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This Software Millionaire Is Building the Low-Tech College of His Dreams

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 6, 2018 - 4:30pm
Higher education helped build Kevin Runner’s fortune, he says, and now he plans to give back — by resurrecting the campus of a defunct Kentucky college as a training ground for a sustainable future.
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How to Make a 200-Year-Old Campus Wheelchair-Accessible

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 6, 2018 - 4:30pm
"One of the challenges at this university is that it’s so historic — the ADA wasn’t around in 1819," says Cory Paradis, who uses a wheelchair and majors in urban planning at the University of Virginia.
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Does Your College Have a Cavern? 7 Learning Spaces Beyond the Classroom

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 6, 2018 - 4:30pm
The Chronicle collected images from institutions across the country that use the landscape, loosely defined, to foster learning.
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Traditional Teaching May Deepen Inequality. Can a Different Approach Fix It?

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 6, 2018 - 4:30pm
A professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill uses inclusive teaching, which seeks to equalize the opportunity for students from all backgrounds to participate and succeed in class.
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A Student's Perspective: Accessibility Improvements Your College Might Consider

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 6, 2018 - 4:26pm
Cory Paradis gave The Chronicle a campus tour to highlight changes that have helped him navigate the University of Virginia's campus.
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How Improved Campus Accessibility Helped This UVa Student

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 6, 2018 - 4:26pm
Cory Paradis gave The Chronicle a campus tour to highlight improvements that have helped him, pointing out accessibility steps that any university should consider.
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He Makes a Joke. She Isn’t Laughing: ‘Lingerie’ Comment in Elevator Leads to Uproar Among Scholars.

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 6, 2018 - 2:42pm
A female professor complained to their association about a male professor’s unprofessional remark at a conference. Told to write an “unequivocal apology,” he refused.
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He Makes a Joke. She Isn't Laughing: ‘Lingerie’ Comment in Elevator Leads to Uproar Among Scholars

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 6, 2018 - 2:42pm
She complains to their association about his sexist remark. Told to write an "unequivocal  apology," he refuses.
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Ohio State Investigates Sexual-Misconduct Allegations Against Doctor Who Worked With at Least 8 Sports Teams

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 4, 2018 - 3:19pm
The accusations against Richard H. Strauss, who died in 2005, relate to his work with university athletes from the 1970s to the 90s.
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A Championship Wins Over Prospective Students for Villanova

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 4, 2018 - 2:39pm
The Rev. Peter M. Donohue, president of Villanova University, says its recent NCAA basketball championships have attracted star students as well. But, he says, it still struggles to increase its enrollment of students of color and from low-income families.
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Youth and Money Matters

When you were in middle or high school, did you learn money basics? Did you take a personal finance class? If so, you were among the less than half of Americans who did. Today, only 17 states require high school students to take a personal finance class before they graduate, and only about six test students on what they’ve learned.

As April was National Financial Capability Month, it was the perfect time for the Department to turn its attention to financial literacy for youth and what it could do to promote best practices and support a network of policymakers and practitioners across the country

The Department, in partnership with the Financial Literacy and Education Commission (FLEC), organized a special convening entitled “Financial Education in America’s Schools.” The goal was to engage the education community, local and state stakeholders, financial institutions and others in building strong, permanent partnerships that immerse youth in financial concepts.

In addition, the Department encouraged states to participate in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), an international survey administered to 15-year-olds that includes a component on financial literacy. PISA results for 2015 showed that students who had a bank account scored higher than their peers who didn’t have one.

The daylong program, held in the Department’s Barnard Auditorium, brought together financial experts; researchers, both inside and outside the Department; elected officials; community stakeholders; and others from across the country to discuss ways to improve students’ financial IQ.  All told, nine federal agencies, 11 states, and dozens of national organizations participated in the convening.

The event opened with welcome remarks from Secretary DeVos and U.S. Department of the Treasury Treasurer Jovita Carranza. Among the topics discussed were ways that state and local stakeholders could work together with financial institutions, non-profits and others to create safe, low-cost banking and savings opportunities for students, including economically vulnerable populations such as foster youths, justice-involved youths and youths in military families. For students preparing for college, topics focused on ways to help them and their parents evaluate higher education financing options and available partnership opportunities to help inform and simplify postsecondary decision making. In addition, attendees addressed ways to engage state and local stakeholders, community organizations, financial institutions and others in creating youth employment opportunities through job pathways, internships and apprenticeships, as well as collaborative ways to support age-appropriate entrepreneurship education and connections to supportive resources.

Teaching students how to make smart decisions about money from an early age will help ensure that they make informed decisions about pursuing and paying for college, and planning for their future. Secretary DeVos encouraged schools, communities and stakeholders to find ways to take on the challenge of youth financial literacy, and to look to community partners for support.

Bottom line: Youth need to know how to budget, manage money and pay bills. Across the country, states like Tennessee, Florida, Colorado, Kentucky and Wisconsin have recognized the importance of teaching young people sound money management practices. The need for youth financial education and savings programs is well-documented. According to Youth.gov, many youth are ill-equipped to make sound financial decision because they have not received either formal or informal guidance on financial matters, and parents often fail to talk about money with their children.

To learn more, the Department’s Homeroom Blog has several posts, along with resources, that address the importance of financial literacy for students and their parents.

 

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5 Tips for Nontraditional Leaders

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 4, 2018 - 12:30pm
Find your unofficial “kitchen cabinet” of advisers, and other advice from a consultant who became a dean.
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A Primer for Nontraditional College Presidents

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 4, 2018 - 12:30pm
Nontraditional leaders from business, NGOs, or government face pitfalls and suspicions. But seasoned administrators can acclimatize them to the strange new world of shared governance.
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Transitions

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 4, 2018 - 2:30am
Jean G. Dahlgren will lead Delaware College of Art and Design; the Carnegie Corporation of New York named 31 Andrew Carnegie Fellows.
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4 Months Into His Tenure, a Flagship’s President Proposes 50 Faculty Layoffs

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 3, 2018 - 7:19pm
Seth Bodnar, a business executive, took over the ailing University of Montana in January. He says the institution needs to evolve, but some professors say he’s putting the humanities on the chopping block.
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After Spending Millions on Provocative Speakers, Here's How Berkeley Is Trying to Avoid a Repeat

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 3, 2018 - 5:01pm
A campus panel wants the university to require student groups to explain why potentially disruptive events should be held, and to provide volunteer monitors for the crowd.
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Catholic U. Is ‘Playing With Fire’ by Trying to Lay Off Tenured Professors, Committee Declares

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 3, 2018 - 11:45am
An ad hoc group’s report could be a setback for the provost’s "academic renewal" plan, which seeks to close a $3.5-million budget gap with layoffs and increased teaching loads.
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UNC Rejects Faculty Panel’s Finding That Administrators Interfered in Critic’s Class on Sports

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 3, 2018 - 10:53am
A history professor at Chapel Hill has accused officials of meddling in his teaching of a course that includes material on the university's infamous fake-classes scandal.
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The 5 Tips for Student Success That a Longtime Instructor Swears By

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 3, 2018 - 7:51am
A community-college administrator shares his approach, which he credits with increasing the number of graduates by 67 percent.
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