Higher Education News

Nashville State Is Accused of Spying on Investigation of Its Oppressive Climate

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 17, 2017 - 4:58pm
The community college maintains such a tyrannical climate for faculty members that it sought to monitor and interfere with efforts to ask them about it, according to a report commissioned by the Tennessee Board of Regents.
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Do Your Students Learn by Rote? Or Can They Recognize Patterns?

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 17, 2017 - 4:38pm
A tool developed by researchers at Washington University in St. Louis shows whether chemistry students tend to extrapolate from concepts or rely on memorization. The difference can predict how well they fare academically.
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Caltech Students Protest Return of Professor From Suspension

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 17, 2017 - 12:19pm
The professor, Christian Ott, who had been suspended over harassment claims, was on the campus to attend a thesis defense.
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U. of Wisconsin at Madison Restores Twitter Account After Hack

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 17, 2017 - 12:05pm
Early Wednesday morning, the university’s Twitter account issued four rogue tweets, including one with a music video.
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Students Stop a Federal Immigration Officer From Speaking at Northwestern U.

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 17, 2017 - 9:38am
The sociology professor who had arranged the classroom presentation said she wanted to help students be better informed about U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
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Mills College Declares Financial Emergency and May Cut 30 to 35 Jobs

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 16, 2017 - 7:49pm
The private California college for women faces a projected deficit of $9.1 million in the coming fiscal year.
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As Students Turn Their Backs, HBCU Leaders Still Want to Work With Trump

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 16, 2017 - 7:15pm
Despite public frustration with the Trump administration’s perceived inaction, black college leaders believe the relationship could yet bear fruit.
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Tampons in Men’s Rooms? It’s Just a Small Part of ‘Menstrual Equity,’ Campus Activists Say

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 16, 2017 - 2:50pm
Access to menstrual products on campuses is a favorite target of right-wing websites. Here’s how it actually looks at colleges.
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A State’s Effort to Head Off Campus-Speech Fights Gets Mixed Reviews

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 16, 2017 - 2:30pm
Some faculty leaders fear that academic freedom will be curtailed under a sweeping new Tennessee law that was passed in response to the nation’s college speech controversies.
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The Successes (and Failures) of an Experimental College’s New Approaches to Teaching

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 16, 2017 - 2:55am
Theories like “design thinking” and “intrinsic motivation” are more than buzzwords, says Richard K. Miller, president of the 18-year-old Olin College of Engineering. Once students are immersed in those ideas, he says, “you can’t stop them from learning.”  
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How a University Helped Save a Failing High School

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 16, 2017 - 2:55am
The University of Rochester is overhauling a local high school in hopes of developing strategies and solutions for challenged urban schools.
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AAUP Rebukes College for Firing Professor Who Called Armed Student a Threat

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 16, 2017 - 2:55am
Spalding University, in Kentucky, asserts that a faculty member behaved inappropriately in complaining about a student who brought a gun to the campus. The university stands accused of violating the professor’s workplace rights.
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What Researchers of Voter Fraud See in Trump’s New Commission

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 16, 2017 - 2:55am
Some scholars who have studied fraudulent voting fear the effort will be fueled by partisanship.
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Federal Lawmakers Begin New Push for Student-Outcomes Data

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 15, 2017 - 10:20am
The effort seeks to repeal a ban on tracking the educational and employment outcomes of college students that enacted as part of the 2008 reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.
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Staff Selfies with Secretary DeVos

U.S. Department of Education Blog - May 15, 2017 - 10:10am

As new Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has been settling in to her new job, she has been meeting ED career staff and learning about their contributions to the agency.  Several quick-fingered staffers have snapped fun, informal photos and selfies with ED’s new leader, and Inside ED has collected several of their smiling photos here.

Carolyn Dempster of the Office of the Chief Financial Officer shows off her one-handed selfie skills with DeVos.


Gerardo Romero of Federal Student Aid (FSA) smiles with the Secretary.

ED’s interns have gotten in photos with DeVos, including Trent Allen of the Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE).


Lawrence Lanwehr (shaking hands) and Keith Wilson of FSA were pleased to greet DeVos on her tour of Union Center Plaza.


Jason Cottrell of OPE got to show off his University of Virginia tie in his photo with the secretary.


This group photo features (L-R) Jennifer Myers of the Office of Management (OM), Wanda Davis of OM, C.J. Hair-Jones of OM, Karolyn Cook, the secretary, Joshua Hoover of the Office of Communications and Outreach, and Denise Carter of OM.


OM’s Myers also snapped a one-on-one photo with DeVos.


Christopher McCormick of OPE (in orange tie at left) got to chat with the secretary with quite a crowd looking on!


FSA’s Farzad Aidun matched smiles with DeVos at UCP.

Jim Mould (left) and Cynthia Dorfman (second from left) of OCO, along with other LBJ-based employees, greet the secretary on the fifth floor.


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Chance’s Greatest Lesson: Be Steadfast

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 15, 2017 - 2:59am
Growing up in Atlanta, Chance Wren learned independence and the power of faith and family. Would that foundation be enough to carry him through college up north?  
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The States Where Campus Free-Speech Bills Are Being Born: A Rundown

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 15, 2017 - 2:55am
A new crop of such legislation is making its way through statehouses across the country, in response to high-profile, controversial speakers.
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What Should a College President Do in Year One?

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 15, 2017 - 2:55am
New leaders should arrive with a clear set of intentions and an eagerness to build relationships, according to recommendations by the Aspen Institute.
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At Liberty U., Trump Aligns with ‘Outsider’ Evangelicals

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 13, 2017 - 1:44pm
The president’s commencement address solidifies a partnership with Jerry Falwell Jr., the university’s president and an outspoken Trump supporter.
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Faculty and Students Assail Texas A&M President’s Criticism of Professor

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 12, 2017 - 10:34am
The professor's advocates said they were "deeply alarmed and saddened" by the president's "incredibly irresponsible" decision to not support him.
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