Higher Education News

Armed with federal data, Maryland goes after out-of-state distance education providers

Inside HigherEd - 15 hours 44 min ago

Maryland fires off letters to large and small distance education providers alike in an attempt to find out who's teaching students in the state. Is this quality control or protectionism?

Editorial Tags: Online learningImage Caption: An excerpt from a letter addressed to distance education providers from the Maryland Higher Education Commission

Sports antitrust lawyer's latest target: NCAA scholarship limits

Inside HigherEd - 15 hours 44 min ago

Forget player unionization. The biggest legal threat facing the NCAA may be the lawyer who helped bring about free agency in professional football and basketball.

Editorial Tags: AthleticsLegal issuesNCAAImage Source: Getty ImagesImage Caption: Jeffrey Kessler

Bergen Community College faculty and president in conflict over many issues

Inside HigherEd - 15 hours 44 min ago

Faculty at Bergen Community College vote no confidence in president, citing loss of key meetings, changes in planned tenure rules and a disputed interpretation of a "Game of Thrones" quote.

Editorial Tags: presidentsUnions/unionizationContracts/negotiations

College Board releases examples of the changes coming to the SAT

Inside HigherEd - 15 hours 44 min ago

College Board releases more detail on ideas behind the new version of the test -- and some sample questions.

Editorial Tags: Admissions

New presidents or provosts: Furman Lakeview MICA South Alabama SVSU Union

Inside HigherEd - 15 hours 44 min ago
  • Donald Bachand, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Saginaw Valley State University, in Michigan, has been promoted to president there.
  • Elizabeth Davis, executive vice president and provost of Baylor University, in Texas, has been chosen as president of Furman University, in South Carolina.
Editorial Tags: College administrationNew presidents

To accept MOOCs for credit, Florida International U. may set up prior learning assessment safeguards

Inside HigherEd - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 07:00

Florida International University prepares a prior learning assessment pilot in anticipation of granting credit for massive open online courses.

Pace of hiring at counseling centers lags behind spike in student problems

Inside HigherEd - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 07:00

Counseling center directors report that budgets and hiring levels are on the rise -- but staff still struggle to keep pace with an influx of students with anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts.

Editorial Tags: CounselingMental health

Researchers debate changes to federal income-based repayment programs

Inside HigherEd - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 07:00

Policy makers and higher education researchers grapple with how to reform and overhaul federal income-based repayment programs for student loan borrowers. 

Editorial Tags: Financial aid

For athletes, a different kind of helicopter parent

Inside HigherEd - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 07:00

Athletes' parents can be especially influential on their kids' career aspirations, and not necessarily in a good way, one study suggests.

Editorial Tags: AthleticsAcademics

Education Department plans to change how it oversees loan servicers

Inside HigherEd - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 07:00

Education Department plans changes in how it evaluates student loan servicers. Consumer advocates and some members of Congress have criticized the department's oversight of the companies. 

Editorial Tags: Financial aidLoan programs

Colleges announce commencement speakers

Inside HigherEd - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 07:00
The following colleges and universities have announced their commencement speakers for spring 2014: - See more at: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/04/11/colleges-announce-commence...

The following colleges and universities have announced their commencement speakers for spring 2014:

Admissions counselor was among those killed on bus to Humboldt State

Inside HigherEd - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 07:33

An admissions officer was killed on the bus to Humboldt State -- guiding students he recruited from Los Angeles.

Editorial Tags: AdmissionsImage Caption: Arthur Arzola

Oberlin backs down on 'trigger warnings' for professors who teach sensitive material

Inside HigherEd - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 07:00

Facing widespread faculty opposition, Oberlin drops policy requiring warnings about material that may be upsetting to students. Do students need such cautions?

Editorial Tags: Academic freedom

Conference focuses on state of area and foreign language studies

Inside HigherEd - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 07:00

Experts in area and language studies discuss how to meet rising student demand when federal budget cuts, vanishing tenure-track positions, and lack of commitment to specialized librarians are hurting their fields.

Editorial Tags: International higher educationLanguagesImage Source: Wikimedia Commons

U. of Southern Maine's president says she'll work with faculty to avoid layoffs

Inside HigherEd - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 07:00

The University of Southern Maine, following growing protests, rescinds faculty layoffs that were viewed as an assault on tenure and the liberal arts.

Editorial Tags: College administrationImage Source: U. of Southern MaineImage Caption: Theodora Kalikow, president of U. of Southern Maine

Thunderbird calls off plan to work with Laureate and seeks another partner

Inside HigherEd - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 07:00

Thunderbird drops controversial plan to create joint venture with Laureate, but says it needs to find another entity for an alliance. Alumni remain skeptical.

Editorial Tags: Business schools

Pitzer will sell holdings in fossil fuel companies

Inside HigherEd - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 07:00

Pitzer will sell holdings -- a rare move for a college with an endowment of its size.

Editorial Tags: EndowmentsEnvironmental issuesImage Source: Courtesy of Pitzer CollegeImage Caption: Pitzer President Laura Skandera Trombley and Trustee Robert Redford during press conference

Common Application releases consultant report on technical problems

Inside HigherEd - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 07:00

Consultant's report blames insufficient testing and a poor plan for frustrating problems experienced in the fall. Analysis also notes concerns about pricing policies that may have left colleges more vulnerable than they might have been.

Editorial Tags: Admissions

Liberal arts college libraries mull establishing open access book publisher

Inside HigherEd - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 07:00

Library directors at liberal arts colleges see an opportunity for a new open access publisher, even though most faculty members say they are satisfied with the current state of academic publishing.

Cleveland State aims to boost completion through multiterm registration

Inside HigherEd - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 07:00

A simple yet uncommon approach to get students to graduation faster: let them sign up for the entire year's classes at once.

Editorial Tags: Admissions / registrarAcademics
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