Higher Education News

As the ed-tech sector swells, can vendors deliver results?

Inside HigherEd - 4 hours 16 min ago

As the ed-tech investment community gathers at the Education Innovation Summit for a fifth year, some attendees are growing impatient about the lack of results.

Editorial Tags: Technology

UC grad student employees bargain for right to gender-neutral bathrooms, lactation stations

Inside HigherEd - 4 hours 16 min ago

Graduate student workers in the U. California System say they've agreed on contract language establishing gender-neutral bathrooms and lactation stations as rights.


Editorial Tags: Graduate studentsUnions/unionizationContracts/negotiations

Rutgers philosophy professor accused of sexually assaulting disabled research partner

Inside HigherEd - 4 hours 16 min ago

The case of a Rutgers U. philosophy professor accused of sexually assaulting a man with cerebral palsy raises questions about a controversial communication method much debated by disability studies scholars.

Editorial Tags: Disabilities

New presidents or provosts: Bristol FAU Frostburg John Wood Trent Upper Iowa Wheaton

Inside HigherEd - 4 hours 16 min ago
  • William Childs, interim provost at Frostburg State University, in Maryland, has been promoted to provost and vice president for academic affairs there.
  • Michael Elbe, vice president for student services at John Wood Community College, in Virginia, has been promoted to president there.
Editorial Tags: College administrationNew presidents

Supreme Court upholds right of state voters to bar consideration of race in admissions

Inside HigherEd - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 14:26

Supreme Court finds that Michigan voters had the right to bar public colleges from considering the use of race in admissions.

Editorial Tags: AdmissionsAffirmative action/racial preferencesCourt rulingsMichiganImage Source: BAMNImage Caption: A rally calling on U. of Michigan to admit rejected black applicants

New competency-based programs at Lipscomb could be model for liberal arts colleges

Inside HigherEd - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 07:00

Lipscomb University shows what competency-based education can look like in its blended form, both in-person and at a liberal arts college.

Editorial Tags: AccreditationCompetency-based learningLiberal arts collegesTennesseeImage Caption: Students at Lipscomb University's assessment center

Lipscomb University's assessment center's high stakes approach to competency-based education

Inside HigherEd - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 07:00

Incoming students in competency-based programs at Lipscomb University spend a long day trying to prove their baseline skills and behavior, with 30 college credits on the line. 

Editorial Tags: AccreditationCompetency-based learningLiberal arts collegesTennessee

Complaint says OCR failed to investigate Title IX sports violations

Inside HigherEd - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 07:00

Complaint charges that Education Department is looking the other way on report of mass violation of the rights of female college athletes.

Editorial Tags: Athletics

Notre Dame adds study skills course and drops phys ed and swim test

Inside HigherEd - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 07:00

Notre Dame will require two one-credit courses for all freshmen on studying, wellness and spirituality, but will no longer demand phys ed or the ability to swim.

Editorial Tags: Teaching

Consumer Protection Bureau says some private loan borrowers face co-signer issues

Inside HigherEd - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 07:00

Federal officials say that some lenders, when a student's loan cosigner dies, declare an automatic default -- with no chance for the student to pay off what is owed.

Editorial Tags: Loan programs

Australian panel calls for giving federal funding to for-profit education providers

Inside HigherEd - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 07:00

Report says letting government funds flow to for-profit higher education providers will strengthen production of sub-baccalaurate credentials.

Editorial Tags: AustraliaFor-profit colleges

A few states are spending more on higher ed than before the recession hit

Inside HigherEd - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 07:00

State spending on higher education rises nationally, and 30 states see growth over the year before -- but per-student spending is still well below 2008 level.

U. Minnesota proposes plan to offer students access to course evaluations

Inside HigherEd - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 07:00

Students at University of Minnesota might be getting access to official student evaluation data starting this fall, potentially ending dependence on the very popular, unofficial sites that professors deride.

Editorial Tags: FacultyTeaching

Kaplan faculty union sparks new interest in for-profit unions for adjuncts

Inside HigherEd - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 07:00

Could a contract for some Kaplan faculty in New York be a precedent?

Editorial Tags: Adjuncts

Liberal arts college consulting group announces DIY toolkit for collaboration

Inside HigherEd - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 07:00

The liberal arts college consulting group NITLE announces a free toolkit for institutions that want to team up to tackle common challenges.

Editorial Tags: Technology

Colleges announce commencement speakers

Inside HigherEd - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 07:00

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

Editorial Tags: Commencement speakers

Dartmouth tries again to change its rowdy image

Inside HigherEd - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 07:00

Dartmouth College, which for decades has been viewed as the rowdiest of the Ivy League colleges, is trying again to change its campus culture.

Amid union talks, boycotts raise questions over what athletes could decide

Inside HigherEd - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 07:00

Another football player boycott -- this time over the reinstatement of a head coach -- raises questions over what athletes will and should be able to decide if they end up unionizing.

Editorial Tags: AthleticsImage Source: Minnesota State University at MankatoImage Caption: The Minnesota State University at Mankato football team takes the field.

Report accuses U. Colorado at Boulder administration of violating academic freedom in reaction to sexism probe

Inside HigherEd - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 07:00

New AAUP report accuses U. of Colorado-Boulder administrators of violating academic freedom in their reaction to a sexism investigation of philosophy department this year.

Editorial Tags: Academic freedomPhilosophy

Virginia's high court protects privacy of researcher's emails

Inside HigherEd - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 07:00

Virginia's Supreme Court says U. of Virginia was within its rights under state law not to release emails of climate change researcher.

Editorial Tags: Academic freedomCourt rulings
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