Higher Education News

Appointments, Resignations, Deaths (1/12/2017)

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 7, 2018 - 4:25pm
Merodie A. Hancock will become president of Thomas Edison State University, and Daniel Alfonso was named vice president for facilities management at Nova Southeastern University.
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Recent Private Gifts to Higher Education (January 2018)

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 7, 2018 - 4:00pm
Many major gifts to colleges come from older alumni, but the Rochester Institute of Technology recently received a $50-million gift from a 2009 graduate.
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Lecturer’s Critique of Whiteness Crossed the Line Into Harassment, State Investigation Finds

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 7, 2018 - 11:49am
A Native American instructor at San Diego State University harassed and discriminated against a white student, in part by accusing her of trying to be a "white savior," a deputy attorney general concluded.
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Universities in Illinois Extend Tuition Freezes to Stem Enrollment Slides

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 5, 2018 - 4:43pm
The state’s two-year budget impasse continues to reverberate, even at its top-level campuses.
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U. of Illinois Extends Tuition Freeze to Stem Enrollment Slide

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 5, 2018 - 4:43pm
The state’s two-year budget impasse continues to reverberate, even at its top-level universities.
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A Grad Student Defended a Controversial Instructor. Now He Says He’s Being Silenced.

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 5, 2018 - 2:20pm
A Ph.D. candidate at UCLA spoke out on behalf of Keith Fink, a conservative professor whose case drew national attention last year.
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The Fight to Rebuild a Ravaged University

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 5, 2018 - 2:00pm
When Hurricane Maria plunged the University of Puerto Rico into gloom, professors and students had no choice but to bring back the light.
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How One College President Confronts 'The Biases of the Professoriate'

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 5, 2018 - 12:24pm
"We can't just rely on championing free speech as if its a free market," says Michael Roth, the president of Wesleyan College, who is himself an intellectual historian.
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Grand Canyon U. Will Again Try to Become a Nonprofit

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 5, 2018 - 9:41am
The college, which is owned by a for-profit company, wants to change its status after being rebuffed once by its accreditor in 2016. 
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A Yale Psychiatrist Evaluates the Mental Health of Trump — and the Nation

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 4, 2018 - 8:24pm
Bandy X. Lee says that America is in "a very poor state of public health" but that there are opportunities to "turn this around."
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How Sexual-Assault Accusations Against a Professor Brought Paranoia to His Campus

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 4, 2018 - 5:09pm
The case of Gopal Balakrishnan, who is accused of serial harassment, has divided faculty at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Where is the line between aggressive action and vigilante justice?
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Crippling Winter Storm Came at the Worst Possible Time for Conference-Going Academics

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 4, 2018 - 1:54pm
A vast “bomb cyclone” smacked the East Coast during several large academic conferences, disrupting travel plans and prompting calls for refunds.
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Alcohol’s Influence on Campus

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 4, 2018 - 1:19pm
It’s forbidden to underage students, but alcohol is a pervasive part of campus life. Here’s why the problem of student drinking is so difficult to resolve.
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Best Ideas for Teaching

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 4, 2018 - 1:16pm
Professors are trying new strategies to liven up their classrooms and help students master the material. Here are some of their innovative teaching ideas.
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Some Real Data on Fake News

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 4, 2018 - 1:04pm
Who clicked on all those phony news articles during the 2016 presidential election, and what does it means for the future of politics? Researchers begin to rummage through the ruins of a dumpster fire.
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Don’t Run From Emotions in the Classroom

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 4, 2018 - 9:19am
Learning is often thought to be dry and bloodless. What if professors tried to engage students’ feelings?
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How Universities Are Trying to Do Right by Puerto Rico

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 3, 2018 - 5:22pm
Colleges on the mainland recognize that enrolling students from the island can unintentionally harm their home institutions.
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ED’s School Ambassador Fellows Connect with #FellowsAtED Twitter Chats

U.S. Department of Education Blog - January 3, 2018 - 1:59pm

It took me a while to feel comfortable with Twitter. I opened a personal account years ago, but I just didn’t see what all the buzz was about.

Once my district started encouraging teachers to build their Professional Learning Networks, however, I reluctantly created a professional account.  I was a little skeptical that it would be more of a distraction and less of a genuine resource, but it didn’t take long to convince me otherwise. I only spend an average of five minutes a day on Twitter, and in that short time, I find new ideas, get the most recent news in education, research the latest best practices, discover the most cutting-edge apps and read inspirational quotes that remind me why our job is so important.

As it turns out, Twitter is a place for teachers to share, to learn, to grow and to connect, which is exactly what we encourage our students to do. I read a great article on teachthought.com called, “What if Every Teacher Tweeted?” and it got me thinking about the people I’m representing this year as a Teacher Ambassador Fellow with the U.S. Department of Education.

The 2017-18 cohort of School Ambassador Fellows are always looking for ways to connect and collaborate with other educators to bring practitioner perspective to leaders at the federal level, and social media makes it easier than ever. As a way to reach those beyond our own networks, we will be hosting #FellowsAtEd chats through @usedgov the first Wednesday of each month.

Highlighting STEM

We kicked off the series in December with a STEM focus in honor of Computer Education Week. We wanted to know how people are innovating STEM education in their schools and classrooms and communities so we could highlight those practices at the Department.


Without the Twitter chat, we never would have known that Sarah Gross’s (@thereadingzone) students from High Tech Technology High School in Lincroft, NJ have a camera trap project. They wrote a grant, set up cameras on campus as a biology research project and blog about the fascinating wildlife. Or that a group of girls from the same school started a STEMinist club.

We also learned about some incredible tools Audra Damron (@audra_damron) uses to introduce coding to preschoolers. These are successes we should be celebrating and finding inspiration from, and we are grateful to find them through the power of a hashtag.

#FellowsAtED

If you have something to share or want to be inspired by new ideas, we invite you to engage in #FellowsAtED by joining our next chat on Wednesday, January 3rd through the @usedgov Twitter account. The topic is social and emotional learning because we know, as educators, how important it is to focus on the whole child, and we want to hear how you and your schools are meeting your students’ needs in innovative ways.

I don’t consider myself a techie, but I understand the importance and value of using technology to connect to the rest of the world. If we expect our students to challenge themselves with technology, we should embrace that for ourselves and our colleagues.

Educators across the country are already connected by our desire to make an impact on our students and their futures. Let’s make it official. Let’s do this TOGETHER. Learn from each other. Inspire each other. Lift each other up when we are feeling down. Push each other. Make each other better. #FellowsAtED can make us one colossal classroom. Let’s get connected.

Applications for the 2018-19 cohort of School Ambassador Fellows are open now through January 31st.

 

Melody Arabo is a 2017 Teaching Ambassador Fellow with the U.S. Department of Education and was honored to serve as the 2015 Michigan Teacher of the Year. She has been a third grade teacher at Keith Elementary in Walled Lake, MI since 2002.

Photo at the top: The 2017-18 cohort of ED School Ambassador Fellows

The post ED’s School Ambassador Fellows Connect with #FellowsAtED Twitter Chats appeared first on ED.gov Blog.

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A Small College’s Financial Innovations

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 3, 2018 - 1:00pm
Jeff Abernathy, president of Alma College, in Michigan, discusses ways he is stretching a dollar, rethinking administrative structure at the top, and using technology to help Alma and two other small private colleges pool their curricular resources. 
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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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