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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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Join Us for Living School Grounds on the 2018 Green Strides Tour in Missouri

U.S. Department of Education Blog | Ed.gov - August 15, 2018 - 1:07pm

It’s my favorite time of the year again:  Green Strides Tour season!

U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) and its Green Strides outreach initiative share promising practices and resources in the areas of safe, healthy and sustainable school environments; nutrition and outdoors physical activity; and environmental education.  As part of its Green Strides outreach, the Department conducts an annual tour of past honorees.  This year, the Green Strides Tour will reach its twentieth state, Missouri, on October 24 and 25, and spotlight ED-GRS honorees’ use of Living School Grounds.

We’ll see green schools’ features and practices from all three of what have become known as the ‘Pillars’ of the award in which these school sites have documented gains.  However, this year’s tour will bring particular attention to how schools can use their school grounds that include gardens, habitats, nature trails and wetlands to engage with not only science, math, nutrition and agriculture, but also art, literature and social studies.  Through their hands-on, project-based learning, and citizen science on school grounds, students also discover the joys of physical activity in the outdoors, as well as the benefits of nutritious, school-garden grown produce.  The use of green schoolyards, along with other sustainable infrastructure and practices, helps students deepen their understanding of the natural world and their connection to it, fostering stewardship values that will permit them to preserve our nation’s most precious resources for years to come.

At Keysor Elementary School, in Kirkwood, Missouri, students tag Monarch Butterflies in their rain garden. With over half of green space on campus dedicated to actively stewarded water-efficient and regionally appropriate landscape plantings, an increase in animal and insect species has been recorded. The school grounds provide real-world examples of habitat preservation, landscape maintenance, nutritional well-being, social engagement, and creativity.

Looking back over four iterations of the tour, we’ve seen a green school or two, and gotten a little dirty along the way!  In 2013, with an “Education Built to Last” tour, we visited 11 states to engage in 40 events; spanning Alabama, New England, New York, New Jersey, California, Oregon, Washington, Wisconsin, and Washington, DC.   In 2014, we focused on “Healthy Schools, High-Achieving Students” during an additional 46 events in 6 states, including Boulder and Fort Collins, CO; Palm Beach and Broward, FL; West Virginia and Kentucky; Prior Lake Savage and Waconia, MN and Maryland.

At Flagstone Elementary School, in Castle Rock, Colorado student presenters share different aspects of their school sustainability efforts on the 2014 “Healthy Schools, High-Achieving Students” Green Strides Tour.

Those two tour seasons were whirlwinds!  As budgets have become slimmer and my own family has grown, we’ve begun focusing our efforts on highlighting sustainable schools practices in a single state each year.  In 2016, we toured Pennsylvania for some lessons in “Real-World Learning” and then, in 2017, we had the chance to “Take Learning Outside” in Georgia.

This year, we’re excited to showcase some of the ED-GRS public and private school honorees in the St. Louis area according to the following schedule.


Wednesday, October 24
8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. Bellerive Elementary School, 620 Rue de Fleur Dr., Creve Coeur
10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. McKelvey Elementary School, 1751 McKelvey Rd., Maryland Heights
12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Green Trails Elementary School, 170 Portico Dr., Chesterfield
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. The College School, 7825 Big Bend Blvd., St. Louis
2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Maplewood Richmond Heights Middle School, 7539 Manchester Rd., Maplewood
4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Reception and Discussion Panel, 7539 Manchester Rd., Maplewood


Thursday, October 25
8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.  W. W. Keysor Elementary, 725 N Geyer Rd., Kirkwood
10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. St. Louis University High School, 4970 Oakland Ave., St. Louis
12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Crossroads College Preparatory School, 500 DeBaliviere Ave., St. Louis
1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Parkway North High School, 12860 Fee Fee Rd., St. Louis


We hope you will join us (all are welcome!) and take home some lessons to make your own school community more sustainable.


Andrea Suarez Falken is Director of U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools and ED’s Facilities, Health, Environment Liaison. 

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What the U. of Kentucky Did About a Controversial Campus Fresco Depicting Slavery

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 14, 2018 - 7:01pm
Amid criticism of the artwork, the university commissioned a new one and added context to the original.
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Researchers, Posing as Students, Quizzed Campus Officials About Sexual Assault. How Did They Do?

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 14, 2018 - 4:14pm
Most of the administrators who responded correctly answered basic questions. But a few didn’t, and many didn’t even pick up the phone.
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Central Washington U. Fires Tenured Professor Who Is State Lawmaker. He Fires Back.

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 14, 2018 - 3:51pm
Matt Manweller was dismissed after an university investigation found evidence of inappropriate behavior.
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Admitting Significant Mistakes, Maryland Accepts Responsibility for Football Player’s Death

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 14, 2018 - 2:30pm
The university’s president and athletics director said they met with Jordan McNair’s family on Tuesday as outrage over the administration’s response swirls.
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Can This Tiny Career College Really Become ‘America’s Work-Force Partner’?

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 14, 2018 - 10:39am
ECMC Group didn’t earn many fans for how it handled the decline and fall of its Corinthian Colleges campuses. But the organization’s new, scrappier approach to career education might be worth your attention. Here’s why.
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The Education Dept. Wants to Hold Colleges Accountable by Reporting Graduates’ Earnings. One Problem: The Data Aren’t All There.

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 13, 2018 - 8:32pm
The soonest such information may be available is late 2019, but the department is likely to finalize the new policy this fall.
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Maryland’s President Warned of ‘Dormant Volcanoes.’ Now, One Looks Ready to Blow.

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 13, 2018 - 4:28pm
Wallace Loh announced a second inquiry into the University of Maryland’s football program on Saturday after ESPN detailed allegations of verbal abuse and intimidation of athletes.
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How a Decades-Old Experiment Sparked a War Over the Future of Psychology

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 13, 2018 - 2:00pm
The Stanford Prison Experiment lasted just six days, and it took place 47 years ago. But it has shaped our fundamental understanding of human nature. Now many in the field are wondering: Should it have?
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Idea Lab: Graduate Education

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 13, 2018 - 1:52pm
Graduate schools are under increasing pressure to change. They need to be better at enrolling underrepresented minorities. They need to train doctoral students so they are prepared for jobs outside of academe. And they need to find ways to shorten how long it takes to earn a Ph.D., especially in the humanities. To help deans, department chairs, and faculty members overcome these challenges, The Chronicle has collected articles and essays from Idea Lab, our section on how colleges solve problems...
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Idea Lab: Revenue and Costs

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 13, 2018 - 1:49pm
Many colleges face a financial squeeze. This collection of articles offers real-world examples for helping your institution through financial challenges. Buy a copy in the Chronicle store.
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How Artificial Intelligence Is Changing Teaching

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 12, 2018 - 5:00pm
New technologies promise to make the classroom experience more interactive and personal, but they also raise concerns about ethics and privacy.
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A Veteran President Calls on Colleges to Stop the Snobbery

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 12, 2018 - 4:30pm
Hierarchies die hard, but prestige should be based less on exclusivity and more on serving all students, says Elaine Maimon of Governors State University.
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Education Dept. Proposes Tossing Gainful-Employment Rule, Which Took Aim at For-Profit Colleges

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 10, 2018 - 9:00am
The department plans to bolster the College Scorecard, or a similar public-facing consumer tool, instead of using student-debt levels to hold underperforming institutions accountable. 
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A UVa Historian Talks About Charlottesville's White-Supremacist Rally a Year Later

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 9, 2018 - 5:32pm
Claudrena Harold discusses the difficult conversations she’s had with students and colleagues at the University of Virginia. “These events tested their faith,” she says.
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Princeton Will Rename an Archway to Honor a Fugitive Slave

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 9, 2018 - 4:40pm
Like many universities, the Ivy League institution is asking itself how to interact with its ugly past. Naming an arch after former slave who worked there is a step forward, some historians say.
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Transitions: CUNY Campus Selects New President, U. of Virginia Names Stanford's Law Dean as Provost

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 9, 2018 - 3:47pm
Claudia V. Schrader, CUNY Kingsborough Community College's new chief executive, comes from another campus in the system. University of Virginia's new provost will start next year.
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