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Idea Lab: Student Wellness

Chronicle of Higher Education - September 6, 2018 - 11:00am
Colleges want students to make healthy choices and avoid risky behaviors. But the potential pitfalls for undergraduates are great: alcohol abuse, excessive partying, and Greek culture that sometimes can promote dangerous behavior. This collection of articles outlines how leading institutions are making headway. Buy this Idea Lab collection today to help your students be healthier and safer.
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Idea Lab: First-Generation Students

Chronicle of Higher Education - September 6, 2018 - 10:51am
College can be disorienting for undergraduates who are the first in their family to go to college, especially those from low-income backgrounds. This collection of articles and essays examines efforts to make these students feel at home and succeed in college. Purchase the collection and help more students on your campus today.
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#RethinkSchool: Florida Teacher Closes Distance to Puerto Rican Students Displaced by Hurricane Maria

U.S. Department of Education Blog | Ed.gov - September 6, 2018 - 10:45am

The most devastating storm in Puerto Rico’s history, Hurricane Maria, blasted the island relentlessly in September 2017, destroying roads, leveling homes, and causing wide-spread electricity blackouts. The schools were not spared as education came to an abrupt halt for thousands of students.

Jorge Bauzo, who was born and raised in Puerto Rico, was teaching Spanish and U.S. history at Chipley High School in the rural Florida Panhandle near the Alabama border. He also taught for the Florida Virtual School, which provided online classes. Bauzo closely followed news of the hurricane’s destruction, and when the winds finally subsided, he wanted to help. In his words:

The Florida governor, Rick Scott, actually opened a window for any Puerto Rican student – up to 20,000 Puerto Rican students – that wanted to use the Florida Virtual School System without tuition. I called the [Panhandle Area Educational Consortium] and said I know that a lot of students will start taking classes online; I know the teachers need to know the culture. I want to help because I know that you’re going to need teachers like me who know the culture. And after that, I was blessed, because I was helping out.

Bauzo faced challenges beyond teaching a curriculum. For example, with regular Florida distance-learning students, Bauzo would do a 10-minute welcome phone call. But with the typical Puerto Rican student who was dislocated by Hurricane Maria, Bauzo spent more than one hour to answer the student’s questions. The concerns included whether online classes taught through Florida Virtual School were valid; whether these classes will apply toward graduation in Puerto Rico; and whether prior Puerto Rican classes would apply toward graduation should the student remain in Florida.

Teacher Jorge Bauzo instructs students at Chipley High School in Florida, where he has taught for nine years. Bauzo taught Puerto Rican students online, volunteering his services after Hurricane Maria destroyed many schools in Puerto Rico. (Photo credit: Chipley High School)

The hurricane created obstacles for students just in accessing instruction. “Puerto Rico’s students were walking a mile to a shopping mall, because the shopping mall had Wi-Fi. “They were trying to contact me,” Bauzo said. “You can’t imagine: It was so sad listening to these kids crying, begging for help. You know, during the dark, anybody that has a flashlight is a leader.”

Governor Scott’s program has ended, and, Bauzo explained, students in Puerto Rico who want to continue their Florida Virtual School classes must pay a fee. But many of the students need additional time, Bauzo said. “During the process, when I was teaching, I needed to give the [Puerto Rican] students more flexibility than a student that’s here because, for example, they lost the [electrical] power, and the last time I talked with them was five days ago, and they have to wait to get the power back.”

Bauzo believes that the hurricane taught an important lesson about the value of online instruction. “The people didn’t know the importance [of distance learning], I think, until now, especially here in Florida, of the things that happened in Puerto Rico, because these things can happen to any other state. An earthquake can happen in California. Distance learning can help now. If a hurricane hits in Florida, the system can help those students that don’t have a school to go to. And now we are actually understanding the importance, in my opinion, of distance learning in the future.”


Joe Barison is a public affairs specialist in the Office of Communications and Outreach.

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Note: This is a post in our #RethinkSchool series. The series features innovative schools and stories from students, parents and educators highlighting efforts across the United States to rethink school. Check back on Thursdays for new posts in the series. The #RethinkSchool series presents examples of approaches schools, educators, families and others are using to rethink school in their individual and unique circumstances. Blog articles provide insights on the activities of schools, programs, grantees and other education stakeholders to promote continuing discussion of educational innovation and reform. The Department of Education does not endorse any educational product, service, curriculum or pedagogy.

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What a New Professor Learned After His First Class

Chronicle of Higher Education - September 5, 2018 - 7:29pm
One lesson: preparing for class takes longer than you think.
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College of the Ozarks Drops Nike for Using Colin Kaepernick in Ad Campaign

Chronicle of Higher Education - September 5, 2018 - 4:39pm
It’s the latest effort by the small Missouri college to express its opposition to athletes’ kneeling during the national anthem.
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Fans, Portable Air-Conditioners, and Italian Ices: How Colleges Are Combating the Heat Wave

Chronicle of Higher Education - September 5, 2018 - 4:03pm
As day after day of humid, 90-plus-degree weather has lashed parts of the United States, campuses have adopted a range of tactics to keep students cool.
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After Close Vote, FIU Won’t Remove Ex-President’s Name From Campus

Chronicle of Higher Education - September 5, 2018 - 3:16pm
Florida International University's Board of Trustees voted not to change the name of the institution's 342-acre campus.
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7 Things You Need Before You Fill Out the 2019–20 FAFSA® Form

U.S. Department of Education Blog | Ed.gov - September 5, 2018 - 9:46am

If you need financial aid to help you pay for college, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form. The 2019–20 FAFSA form will be available on Oct. 1, 2018. You should fill it out as soon as possible on or after Oct. 1 at the official government site, fafsa.gov.

It’ll be easier to complete the FAFSA form if you gather what you need ahead of time. Below is what you’ll need to fill it out.

1. Your FSA ID*

An FSA ID is a username and password that you can use to log in to certain U.S. Department of Education (ED) websites. Each student, and one parent of each dependent student, will need an FSA ID to complete the FAFSA process on fafsa.gov. We recommend creating your FSA ID early—even before you’re ready to complete the FAFSA form—to avoid delays in the process.

For step-by-step instructions, watch How to Create Your FSA ID.

IMPORTANT: Do NOT create an FSA ID on behalf of someone else. That means parents should not create FSA IDs for their children and vice versa. Doing so may result in issues signing and submitting the FAFSA form and could lead to financial aid delays. (Also, it’s against the rules to create an FSA ID for someone else.)

To summarize:

  • Anyone who plans to fill out the 2019–20 FAFSA form should create an FSA ID as soon as possible.
  • If you are required to provide parent information on your FAFSA form, your parent should create an FSA ID too.
  • Because your FSA ID is equivalent to your signature, parents and students each need to create their own FSA IDs using their own email address and phone number. Parents should not create an FSA ID for their child and vice versa.
  • In some situations, you may need to wait up to three days to use your FSA ID after creating it. If you want to avoid FAFSA delays, create your FSA ID now
2. Your Social Security number*

You can find the number on your Social Security card. If you don’t have access to it, and don’t know where it is, ask your parent or legal guardian or get a new or replacement Social Security card from the Social Security Administration. If you are not a U.S. citizen, but meet Federal Student Aid’s basic eligibility requirements, you’ll also need your Alien Registration number.

3. Your driver’s license number

If you don’t have a driver’s license, then don’t worry about this step.

4. Your 2017 tax records*

In case you didn’t hear about the changes we made to the FAFSA process, beginning with the 2017–18 FAFSA form, we now require you to report income information from an earlier tax year.

  • On the 2019–20 FAFSA form, you (and your parents, as appropriate) will report your 2017 income information, rather than your 2018 income information.
  • Since you’ll probably already have filed your 2017 taxes by the time the FAFSA form launches, you’ll be able to import your tax information into the FAFSA form right away using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT). (No more logging back in to update after filing taxes!)
  • Not everyone is eligible to use the IRS DRT; and the IRS DRT does not input all the financial information required on the FAFSA form. Therefore, you should have your 2017 tax return and 2017 IRS W-2 available for reference.
The IRS DRT is the fastest, most accurate way to input your tax return information into the FAFSA form. To address security and privacy concerns related to the IRS DRT, the tax return information you transfer from the IRS will not be displayed on fafsa.gov or the IRS DRT web page. Instead, you’ll see “Transferred from the IRS” in the appropriate fields on fafsa.gov.
  • You cannot use your 2018 tax information. We understand that for some families, 2017 income doesn’t accurately reflect your current financial situation. If you have experienced a reduction in income since the 2017 tax year, you should complete the FAFSA form with the info it asks for (2017), and then contact each of the schools to which you’re applying to explain and document the change in income. They have the ability to assess your situation and make adjustments to your FAFSA form if warranted.
  • You cannot update your 2019–20 FAFSA form with your 2018 tax information after filing 2018 taxes. 2017 information is what’s required. No updates necessary; no updates allowed.
5. Records of your untaxed income*

The FAFSA questions about untaxed income may or may not apply to you; they include things like child support received, interest income, and veterans noneducation benefits. On the 2019–20 FAFSA form, you’ll report 2017 tax or calendar year information when asked these questions. Find specific details for parents and students.

6. Records of your assets (money)*

This section includes savings and checking account balances, as well as the value of investments such as stocks and bonds and real estate (but not the home in which your family lives). You should report the current amounts as of the date you sign the FAFSA form, rather than reporting the 2017 tax year amounts.

Note: Misreporting the value of investments is a common FAFSA mistake. Please carefully review what is and is not considered a student investment and parent investment to make sure you don’t over- or under-report. You may be surprised by what can (and cannot) be excluded.

7. List of the school(s) you are interested in attending Be sure to add any college you’re considering, even if you haven’t applied or been accepted yet.
  • Even if there is only a slight chance you’ll apply to a college, list the school on your FAFSA form. You can always remove schools later if you decide not to apply, but if you wait to add a school, you could miss out on first-come, first-served financial aid.
  • The schools you list on your FAFSA form will automatically receive your FAFSA results electronically. They will use your FAFSA information to determine the types and amounts of financial aid you may receive.
  • If you add a school to your FAFSA form and later decide not to apply for admission to that school, that’s OK! The school likely won’t offer you aid until you’ve been accepted anyway.
  • You can list up to 10 schools at a time on your FAFSA form. If you’re applying to more than 10 schools, here’s what you should do.

TIP:  To be considered for state aid, several states require you to list schools in a particular order (for instance, you might need to list a state school first). Find out whether your state has a requirement for the order in which you list schools on your FAFSA form.

* If you’re a dependent student, you will need this information for your parents as well.

Ready to start?

Once you’re ready, you have several ways to complete the FAFSA form, including the fafsa.gov website or the new myStudentAid mobile app. Using the app, you can fill out the FAFSA form safely and securely from your mobile device. On the app, you can also manage your FSA ID, view your federal student aid history and loan information, and more. The myStudentAid app is available from both the Apple App Store (iOS) and Google Play (Android).


Nicole Callahan is a Digital Engagement Strategist at the U.S. Department of Education’s office of Federal Student Aid.

Emma Jones is an intern with the U.S. Department of Education’s office of Federal Student Aid. She’s also a junior at Gustavus Adolphus College, where she’s studying political science and involved in too many clubs.

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No More Hard Liquor at Fraternity Houses, National Group Says

Chronicle of Higher Education - September 4, 2018 - 12:26pm
The ban is a sign that the North-American Interfraternity Conference is phasing out its traditional hands-off approach, amid a wave of recent hazing deaths that have provoked widespread outrage.
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Do Corporate-Style NDAs Have a Place in Higher Ed?

Chronicle of Higher Education - September 4, 2018 - 11:00am
Even if a controversial policy at Purdue University Global is an anomaly, it could be yet another harbinger of the rising corporatization of academe.
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The Big Lie

Chronicle of Higher Education - September 4, 2018 - 10:00am
A professor schemed to get a raise and win his department’s respect. Instead he wrecked his career.
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6 Strategies to Prepare Students for Meaningful Careers

Chronicle of Higher Education - September 2, 2018 - 4:30pm
There are lots of ways to help them get on the right track. Here are some that colleges are experimenting with.
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How Colleges Help Students Find Purpose in Their Work

Chronicle of Higher Education - September 2, 2018 - 4:30pm
Liberal-arts institutions are coming to see educational and vocational ideals as complementary.
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There Is No Campus Speech Crisis

Chronicle of Higher Education - September 2, 2018 - 4:30pm
Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of Berkeley Law, thinks the arguments about free speech at colleges could use a few more reasonable people.
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This Fall’s Housing Crunch Is So Urgent One University Is Asking Its Professors for Help

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 31, 2018 - 5:05pm
The problem is extreme at the University of California at Santa Cruz, but hundreds of colleges are short of space.
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Another Autumn, Another Housing Crunch

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 31, 2018 - 5:05pm
But it’s complicated. While some campuses are crowded, others, with sagging enrollment, have surplus space.
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Confederate Statue Should Return to UNC Campus, Chancellor Says, but at a Different Location

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 31, 2018 - 2:43pm
In a letter to the Chapel Hill community, Carol L. Folt said the controversial sculpture known as Silent Sam ought not to be at the “front door” of the University of North Carolina campus. The system’s board chairman, however, said her letter was premature.
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Confederate Statue Will Return to UNC Campus, Chancellor Says, but at a Different Location

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 31, 2018 - 2:43pm
In a letter to the Chapel Hill community, Carol L. Folt said the controversial sculpture known as Silent Sam would not be at the “front door” of the University of North Carolina campus.
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Rutgers President Seeks Additional Review of Professor’s Controversial Facebook Post

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 31, 2018 - 10:55am
Robert L. Barchi wrote that a faculty member had “showed exceptionally poor judgment” in an online rant about his gentrifying neighborhood in which he said he hated white people.
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Hard Copy or Electronic Textbooks? Professors Are More Concerned About Keeping Them Affordable

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 31, 2018 - 10:01am
A university jacked up the price of an online book to push students toward the print version. But are hard-copy requirements becoming a thing of the past?  
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