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What’s With the Home-Run Boom? Major League Baseball Asked This Professor to Find Out

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 28, 2018 - 8:55am
Alan Nathan, a physicist at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Red Sox fan, shares what he and his colleagues discovered by looking at baseballs in a whole new way.
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What's With the Home-Run Boom? Major League Baseball Asked This Professor to Find Out

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 28, 2018 - 8:55am
Alan Nathan, a physicist at the University of Illinois and a Red Sox fan, shares what he and his colleagues discovered by looking at baseballs in a whole new way.
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USC President Steps Down Over Sexual-Misconduct Scandal Involving Gynecologist

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 25, 2018 - 8:34pm
C. L. Max Nikias, president of the University of Southern California, will step down, the institution announced on Friday.
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Georgia State U. Made Its Graduation Rate Jump. How?

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 25, 2018 - 2:36pm
A student-success expert shares seven principles that underlie the university’s high-tech, high-touch approach.
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College Chiefs Spare You the Terrible Details of Campus Crises. We Won't.

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 25, 2018 - 12:07pm
Presidents, current and former, tell their sides of difficult stories and settle some scores in a new book. But they often leave out the juiciest parts.
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Here Are the Crises That Go Unmentioned in a New Book About What College Leaders Learned From Crises

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 25, 2018 - 12:07pm
Presidents, current and former, tell their sides of difficult stories and settle some scores — but often leave out the juiciest parts.
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U. of Kentucky Moves to Fire Tenured Professor for Telling Students to Buy His Book

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 25, 2018 - 9:00am
A journalism professor stole university property and sold it for personal gain, the institution says. The professor, Buck Ryan, has denied all the university's claims.
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While Congress Squabbles, Some States Take Their Own Steps to Help Hungry Students

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 24, 2018 - 5:16pm
California and Massachusetts are working within the limits of existing law to expand students’ access to a key federal nutrition-assistance program.
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Transitions: Franklin & Marshall Chooses Its Next Leader, Longtime U. of Texas at El Paso President Will Retire

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 24, 2018 - 4:40pm
Franklin & Marshall College named Bucknell University's provost as its new chief. Diana Natalicio will wind down her career after 30 years at the helm in El Paso.
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Robert Mueller’s Undergraduate Thesis Adviser Has a Great Memory. But He Doesn’t Remember Mueller.

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 24, 2018 - 4:20pm
But the former Princeton professor reread his now-famous student’s project about a geopolitical legal case and deems it “judicious” and “very fair.”
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Robert Mueller's Undergraduate Thesis Adviser Has a Great Memory. But He Doesn't Remember Mueller.

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 24, 2018 - 4:20pm
But the former Princeton professor reread his now-famous student's project about a geopolitical legal case and deems it "judicious" and "very fair."
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Trauma Can Interfere With Students’ Learning. Here’s Something Professors Can Do to Help.

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 24, 2018 - 8:08am
Listening to students’ stories can help them regain a sense of control after a disaster, says a professor at the University of Puerto Rico.
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Nikias Is Standing Firm as Scandals Mount at USC. But This Is What the End of a Presidency Looks Like.

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 23, 2018 - 4:37pm
With his judgment again called into question, this time over the University of Southern California’s handling of misconduct complaints against a gynecologist, Max Nikias faces the sort of mobilized opposition that can sink a college leader.
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3 Takeaways From a Book-Length Federal Report on ‘The Condition of Education’

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 23, 2018 - 12:13pm
While the annual deep-dive into education data — from pre-K to post-college — breaks little new ground, it offers a good reminder of how higher ed differs from popular perceptions of it.
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Here’s How Western Governors U. Aims to Enroll a Million Students

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 23, 2018 - 11:36am
The online university has set up a new component, WGU Advancement, for work-force development, and will raise money for scholarships from outside sources.
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Here's How Western Governors U. Aims to Enroll a Million Students

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 23, 2018 - 11:36am
The online university has set up a new component, WGU Advancement, for work-force development, and will raise money for scholarships from outside sources.
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A Federal Panel Tries to Regulate Accreditation. But Is Anyone Paying Attention?

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 22, 2018 - 8:03pm
The 18 members of the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity are supposed to help guide federal policy and practice. But they’re wrestling with the question of their own relevance.
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Inside Gay Students’ Fight to Be Heard at BYU

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 22, 2018 - 1:42pm
In March, the Mormon university sponsored a panel on LGBT issues — something it had never done before. How it got there is a story of mixed motivations and incremental progress.
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Student Artists From Rose Tree Media School District Celebrated at the U.S. Department of Education

Students from the Rose Tree Media School District celebrate their success at the U.S. Department of Education.

About 250 student artists, teachers, parents, and school administrators from the Rose Tree Media School District in Pennsylvania, along with U.S. Department of Education (ED) staff, recently celebrated the students’ “Interpretations of Portraiture” exhibit at ED headquarters in Washington, D.C.  It featured 85 pieces of artwork from all six of the district’s K–12 schools, each of them a unique portrait.

The exhibit and opening took five years of collaborative development led by Art Coordinator Kathleen Devine, its previous coordinator Meg Barney, and others in the district. This true community effort had extraordinary results.

Student artists take joy in their work with Art Coordinator Kathleen Devine (on right).

The program commenced with remarks by senior officials from ED and the Rose Tree Media schools. “There is an inextricable link that exists between the success of students academically and those schools where there is a well-integrated arts and music program,” said Frank Brogan, currently delegated the authority to perform the functions and duties of the assistant secretary of postsecondary education at ED.

James Wigo, superintendent of the Rose Tree Media schools, noted the culture resulting from a well-rounded curriculum’s impact on creativity. In the district’s schools, he said, “Each and every day we get to hang around the most creative people on the planet . . .  teachers and students. . . . There is no better job on the planet than to be in contact with these fine young people.” Indeed, the audience was elated as it came to know many of those students and teachers through their visual art and performances.

Students from the Rose Tree Media Elementary Honors Chorus perform “In the Arms of an Oak.”

Students displayed their musical talent during a broad range of performances: a coed, 20-voice high school chorus, the Penncrest Ambassadors, which, less than a day earlier, was awarded a first-place gold rating at the WorldStrides Onstage Heritage Choral Festival in Montreal, Canada; a flute trio, the Penncrest Flute Ensemble; a coed, four-school, 23-voice elementary school chorus, the Rose Tree Media Elementary Honors Chorus; and a 33-piece middle school jazz group, the Springton Lake Middle School Jazz Ensemble.

We had the pleasure of talking with students about the impact of the arts on their lives and learning.

Kevin Morrison, an eighth-grader, plays the tenor saxophone. He said that participating in band provided him an opportunity to make friends and bond with others, and forced him to confront his stage fright.

The Springton Lake Middle School Jazz Ensemble performed “Birdland,” with Kevin Morrison on saxophone (far right, on floor level) and Frank Brogan at podium.

Summer Peterson, a senior at Penncrest High School, credits her teachers with “helping to mold me into the artist I have become today.”  In her self-portrait, Summer’s long, dark hair flows across half of her face, leaving just one eye visible. This work,“Summtime,” she said, “started as a vision, which then became a reality because of the passion of her teachers and her school art program.” They taught her, she said in her remarks, that “art is both a community service and a path to expanding your artistic horizons.”  Indeed, she has achieved the position of co-president of the National Art Honor Society as she moves on to postsecondary art studies.

 

Summer Peterson stands next to her artwork.

Beatrice Cressler stands next to her artwork (second from the bottom).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beatrice Cressler, an eighth-grader at Springton Lake Middle School, believes that everyone is an artist in their own way. In her remarks, she called on her peers to use their creative abilities to enrich their lives: “I believe that, through art, every individual is able to remake their own world. So go remake your world and make some art.”

The program ended with a ceremonial ribbon cutting and a viewing of the artwork. This moment brought meaning to a statement from Elizabeth Schneider, a district school board member, who spoke at the opening: “[Art] gives us a peaceful joy that connects us to who we really are and then releases us back into the flow of life.” This celebration of the arts from the classroom reminded us all of the critical importance of the work of educators, education leaders and families on our behalf as a nation of learners.

Rose Tree Media students participate in the Department’s ribbon-cutting tradition.

Click here for photos of this exhibit opening.

 

Chareese Ross and Nancy Paulu are in ED’s Office of Communications and Outreach.

All photos are by ED photographer Paul Wood.

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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Amid Scandal of Campus Gynecologist, USC Faculty Members Call on President to Resign

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 22, 2018 - 12:01pm
In a letter they accused University of Southern California leaders of having “kept wrongdoing quiet.”
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