May, 2023

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What does duty of care mean when it comes to universities and students?

Wonkhe

Recent student suicide cases bring into focus the level and nature of responsibility a university should have over students. Jim Dickinson reviews a legal note aiming to build understanding The post What does duty of care mean when it comes to universities and students? appeared first on Wonkhe.

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Ransomware threat against colleges grows, survey finds

Higher Ed Dive

Nearly 4 in 5 surveyed higher education institutions said they’d had a ransomware attack in the past year, according to cybersecurity firm Sophos.

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When Social Scientists Ask the Wrong Questions

The Chronicle of Higher Education

Too many researchers have become the unwitting victims of corporate capture. By Nina Strohminger and Olúfémi Táíwò Illustration by The Chronicle Too many researchers have become the unwitting victims of corporate capture.

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Get Your Research Funded with Dr. Julia Barzyk

The Academic Designer

Are you a wise investigator? As a PI, getting your research funded is a priority. Meet Dr. Julia Barzyk who is uncovering the hidden curriculum to getting funding for your research.

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Agent role to be reviewed in Canada’s new international education strategy

The PIE News

Education agents are a “key vulnerability” to Canada, Global Affairs Canada has said, as talks begin on the next version of the country’s international education strategy. New discussion papers suggest that agent regulation could be a priority for the refreshed strategy, which is set to launch in April 2024. “The unethical practices of some education agents used by certain Canadian education institutions pose a direct risk to Canada’s reputation as a provider of high-quality education services,

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Education Leaders and Researchers Discuss Strategies to Better Recruit and Retain Educators of Color

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Education leaders and researchers discussed the vast disparities in the number of educators of color and potential ways to help recruit them during a panel of the Southern Education Foundation (SEF) Equity Assistance Center-South’s (EAC-South) Educational Equity Indicators Professional Learning Series. Sharif El-Mekki This second session of the “How to Improve Educator Recruitment and Retention: Stories from the South” series took virtually on Tuesday.

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The freedom of speech act in practice

Wonkhe

The Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Act is now law. "Now what?" asks Mike Ratcliffe The post The freedom of speech act in practice appeared first on Wonkhe.

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Most New Presidents at Top Research Universities Are Now Women

The Chronicle of Higher Education

By David Jesse A new study found that 53 percent of leaders appointed to R1 research universities since the fall of 2021 are women, though men still lead 70 percent of those institutions.

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A Framework for Developing an Institutional Digital Learning Strategy

Educause

The Digital Learning Strategy Guide can help institutions develop a robust, flexible, and personalized framework for a digital learning strategy informed by digital transformation.

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UK international student contribution soars to £42bn

The PIE News

A landmark report by various stakeholders in the UK has revealed that international students boosted the country’s economy by £41.9bn in the academic year 2021/22. The benefits and costs of international higher education students to the UK economy, compiled by Universities UK International , HEPI and Kaplan International Pathways , showed that the corresponding cost of the students to taxpayers was just £4.4bn.

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University of Delaware Investigate Swastika Drawn on Office Door of Jewish Professor

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

University of Delaware (UD) police are investigating after an English professor who is Jewish found a swastika drawn on a poster on her office door with the words, "We Are Everywhere," Delaware Online reported. The swastika was drawn on a poster promoting a drag performance the professor organized years ago. "This incident is in direct opposition to our institutional values supporting diversity, equity and inclusion, and we unequivocally denounce this and all expressions of hate, prejudice and d

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How are HE leaders responding to generative AI?

HEPI

This HEPI blog was kindly authored by Mary Curnock Cook CBE , chair of the Jisc-Emerge HE Edtech Board, and Nic Newman , Founder and partner at Emerge Education. Given some of the recent media coverage of the rise of generative AI and its potential impact on universities, especially around assessment and academic misconduct, it would be easy to fall into the trap of thinking that university leaders are running scared in the face of ChatGPT.

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Is University of Idaho’s acquisition of University of Phoenix a good idea?

Higher Ed Dive

Higher education experts warn that the public institution’s leaders will have to contend with the for-profit’s checkered past and take on unknown liabilities.

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Statehouses' Targeting of Diversity and Tenure Is Starting to Scare Away Faculty Job Candidates

The Chronicle of Higher Education

By Megan Zahneis Applications are down, and some prospective professors are rejecting job offers even if they don't have others in hand, say union representatives in Florida and Texas.

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How Instructional Technology Is Impacting Higher Education

EdTech Magazine - Higher Education

The way we teach has undergone a massive shift in the past three years. When the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated trends toward remote instruction, asynchronous learning and more, classrooms were inundated with new technologies that were intended to help. The sudden push forced higher education institutions sometimes reticent instructors to adopt these tools to facilitate teaching and learning whether they were in the classroom or not.

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The Bill is Coming Due

HESA

Though there are ups and downs and local variations, over the past decade, three factors characterize the finances of the Canadian higher education sector. Governments are refusing to increase transfers or tuition by more than inflation. Institutions are continuing to grow faster by 2% than inflation because saving money and enforcing priorities is hard.

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University of Idaho Announces Plan to Acquire The University of Phoenix

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

The University of Idaho is looking to acquire The University of Phoenix, the Idaho public university announced. If University of Idaho moves forward with the approximately $550 million acquisition, the school would be establishing a nonprofit for University of Phoenix’s assets. The purchase will be funded via bonds issued by the nonprofit. If approved by Idaho State Board of Education, the acquisition would be completed by early 2024.

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Great Expectations: Myth and the Student Experience

HEPI

This HEPI blog was kindly authored by Jon Down , Director of Development and Ellie Garraway , CEO, of Grit Breakthrough Programmes. Grit delivers intensive personal development and coaching programmes in universities across the UK. In his recent HEPI blog, Leo Hanna outlined the dangers of students’ expectations not matching up to reality: wasted opportunities for non-continuing students, lost revenue and reputational harm to institutions.

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Inside the effort to improve transfers between community colleges and top-ranked schools

Higher Ed Dive

Relatively few two-year college students go on to selective institutions, but some higher ed leaders are creating new pathways to change that.

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A Professor at New College of Florida Quits in Dramatic Fashion. Here's Why He Felt He Had to Go.

The Chronicle of Higher Education

By Tom Bartlett In an interview, the college's faculty chairman said he publicly resigned in a board meeting after deciding that the newly installed trustees weren't interested in listening to students.

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The Importance of Cybersecurity in University Research Projects

EdTech Magazine - Higher Education

Matthew Williams, executive director of information security for the University of Cincinnati, says it’s impossible to provide the same protection for users and systems across a large university. “If we tried to deploy all the same controls across everything, it would slow the university down to a screeching halt,” he says. “We would stop functioning.

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TI-ADDIE: A Trauma-Informed Model of Instructional Design

Educause

Adjusting the ADDIE model of instructional design specifically to accommodate trauma offers an opportunity to address the collective challenges that designers, instructors, and learners have faced during the current learning moment.

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Dr. J. Luke Wood to Become President of Sacramento State University

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

In the search for its ninth permanent president, Sacramento State University didn’t have to look far. Dr. J. Luke Wood, a Sac State alum, was appointed to the position today. He’ll take over for retiring President Robert S. Nelson on July 16 th. Wood is currently San Diego State University’s (SDSU) vice president for student affairs and campus diversity and chief diversity officer.

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The Necessary Imagination: a new educational dialectic

HEPI

This HEPI blog was kindly authored by Professor Andy Salmon – Pro-Vice Chancellor External, Bath Spa University ‘The imagination loses vitality as it ceases to adhere to what is real.’ Wallace Stevens, The Necessary Angel: Essays on Reality and the Imagination This short article is designed to provoke thought. Using the century old ideas of the Surrealists I will argue that, like them in the 1920s and 1930s, we stand on the edge of an educational revolution that requires radical new shape

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Minnesota could make college free for families earning under $80K

Higher Ed Dive

The North Star Promise would bridge the gap between tuition costs and students' grants and scholarships, according to proposed legislation.

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A Controversial Blog at U. of Iowa Shuts Down. Are Lawmakers to Blame?

The Chronicle of Higher Education

By Emma Pettit Illustration by The Chronicle; photos from University of Iowa, Iowa Legislature, Alamy Chris Jones (center), a U. of Iowa research engineer, and two Iowa state senators, Dan Zumbach (left) and Tom Shipley (right) A recent saga illustrates how tough the climate for environmental researchers can be in a state dominated by the agriculture industry.

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How to Design Online Classes for Higher Engagement and Retention

EdTech Magazine - Higher Education

It’s no secret that attracting students in higher education is becoming more competitive. As costs continue to rise and economic patterns become unpredictable, students are more discerning about what they are getting in return for their money. Many student decisions likely will come down to universities offering more engaging learning experiences, something that online programs need to think about.

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UK changes could disproportionately affect women

The PIE News

Industry stakeholders are warning that the impact UK dependent ban for taught masters students will potentially disadvantage female students most. Full details of the planned policy change, to be implemented from January 2024, are yet to be revealed as the official statement of changes has not yet been published. Jamie Arrowsmith, director of Universities UK International , responded to the announcement, highlighting the concerns, saying, “While the vast majority of students will be unaffected

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Community Colleges Up, Four-Year Schools Down in Latest Enrollment Data

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

After large pandemic-related declines the past several years, community college enrollment grew this spring by 0.5%, or 22,000 students, compared to spring 2022. However, undergraduate enrollment at non-profit four-year institutions continued its decline, dropping 0.5% at public schools and 0.2% at private ones. That’s the topline finding from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center’s Spring 2023 Current Term Enrollment Estimate report.

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How will technology change education in the future?

HEPI

There is a long history of people getting their predictions about the future of technology, including the future of technology in education, wrong. Famously, after the Second World War IBM’s President said, ‘I think there is a world market for about five computers.’ Just ten years ago, in the words of Wired magazine, Sebastian Thrun declared that ‘ In 50 years … there will be only ten institutions in the world delivering higher education ’.

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USC graduates sue over online social work program, alleging false advertising

Higher Ed Dive

The beleaguered program, run with 2U, was misrepresented as being the same quality as the in-person version, a newly filed class-action lawsuit said.

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I'm a Student. You Have No Idea How Much We're Using ChatGPT.

The Chronicle of Higher Education

No professor or software could ever pick up on it. By Owen Kichizo Terry Alex Williamson for The Chronicle No professor or software could ever pick up on it.

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Report: Adjunct Who Showed Images of Prophet Was ‘Vilified’

Inside Higher Ed

Report: Adjunct Who Showed Images of Prophet Was ‘Vilified’ Featured Image at Top of Article Rashid_al-Din_Tabib_-_Jami_al-Tawarikh,_f.45v_detail_-_c._1306-15.

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Five Things You Should Know About Connecting Democracy and the Curriculum

Faculty Focus

For too long, US higher education has lagged in promoting democracy-focused education as core to the purpose and goals of a postsecondary education. That shortfall resulted in low levels of student knowledge of and participation in democracy, as evidenced by alarmingly low voting rates and other civic indicators. The tide seems to be turning. Over the past several years, colleges and universities are establishing coalitions and democratic action plans (ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge, 2022) to

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Changed by Our Journey: Engaging Students through Interpersonal Acknowledgment

Educause

The first article in this series argues that instructors who successfully engaged students during the coronavirus pandemic adapted their thinking, mustered courage, and put heart into their teaching. In this article, an instructor explains how she experimented with interpersonal acknowledgment in a virtual setting and discusses its continued impact on her in-person courses.

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Supporting Your Social Media Manager in an Impossible Job

Campus Sonar

Your campus social media manager’s job is never done. They’re on call 24/7, very few people understand exactly what they do all day, and their talent and expertise are regularly dismissed by colleagues and the general public. Often they’re not appropriately compensated for their skills, overtime hours, and the comments and DMs they monitor and respond to may hurt personally even if they're not meant for them.

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George Washington University’s plan to arm campus police ignites concerns over racially motivated violence

Higher Ed Dive

Students and faculty have highlighted the role of armed campus officers in fatal shootings nationwide, a renewed conversation since George Floyd’s murder.

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