Higher Education News

Berkeley chancellor blocks attempt to rescind invitation to Bill Maher

Inside HigherEd - 21 hours 45 min ago

Student group that invites commencement speakers votes to rescind invitation to controversial comedian, but chancellor vetoes their move, citing the importance of free speech.

Editorial Tags: Academic freedom

Grand Canyon U., a major for-profit college, considers becoming nonprofit

Inside HigherEd - 23 hours 3 min ago

One of the nation's largest for-profit colleges is thinking about becoming a nonprofit. 

Editorial Tags: For-profit colleges

Final gainful employment rules drop loan default rate

Inside HigherEd - 23 hours 3 min ago

The Education Department releases its long-awaited gainful employment rules, making one key change and drawing complaints from both for-profits and their critics.

Editorial Tags: Education DepartmentFor-profit colleges

Survey of college presidents shows mixed views on climate surveys, politics

Inside HigherEd - 23 hours 3 min ago

Survey of college leaders finds significant minority in public sector feel pressure from governors. And as lawmakers want colleges to use climate surveys on sexual assaults, presidents support concept, but only a minority say their institutions are doing so.

Editorial Tags: Safety

Lynn U. to launch iPad-powered distance education programs in fall 2015

Inside HigherEd - 23 hours 3 min ago

Lynn U.'s tablet revolution marches on. Its next initiative: affordable online degree programs delivered exclusively through iPads -- at tuition rates that are a fraction of what the university regularly charges.

Editorial Tags: Distance educationImage Source: Lynn University

Conference speakers call for more harmonization of European higher education

Inside HigherEd - 23 hours 3 min ago

At conference on European higher education, speakers call for much more ambitious harmonization process to compete with the U.S. and China.

Editorial Tags: International education

Bates College administrators squash popular Halloween-time party

Inside HigherEd - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 07:00

As Bates College aims to combat excessive drinking, administrators anger students by unilaterally canceling a popular drinking event held until now every Halloween season.

Editorial Tags: Student lifeImage Caption: Illustration of online petition on party at Bates

Massachusetts higher ed officials want a half billion dollars and better respect

Inside HigherEd - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 07:00

Higher ed officials in Massachusetts, where private colleges have long dominated, ask for a major investment in the public system.

Editorial Tags: State policyMassachusetts

Graduation rates for athletes hit record high

Inside HigherEd - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 07:00

The NCAA's Graduation Success Rate for college athletes is at an all-time high, but critics continue to question its definition of success.

Editorial Tags: NCAA

Australian university says raising tuition will lead to scholarships for many more students

Inside HigherEd - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 07:00

Prominent university says government's proposal to deregulate tuition will allow it to give scholarships to a third of its students; critics say Sydney's plan will help it cream students from other universities.


Editorial Tags: Financial aidAustralia

Online Ed Skepticism and Self-Sufficiency: Survey of Faculty Views on Technology

Inside HigherEd - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 07:00

Inside Higher Ed's survey finds professors are skeptical that online courses can produce outcomes equivalent to those of face-to-face classes, let alone surpass them.

Ad Keyword: facultytech2014Section: Teaching and LearningTeaching With TechnologyTechnologyOnline Learning

Berkeley students protest Bill Maher as commencement speaker

Inside HigherEd - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 07:30

With a new graduation season, a new controversy arrives. Berkeley students protest selection of comedian viewed as anti-Muslim.

Editorial Tags: ReligionImage Source: WikipediaImage Caption: Bill Maher

Competency-based education arrives at three major public institutions

Inside HigherEd - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 07:00

Michigan, Purdue and the Wisconsin System give competency-based education a try, but carefully and with targeted new programs.

Editorial Tags: AccreditationCompetency-based learningHealth CareFlagship publics

Facing end-of-life status, institutions running Angel look for new LMS providers

Inside HigherEd - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 07:00

Blackboard announces a new end-of-life date for Angel, intensifying the competition among learning management system providers to win over the institutions still using the legacy system.

Editorial Tags: TechnologyImage Source: Blackboard

Tufts adjuncts tout pay and job security gains in first union contract

Inside HigherEd - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 07:00

Adjuncts at Tufts say their first union contract, which includes significant pay and job security gains and a right to be interviewed for full-time positions, could be a model for new unions in negotiations elsewhere.


Editorial Tags: Unions/unionizationAdjuntsContracts/negotiations

President under fire for hiring top aide who had yet to graduate

Inside HigherEd - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 07:00

Chattanooga State president under fire for hiring as a top aide someone he met in Barbados who had not yet formally earned her college degree.

Image Caption: Chattanooga State President Jim Catanzaro, author of 'Spiritual Surfing: Riding Life’s Turbulent Waves to Victory'

For-profit chain leaves the stock market to save money on public disclosures

Inside HigherEd - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 07:00

Education Management Corp. goes private as its enrollment and revenue slump, raising questions about the end of an era for publicly traded chains with disparate holdings.

Editorial Tags: Financial aidFor-profit colleges

Rose-Hulman plans to add new psychological test to admissions process

Inside HigherEd - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 07:00

Rose-Hulman plans to ask applicants a set of questions designed to determine if they think they can control their fates. Test of system has found correlation with students' grades and retention rates.

Editorial Tags: Admissions

How to reverse and prevent state disinvestment in higher education

Inside HigherEd - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 07:00

Documenting state disinvestment in public higher ed (and especially community colleges), think tank report urges new federal-state "compact."


Editorial Tags: State policyStates

U. California grad student union leaders face criticism for pushing Israel boycott

Inside HigherEd - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 07:00

Leaders of UAW union that represents U. of California teaching assistants push for Israel boycott, but some members say this action endangers their academic freedom and the movement to unionize grad students.


Editorial Tags: IsraelUnions/unionizationTeaching assistants
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