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Edinboro U. Chief Has ‘Irretrievably Lost’ Ability to Lead, Faculty Say

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 23, 2018 - 7:13pm
A confidential letter from professors calls on trustees to force out Fred Walker, the president, who told The Chronicle he could never reason with faculty.
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Court Decision May Signal More Legal Liability for Colleges Over Violent Crimes

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 23, 2018 - 4:16pm
In a unanimous decision, the California Supreme Court said that public colleges must “protect students from foreseeable violence during curricular activities.”
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Tennessee’s Trustees Vote to Expand Post-Tenure Review

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 23, 2018 - 4:00pm
The new policy will “improve excellence,” the board says, but some professors see it as a tool to get rid of tenured faculty members.
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The Mascot Is Fiction. The War Is Real.

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 23, 2018 - 3:20pm
Why Chief Illiniwek, retired more than a decade ago, still inspires anger, pain, and pride in an Illinois college town.
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To Help and Comfort ‘Dreamers’

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 23, 2018 - 1:01pm
Pomona College’s president, G. Gabrielle Starr, says the California institution is offering some 50 to 100 DACA students on its campus legal and logistical aid, and regular get-togethers, to let them know they’re not alone in their struggles and worry.
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Trump Says the Campus Free-Speech Crisis Is ‘Overblown’

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 22, 2018 - 3:12pm
Diverging from the typical conservative talking point, the president said on Thursday that the “vast majority” of people on campuses “want free speech.”
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Youth Voice is Key to Spark Effective Change

U.S. Department of Education Blog - March 22, 2018 - 2:18pm

Last week, nearly 70 students from four states visited the U.S. Department of Education, and inspired ED staff to improve the education system in America to work for all students. These students were anything but diffident, for they came prepared to ask questions, all curious to know what the federal government’s role is in education.

Each group of students shared the uniqueness of their programs and the challenges they face in their schools. These students exhibited determination, optimism, civic engagement and forward thinking. They let us know that their voices are the key to spark effective change.

Fort Bend ISD of Texas

The quality of education in Fort Bend County has long been a driving force to attract families to the area. Fort Bend Independent School District (FBISD) is Texas’ seventh largest with approximately 74,500 students and one of the most diverse in the nation.

FBISD currently has 78 campuses: 11 high schools, 14 middle schools, 50 elementary campuses and three unique secondary campuses to address the academic and vocational interests of students. These high school leaders met with ED staff to discuss the role of the Department in supporting states’ efforts to provide high-quality educational opportunities and gain an understanding of the role they, as students, play. After our session, the Fort Bend students recommended that the Department highlight more youth engagement events through our communications media.

Maricopa Community Colleges

Maricopa, Arizona Community Colleges’ Student Public Policy Forum (SPFF) is an academic program that provides an overview of local, state and national public policy making, and citizen influence and involvement. It places a focus on experiential learning and leadership development through engagement in the public policy process.

Maricopa Community Colleges comprise one of the largest community college districts in the nation. Students met with ED staff to discuss higher education issues, CTE accessibility and education choice. This session provided an opportunity for staff to meet directly with students who are actively working to achieve their higher education goals while studying to become more informed and engaged citizens.

March On: Montgomery to D.C.

March On: Montgomery to DC is an opportunity for students to travel from Montgomery, Alabama to Washington, D.C. to hear from leaders and professionals about how to achieve their college and career goals. The purpose of the trip is to expose the students to leaders, institutions and universities in D.C. and then empower the students to achieve their goals by building off of the advice they receive through access to internships and mentorship in Montgomery.

The students carried on the spirit of the 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery by fighting for equal opportunity in their own lives and in their communities. Students shared their personal stories with ED staff and expressed some of the challenges they face in their local schools. They encouraged staff to continue to spotlight innovative practices across the country to spark change.

Caldwell Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council

The Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council, or MYAC, provides the youth of Caldwell, Idaho an opportunity to voice their opinions and share a role in the decision-making process. The council strives to empower youth in their community by getting them involved in community service. MYAC also offers students incredible learning experiences through local work and travel experiences.

The Council is comprised of student representatives from Caldwell High School, Canyon Springs High School, Ridgeview High School, Vallivue High School, Skyview High School and Thomas Jefferson Charter School. These student leaders presented their white paper on “The Decline of Education in America,” and presented solutions to fix the problems they saw occurring in their local schools.

Excerpt from the white paper:

As the Caldwell Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council, we see every day, a lack of valuable education in our high schools. Many teachers are advised that graduating students is preferable to the school than having their students retain skills and knowledge, because if students fail the majority of their classes it will reflect poorly on the school. It has resulted in numerous cases of grade inflation, causing students who are on a C or lower average, to earn A’s on their class work. This allows students to have a higher GPA and appear more capable and more knowledgeable than they actually are. While this seems positive for the student, these destructive methods of education push students to continue into classes that they are incapable of thriving in. The vicious cycle of students not being capable and teachers passing them, leaves students incompetent in their academic abilities and not prepared for higher education. As students graduate and are admitted into college, 41% of our students in Idaho are required to take remedial college courses to fill the holes in their high school education.

The U.S. Department of Education is proud to host students all year round. For more information on arranging a visit with your youth group please contact Sam Ryan, Youth Engagement Coordinator, at Sam.Ryan@Ed.Gov.


Denisha Merriweather is a Confidential Assistant in the Office of Communications and Outreach at the U.S. Department of Education.

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I Set Out to Find the College With the Best Name. Help Me Pick the Winner.

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 22, 2018 - 1:50pm
Oxnard. Brazosport. Moody Bible. Assumption. Defiance. Slippery Rock. Truckee Meadows. Dordt. Which college has the best name?
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OLC and WCET Need Feedback on Accessibility

WCET Frontiers Blog - March 22, 2018 - 9:22am

Even a gazillion dollar industry like the National Football League can get be blind to accessibility needs, at times. Perhaps, even, color blind. If you have not seen it, be sure to look at this video of the game in which they had the two teams where special jerseys all of one color…


While we don’t have a gazillion dollar budget, WCET and the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) are partnering to help our members on addressing accessibility issues…and we need your help on what activities will best help you.

We Don’t Know What We Don’t Know

While we in the educational technology and distance education world can also fall short at times, it is not for a lack of trying. Our friends at the Instructional Technology Council (ITC) Network conduct an annual survey of their (mostly) community college membership. Below, I chart the results of one of their questions, which was featured in a recent article about the “confidence” in institutional accessibility compliance.

The “Completely” or “Mostly” compliant options were chosen by 73% of respondents in 2008. That number fell to only 33% in the most recent survey.

I’ve used this graphic in discussions and presentations over the last year and asked “why?” Are we getting worse at this? The answer is almost uniformly that we did not know all we needed to know back in 2008. And, even today, there is more to learn.

OLC and WCET Partnering to Help Our Members

After a year of searching for an issue on which WCET and the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) could partner to help both memberships, accessibility was chosen. As stated by Kathleen Ives, OLC’s Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director:

“Advancements in technologies intending to make academic life easier present challenges for students who have disabilities. The need for more accessible services and devices proves to be an educational imperative so they can be used by all students of all abilities.”

Our partnership kicked-off this week with a joint webinar that explained some of the basic issues. You are encouraged to view the archive of it. Moving forward, watch for more webinars, papers, blogs, and conference sessions on these issues.

BUT, We Need Your Help!

One of our first efforts was to create a survey that seeks to gain data on the following issues:

  • What are attitudes of a variety of people on campuses surrounding accessibility?
  • Are there structures in place on campus to support accessibility?
  • How can we help?

We are hearing that there is still lots of confusion about what is required and what should be done regardless of requirements. Based on the survey responses, OLC and WCET will plan professional development offerings to help meet the needs that you identify.

The survey is focused on institutional based personnel. If you work at an institution, please take the survey:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WJFWVY5

Watch for more information in the future.

Thank you,



Russell Poulin
Director, Policy & Analysis
WCET – The WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies
rpoulin@wiche.edu | @russpoulin





These Programs Would See Funding Increases in the New Congressional Spending Deal

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 22, 2018 - 9:20am
The omnibus bill includes a $3.9-billion boost to the Education Department's budget, but also stymies some of Secretary Betsy DeVos's plans.
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How a Small Seminar Course Engaged Readers Everywhere

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 22, 2018 - 8:33am
For two Johns Hopkins professors, sharing their syllabus online gave students a lesson in public scholarship.
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Michigan State Faces Costly, Multifront Legal Battle in Wake of Nassar Scandal

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 21, 2018 - 8:06pm
State and federal investigations, plus lawsuits filed by more than 250 of the former sports doctor’s victims, could mean years of trouble. And that’s not counting new legislation in the works.
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Teagle Foundation’s New President: Private Universities Have Public Responsibilities

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 21, 2018 - 5:21pm
Andrew Delbanco, an American-studies professor at Columbia University, says wealthy institutions should be serving the larger community, not just their own students.
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The President Has Spoken, and Edinboro U. Is Reeling

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 21, 2018 - 5:13pm
Professors at a state university in Pennsylvania say they are angered, hurt, and shocked after reading a Chronicle profile of Fred Walker, who said he could never reason with faculty, and much more.
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Last Fall This Scholar Defended Colonialism. Now He’s Defending Himself.

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 21, 2018 - 4:46pm
Bruce Gilley, a professor at Portland State University, caused an uproar with an article in Third World Quarterly. In an interview he blames “totalitarian ideologues” for distorting his message.
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Are Small Classes Best? It’s Complicated

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 21, 2018 - 1:05pm
The idea that a professor teaches better when there are fewer students makes intuitive sense. But even when that’s true, it comes with trade-offs.
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Austin Bombing Suspect’s Former College Is Aiding Investigation

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 21, 2018 - 12:31pm
Mark Anthony Conditt, who blew himself up on Wednesday after a series of attacks that left two dead, attended Austin Community College from 2010 to 2012.
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Recovering From Campus Violence

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 21, 2018 - 11:41am
Deadly campus shootings make headlines. Less attention is paid to the course of recovery. Here’s how college leaders have moved their communities toward healing.
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How to Be a Dean

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 21, 2018 - 11:39am
Academic deans are expected now more than ever to push their schools to evolve. Here’s how they handle all the demands on them.
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After a Comedian Makes an Off-Color Joke, Loyola Chicago Silences His Mic

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 20, 2018 - 7:44pm
Hannibal Buress apparently violated his performance contract by mentioning child abuse in the Catholic Church. Should the university that hosted him have been surprised?
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