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Research Lab Websites

The Academic Designer

Jennifer van Alstyne on what a research lab website can do for you. Ideas for what pages to include on your research group website and considerations for principal investigators to help you know whether to D.I.Y. or hire professional support. A well-designed site can enhance visibility, opportunities for collaboration, and research funding.

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Are policymakers overlooking key higher education data?

Higher Ed Dive

College earnings data often only includes students who graduated, but adding those who didn’t can unearth revealing information, a recent report suggests.

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Labour’s life sciences approach may be caution as a policy choice

Wonkhe

James Coe takes a look at the cautious competence of Labour’s life sciences plan and asks how different a Labour government’s approach to R&D policy might be The post Labour’s life sciences approach may be caution as a policy choice appeared first on Wonkhe.

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Idaho education board lacks authority for University of Phoenix deal, legal memo says

Higher Ed Dive

An attorney for the Legislature took aim at how the proposed transaction is structured and recommended that lawmakers take legal action against it.

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How the Student Premium actually works

Wonkhe

Why do we have a multi-million pound OfS allocation to address the risk of entering university with a BTEC? David Kernohan looks for transparency The post How the Student Premium actually works appeared first on Wonkhe.

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Summer Sessions Are Integral to Student Success in Higher Education

MindMax

Summer isn’t what it used to be for higher education institutions and their students. Gone are the days when there was a clear divide between the academic year and summer. Today, colleges and universities everywhere increasingly embrace the concept of a holistic year , and summer sessions have become an essential component of both standard and alternative educational pathways.

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New Ways to Support Community College Student Health

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

A widespread health crisis is undermining American community colleges, with many current and potential students exhibit high rates of anxiety, depression, substance abuse, suicidal ideation, food insecurity, and more. The challenges predate the pandemic but were exacerbated by it. The COVID-19 infection itself also appears to have made the situation worse.

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Professors Evacuated, Put on Leave in Hectic Pro-Palestine Protest

Inside Higher Ed

Professors Evacuated, Put on Leave in Hectic Pro-Palestine Protest Ryan Quinn Tue, 02/27/2024 - 03:00 AM When the director of Jewish studies at one California State University campus visited another to speak on Israel and Palestine, things went awry.

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Tripping on LSD at the Dolphin Research Lab

The Chronicle of Higher Education

How a 1960s interspecies-communication experiment went haywire. By Benjamin Breen Andy Bourne for The Chronicle How a 1960s interspecies-communication experiment went haywire.

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The Joys of ‘Leading From the Margins’

Inside Higher Ed

The Joys of ‘Leading From the Margins’ Susan H. Greenberg Tue, 02/27/2024 - 03:00 AM Hollins University president Mary Hinton discusses her new book, about how her identity as a Black woman from the rural South shaped her approach to college leadership. Byline(s) Susan H.

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Unite earnings grow 13% to reach £184.3m

The PIE News

UK purpose-built student accommodation provider Unite Students hit a record £184.3 million in earnings in 2023, its latest results show. The 13% year-on-year rise in earnings in the year ending December 31, 2023, saw the operator reach a 99.8% occupancy rate and 7.4% rental growth. The report also shows a “strong outlook” for reservations in the 2024/25 year, with 80% of beds already booked.

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University of California Lifts Ban on Online Degree Programs

Inside Higher Ed

University of California Lifts Ban on Online Degree Programs Lauren.Coffey@… Tue, 02/27/2024 - 03:00 AM Even as the debate on online courses continues, the UC move is creating concern about shared governance between faculty and university leaders.

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Mississippi Bill Targets Three Colleges for Closure

Insight Into Diversity

A new cost-cutting bill proposed in the Mississippi Senate targets three state-funded higher education institutions for closure by June 20, 2028. If passed, the legislation would require the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning to select three out of eight existing universities in the state to close, considering factors such as enrollment and graduation rates, degrees offered, and local economic impact.

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Teaching Information Literacy in an Age of Misinformation 

Faculty Focus

The first time I encountered a student who “just didn’t believe” the data I was using in my sociology class, it caught me off guard. I don’t recall exactly how I responded in the moment, but with the benefit of hindsight I now know it was a tremor in what would become a seismic shift in our educational landscape. Students who are in their late teens or early twenties have spent their educational experiences navigating misinformation, fake news, and alternative facts.

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Demand for grad school isn’t going anywhere. How can you reel students into your programs?

University Business

Graduate school isn’t an optional preference for many bachelor’s degree holders—it’s a demand. That’s what a recent report from Spark451, a Jenzabar Company, suggests when it found that 64% of undergraduates who began college between four and six years ago are either enrolled in a graduate program now or are seriously considering taking the next step.

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Computing Device Programs Pave the Way to Digital Equity

EdTech Magazine - Higher Education

When first-year students arrive at the University of Kentucky, their first few weeks are a whirlwind of new experiences, from settling into their rooms in the residence halls and making new friends to exploring campus and adjusting to college-level classes. To support that transition and help them succeed, students also get new Apple iPad devices. For the past five years, UK has distributed an iPad Air, an Apple Magic Keyboard and an Apple Pencil to every first-time degree-seeking undergraduate

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New Jersey Institute of Technology Outreach Efforts Earn It Hispanic-Serving Status

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

New Jersey Institute of Technology has earned the federal distinction of being a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI). Dr Teik C. Lim The institute — which operates at the highest tier of research (R1) — reached its goal a year ahead of schedule, after launching its Hispanic and Latinx Leadership Council to fuel Hispanic student enrollment and deepen relationships with Hispanic and Latinx alumni, businesses, and organizations.

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Calvin President Resigns Amid Charges of ‘Unwelcome’ Communication

Inside Higher Ed

The president of Calvin University, Wiebe Boer, resigned Monday after an external investigation revealed that he had engaged in “unwelcome and inappropriate communication and attention toward a non-student member of the community,” the institution said in a statement.

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$1 billion donation will provide free tuition at a Bronx Medical School

University Business

The 93-year-old widow of a Wall Street financier has donated $1 billion to a Bronx medical school, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, with instructions that the gift be used to cover tuition for all students going forward. The donor, Ruth Gottesman, is a former professor at Einstein, where she studied learning disabilities, developed a screening test and ran literacy programs.

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Push to expand internationalisation at UTokyo

The PIE News

The University of Tokyo’s new five-year combined bachelors and masters degree launching in 2027 will be comprised of 50% international students, as Japan strives for greater internationalisation in higher education. The announcement comes after Japan’s prime minister Fumio Kishida set an ambitious new internationalisation plan in April 2023, on the basis that young people studying abroad “is the key to transforming society”.

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Life support: How colleges are guiding students beyond campus life

University Business

Student support programs are increasingly filling up college and university “To-Do” lists to ensure undergraduates are in the best position to thrive during their studies. However, colleges aren’t doing enough to ensure students are able to transition out of a life solely focused on class and getting good grades. To prepare students for a life outside of college, institutions are beginning to connect eager alumni with students to help show them the ropes of what it means to be

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Canada: sector considers how to improve visa refusals from African students

The PIE News

Failure to fill in applications is partly to blame for mass rejections and high study permits denial rates for African students applying to study in Canada, stakeholders have suggested. However, there is disagreement for the reason refusal rates have been as high as 75%. Canadian student immigration group Borderpass has told The PIE that the involvement of immigration lawyers can ensure that application forms are filled accurately and the right information given to Immigration, Refugees and

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University of Maryland Upgrades Wireless Network to Authenticate 80,000 Devices Campuswide Daily

Campus Technology

The University of Maryland (UMD) has chosen Hewlett Packard's HPE Aruba Networking Edge Services Platform as its campuswide networking solution.

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U.S. Department of Education Announces Updates for New FAFSA Implementation

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) has updated how it calculates the amount of aid students will receive to be in full alignment with the FAFSA Simplification Act. U.S. Secretary of Education Dr. Miguel A. Cardona said the update, the latest in ED’s 2024–25 Better FAFSA ® implementation, will not impact implementation timelines. Dr. Miguel Cardona “We are putting all hands-on deck and using every lever we have to make sure we can achieve the transformational potential of the Better FAFSA to m

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Researchers Identify 'Smishing' Attack that Uses AWS SNS

Campus Technology

A first-of-its-kind "smishing" attack is using Amazon Web Services' Simple Notification Service, or SNS, to impersonate the United States Postal Service (USPS).

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LAURIANE QUENEE

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Dr. Lauriane Quenee Lauriane Quenee has been appointed senior director of environmental health and safety at the California Institute of Technology. Quenee served as the biosafety officer at Caltech. She holds a Ph.D. in microbiology from the Universite Joseph Fourier in Grenoble, France.

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Teaching Information Literacy in an Age of Misinformation 

Faculty Focus

The first time I encountered a student who “just didn’t believe” the data I was using in my sociology class, it caught me off guard. I don’t recall exactly how I responded in the moment, but with the benefit of hindsight I now know it was a tremor in what would become a seismic shift in our educational landscape. Students who are in their late teens or early twenties have spent their educational experiences navigating misinformation, fake news, and alternative facts.

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Mitchell Hamline School of Law Names New President

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Camille M. Davidson has been appointed president and dean of Southern Illinois University’s Mitchell Hamline School of Law, effective July 1. Davidson serves as professor of law at the law school and has served as dean at SIU Law since July 2020. Camille Davidson “I am thrilled to be leading Mitchell Hamline,” said Davidson. “Mitchell Hamline’s record of innovation and adaptability — including launching the first-in-the-nation Blended Learning program — speaks to its independence and forward-loo

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Part-Time Adjuncts in Cinematic Arts Unionize at Southern California

Inside Higher Ed

Part‐time adjunct faculty who teach at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts have unionized. The mail-in election took place this month among non-tenure-track adjuncts who work for the school remotely or at the University Park campus, according to information from the National Labor Relations Board. The tally was 206 to 13 out of 290 eligible voters, the NLRB said.

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MICHELLE HERNANDEZ

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Dr. Michelle Hernandez Michelle Hernandez has been appointed assistant vice president of communications, marketing, and external affairs in the Office of Public Affairs at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY. Hernandez holds a bachelor’s degree in English and sociology from Rutgers University in New Jersey, an MPA from Long Island University, and a doctorate in business from Pace University.

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Billion-Dollar Donation Makes Tuition Free at N.Y. Medical College

Inside Higher Ed

A $1 billion donation to the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx borough of New York City will pay tuition for all of its students, The New York Times reported.

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Making the Most of a Crisis? Using The Generative AI Threat to Catalyse Transformational Innovation

HEPI

This HEPI blog was kindly authored by Rod Bristow, former President of Pearson UK. Rod chairs the Academic Advisory Board for the education technology business, Kortext. Josh Freeman’s fascinating new HEPI Policy Note produced in association with Kortext found that more than half of students have used generative AI for assessments. The note, packed full of information about the amazing opportunity afforded by AI, suggested that despite the headline, fewer than 5% of students ‘are likely to’ have

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Arizona Governor Demands Meeting With Regents on Finances

Inside Higher Ed

Following a war of words between the University of Arizona Faculty Senate chair and the chair of the Arizona Board of Regents over financial issues—which has since escalated to legal action—Governor Katie Hobbs is demanding a meeting with regents and UA leaders.

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Microsoft Partners with Startup Mistral AI to Advance Next-Gen LLMs

Campus Technology

Microsoft has entered into a multi-year partnership with French AI startup Mistral AI to advance the development and deployment of next-gen LLMs. The collaboration marks a milestone on the road to bridging the gap between cutting-edge research and tangible, real-world AI applications, the companies said.

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Lessons From Michigan’s Continued Efforts to Make College Free

Inside Higher Ed

Lessons From Michigan’s Continued Efforts to Make College Free marylchurchill… Tue, 02/27/2024 - 03:00 AM States can pass incremental efforts to make college more affordable.

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A Win-Win Partnership for Universities and Older Adults: Engage Seniors, Enrich Your Community: Changing Higher Ed Podcast 196 with host Dr. Drumm McNaughton and guest Paul Weiss

The Change Leader, Inc.

Discover the untapped potential of engaging seniors in higher education in our latest episode. We spotlight the Oasis Institute's pivotal role in fostering lifelong learning, health, and civic engagement, and its dynamic collaborations with universities. Learn about the multiple benefits that are enriching educational experiences for seniors and injecting fresh perspectives into the academic realm.

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Higher Education in a ‘Post-Generational Society’: Key Podcast

Inside Higher Ed

What would postsecondary education look like in a world where true lifelong learning—people engaging in education or training at many points throughout their lives—was the norm?