Higher Education News

Debate renews over Confucius Institutes

Inside HigherEd - 10 hours 1 min ago

AAUP urges universities to terminate or renegotiate contracts for Chinese-government funded centers of language and culture. With about 90 Confucius Institutes established in U.S., will it have an impact?

Editorial Tags: Academic freedomChinaInternational higher educationImage Source: Portland Press Herald / Getty ImagesImage Caption: Inaugural ceremony for Confucius Institute at U. of Southern Maine

House approves bills on competency-based education, college information site

Inside HigherEd - 10 hours 1 min ago

Taking its first votes on renewing the key higher education law, House lawmakers unanimously approve legislation to boost federal support of competency-based education. But full reauthorization remains far off.

Universities with study abroad programs in Israel weigh the risks

Inside HigherEd - 10 hours 1 min ago

With conflict in Gaza ongoing, some universities with study abroad programs in Israel suspend programs while others stay the course.

Editorial Tags: IsraelInternational higher educationStudy abroadImage Caption: Rothberg International School of Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Homework, conferences and research assignments await Gates grant recipients

Inside HigherEd - 10 hours 1 min ago

Grant recipients of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation round up their leadership teams -- and completed homework assignments -- and head to Washington for a nearly three-day workshop.

Editorial Tags: Foundations

As number of gay presidents increases, they try to pave way for others

Inside HigherEd - 10 hours 1 min ago

As their numbers increase, they are stepping up efforts to further break a glass ceiling for LGBTQ academics.

Editorial Tags: Gay rights/issues

Rockstar parking, heavily subsidized and often lucky, is about to get more expensive on college campuses

Inside HigherEd - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 07:00

Should professors and students pay more for the best spots? Yes, say parking reformers. 

Editorial Tags: Business issues

Adjunct union drive hits speedbumps in Twin Cities

Inside HigherEd - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 07:00

SEIU's drive to organize adjuncts seemed to be picking up steam. Why has it faltered in the Twin Cities?

Editorial Tags: AdjunctsImage Source: SEIUImage Caption: Macalester College adjuncts campaign for an SEIU union earlier this year.

Competency-based education gets a boost from the Education Department

Inside HigherEd - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 07:00

The U.S. Education Department opens the door to more tests with competency-based education, which could help set a new regulatory framework. 

Editorial Tags: AccreditationCompetency-based learningCongress/legislationHigher Ed Act ReauthorizationEducation DepartmentImage Caption: Ted Mitchell talking to members of C-BEN.

Obama signs workforce training bill, announces new executive action to overhaul federal job training programs

Inside HigherEd - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 07:00

Obama administration continues efforts to streamline programs, many of which involve community colleges. But efforts to promote reporting of job results worry some educators.

Editorial Tags: Community colleges

Intensive advising programs can alter students' college paths

Inside HigherEd - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 07:00

Intensive advising programs can result in significant savings for low-income students going to college, according to new research paper, but many high schools lack the resources to provide the help.

Editorial Tags: Counseling

A (slightly) more nuanced Bill Gates offers vision of higher education

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

The Microsoft founder and head of influential foundation tells college business officers that big changes are on the way -- but offers moderated views on role of technology and push for college completion.

Editorial Tags: AssessmentFoundationsFoundationsGraduation ratesImage Source: Rodney Choice/Choice PhotographyImage Caption: Bill Gates, with Miami Dade Rolando Montoya

California State U. System nixes online degree arm for shared services model

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

The California State U. System scales back plans to enroll a quarter of a million students through a centralized online portal -- a goal that failed to attract interest across its 23 campuses and that many professors questioned.

Editorial Tags: Online learningCalifornia

Faculty members at Upper Iowa U. say they lost jobs for questioning curricular changes

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

Terminated tenure-track faculty members at Upper Iowa University say they were punished for voicing their concerns about proposed curricular changes.

Editorial Tags: FacultyPoliticsTenure

Higher education urged to play more of a role in Common Core

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

Colleges and universities need to get involved in the the rollout of the Common Core curriculum, argues a new paper from the New America Foundation.


Editorial Tags: Curriculum

Colleges award tenure

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

The following individuals have recently been awarded tenure by their colleges and universities:

Adams State University

  • Sheryl Abeyta, business
  • Anicia Alvarez, teacher education
  • Comfort Cover, information systems
  • Kristy Duran, biology and earth sciences
  • Jeff Elison, psychology
  • Pat Robbins, business

California Lutheran University

Editorial Tags: Tenure list

Tensions at Mary Baldwin College signal competing understandings of liberal education

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

As many women's colleges move to admit men, Mary Baldwin tries to preserve a single-sex institution by building up professional and graduate programs. Some faculty fear the college is safeguarding one tradition by sacrificing another.

Editorial Tags: New academic programsImage Caption: Mary Baldwin College's health sciences building

Colleges assign adjunct hiring to a third party

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

Michigan colleges are assigning the hiring and payment of adjuncts to a third-party company. Administrators say it's a win-win, but adjunct advocates say it's a worrisome trend.

Editorial Tags: Adjuncts

Study: MOOC content in traditional courses is viable, if inflexible

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

A report on MOOCs in Maryland classrooms delivers encouraging results, but faculty members say shaping a course around another instructor's content can be tricky.

Editorial Tags: MOOCs

Ethnic studies group backs Israel boycott

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

Another disciplinary organization endorses call for end of ties to all Israeli academic institutions.

Editorial Tags: IsraelPalestine

To lure research and avoid regulations, some universities turn away from tax-exempt bonds

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

To avoid regulations and attract private research dollars, universities may be turning away from tax-exempt bonds.

Editorial Tags: Business issues
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