year career, he served in every enlisted leadership position from cavalry scout and tank commander.  SMA Preston holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from TUI University and has earned numerous medals and awards, including the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, and the Bronze Star Medal.

This year’s program will include appearances from representatives of the National Security Council and the Veterans Administration.  The University of Maryland USAF Color Guard and the North Point High School ROTC will participate.

 

Anthony Fowler is Interagency Liaison at the U.S. Department of Education.

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‘Not a Home’? Students Blast U. of Maryland for Administrator’s Comment

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 6, 2017 - 10:45am
“This is not a home,” said the university’s chief of staff in a meeting about a proposed ban on “hate symbols.”
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Want to Improve Technology on Your Campus? Ask Users What They Want

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 6, 2017 - 10:27am
How an effort to improve a classroom control panel helped one university’s professors, administrators, and tech staff find common ground.
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IT, ‘Like Electricity,’ Is Now Everywhere

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 6, 2017 - 10:25am
Infomation technology is pervasive in everything we do in so many ways, says Marty Ringle, chief information officer at Reed College and a founder and former chair of Educause.
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IT, 'Like Electricity,' Is Now Everywhere

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 6, 2017 - 10:25am
Infomation technology is pervasive in everything we do in so many ways, says Marty Ringle, CIO at Reed College and one of the founders of Educause.
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NYU Faculty Members Shun Abu Dhabi Campus Over Academic-Freedom Issues

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 6, 2017 - 9:07am
Professors in the journalism school told the university’s president that the denial of visas to two colleagues represents “a significant threat.”
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Steering More Women to Silicon Valley

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 5, 2017 - 4:31pm
In an attempt to get more women into the technology industry, Duke University has launched a program that matches female undergraduates with internships.
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Meet the Members of iGen, and Help Them Get Off Their Phones

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 5, 2017 - 4:30pm
Older generations aren’t trying to gripe about today’s college students, but to understand them, says the generational researcher Jean Twenge.
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Higher Education Takes On the Tech Industry’s Diversity Problem

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 5, 2017 - 4:29pm
Here’s a look at the different ways colleges are trying to increase the proportion of women and underrepresented minority groups working at technology companies.
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Appointments, Resignations, Deaths (11/10/2017)

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 5, 2017 - 4:26pm
Laura Monks is the new president of Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Shelbyville, and Harry Williams was named president and CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.
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In the Competition for Amazon’s New Headquarters, Will Universities Tip the Scale?

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 3, 2017 - 8:24pm
The company’s proposed $5-billion project stands to have a transformative effect on one region and its higher-ed sector. But it’s unclear how much of a selling point that sector will be.
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How a Clash Over ‘Safety’ Pitted a College President Against His Police Chief

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 3, 2017 - 3:02pm
The conflict at Evergreen State College this past spring epitomized colleges’ struggles to make people of color feel safe. New documents and video clips reveal the tensions between two campus leaders over that goal.
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The Button-Down Anarchist

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 3, 2017 - 3:00pm
Dartmouth’s Mark Bray has become the scholar who explains antifa to the world. What’s his place in academe?
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2 Flagship Universities Surveyed the Campus Climate. Here’s What They Found.

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 3, 2017 - 2:34pm
Members of minority groups at Michigan and Wisconsin reported feeling discriminated against more often than white students did.
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Academics, What Has the Year Since Trump’s Election Meant for You?

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 3, 2017 - 9:27am
Tell us how your professional life has changed since November 8, 2016.
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This Professor Was Taking an Ice-Cream Break. Then He Saw a Fire. Then … Boom.

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 3, 2017 - 8:52am
Dan Reichart, an astronomy professor at the University of North Carolina, attempted to put out a small fire on the Chapel Hill campus, but ended up with burns on his face and arms after a bomb exploded.
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Republican Tax Proposal Gets Failing Grade From Higher-Ed Groups

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 2, 2017 - 6:45pm
The planned overhaul would place new tax burdens on colleges and students, and some critics argue that it could undermine charitable giving to the institutions.
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