Higher Education News

Political science meeting interrupted by hotel fire

Inside HigherEd - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 13:47

Scholars at annual meeting were forced to evacuate their rooms Friday night -- but meeting one another in pajamas didn't stop them from tweeting.

Editorial Tags: Political science

For-profit Anthem Education abruptly closes campuses after filing bankruptcy

Inside HigherEd - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 07:00

For-profit company declares bankruptcy and starts closing campuses, leaving states scrambling and students scattered.

Editorial Tags: For-profit collegesImage Caption: Anthem headquarters

Professors, robots protest U. of Iowa's pink locker room

Inside HigherEd - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 07:00

While it remains a beloved bit of visual smack-talk for many football fans, some students and faculty say the University of Iowa's pink visitors' locker room is sexist and discriminatory.

Editorial Tags: GenderImage Source: Wikipedia / Asolsma1988Image Caption: The U. of Iowa's visitor locker room

Political scientists consider how to diversify their discipline

Inside HigherEd - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 07:00

Professors at discipline's annual meeting consider how they hire faculty members.

Editorial Tags: Political scienceFacultyDiversity

New analysis of international student visa approvals traces migration patterns

Inside HigherEd - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 07:00

New analysis of visa approvals provides city-level data on international students’ comings and goings.

 

 

Editorial Tags: International higher educationForeign Students in U.S.Image Source: Courtesy of the Brookings Institution. Image Caption: Hometowns of international students in the U.S., 2008-12.

Paper sees oral exams as strategy to reduce cheating in Gulf universities

Inside HigherEd - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 07:00

Oral exams can be used to promote academic integrity in countries where students don't hesitate to cheat, paper argues.

Editorial Tags: Foreign countries

Federal scrutiny of campus sexual assaults spills into the states

Inside HigherEd - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 07:00

Federal attention to colleges’ handling of sexual assaults is spilling over to a handful of statehouses, where lawmakers are proposing new legislation to curb incidents and looking to convene best practices. 

Editorial Tags: Sexual assaultState policyConnecticutMarylandImage Caption: Connecticut Gov. Dannel Molloy after signing legislation on campus sexual assaults

Research funding is morally permissible as long as it's legal and without strings attached, ethicist argues

Inside HigherEd - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 07:00

Unsure about accepting research funding from a morally contentious source? An ethicist weighs in.

Editorial Tags: ResearchImage Caption: Ethicist Cynthia Jones (center) with Lawrence Gelman (right), a Tea Party activist and one of her funders.

Online learning push continues in California, but with approach faculty groups appreciate

Inside HigherEd - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 07:00

California's Democratic leaders have taken a gentler approach in push for the state's colleges to get creative with online courses, including with a $50 million award fund.

Editorial Tags: Community collegesMOOCsOnline learningState policyCalifornia

Presidents increasing budgets, concerned about job training

Inside HigherEd - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 07:00

In a recent survey, college presidents report their interest in giving students an education that leads to a job, but many admit their institutions are not yet very effective at doing so.

Editorial Tags: College administration

Professor removes ban on 'bless you' from syllabus

Inside HigherEd - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 07:00

Professor at Coastal Georgia revises syllabus amid uproar that the college says didn't really reflect what was going on.

Editorial Tags: Life

Book advocates 'Reacting to the Past' pedagogy

Inside HigherEd - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 07:00

In new book, creator of "Reacting to the Past" details history of the pedagogical technique and advocates its wider adoption.

Editorial Tags: HistoryTeachingImage Source: Bridget FordImage Caption: Students complete at Reacting to the Past debate on the U.S. Constitution in Bridget Ford's U.S. history survey course at California State University at East Bay.

For the sake of student-faculty interaction, professor bans student email

Inside HigherEd - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 07:00

A faculty member at Salem College bans students from emailing her. The goal: increasing student-faculty interaction.

Pressure on colleges to deal with sexual assault leads to growing cottage industry

Inside HigherEd - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 07:00

Since the federal government began applying more scrutiny to campus handling of sexual assault, more administrators and students are turning to for-profit consulting firms, prevention programs, and safety products for help.

Editorial Tags: Sexual assaultTitle IX

New book explores achievements and challenges of China's 'rising research universities'

Inside HigherEd - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 07:00

New book explores achievements and challenges of Chinese research universities as they continue their quest to achieve "world-class" status.

Editorial Tags: BooksChinaInternational higher education

Colleges start new programs

Inside HigherEd - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 07:00
Editorial Tags: New academic programs

Bill Haslam's free community college plan and how Tennessee is grabbing the spotlight in higher education policy

Inside HigherEd - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 07:00

Tennessee's Republican governor, Bill Haslam, is big on accountability in higher education -- and he backs it up with state funding. He also staked his legacy to making community college tuition-free.

 

Editorial Tags: Graduation ratesCommunity collegesState policyTennesseeImage Caption: Gov. Bill Haslam discusses the Tennessee Promise with students at Red Bank High School

Colorado Boulder faces criticism over handling of alleged professor misconduct

Inside HigherEd - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 07:00

As U. of Colorado at Boulder acts against two philosophers, critics say university officials are sacrificing faculty rights in an attempt to appear tough on sexual harassment.

Editorial Tags: PhilosophyGender

Group wants to create voluntary standards for the for-profit industry

Inside HigherEd - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 07:00

New effort aims to create voluntary standards and a seal of approval aimed at for-profit colleges, this time by an outside group that works with a wide swath of the corporate world.

Editorial Tags: AssessmentFor-profit colleges

Beloit releases annual 'mindset list'

Inside HigherEd - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 07:00

Beloit releases annual "mindset list" to remind professors that their newest students won't get the term "press pound" and never had reason to fear the Unabomber.

Editorial Tags: Student life
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