Fri.May 10, 2024

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Penn State offers buyouts in budget-cutting effort

Higher Ed Dive

Faced with chronic deficits, the university is offering faculty and staff at its 20 commonwealth campuses a year’s pay to retire early or leave their jobs.

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Dueling Narratives Emerge After Arrests at UVA

Inside Higher Ed

Dueling Narratives Emerge After Arrests at UVA Josh Moody Fri, 05/10/2024 - 03:00 AM Police forcefully cleared an encampment at the University of Virginia after what officials describe as “aggressive” protester behavior. Videos cast doubts on those claims.

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2 Purdue professors sue over Indiana law tying tenure to intellectual diversity

Higher Ed Dive

The complaint, filed on behalf of the instructors by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana, contends the new statute will hamper free speech.

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Fake Websites Pop Up Advertising Closed Universities

Inside Higher Ed

Multiple websites have cropped up advertising colleges that are no longer operating, USA Today reported. The newspaper’s investigation found at least nine websites seemingly representing institutions that have been shuttered for years. Many of the sites required an application fee, as well as credit card and driver’s license information.

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This week in 5 numbers: Heavy cuts come to St. Cloud State

Higher Ed Dive

We’re rounding up some of our top recent stories, from a program review at a public university to a private nonprofit under accreditor scrutiny.

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Faculty, Staff Turnover Rates See Post-Pandemic Decline

Inside Higher Ed

Voluntary faculty and higher education staff turnover, excluding retirements, decreased in 2023–24 after two years of sharp rises, according to the latest survey data from the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR).

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Mothers Against College Antisemitism Has a Message for Higher Ed — Thousands of Them, in Fact

The Chronicle of Higher Education

A parents group says it's fighting antisemitism. Some professors say it's stifling speech. By Emma Pettit The group says it’s protecting Jewish students. Some professors argue it’s stifling speech.

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Calls for PSW for sub-degree programs in NZ

The PIE News

Sub-degree programs in New Zealand need to be able to offer post-study work rights, the peak body representing the country’s private training providers has said. The Independent Tertiary Education NZ says that degree level and above is currently able to see better growth than sub-degree level programs, with post-study work opportunities impacting students’ decisions. “The visa settings are not favourable for sub-degree programs,” ITENZ chief executive, Wayne Dyer, told Th

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Professors Worry About ‘Digital Surveillance’ of Their Work

Inside Higher Ed

Professors Worry About ‘Digital Surveillance’ of Their Work Doug Lederman Fri, 05/10/2024 - 03:00 AM Union’s survey of academics elicits concerns that electronic systems that track teaching, grades and research productivity limit independence and well-being.

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YOHANNIS A. JOB

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Yohannis A. Job Yohannis A. Job has been named vice president of enrollment management at Benedict College. He served as vice president and dean of enrollment management at Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas. Job holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration -marketing from the University of Arkansas, and a juris doctorate from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

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Cornell’s President to Retire, on Short Notice

Inside Higher Ed

Martha E. Pollack, Cornell University’s president for seven years, announced Thursday that she would retire June 30. She said the decision was entirely her call.

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The Future is Bright for Indiana University's 15-Year-Old Graduate

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Khaya Njumbe. On May 8, Khaya Njumbe walked across the commencement stage at Indiana University (IU) Northwest. At 15 years old, he is one of Indiana’s youngest ever bachelor’s degree recipients. Two weeks later, he will walk across the stage to receive his high school diploma, adding one last credential to the collection he’s been building since he was 11 years old, when he took his first dual enrollment courses.

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Betrayals, Empty Promises and Transforming the Academy and Beyond

Inside Higher Ed

Betrayals, Empty Promises and Transforming the Academy and Beyond Sarah Bray Fri, 05/10/2024 - 03:00 AM Bertin M. Louis Jr. describes a new anthology that highlights marginalizd faculty members’ sense that they’ll be accepted in higher education only if they do little to challenge the status quo.

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FAMU Pauses Process for $237.75M Gift

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Florida A&M University has paused moving forward with the $237.75 million donation in support of student success initiatives and athletics. Dr. Larry Robinson President Dr. Larry Robinson announced the decision at an emergency meeting Thursday of FAMU’s fundraising foundation. Board members expressed grave reservations about the donation, which drew national attention as one of the largest ever for one of the country’s historically Black colleges and universities.

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GAO: Gender Gap Persists in College Athletic Participation

Inside Higher Ed

Participation rates for women in college athletics continue to lag behind those of their male peers despite the fact that more women enroll in higher education, a new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) found.

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To do or not to do transnational education? 

The PIE News

The UK higher education sector is world class by any objective measure, but that hasn’t prevented financial sustainability becoming an issue for many providers. International student numbers are almost certain to continue falling following recent changes, compounded by the government’s negative messaging and policy intent irrespective of the MAC review outcome.

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Diversity Statements Banned in Faculty Hiring

Insight Into Diversity

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has done away with diversity statements as part of their hiring process. Prospective faculty had historically been asked to submit a statement with their CV describing their experience working with assorted populations and their approach to challenges related to diversity and inclusion efforts. The provost, chancellor, and six academic deans supported the move to eliminate this piece of their employment practice, along with president Sally Kornbluth,

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Goldsmiths University to keep Black British literature course open

The Guardian - Higher Education

Exclusive: Reversal comes after backlash from students and writers including Booker winner Bernardine Evaristo Goldsmiths, University of London, will keep its Black British literature course open after a backlash from students and writers including the Booker prize-winner Bernardine Evaristo. The decision is a reversal of April’s announcement that the master’s degree in Black British literature, alongside other courses, would be axed as part of a cost-cutting programme affecting 132 academic job

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MEGAN M. COVAL

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Megan M. Coval Megan M. Coval has been appointed interim president of Butler County Community College in Pennsylvania. She served as executive director of the BC3 Education Foundation and external relations. Coval holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Allegheny College and a master’s in higher education administration from The Pennsylvania State University.

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The Tipping Point: Why One College Decided to Call the Cops on Protesters

The Chronicle of Higher Education

By J. Brian Charles Spencer Platt, Getty Images Pro-Palestinian protesters climb a fence during demonstrations at City College of City U. of New York. Students and faculty say trust has been broken. CUNY's leaders said they had no choice.

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UCLA Faculty, Staff Demand Chancellor’s Resignation

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

More than 800 members of the University of California, Los Angeles, faculty and staff are calling for the resignation of Chancellor Dr. Gene D. Block. The call is one of three demands the group made of the administration, during a May 9 rally amid antiwar protests. Dr. Gene D. Block. The group claimed that, on April 30, “UCLA administration and LAPD stood by as students were brutally attacked for over four hours by outside agitators.

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Why It’s So Hard to Change Minds About DEI

The Chronicle of Higher Education

Assumptions are ingrained, and they break entirely along political lines. By Ilana Redstone Alex Williamson for The Chronicle Assumptions are ingrained, and they break entirely along political lines.

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Statement of the AAUP-Penn Executive Committee on the Penn Administration’s Decision to Arrest Students and Faculty and the University’s Imposition of Mandatory Leaves of Absence on Six Students

Academe Blog

POSTED BY HANK REICHMAN On May 10, the AAUP-Penn Executive Committee issued the following statement on the Penn Administration’s Decision to Arrest Students and Faculty and the University’s Imposition of Mandatory Leaves of Absence on Six Students.

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‘They’re teaching me’: Greg Doran on staging Shakespeare’s unloved Two Gents with students

The Guardian - Higher Education

The theatre director, now teaching at Oxford after years running the RSC, thinks The Two Gentlemen of Verona is perfect for a young cast to argue over. We go into rehearsals Which is Shakespeare’s least loved play? The Two Gentlemen of Verona would come high on many people’s lists. It is clearly apprentice-work. It has had few significant revivals. And it also raises problematic issues since the treacherous Proteus threatens at one point to rape Silvia who is betrothed to his best friend, Valent

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President’s corner: Why Ed Feasel values cultivating global citizens at Soka University

University Business

Soka University of America is comparatively young standing next to other historic institutions that have racked up a century’s worth of legacy and alumni. This spring, Soka graduated just its 20th class since relocating its campus to Aliso Viejo, Calif. But questions around “how old” an institution is don’t interest President Ed Feasel. “The presidents adding to their curriculum and innovating are mission-centric and value-based,” he says. “Others that h

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Columbus State budget cuts leaves 14 positions eliminated - Fox 28

Economics and Change in Higher Education

Columbus State is tightening their belt. There are budget cuts happening at the community college, and 14 positions were eliminated. None of the positions are teaching positions. We’re told two were in the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. The college says they are in the second year of a three-year recovery plan from the pandemic. They adjusted their staff to help address the effects of inflation and other pandemic-related factors.

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Reimagining “Doing More with Less” in the Business Office

University Business

Register Now Date & Time: Tuesday, June 18th at 2 pm ET Leaders don’t typically look forward to asking their teams to “do more with less,” but higher ed leaders are having this conversation at colleges and universities across the country as they grapple with resource constraints. The business office is certainly not immune. But, this challenge can create an opportunity for positive change, as business office leaders find ways to improve efficiency, prioritize what’s most important, and help

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The rules aren’t political – except when they are

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On Day Five of Eurovision week, Jim Dickinson gets caught up in the controversy surrounding Israel's participation and opposition to it from its fans The post The rules aren’t political – except when they are appeared first on Wonkhe.

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Colorado set to offer two years of free college

University Business

A bipartisan bill that would reduce the cost of college is headed for Gov. Jared Polis’ signature. House Bill 24-1340 will offer two years of free college for Colorado families earning less than $90,000 annually. It would apply to community colleges, technical colleges and four-year universities. Polis said it “will open the door of opportunity for so many Coloradans who either couldn’t attend, or had to put off being able to attend college or community college because they had to work part-time

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What is a ‘research culture’?

SRHE

by GR Evans Should higher education providers foster a ‘research culture’? As the body responsible for research under the Higher Education and Research Act (2017), UK Research and Innovation offers its own definition. Such a ‘culture’ will encompass ‘the behaviours, values, expectations, attitudes and norms’ of ‘research communities’, influence ‘researchers’ career paths and determine ‘the way that research is conducted and communicated’.

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Simmons College launches ‘Open Door’ initiative to bring educational opportunities to houseless

University Business

Simmons College of Kentucky, Louisville’s only Historically Black College and University, has launched a new initiative to help bring higher education opportunities to the city’s houseless community. “It’s not normal to have homeless and houseless people on the street,” Simmons College President Kevin Cosby said Thursday. Cosby announced the new “Open Door” initiative that has the potential to change countless lives.

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Xavier Cancels UN Ambassador Commencement Address

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield Xavier University of Louisiana, an historically Black college in New Orleans, has cancelled the United Nations Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s May 11 commencement address amid student antiwar protests. “Everyone’s goal is to have a commencement ceremony that appropriately honors the graduates and their achievements,” said Xavier President Dr.

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Independent art college in Louisville to get millions in government funding

University Business

The Kentucky College of Art and Design, the state’s only independent art school, got $5 million in the state’s most recent budget and could get $1 million more from the city. All told, the independent art college in Louisville could see $6 million in government funding. The majority comes from the state’s budget. Read more from Louisville Public Media.

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How Lizards Adapt: Academic Minute

Inside Higher Ed

Today on the Academic Minute, part of Binghamton University Week: Lindsey Swierk, assistant research professor of biological sciences at the Harpur College of Arts and Sciences, examines how reptiles of different sexes solve the same problem in different ways.

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We need adult learners as much as they need us. Here’s how to help them

University Business

Jacqueline begins her day before dawn. A single 38-year-old mother of two, her days are busy and require an artful balance between work at a local retail store and responsibilities at home. Still, Jacqueline harbors a dream that burns bright—a dream of earning a college degree. Her story is not unique. Across the nation, millions of adults juggle the demands of work and family while hoping to further their education.

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Dispatch from Portland State University

Academe Blog

BY JENNIFER RUTH Portland State University has no quads on which to pitch tents but running between some of our major buildings, including the library, are park blocks owned by the city. When threatened with trespassing by Portland Police, the students moved their protest from the grass onto the steps of the library.

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Nearly all Gaza campus protests in the US have been peaceful, study finds

The Guardian - Higher Education

Analysis of 553 protests in solidarity with Palestinians between 18 April and 3 May found 97% of them did not cause serious damage An independent non-profit that tracks political violence and political protests around the world found that 97% of campus demonstrations over the war in Gaza that have taken place in the US since mid-April have been peaceful.