Higher Education News

Fallout at U. of Virginia after article on a gang rape at a fraternity

Inside HigherEd - 5 hours 32 min ago

Article in Rolling Stone sets off protests and soul-searching at U. of Virginia, and suspension of all fraternities until January 9.

Editorial Tags: Sexual assaultImage Source: Sarah MacAdam for The Cavalier DailyImage Caption: Students at the "Slut Walk" that was one response to the controversy

Gates Foundation announces open-access policy for all grant recipients

Inside HigherEd - 5 hours 32 min ago

New grant recipients of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will be required to make their research and data open to the public.

Editorial Tags: Publishing

Growing ranks of diversity officers get set of professional standards

Inside HigherEd - 5 hours 32 min ago

Chief diversity officers are increasingly being appointed to cabinet-level positions. But they haven't had a set of professional standards, drawing criticism from some -- until now.

Editorial Tags: FacultyDiversityImage Caption: Benjamin D. Reese

More research needed on student veterans

Inside HigherEd - 5 hours 32 min ago

Existing research and discussion of student veterans doesn't recognize the diversity of the demographic. 

Editorial Tags: Veterans

Mercer law students seek removal of professor who used slur in class

Inside HigherEd - 5 hours 32 min ago

Black law students at Mercer seek removal of professor who used slur repeatedly.

Editorial Tags: Teaching

Students cancel musical at Stanford amid concerns raised by Native American group

Inside HigherEd - 5 hours 32 min ago

The musical "Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson," which links popularity of seventh president to his ordering mass killings of Native Americans, is called off after complaints from Native American students.

Editorial Tags: DiscriminationImage Caption: A student performs in a production of "Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson" at Washington University in St. Louis.

Guaranty agency buys most of crumbling for-profit Corinthian Colleges in U.S.

Inside HigherEd - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 08:05

Half of Corinthian Colleges goes nonprofit, as loan guarantor ECMC will buy 56 Everest and WyoTech campuses. Critics say the purchase doesn't do nearly enough for students or to prevent conflicts of interest.

Editorial Tags: AccreditationFor-profit colleges

One college distances itself from Bill Cosby; others stick with him

Inside HigherEd - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 08:00

Allegations against the comedian, an active fund-raiser and speaker in higher education, have led one college to drop his name, while others stand by him.

Editorial Tags: Development/fund raisingImage Source: Temple UniversityImage Caption: Bill Cosby speaking at a Temple University commencement in 2012.

What Obama’s immigration executive actions mean for higher education

Inside HigherEd - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 08:00

President expands his temporary protected status for "Dreamers" and seeks to expand temporary work authorization program for international graduates of American universities. 

Editorial Tags: Federal policy

Campus police praised for actions against gunman who struck 'very heart of campus'

Inside HigherEd - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 08:00

When a gunman opened fire in Florida State University's Strozier Library, he attacked "the very heart of campus."

Editorial Tags: SafetyImage Caption: Students gather at Florida State after learning of the shooting at the library.

At OER conference, speakers push for academic libraries to promote adoption

Inside HigherEd - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 08:00

Adoption of open educational resources has to be about more than replacing textbooks, advocates say -- and academic libraries can help.

Departing Senator Harkin releases his Higher Ed Act reauthorization bill

Inside HigherEd - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 08:00

Among the new provisions in the retiring Democrat's final proposal to rewrite the Higher Education Act are a student unit record system and incentives for colleges to graduate more Pell Grant recipients. 

Editorial Tags: Congress/legislationHigher Ed Act Reauthorization

Professors of the Year named

Inside HigherEd - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 14:48

This year's winners hail from Pennsylvania State University Berks, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Stanford University and Monroe Community College.

Editorial Tags: Teaching

UC administrators and California governor clash over tuition hikes

Inside HigherEd - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 08:00

System leaders want to increase tuition rates, but a popular governor is pushing instead for more emphasis on online and competency-based education, and three-year degrees.

Editorial Tags: CaliforniaImage Source: Photo by Courtney CecaleImage Caption: UCLA students protest proposed tuition increases.

Marquette U. grad student she's being targeted after ending a class discussion on gay marriage

Inside HigherEd - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 08:00

Marquette TA becomes focus of debate for telling a student his facts criticizing gay marriage were incorrect. Critics say she squelched a student's view, but many academics say she's become a target just for doing her job.

Editorial Tags: Academic freedomPhilosophyGraduate studentsImage Caption: Cheryl Abbate

NSSE 2014 finds size, selectivity make little difference in student engagement

Inside HigherEd - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 08:00

New NSSE results question link between selectivity and student engagement, and suggest that colleges may need to focus more on student sleeping habits and academic advising.

Editorial Tags: AssessmentImage Source: National Survey of Student Engagement

Shift for national free-college group, which wants to bolster local programs

Inside HigherEd - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 08:00

National "free tuition" group changes its name and pitch with plan to support state and city tuition scholarships while continuing to push on the federal level.

Editorial Tags: Federal policyFinancial aidPell GrantsTennesseeImage Caption: Campaign's Morley Winograd on Capitol Hill this week

Publishers call for federal government to settle 'fair use' in higher education

Inside HigherEd - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 08:00

At a U.S. House hearing, representatives for publishers and colleges argue over whether federal government should get involved in determining how institutions can use copyrighted works.

 

 

Editorial Tags: CopyrightLibraries

Are selective colleges with big-time sports at greater risk for compromising academics?

Inside HigherEd - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 08:00

At academically competitive institutions with big-time college sports, a large gap exists between athletes and the average student -- leaving plenty of room for colleges to compromise their academic mission.

Editorial Tags: AthleticsImage Source: Wikipedia

Performance-based funding provokes concern among college administrators

Inside HigherEd - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 08:00

Public colleges may be using grade inflation or tightening admissions standards to comply with performance-based funding, survey finds.

Editorial Tags: Graduation ratesCommunity collegesState policy
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