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Michigan State Just Agreed To Pay $500 Million to Settle Sexual-Abuse Claims. Where Will It Find the Money?

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 16, 2018 - 5:54pm
Options include using tuition, redirecting money in its budget, borrowing, or relying on insurers.
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Catholic U. Plan, Which Could Result in Layoffs of Tenured Profs, Moves Ahead

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 16, 2018 - 3:00pm
The university’s Academic Senate, which includes professors and administrators, voted in favor of sending the “academic renewal” plan to trustees for a final vote.
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Texas State U. Police Chief Resigns Amid Racial Tensions on Campus

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 16, 2018 - 12:10pm
The arrests of four protesters had inflamed an already tense racial climate at the university, which has endured white-supremacist leafleting and protests over demands for diversity.
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Michigan State Will Pay $500 Million to Settle With Victims of Larry Nassar

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 16, 2018 - 10:47am
The university said it would hand over $425 million now and put $75 million into a trust fund for people who allege in the future that the disgraced sports doctor sexually abused them.
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New Evidence Adds to Troubling Picture for Black Borrowers of Student Loans

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 15, 2018 - 4:27pm
Analyses show that at both graduate and undergraduate levels, the debt burden has grown significantly greater for black students.
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What a Controversy Over an App Tells Us About How Students Learn Now

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 15, 2018 - 4:21pm
Texas Christian University students were accused of academic misconduct. But the episode may say even more about professors’ teaching and assessment.
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UMass-Boston Faculty Votes No Confidence in System’s Leaders Over Purchase of Small College

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 15, 2018 - 10:57am
The Faculty Council said the acquisition of the shuttered Mount Ida College unfairly favored the flagship campus, in Amherst, over Boston.
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Chronicle of Higher Education - May 15, 2018 - 2:55am
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Among the Hottest Job Markets on Campus: Police Officer

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 13, 2018 - 10:00pm
Colleges are hiring police officers at a faster rate than nearly any other campus jobs — at a time of heightened concern about how they operate.
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‘My Professional World Has Gotten Smaller’

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 11, 2018 - 4:36pm
Three scholars speak about how sexual harassment and assault have distorted their lives in the academy.
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U. of Texas System Apologizes for Revoking Nepali Students’ Scholarships

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 11, 2018 - 1:11pm
A statement acknowledges the applicants’ “anguish and hardship” and pledges to make sure “this situation never occurs again.” But most of the help for the students is coming from college advisers and admissions officials elsewhere.
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This Is What Georgia Tech Thinks College Will Look Like in 2040

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 11, 2018 - 11:22am
It includes new credentials to recognize continuous learning, a subscription fee model, and worldwide networks of advisers for life.
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A Counselor’s Thank You to Teachers

We hear about all the great teachers in the counseling office.  The one who set the times tables to the tune of Pharrell Williams’ “Happy,” ensuring kids will remember them forever, even if it will take a while to get to eight times nine.  Mr. Jones, the history teacher who dressed up like Benjamin Franklin for an entire week and never once broke character.  The tenth grade English teacher who finally explained “I after e” in a way that made sense.  When you put that much thought into a lesson, it’s makes for memorable teaching.

Of course, that’s not the only way teachers become memorable.  The teacher who said just the right words at just the right time to the bully who had incredible art talent, making the student more comfortable with who they really were, and less of a bully.  The teacher who wore the cut-rate perfume a special needs student gave her at Christmas, every time that student had a spelling test—the same perfume she’d wear when attending that student’s graduation from medical school. The teacher who shows up at the Saturday soccer league and cheers loudly for all of her students on the sidelines, even though her students are spread throughout both teams, and it’s forty degrees out.

You can’t analyze a test score to determine what these teachable moments do to the learning and learning habits of students, but everyone seems to understand what they do to students’ learning, and students’ lives.  Like recess, these teachable moments inspire in ways we can’t quite measure, but we still know their worth is beyond measure.

These aren’t just discrete, feel-good stories.  Most of my counseling work for the last thirteen years has involved working with students in college placement.  In that time, every student—every single one—has had the chance to go to college; most have earned at least one merit scholarship, and for those who have been out for four years or more, nearly all of them have finished college on time.

Almost none of that is due to me.  It’s a tribute to the teacher who took a group of six year-olds into the woods for an entire class period and told them to watch and listen—and they did; to the teacher who had flags from 45 nations in his fourth-grade Social Studies classroom, and talked about the country each flag represented for a full year; to the two teachers who took significant scorn from their colleagues every year they wanted to team teach Lord of the Flies, because it threw such a wrench into the middle school schedule.

Making the most of college—and learning a trade for that matter—isn’t at all about getting in.  It’s about the absorbing, the becoming, the grappling of new ideas that doesn’t end until the idea is now an honored friend. That state of mind, the acquisition of the habits needed to do that kind of learning, is the essence of teaching.  It is alive and well in the classrooms of the colleagues I eat lunch with.  More important, it is in the hearts, minds and souls of the students they serve.

This week reminds me of the story of the principal who was interviewing candidates for a middle school English position.  The first five interviews were all remarkably short, where the principal asked each candidate what they taught.  When they responded, “I teach English”, the principal said, “I see.  Well, thank you for coming in.”

The interview with the sixth candidate started with the same question, “What do you teach?”  When the candidate responded, “Why, I teach students about the wonders of the English language”, the principal responded with, “I see.  Tell me more about that.”

It is one thing to consider Teacher Appreciation Week as a triumph over the long odds of limited budgets, aging facilities, crowded classrooms and wonky Internet connections.  That’s an important discussion to have, but this week is more about those who serve, and what they leave their students with. In the end, that is all teaching ever was; it is what it must continue to be, if our world is to continue to flourish.

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A White Student Called the Police on a Black Student Who Was Napping. Yale Says It’s ‘Deeply Troubled.’

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 10, 2018 - 5:14pm
The black student said she had nodded off while writing a paper in the common area of their dorm. Videos of what happened went viral.
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Duke’s President Apologizes for Barista Firings That Followed Administrator’s Complaint

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 10, 2018 - 4:28pm
Vincent E. Price said the employees, who were dismissed after the vice president for student affairs complained about a rap song they were playing, had faced “unfair treatment.”
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How Did Michigan State’s Interim Chief Squander a Chance to Heal?

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 10, 2018 - 4:13pm
John Engler’s blundering three months in office have inexplicably positioned the former governor as an adversary of the women who survived Larry Nassar’s sexual abuse.
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How Your Office Could Inspire Student Collaboration

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 10, 2018 - 8:18am
To foster faculty-student interactions, some campuses are designing better spaces for them to meet.
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AAUP Says U. of Nebraska Denied Due Process to Grad Student Who Heckled Activist

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 9, 2018 - 11:00pm
Courtney Lawton had been removed from the classroom because of political pressure, the association found. Recordings seem to support that conclusion.
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Why Internet Scholars Are Calling Out Facebook for Restricting Access to Its Data

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 9, 2018 - 2:35pm
The social-media giant recently announced restrictions on who can mine information it collects for research. Some academics say that’s a problem.
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Consumer Watchdog Signals a Lower Priority for Investigating Student-Loan Abuses

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 9, 2018 - 1:44pm
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Wednesday said it would fold its student-loan-investigation arm into a part of the federal agency that focuses on consumer information, according to an internal memo obtained by several news organizations.
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