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How to Identify and Invest in High-Achieving, Low-Income Students

Chronicle of Higher Education - February 11, 2018 - 4:30pm
“There is an abundance of talent in every community in every ZIP code in this country,” says Daniel Porterfield, president of Franklin & Marshall College. If you can’t find it, you need to try harder.
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Most Professors Hate Post-Tenure Review. A Better Approach Might Look Like This.

Chronicle of Higher Education - February 11, 2018 - 4:30pm
Skill development and guidance from colleagues take precedence at the University of Denver.
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The Evolution of a Faculty-Focused Approach

Chronicle of Higher Education - February 11, 2018 - 4:30pm
At the University of Denver, faculty members overcame anger and distrust to hammer out a novel set of post-tenure policies.
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Peer-to-Peer Guidance

Chronicle of Higher Education - February 11, 2018 - 4:30pm
At key junctions in their careers, professors at the University of Denver are urged to seek advice from more-experienced colleagues.
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Appointments, Resignations, Deaths (2/16/2018)

Chronicle of Higher Education - February 11, 2018 - 4:28pm
Miles K. Davis, Shenandoah University’s business dean, will lead Linfield College, and Karen L. Abrams will be dean of Duke Law School.
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Harvard Picks Former Tufts President as Its New Leader

Chronicle of Higher Education - February 11, 2018 - 2:14pm
Lawrence S. Bacow, a former president of Tufts University, will succeed Drew Gilpin Faust in July, the university announced on Sunday.
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Degrees and Certificates Rise in U.S., but Not Fast Enough

Chronicle of Higher Education - February 11, 2018 - 1:00pm
The pace of the increase, according to new data from the Lumina Foundation, is not fast enough to meet the goal of having 60 percent of adults with a degree or credential of value by 2025.
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For Scholars of Women’s Studies, It’s Been a Dangerous Year

Chronicle of Higher Education - February 11, 2018 - 11:48am
They’ve experienced vandalism, online trolling, and death threats at levels they haven’t seen before.
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Journalism Professor at Northwestern, Accused of Harassment, Takes Leave of Absence

Chronicle of Higher Education - February 9, 2018 - 4:35pm
Alec Klein, who directs the acclaimed Medill Justice Project, was the subject of a letter of complaint from 10 former students and employees of the university.
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The Sex Study That Could Alter Our Understanding of Campus Assault

Chronicle of Higher Education - February 9, 2018 - 3:00pm
Can the college experience be re-engineered to reduce sexual violence? Researchers at Columbia University are observing undergraduates’ social lives to find out.
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The Sex Study That Could Alter Our Understanding of Campus Assault

Chronicle of Higher Education - February 9, 2018 - 3:00pm
Can the college experience be re-engineered to reduce sexual violence? Researchers at Columbia University are observing undergraduates’ social lives to find out.
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Southern New Hampshire U. Apologizes for Professor Who Said Australia Is ‘Not a Country’

Chronicle of Higher Education - February 9, 2018 - 12:22pm
The university acknowledged that an online student had failed an assignment because her instructor insisted Australia was only a continent.
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Michigan State Moves to Fire Medical Dean in Wake of Nassar Scandal

Chronicle of Higher Education - February 9, 2018 - 12:05pm
“I sincerely hope the courageous survivors of Larry Nassar will see this as an unmistakable indication that things are changing quickly at Michigan State,” its interim leader said.
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As U. of Washington Braces for Right-Wing Rally, Judge Bars It From Charging Security Fee

Chronicle of Higher Education - February 9, 2018 - 11:44am
A federal court ruled in favor of the College Republicans’ effort to keep administrators from billing them $17,000.
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Why You Should Celebrate National School Counseling Week

U.S. Department of Education Blog - February 9, 2018 - 11:28am

It just figures that National School Counseling Week starts the day after the Super Bowl. The country gorges on guacamole-covered chicken wings on Sunday, and when America’s most misunderstood group of educators asks for three nacho chips and a high five on Monday, the country is too tired to party.

In some ways, we don’t mind. The last time we made headlines, most people surveyed felt that school counselors were more of a hindrance than a help in applying to college. Before that, we were the punch line of a car ad — “Your guidance counselor drives a minivan” — or we were known as the washed-up teachers who were given offices close to the principal so he could keep an eye on us.

But Jenny doesn’t see us that way.

Jenny was the quiet, slender girl who didn’t cause anyone trouble, except herself. When two or three students saw Jenny needed help, they went straight to the school counselor, who called Jenny into that office close to the principal to talk about it in a safe, confidential place. Jenny got help, and became an even more beautiful person.

Steve doesn’t see us that way either. Three weeks into school, he had his fifth unexcused absence, and was on his way to flunking a required course. He told his school counselor he was working late to support the newborn son no one knew he had. His counselor asked the teacher to give Steve one last break, but never mentioned why. Steve got it, graduated, and got a full-time job that paid enough to take care of his young family.

If you didn’t know that, you’re not supposed to. When someone’s life slips or they don’t know where to turn, school counselors give them the space for grace and dignity to rebuild and strengthen their lives, all without fanfare. Sometimes, if you don’t know we’re doing our job, we’re doing our job pretty well.

Of course, we aren’t perfect. Most of us work with 450 students at once, and some have twice that number. Since many principals think we should change schedules instead of lives, we don’t have as much time to help students as we’d like, and most of us were never — never — trained how to help students apply to college.

I bet you didn’t know that either.

Old habits die hard — school counselors know that for sure — but if you have a minute this week, stop by and thank your school counselor for everything you don’t know they’re doing, and put in a good word for them with the principal. We might not score winning touchdowns or drive fast cars, but when the goal is to drive 450 students to win their own big game, the minivan really rocks it.

 

Patrick O’Connor, pictured above, is a 2017-18 School Counselor Ambassador Fellow at the U.S. Department of Education.

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How One University Connects Students and Mentors With Surprising Success

Chronicle of Higher Education - February 8, 2018 - 4:51pm
Western Governors University educates tens of thousands of students online, but the share of its alumni who say they had a mentor in college is twice the national rate.
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U. of Nebraska Won’t Expel White-Nationalist Student, Chancellor Says

Chronicle of Higher Education - February 8, 2018 - 11:30am
The student has called himself “the most active white nationalist in the Nebraska area.”
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How to Help Students of Differing Abilities

Chronicle of Higher Education - February 8, 2018 - 9:31am
Remedial math is a big stumbling block for students, and placing them in credit-bearing courses shows promise. But what’s the best way to teach them?
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NSF to Require Reporting of Researchers Who Harass

Chronicle of Higher Education - February 8, 2018 - 8:01am
The agency seeks to ensure firsthand that any research it funds, including at remote outposts, is carried out free of harassment.
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