Higher Education News

Serving Neurodiverse Students

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 3, 2018 - 12:13pm
Peter Eden, president of Landmark College, chats with The Chronicle about Landmark’s pedagogical approach, the changing culture around neurodiversity, and the rewards and challenges of the college’s mission.
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The Tuition-Pricing Crisis: How College Leaders Are Responding and Preparing for the Future

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 2, 2018 - 2:14pm
What challenges do college leaders face with the current pricing structure? And what strategies will they pursue in the future? In this report, we surveyed hundreds of higher-education presidents and chief financial officers to explore those questions and more.
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How to Market a College in a Troubled Locale

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 1, 2018 - 4:30pm
Detroit’s reputation lags behind its rebirth, but the University of Detroit Mercy and Wayne State University do appeal to Generation Z.
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Career Advice From a Groundbreaking President

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 1, 2018 - 4:30pm
When is it time to make a move? For what reasons, and with what conditions? Ms. Simmons shares her insights.
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How a College in a Sleepy Town Energized Itself

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 1, 2018 - 4:00pm
The Missouri college changed the middle of nowhere to its own distinctive somewhere.
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Appointments, Resignations, Deaths (12/31/2017)

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 31, 2017 - 4:32pm
Peter Provenzano Jr. became president at Oakland Community College in Michigan, and Deborah Bordelon was named provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Columbus State University.  
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Why Education Matters to Your Health

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 29, 2017 - 2:20pm
Men and women who haven’t been to college live shorter, less healthy lives, and they’re actually losing ground compared to college graduates. It’s about more than money.
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A Dying Town

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 29, 2017 - 12:55pm
Here in a corner of Missouri and across America, the lack of a college education has become a public-health crisis.
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When Professors Cross Sexual Boundaries

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 29, 2017 - 11:43am
Distress and complications often follow when faculty members focus unwanted sexual attention on their students or junior colleagues. Here’s how college officials deal with such cases and try to resolve complaints.
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Drexel Professor Whose Charged Tweets Drew Fire From the Right Will Leave the University

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 28, 2017 - 12:36pm
“After death threats and threats of violence directed against me and my family, my situation has become unsustainable,” says George Ciccariello-Maher.
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At a Time of Change, These Baptist Colleges Are Staying the Course

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 21, 2017 - 4:52pm
Georgia’s Brewton-Parker College, Shorter University, and Truett McConnell University have doubled down on their religious identity. But two of them have seen sharp declines in enrollment.
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Coding and Collaboration with a Buddy System

U.S. Department of Education Blog - December 21, 2017 - 8:54am

For several years our kindergarten and third grade students were accustomed to pairing up as reading buddies to improve their literacy skills through a mentee/mentor relationship. As a result of that success we decided to use a similar model to encourage our kids to collaboratively explore coding.

Students Engaged Quickly

The first step was to find a coding platform that was best suited for our students, one that fosters creativity and diversity and encourages students to drive their own creations and progress at their own pace. It was easy to research and there are several options that are tailored to a school setting.

Once we selected one, we quickly watched our students engage with it after only a short introduction, which was amazing.  You just don’t get that level of engagement, cooperation and excitement in young students with traditional teaching practices like paper and pencil work. Our students were paving the way and creating their own content. Whatever our students imagined soon became reality on the screen.

There was always bustling around the classroom, with students exclaiming, “Wow, how did you do that? Can you show me?” We created a “Code and Tell” component at the end of our coding time, so students could share something they discovered with the class and teach each other something new while building on their oral presentation skills.

In an effort to show students that coding can have real life applications and to provide them an authentic audience with leaders in our district, we developed the Operation Code Happiness project. Through this project, a third-grade student could write a letter of introduction, including a short survey, to members of our school district’s leadership. These administrators, also known as VIPs, were asked to complete and return the survey. Upon receiving information from the VIPs, such as their favorite color, song or photograph, coding buddies worked collaboratively to design aproject specifically with their VIP in mind.

Huge Leaps of Growth

In the spring, each set of coding buddies had an opportunity to present their creation to a room full of VIPs and others interested in learning more about the students’ creative process and experience with coding. Through this effort, we saw huge leaps of growth in students’ problem solving and resilience in the face of difficult coding challenges.  It often took several attempts before coding buddies would get their creation to look, sound and move just right.  Students were motivated to complete their project as they had envisioned it for their VIP. They also leaned heavily on each other to learn new elements and build outstanding projects.

As we talk to other teachers in our school and at technology conferences, we know this is only the beginning of coding in our classrooms. Our students are excited by this unique opportunity to take charge of their learning and to weave coding throughout multiple disciplines. As teachers, we know that it’s not our job to have all the answers all the time. It is our job to supply the right learning tools and environment to set our students up for the best learning experience possible. Coding is the perfect tool to help create a collaborative and creative environment, no matter what the age or grade level.


Juliann Snavely is a Kindergarten Teacher at Keith Elementary located in West Bloomfield, Michigan. She has been an early childhood educator for nineteen years and has been learning to code with her students since 2014. Juliann was honored to be selected as a Michigan Voice Educator Fellow (2015-16) and as the Keith Elementary Teacher of the Year (2008).

Angela Colasanti is a 3rd grade teacher at Keith Elementary in the Walled Lake Consolidated School District.  Angela is a MI Educator Voice Fellow, a Galileo Teacher Leader and is passionate about coding with her students.

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How Spaces Designed for Learning Can Change Teaching

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 21, 2017 - 8:24am
Sometimes, where students sit and where faculty members stand can have a meaningful impact.
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A Brief History of Students Secretly Recording Their Professors

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 21, 2017 - 7:45am
Recent efforts by a right-wing activist to recruit conservative students to spy on their liberal professors are just the newest iteration of what has become a notorious campus pastime.
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Think You Know What Type of College Would Accept Charles Koch Foundation Money? Think Again.

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 20, 2017 - 4:23pm
At some public regional universities, the foundation’s conservative politics have made it a tough sell. But a growing number of prestigious institutions now are among the top recipients of Koch funding.
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Education Dept. Approves New Wave of Students’ Claims Against Corinthian Colleges

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 20, 2017 - 12:04pm
The department announced on Wednesday that it had approved 12,900 requests for student-loan forgiveness from borrowers who said they had been defrauded by the now-shuttered for-profit college.
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What Colleges Need to Know About the Tax Overhaul Poised to Become Law

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 20, 2017 - 10:57am
The legislation could discourage charitable giving, would tax some rich colleges’ endowments, would tax some top-paid workers at nonprofit organizations, and would limit a key revenue stream in major college sports.
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‘Dreamers’ Make Desperate Plea on Capitol Hill

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 20, 2017 - 10:35am
In a day of marches, lobbying, and civil disobedience, undocumented students fight against time to make their case to Congress.
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New Tax Law Takes Aim at Higher Education’s Millionaires Club

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 19, 2017 - 6:49pm
In 2015, private nonprofit colleges minted 158 millionaires. Their institutions would have to pay a 21-percent tax.
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A Small College With a Big Endowment Gets Snared in Tax Bill

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 19, 2017 - 5:19pm
Kentucky’s Berea College, which charges no tuition and serves primarily low-income students, will probably have to pay a 1.4-percent tax on its endowment earnings after a revote on tax legislation.
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