Higher Education News

NYU Scholar Accused of Harassment Assails Rush to Judgment as Sign of ‘Sexual Paranoia’

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 17, 2018 - 8:35pm
The florid, campy emails she exchanged with a Ph.D. student were typical of how she speaks, and reflected her role as a mentor, Avital Ronell said in a rare interview.
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A Program at Kean U. Is Losing Its Accreditation. Many Faculty and Students Have No Idea.

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 17, 2018 - 6:08pm
After more than a year of trouble, the accreditor for the university’s master’s program in public administration sent a July letter revoking its accreditation.
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5 Key Questions About NYU’s Tuition-Free Policy for Medical School

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 17, 2018 - 5:19pm
What lessons does the $24-million-a-year effort hold for higher ed?
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What an Art Historian Learned From the Football Team

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 17, 2018 - 11:07am
Mentoring athletes in McDaniel College’s Division III program has changed Gretchen McKay’s perspective on the challenges today’s students face — and even how she teaches.
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No More Yardsticks for Accountability. Just You Do You.

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 17, 2018 - 10:11am
What if accreditation went more like this: "You tell us what you're trying to do here, and you show us that you're doing it"? That, says John Katzman, an education entrepreneur, could make the process a more powerful tool.
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Strain on Maryland Leadership Grows Amid Fallout From Football Player’s Death

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 17, 2018 - 9:42am
The university’s president, Wallace D. Loh, had rejected a recommendation to give sports doctors autonomy from the athletics department, The Washington Post reported.
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Battle Over Alleged Harassment Escalates as Former Graduate Student Sues Professor and NYU

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 16, 2018 - 9:38pm
Nimrod Reitman said that while she was his Ph.D. adviser, Avital Ronell “repeatedly and forcefully” kissed and groped him. Meanwhile, a petition is demanding that one of her most prominent defenders step down as the MLA’s president-elect.
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Many Professors Have to Report Sexual Misconduct. How Should They Tell Their Students That?

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 16, 2018 - 7:25pm
Some are adding notes to course syllabi, but vast confusion exists over their duties, as a viral tweet suggested this week.
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Transitions: Albany State U. Makes Interim President Permanent, Harvard Graduate School of Education Names First Black Female Dean

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 16, 2018 - 3:45pm
Marion Fedrick took over the interim role at Albany State in January when Art Dunning retired. Bridget Terry Long started as Harvard's graduate-education-school dean on July 1.
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U. of Akron Will Phase Out 80 Degree Programs and Open New Esports Facilities

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 16, 2018 - 3:43pm
The institution is calling its three new centers the “largest” devoted to video gaming at any college in the world.
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New York U.’s School of Medicine Goes Tuition-Free

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 16, 2018 - 3:40pm
All medical students will receive scholarships covering the cost of their education regardless of need or merit.
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Why Does Publishing Higher-Ed Research Take So Long?

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 16, 2018 - 3:23pm
One leading journal has a two-year backlog and has halted submissions. Scholars wonder what this means about the state of their field.
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College Presidents Land a New Gig: Podcasting

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 16, 2018 - 12:56pm
The online recordings, produced in-house, serve as another vehicle to promote the institution.
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#RethinkSchool: “Not a Second to Waste” – A Teacher Embraces Student-Centered Education

U.S. Department of Education Blog | Ed.gov - August 16, 2018 - 12:05pm

Drawing on a wide-ranging teaching career at the community college level and with students attending Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools, Daniele Massey understands that a personalized education can be great preparation for success in college, careers and life. 

Today, Massey lives in Virginia with her family. Her husband remains on active military duty. In this interview, she describes her journey and lessons learned.

You’ve had opportunities to work in different school settings and different phases of a student’s life – what has that process been like for you?

When I first got back to the high school classroom I was paired with a teacher who was very traditional in style — very lecture-based:  you give the information to the students and they pretend to receive it.  Then they go home and do homework, but don’t understand anything, and they come back the next day and you start the cycle over again. It creates a lot of frustration!

Then another colleague transferred in. We were teamed up to teach algebra. And I remember we looked at each other and agreed: The kids are not getting it. What can we do about this? They have to master algebra. We felt that urgency because algebra is a required graduation credit.  It’s the gateway class to future success.

So we combined our efforts and skill sets and it ended up being the most fabulous teaching experience of my career. We ended up “flipping” our classroom, and focusing on whatever was best for our students.

Could you speak more about how that change happened and what it looked like?

We looked at our state and local assessment data and saw the failure rate in algebra. And, we looked at the problem-solving being tested on the state assessment.  So, we had the hard facts to back up our argument.  Then we went to our principal and said, “This may sound crazy, but we want to tear down the wall and combine our classrooms and create a learning center – with workstations, group activities, and different projects for the students.”

Our principal listened and asked questions.  We showed him the data; we broke it down for different groups of students. After about 30 minutes he got up from his desk, grabbed his toolbox and said, “Okay. I’m so moved by what you want to do. Let’s go.”  He took out a hammer and crowbar and literally started tearing the wall down right then and there!

With this new approach we were also able to communicate that math is a way of thinking. It’s not just something that happens during period 2, by reading chapter 2.  Suddenly math became something our students could actually enjoy and have fun with.

How did their parents react?

We had to get all the parents on board.  Our principal supported that 100 percent.  For example, we had to find another way to tell parents what was going on because their kids weren’t coming home with familiar textbook assignments like, “On page 55, do numbers 2-20.” Instead, a homework assignment might be, “Watch this video and take notes.”  Parents were wondering, “Is my kid actually learning?”

Once the students understood our new approach, we started putting the parent outreach in their hands. We’d say, “Explain to your parents what you’re doing. Walk them through your day.” And once they understood, the parents thought it was incredible. They started volunteering to help!

It ended up being a whole team effort.

Do you think that sense of urgency, with your very mobile students from military families, contributes to your school model?

Absolutely. You may only have that one school year – if that much time — to work with a student.

Being a military spouse and a parent myself, I can say to my students and their parents: “We don’t have a second to waste. What do you need?”

You have to do what’s in the best interest of the student, not what is easiest for the teacher or the school. Once you start to focus on the student, all of a sudden the conversation among the teachers, administrators, superintendents shifts to that personalized context, and seeing every student as an individual.

What advice do you have for fellow educators who are changing schools and launching new ventures?  

What you want to think about first is – What will the benefit be for students and their learning? What’s at the heart of what I’m trying to do?  As long as you remember that, the details will come.

Otherwise, it becomes a burden for you as a teacher – the grading and all the reports.

That’s not what teaching is. Teaching is creating a learning experience that best fits the needs of the students.


ED’s Writing Team composed this post based upon an interview by Denisha Merriweather of the Office of Communications and Outreach. (The original interview has been edited for length.)

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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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How One University Tries to Make Its Teaching Training Stick

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 16, 2018 - 9:53am
A course at the University of California at Irvine features role-playing, discussions, and classroom observations, all guided by research.
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What’s in Store for Ed Tech? An Annual Report for Leaders Lays It Out

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 15, 2018 - 10:01pm
Analytics, active-learning classrooms, and adaptive courseware are poised to grow more common.
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Does It Matter if a Political Candidate Has Steep Student-Loan Debts? Georgians Will Get to Decide

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 15, 2018 - 7:54pm
The Democratic nominee for governor, Stacey Abrams, owes $96,000 for her college and law degrees. But she’s not the only candidate for high office this year who has borrowed to pay for college.
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Enough ‘Do More With Less.’ It’s Time for Colleges to Find Actual Efficiencies.

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 15, 2018 - 3:48pm
Most institutions have “zero idea how they earn a living” and where their margins are across programs, says Rick Staisloff, a consultant on finance and strategy.
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A College President Slept Like a Freshman for 2 Nights. Here’s What He Learned.

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 15, 2018 - 3:07pm
David A. Thomas, Morehouse College’s new leader, began the academic year by staying in a single room in the campus’s oldest building. He forgot a mattress topper but picked up a few lessons.
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New Disclosures About an NYU Professor Reignite a War Over Gender and Harassment

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 15, 2018 - 3:06pm
Avital Ronell, an influential scholar in feminist theory, was suspended by the university, which found that she had harassed a male graduate student. The news has prompted fierce criticism not just of the professor but of the scholars who defended her.
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