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Turning Point USA Is Accused of Abandoning Kent State Chapter Following Diaper Fiasco

Chronicle of Higher Education - February 16, 2018 - 5:03pm
The ex-president of the campus chapter says the conservative organization’s top leaders muzzled her and threw her group "under the bus" after its October event was lampooned on social media.
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How These Professors Assign Their Own Books With a Clean Conscience

Chronicle of Higher Education - February 16, 2018 - 3:59pm
Putting one’s own work on the syllabus can be logical. But the mild self-enrichment — or appearance of such — has some academics jumping through hoops to avoid it.
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After 2016 Election, Campus Hate Crimes Seemed to Jump. Here’s What the Data Tell Us.

Chronicle of Higher Education - February 16, 2018 - 3:59pm
Reports of ugly incidents were all over the news in the weeks after Donald J. Trump’s surprising victory. Recently released government statistics help paint a picture of what really happened on campuses.
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Running Out of Time in the Land of Opportunity

Chronicle of Higher Education - February 16, 2018 - 11:45am
She’s an undocumented student fearing the death of DACA. He’s a Haitian citizen with a deadline to leave the United States. They’ve fallen in love. What do they do now?  
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Inside Auburn’s Secret Effort to Advance an Athlete-Friendly Curriculum

Chronicle of Higher Education - February 16, 2018 - 11:00am
Documents show that academic leaders discussed tailoring programs for the specific benefit of athletes, and no one is seriously asking if that’s a problem.
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She Wrote a Farewell Letter to Colleagues. Then 80,000 People Read It.

Chronicle of Higher Education - February 15, 2018 - 6:17pm
Erin Bartram reflects on her overnight transformation from spurned scholar to prophet of the academic jobless. 
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A College Designed for Adults

Chronicle of Higher Education - February 15, 2018 - 3:22pm
At College Unbound, a new institution in Rhode Island, the curriculum and services reflect the life and work experiences of older students. “We’ve tried to become what they needed,” says Adam Bush, its provost.
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Bill Would Hold College Presidents Accountable for Sexual Abuse by Employees

Chronicle of Higher Education - February 15, 2018 - 12:44pm
The legislation, introduced in the U.S. Senate, would require campus leaders to certify annually that they have reviewed all incidents of sexual misconduct reported to the Title IX coordinator, among other things.
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The New Landscape for International Students

Chronicle of Higher Education - February 15, 2018 - 11:33am
President Trump’s efforts to limit travel to the United States from several countries have affected many would-be international students. Here’s what American colleges are doing to attract them anyway.
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Professors and Free Speech

Chronicle of Higher Education - February 15, 2018 - 11:25am
Some professors nowadays fear for their jobs or their safety on account of their views at a time of high partisan tensions. Here are the stories of several professors in the cross hairs, and how their colleges responded.
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Harnessing the Power of the Developing Brain

Chronicle of Higher Education - February 15, 2018 - 8:15am
What professors — and students — should know about the advantages and limitations of the teenage brain.  
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How One Campus Is Dealing With Its Ties to a 20th-Century White Supremacist

Chronicle of Higher Education - February 14, 2018 - 12:27pm
Universities are often called upon to remove the names of racists from their buildings. But, as seen on one campus, the more complex the figure, the more work there is to be done.
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Inside the Process That Jumpstarts Federal Sex-Harassment Lawsuits

Chronicle of Higher Education - February 13, 2018 - 5:34pm
Filing charges with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is a necessary prelude to pursuing a federal case. Here’s what the data show about who files and what happens next.
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The 7 Things Students Think About When Choosing a College

Chronicle of Higher Education - February 13, 2018 - 3:19pm
Those who enroll in public institutions tend to think about affordability first, while those who opt for private colleges are more likely to rely on reputation, a study finds.
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Michigan State’s Faculty Senate Votes No Confidence in Embattled Trustees

Chronicle of Higher Education - February 13, 2018 - 3:13pm
It’s yet another sign of the tensions that have continued to simmer on the campus since the recent sentencing hearings for Larry Nassar, formerly a sports doctor at the university, who’s accused of abusing at least 265 young women and girls.
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My Art Is a Reflection of My Story: National PTA Reflections Student Arts Showcase at ED

U.S. Department of Education Blog - February 13, 2018 - 12:55pm

Student artists whose works focused on the theme “What Is Your Story?” gathered at the U.S. Department of Education (ED) on Jan. 16, 2018, to be celebrated for their awards in the 2018 National PTA Reflections® Student Arts Showcase program.

Since 1969, the program has annually recognized elementary through high school students from around the country for artistic ingenuity as expressed in film, dance, literature, music composition, photography, and visual arts. Each year competitors are asked to bring a different theme to life in a way that is personal and meaningful. This is the 11th year ED has partnered with the National PTA to host a ceremony and art exhibit to honor award-winners.

“People who read and see and witness your work performed will create meaning from it, understand the human story, and understand the context in which you created it,” Jacquelyn Zimmermann, director of the Student Art Exhibit Program at ED, noted at the gathering. It drew students from about 25 states, from Alaska to Florida, as well as their families and teachers, arts educators and advocates, and ED staff.

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos spoke about the importance of the arts in education by noting the national focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and articulating the importance of another view, which includes the arts. “I happen to think that art is pretty important too,” she said. “So I like those who really embrace STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) education.” Following DeVos, Jim Accomando, the new president of the National PTA, expressed similar sentiments: “National PTA has long recognized the arts as an essential part of a great education.” As reflected by the top leaders of both organizations, access to and participation in the arts are at the core of an excellent education.

Student views works in the 2018 National PTA Reflections winners’ exhibit, “What Is Your Story?”

Demonstrating the value of the arts for themselves, the student artists shared their stories and reflections.

Demi Adetona, a ninth-grader from Alabama, wrote a musical piece during a plane ride from Nigeria back to the United States. Asserting that the arts have helped her in math, she explained that “[t]he arts and math complement each other because every rhythm is a math problem.”

Nikolus Linnenkugel, a first-grader from Texas and blind in one eye, created the short film “My View.”  The film begins as he engages in normal childhood activities until his partial blindness is revealed. “The most important thing that I learned from my challenge is that the thing that makes me different from other people is just normal for me,” says Nikolus. “Which makes me think, if what’s different to me is normal to other people, we all have our own normal.”

Acacia Wright, a second-grader from Virginia, wrote a short story about her frustration at not finding crayons of an appropriate shade to draw a picture of herself. Acacia typically uses crayons labelled “peach” and “brown” to color her dad and mom. But Acacia’s skin is somewhere in between.  “One day when I was coloring a picture of my family I had a big tantrum because I could not find a right color for me,” she wrote. “Why is there no color of me in the crayon box? My mom tells me that I am a very special color.  I am the color of love. The color of love is any color I want to be.  I like being the color of love.” [NOTE: Much to her delight, soon after receiving an award for this story, Acacia received a box of Crayola’s Multicultural Crayons from a neighbor.]

Caleb Dowden, 2017 dance choreography winner, performs “Anti-Climatic Incline.”

Caleb Dowden from Louisiana and now a first-year student at SUNY-Purchase, and Ari Jazz Hope, a fifth-grader from Alaska, each performed her winning work. Caleb’s dance was inspired by an internal urgency that is “always desiring something else” and in need of fulfillment. Ari’s music composition, “Release Your Feelings,” was motivated by her love of pop and hip-hop music.

When students were asked what inspires them to pursue the arts, their responses varied from family to Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Misty Copeland, nature, Hamilton, pets, and favorite shoes. All of these and more are reflected in their artwork, encouraging their audiences to try their hands at their own stories. So, What Is Your Story?  We look forward to reading it!

Student artists open the 2018 PTA Reflections exhibit at the U.S. Department of Education.

Click here for photos of this exhibit opening.

Photo at the top: Acacia Wright reads her winning essay, “My Color in the Crayon Box.”


Chareese Ross is a student art exhibit program associate, writer and editor in ED’s Office of Communications and Outreach.

Nancy Paulu is a writer and editor in ED’s Office of Communications and Outreach.

All photos are by ED photographer Joshua Hoover.

ED’s Student Art Exhibit Program provides students and teachers with an opportunity to display creative work from the classroom in a highly public space that honors it as an effective path to learning and knowledge for all. To visit the exhibits or for information about exhibiting, contact Jackye Zimmermann at Jacquelyn.zimmermann@ed.gov or visit https://www.ed.gov/student-art-exhibit.

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Princeton Professor Cancels Course After His Use of a Racial Slur Angered Students

Chronicle of Higher Education - February 13, 2018 - 12:34pm
The university affirmed its values of free speech and inclusivity after Lawrence Rosen used the word three times in a discussion of hate speech. 
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Garrison Keillor Says He Was ‘Embarrassed’ by Now-Removed Plaque at U. of Minnesota

Chronicle of Higher Education - February 13, 2018 - 9:52am
The former radio host and writer who has been accused of sexual harassment says he "never wanted" a place on the university's Scholars Walk.
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Harvard’s Next President: Another ‘White Male Economist Named Larry’

Chronicle of Higher Education - February 12, 2018 - 8:30pm
At a moment when gender and race are on everyone’s mind, the selection of Lawrence S. Bacow to lead America’s oldest university seems like a return to the past.
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Bringing Back Adult Students Takes More Than a Catchy Campaign

Chronicle of Higher Education - February 12, 2018 - 12:54pm
As many states and universities are making efforts to help former students earn their degrees, the University of Memphis seems to have found a winning formula.
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