August, 2023

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The Promise and Challenges of AI in Higher Ed

WCET Frontiers

The biggest topic in higher education right now, at least in my opinion, is artificial intelligence. There are various stories in higher education news about what impact AI will have on students, instructors, and the education field at large. This week, we welcome Marc Watkins, Academic Innovation Fellow from the University of Mississippi. Marc joins us to discuss the potential of AI in digital learning and to highlight the amazing work happening at his institution to prepare faculty and student

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The power and pace of philanthropy in higher education

Wonkhe

What’s the state of fundraising in UK higher education? Introducing a new report, Nik Miller and Joanna Motion are learning from the past and looking to the future The post The power and pace of philanthropy in higher education appeared first on Wonkhe.

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California community college professors sue over classroom DEI policies

Higher Ed Dive

The lawsuit takes aim at documents that advise instructors to avoid inflicting “curricular trauma” on students and define merit as protecting White privilege.

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Integrating Generative AI into Higher Education: Considerations

Educause

Integrating AI into higher education is not a futuristic vision but an inevitability. Colleges and universities must adapt and prepare students, faculty, and staff for their AI-infused futures.

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In the Fight Over 'Wokeness,' Christian Colleges Feel Pressed to Pick a Side

The Chronicle of Higher Education

By Helen Huiskes Illustration by The Chronicle; images from iStock, text from Colorado Christian University’s statement on critical race theory Talking about race has become a high-stakes decision for faith-based institutions.

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Howard University Undergoes Home Restoration of Civil Rights Activist Mary Church Terrell

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Using a grant from the U.S. National Park Service, Howard University is restoring the home of civil rights activist Mary Church Terrell. This endeavor was funded by an African American Civil Rights (AACR) grant from the National Park Service’s Historic Preservation Fund, which has given out more than a total of $2 billion in historic preservation grants since 1977.

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U.S. Discharges $72 Million in Loans for Ashford Students

Inside Higher Ed

The University of Arizona Global Campus, which acquired Ashford in 2020, might be on the hook for the discharged student loans. The former Ashford University repeatedly lied to students over a decade about the cost, time requirement and value of its degree program, making the education they obtained “effectively worthless,” the U.S.

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Final Title IX rules likely to be pushed beyond October

Higher Ed Dive

The Education Department hasn’t even sent its regulatory plans to the Office of Management and Budget, which can take up to 120 days to review them.

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UK grads seek opportunities in TEFL abroad

The PIE News

UK graduates unable to find work are actively seeking out opportunities teaching English abroad, according to a new survey. According to the survey conducted by The TEFL Academy , over 30% of UK respondents had chosen to teach English abroad as a direct result of challenges in finding employment in their field of study. “Finding out your degree is not worth the paper it’s printed on is hugely disappointing.

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Vassar Professors Sue Over Gender Pay Gap, Claiming Discrimination Against Women on the Faculty

The Chronicle of Higher Education

By Megan Zahneis Pat Kinsella for The Chronicle Female professors at the college have been underpaid for two decades, and the disparity between them and male colleagues has only widened over time, a new lawsuit claims.

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Webinar: Mental Health Equity on Campuses Requires More Extensive Work

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

It’s not enough to make statements. It’s not enough to create working groups. It’s not enough to pay attention to only some parts of the larger problem. When it comes to improving mental health equity on college campuses, more work just needs to be done, mental health experts said during a webinar Wednesday. (left to right, top to bottom) Dr. Shawnté Elbert; Dr.

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UNC Faculty Member Killed, Allegedly by Grad Student

Inside Higher Ed

Students spent three terrifying hours on lockdown while police investigated a fatal shooting at a science building in the center of the Chapel Hill campus. A University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill faculty member was shot and killed on campus Monday, according to a statement from Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz. Police arrested the alleged shooter, whom local media organizations identified as a UNC graduate student after matching his photo with institutional records.

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What even is a “full-time” course anyway?

Wonkhe

Jim Dickinson tries to make sense of regs defining a "full time" course that a student has to "attend", and finds a mess built on outdated assumptions that universities may nevertheless want to maintain The post What even is a “full-time” course anyway? appeared first on Wonkhe.

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Cal State system and faculty union hit bargaining impasse, strike threat looms

Higher Ed Dive

The parties will participate in state-administered mediation after failing to find agreement on issues like pay and parental leave.

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Australia closes work access loophole by ending 408 Covid visa

The PIE News

The Albanese government in Australia has announced that it is ending a visa that sector stakeholders say students have been utilising to end their studies early and access full-time work in the country. Estimates suggest that around 30% of 100,000 individuals currently on 408 Covid visas in Australia are former international students. Peak bodies have welcomed the government decision to end the visa as it closes a loophole that has been used to access the jobs market.

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The Political Machine Behind the War on Academic Freedom

The Chronicle of Higher Education

How conservative activists use state legislatures to control what colleges can teach. By Steven Brint Ricardo Rey for The Chronicle How conservative activists use state legislatures to control what colleges can teach.

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Brown University Launches Revamped and Expanded Career Services Center

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Brown University has launched a Center for Career Exploration to better prepare students for the modern-day workforce. “Brown students are ambitious and driven, and the Center for Career Exploration will provide them with exciting opportunities to grow personally and professionally while they develop their skills and explore career possibilities,” Dr.

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Beyond the Career Panel

Inside Higher Ed

Andrea Webb and Erica Machulak explore four ways faculty members and administrators can foster professional agency among graduate students. As universities across North America become more sensitive to the precarious career prospects of their graduate students, they are increasingly calling upon faculty members to find new ways to prepare Ph.D.s for life beyond the academy.

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AI should cause us to adopt more progressive approaches to learning

Wonkhe

As students seek ways to bridge gaps between theoretical knowledge and real-world application, Elena Rodríguez Falcón senses opportunities amidst the "threats" of generative AI The post AI should cause us to adopt more progressive approaches to learning appeared first on Wonkhe.

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College Board: AP Psychology cannot be taught under Florida law

Higher Ed Dive

Florida will not permit schools to teach sections of AP Psychology on sexual orientation and gender identity, coursework the College Board, the nonprofit behind the course, describes as foundational.

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Recent partnerships among colleges showcase how to beat being small

University Business

Leading up to the new academic year, colleges and universities have signed numerous partnership agreements of different shapes and sizes to meet the country’s workforce needs, particularly in healthcare. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce estimates that 1.9 million fewer Americans are working today than a month before the pandemic started. Early retirement, low immigration rates and employees quitting after the Great Resignation have created such a delta that even if all 5.9 currently unemployed

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We're Making the Same Title IX Mistakes. Again

The Chronicle of Higher Education

Eight-hundred pages of newly obtained documents show a surprising lack of foresight. By KC Johnson Derek Brahney for The Chronicle Eight-hundred pages of newly obtained documents show a surprising lack of foresight.

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Finland visa applications up ahead of Autumn start

The PIE News

Applications for student visas in Finland have gone up again in 2023, with a 48% increase on 2022 numbers, according to the country’s immigration service. Some 8,762 non-EU nationals submitted applications for residence with the intention to study by July – up from 5,911 at the same time last year. Calling the increase “dramatic”, the Finnish Immigration Service said that interest in the country’s education system was “growing”. “Finland is increasingly being picked up on the radars

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A Flagship Research University… Without Language Degrees or Math Ph.D.s?

Inside Higher Ed

A Flagship Research University… Without Language Degrees or Math Ph.D.s? Featured Image at Top of Article WVU_01 (1).

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How to convert climate grief and anxiety into hope in higher education

Wonkhe

Amidst the apocalyptic nature of the climate crisis, Sean Porter calls for education that builds hope and liberation from the current state of the world The post How to convert climate grief and anxiety into hope in higher education appeared first on Wonkhe.

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Georgia public colleges put end to required DEI statements in hiring

Higher Ed Dive

The 26-institution system also prohibited colleges from requiring diversity statements as part of employee training.

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Beyond the trend: 3 ways to build your social media strategy amid emerging platforms

University Business

“We’re going to ride the wave and see what happens.” This was an intriguing response from one of Primacy’s higher education clients when discussing the possibility of adopting Meta’s latest social media platform, Threads. It’s a sentiment that captures the challenge many higher education institutions face today: How do we harness the potential of new social platforms while ensuring a well-founded strategy that increases awareness and aids in engagement?

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Is #AcademicTwitter Over?

The Chronicle of Higher Education

By Zachary Schermele Illustration by The Chronicle; iStock images The once-popular, ever-controversial website is imploding, critics say. What, if anything, does higher ed stand to lose?

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NICK BATES

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Nick Bates Nick Bates has been named director of the Howard Thurmond Center for Common Ground at Boston University. He served as the interim director. Bates holds a bachelor’s degree in criminology and criminal justice and master’s in higher education from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

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University Says It Won’t Charge for Textbooks. Professors Ask How.

Inside Higher Ed

University Says It Won’t Charge for Textbooks. Professors Ask How. Featured Image at Top of Article Free_Textbooks(1).

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There’s more we could do to support entrepreneurship in the arts

Wonkhe

Can you be an artist and an entrepreneur? For Robert Phillips, the word might not fit but the action does. The post There’s more we could do to support entrepreneurship in the arts appeared first on Wonkhe.

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University of Arizona may be partly on the hook for $72M in discharged Ashford loans

Higher Ed Dive

A senior Education Department official said the agency would seek to recoup the cost from both the online college’s current and previous owners.

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What a Cool Syllabus…But is It Accessible?

Faculty Focus

Recently, I attended a conference and was sharing my new visual syllabus with some colleagues. After several interactions, I noticed the most frequent comment was, “What a cool syllabus…but is it accessible?” I was ecstatic to hear this question! You see, I’ve been working to expand the accessibility of resources at my college for a while, so it was great to see this on the mind of so many other educators.

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5 Steps to Integrate Climate Action Into Your Courses This Fall

The Chronicle of Higher Education

The wildfires, heat waves, and floods that increasingly appear on our news feeds are real. Small actions can be an antidote to despair. By Karen Costa LJ Davids for The Chronicle The wildfires, heat waves, and floods that increasingly appear on our news feeds are real. Small actions can be an antidote to despair.

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Canada expecting 900k but “integrity of system” at risk, says minister

The PIE News

Canada is expecting to host 900,000 international students this year, its immigration minister has detailed, meaning the country is approaching the total number of international students in the world’s most popular study destination, the US. However, the minister warned “perverse effects” associated with the growth in recent years and risks to the “integrity of the system” The US hosted 948,519 international students in the 2021/22 academic year, according to the la

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Alderson Broaddus, Declaring Bankruptcy, Will Close

Inside Higher Ed

Alderson Broaddus University, which has spent the past two months teetering on the edge of failure, filed for bankruptcy Thursday and told its employees, students and alumni that it would close.

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Level 3 results are a lightning rod for anxiety about the status of university

Wonkhe

Debbie McVitty argues that doomful media stories about the state of universities reflect wider cultural angst The post Level 3 results are a lightning rod for anxiety about the status of university appeared first on Wonkhe.