Higher Education News

After Lawsuit Threat and Canceled Speech, Scaramucci Resigns From Tufts Advisory Board

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 28, 2017 - 10:16am
Anthony Scaramucci, who was briefly the White House communications director, threatened to sue a student newspaper writer on Monday. On Tuesday morning he resigned from an advisory board at Tufts University.
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Have You Experienced Sexual Harassment? Here’s How to Tell Us About It

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 28, 2017 - 9:50am
The Chronicle is devoting more resources to coverage of sexual harassment in higher education, and we’d like to hear from you. Do you have a story to share? Find out how to contact us here.
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Acceding to Fan Outrage, U. of Tennessee Draws More Critics

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 27, 2017 - 4:04pm
The university scrapped plans to hire Greg Schiano as its next head football coach, marking a rare capitulation to fans who seized on a disputed claim that he had failed to report Jerry Sandusky’s abuses at Penn State.
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American U. of Beirut Restores Assistantships for Student Protesters

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 27, 2017 - 2:18pm
The positions had been revoked to penalize graduate students who demonstrated against labor conditions.
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Should Laptops Be Banned in Class? An Op-Ed Fires Up the Debate

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 27, 2017 - 1:11pm
The distraction of technology is a major driver of such bans. But some academics say that technology can be a force for good, or at least that professors have no right to tell students what they can and can’t use in class. An essay in The New York Times prompts renewed discussion.
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Tufts Postpones Appearance by Anthony Scaramucci After Lawsuit Threat

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 27, 2017 - 10:35am
Two opinion articles in the student newspaper bothered the former White House communications director so much that he threatened legal action.
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How A Dean Got Over Impostor Syndrome — and Thinks You Can, Too

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 26, 2017 - 4:30pm
Valerie Ashby suffered from impostor syndrome until she identified the phenomenon and spent a year practicing 10 steps to overcome it.
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Preparing for a Meaningful Winter Break

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 26, 2017 - 4:30pm
These experiences are short. Making the most of them requires careful planning.
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Career Exercises for College Athletes

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 26, 2017 - 4:30pm
What winter break? For players, it’s often taken up by training. So at Davidson College, career advisers plan accordingly.
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Winter Break, Well Spent

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 26, 2017 - 4:30pm
Home? Meh. Today’s students can choose from an array of travel, service learning, career sampling, and outdoor adventures.
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Appointments, Resignations, Deaths (12/1/2017)

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 26, 2017 - 3:30pm
Roger A. Ramsammy will become president of Hudson Valley Community College, and Remylin Bruder was named provost at Rochester College.
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Idea Lab: Colleges Solving Problems

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 25, 2017 - 10:00pm
A collection of some three dozen explorations of the problems colleges face, and how they are solving them. The articles include news, analysis, data, advice, and opinion.
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Prominent Creative-Writing Professor at UVa Is Accused of Sexually Harassing Students

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 22, 2017 - 12:10pm
John Casey, who won a National Book Award in 1989, is said to have favored male students, made sexual comments to female students, and subjected them to unwanted touching.
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When ‘Collegiality’ and Evaluating Faculty Collide

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 22, 2017 - 12:09pm
The concept appears, explicitly or implicitly, in many faculty manuals. But it’s often vague and unevenly applied, and it can stifle dissent.
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Turkeys Go Off to College After Presidential Pardon

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 22, 2017 - 11:05am
The birds have been admitted to Virginia Tech’s farm, where their predecessors are minor celebrities.
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3 Insights About the Professoriate From a New Federal Report

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 21, 2017 - 7:05pm
A study by the Government Accountability Office finds gender and age discrepancies in tenure-track employment, as well as a number of “pseudo tenure” positions at some institutions.
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‘Ring by Spring’: How Christian Colleges Fuel Students’ Rush to Get Engaged

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 21, 2017 - 2:52pm
Some institutions play into the engagement frenzy with couples’ retreats and other programs promoting marriage.
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Proud to Serve Again

U.S. Department of Education Blog - November 21, 2017 - 1:05pm

Each year our school hosts a Veterans Day assembly and breakfast. After this year’s assembly, a number of students shared how they were surprised and excited to see my military photo during the slideshow tribute. Some were shocked and amused to see a serious looking and clean shaven Master Sergeant Harris instead of their bearded and smiling classroom teacher, Mr. Harris. I suppose the topic of my 22 years of military service and transition to teaching isn’t something I routinely discuss with students.

Teaching is a family tradition for many educators. That’s not my story.

The Idea Is Planted

Teaching was never on my radar while growing up. The idea to teach was planted many

Elmer Harris

years ago while working within a school but in a different capacity. I was a military recruiter in my early 20s and regularly visited local high schools in an effort to enlist young men and women into the Air Force. During visits to one school, one of the guidance counselors would always walk past my table and casually say, without stopping, “You should consider teaching.” I’d always laugh and reply, “No thanks” to his back as he waved and kept moving to another task in his building.

Fast forward several years and it seems that guidance counselor’s not-so-subliminal messages worked. After retiring from the Air Force I eventually began the process to become a teacher through the Troops to Teachers program.

The Joys And Challenges

While many assume that structure and discipline are key traits that make teaching a good fit for veterans, the ability to be compassionate and relatable have been vital to my success with military students and families. I’m able to engage military parents in the education process because I’ve been in their position of feeling slightly lost while continually navigating new homes, jobs and school environments. I also understand and adjust when children occasionally act out of character when their mothers and fathers deploy or return from war zones.

I’ve never had a student who lost a parent, but I’ve met many on their first day of school accompanied by a parent with a prosthetic limb or cane due to war-related injuries. While some may stare and silently wonder what happened, I’m eager to engage and have them share about their time in service. It’s a simple way to quickly establish relationships with military parents.

The Veterans Day assembly was a success. Parents enjoyed breakfast, and my students walked around with their heads high and chests out after their presentations. I was proud as well.

Despite the upheavals and occasional uncertainty faced by my military students and their families, they continue to show amazing resilience. I’m proud that I get the opportunity to support those who continue to serve, and I’m extremely proud and honored to play a role in shaping the lives of their most precious treasure. While it would feel odd to thank another vet or active duty person for their service, I never have a problem routinely asking a very simple question….Have you ever considered teaching?

Elmer Harris is a 2017-18 School Ambassador Fellow at the U.S. Department of Education

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After Protest of Working Conditions, Grad Students at American U. of Beirut Lose Jobs

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 21, 2017 - 10:38am
The plans of 11 students are in limbo after the university revoked their graduate assistantships because of their protests.
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Justice Dept. Says Harvard Is Not Complying With Probe on Race in Admissions

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 21, 2017 - 7:38am
The department’s investigation stems from a complaint filed in 2015 alleging that the elite university systematically discriminates against Asian-American applicants.
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