November, 2023

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Free advice to university rankers

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University rankings need to change to be relevant and useful to today's diverse world of higher education. Elizabeth Gadd offers some friendly advice The post Free advice to university rankers appeared first on Wonkhe.

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Legacy admissions remains in the spotlight. But accurate data on the subject is elusive.

Higher Ed Dive

Institutions sometimes report conflicting information about legacy status, complicating research efforts while debates on college access intensify.

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Black Scientists with STEM PhDs Face Deep Disparities

Inside Higher Ed

Black Scientists with STEM PhDs Face Deep Disparities Sara Weissman Mon, 11/27/2023 - 03:00 AM A new report finds they disproportionately carry large amounts of student loan debt, among other disparities faced by STEM doctoral grads of color.

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A University Taps an Election Denier as Its President

The Chronicle of Higher Education

By Amita Chatterjee Francis Chung, POLITICO, AP U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, Republican of Ohio Youngstown State University’s board voted on Tuesday to select U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, Republican of Ohio, amid campus protests alleging a lack of transparency.

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Biden-Harris 2024 Campaign Releases Ad About Record $7 Billion HBCU Funding

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

The Biden-Harris 2024 campaign has released a new ad about President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’ record $7 billion in funding for HBCUs, theGrio reported. Vice President Kamala Harris The ad, Possibilities , highlights and celebrates the funding, which have been used to help close funding gaps between HBCUs and Predominantly White Institutions (PWIs) and pay for campus improvements ($3.6 billion), educational grants ($1.7 billion), and student debt relief ($1.6 billion).

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Without Apology—Academic Freedom and Campus Speech Rights for Anti-Zionist Students and Faculty

Academe Blog

BY DANIEL SEGAL The assault on academic freedom and campus-speech rights for pro-Palestinian students and faculty has been so fast and furious in the wake of October 7 that one hardly knows where to begin.

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What’s next for degree apprenticeships?

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There might be policy uncertainty, but degree apprenticeships are here to stay. MH&A founder and managing partner Matt Hamnett sets out what works in scaling delivery The post What’s next for degree apprenticeships? appeared first on Wonkhe.

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Professor Says Spelman Raised Students’ Grades, Fired Him

Inside Higher Ed

Professor Says Spelman Raised Students’ Grades, Fired Him Ryan Quinn Tue, 11/28/2023 - 03:00 AM Former tenure-track faculty member says the college inflated students’ grades and axed him after he complained. Some say that violates academic freedom.

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Toxic Emails, Unrealistic Expectations, and Classroom Disruptions

The Chronicle of Higher Education

Rudeness, disruptions, unrealistic demands. Where to draw the line? By Beth McMurtrie Illustration by The Chronicle iStock images Do faculty members need help resetting boundaries?

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Let’s Partner with Agriculture to Address Food Insecurity

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

In Stephanie Land’s brave and important new book CLASS ( a follow-up to her memoir MAID , the basis for an award-winning Netflix series) she explains that even though she knew a college degree was the best chance she and her 6-year-old daughter had of escaping poverty, being deprived of food made it nearly impossible. The work requirements in the Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the program that helped feed her family, declared her undeserving of its support if she devoted time

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Indians receive most UK study visas in 2023

The PIE News

International students continued to contribute to increases in net migration to the UK in 2023, but new figures from the Home Office suggest growth is stabilising. Indian students received the most study visas in 2022/2023, followed by their Chinese counterparts, as the total number of visas granted to main applicants rose by 2% overall, according to the UK government.

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Addressing the disabled satisfaction gap means understanding disabled students

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As Disabled Students UK publishes its annual survey, Deborah Johnston and Mette Anwar-Westander call for a deeper understanding of the Disabled student experience The post Addressing the disabled satisfaction gap means understanding disabled students appeared first on Wonkhe.

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Adjunct faculty face low pay, minimal administrative support, AFT finds

Higher Ed Dive

A new American Federation of Teachers survey documents the struggles contingent faculty face, including a lack of healthcare and job security.

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Survey Finds Employer Confidence in College Grads

Inside Higher Ed

Survey Finds Employer Confidence in College Grads kathryn.palmer… Thu, 11/30/2023 - 03:00 AM American Association of Colleges and Universities report finds employers see value in degrees and favor graduates who’ve been exposed to a wide range of viewpoints.

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How Chapters Shaped the History of Reading

The Chronicle of Higher Education

How books got organized. By Catherine Gallagher Illustration by The Chronicle; iStock images Nicholas Dames's new book considers a literary feature that scholars usually neglect.

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AFT Calls on Colleges to Respect Freedom of Speech and Fight Hate on Campus

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) is calling for people to respect intellectual and academic freedom and speech, and combat antisemitism, Islamophobia, and other racist hate on college campuses. Randi Weingarten The move stems from a unanimous AFT executive council resolution on Nov. 9, Condemning Hate and Affirming Freedom of Speech on Campus.

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EDUCAUSE QuickPoll Results: A Sense of Belonging for Workforce Retention

Educause

A sense of belonging is essential for a positive and productive workforce, and it can be eroded by experiences of discrimination, inflexible work environments, and unsupportive leadership.

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University funding is driving the research funding deficit

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James Coe investigates what can be done to build a more sustainably funded research ecosystem The post University funding is driving the research funding deficit appeared first on Wonkhe.

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2U and USC part ways on most online degree programs

Higher Ed Dive

The news comes after the private university has faced lawsuits over some of the offerings, including a master’s degree in social work.

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Gaza Speech Allegedly Blocked by National Communication Association

Inside Higher Ed

Gaza Speech Allegedly Blocked by National Communication Association Ryan Quinn Tue, 11/21/2023 - 03:00 AM A historic moment for Palestinians at the organization’s annual conference was shut down over concerns about calling the deaths in Gaza “genocide,” professors say.

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Why Is Stanley Fish Teaching at Florida's New College?

The Chronicle of Higher Education

An interview about politics, academic freedom, and "ideological odor." By Len Gutkin Brian Smith for The Chronicle Review An interview about politics, academic freedom, and "ideological odor.

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Panel: Erasing Black History Threatens to Harm Black Community, Students, and Nation's Future

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

The exclusion and omission of Black history threatens to harm not just the Black community at large but also students and the very future of the nation, experts said during a Nov. 14 panel. Janel George The panel – part of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s larger National Racial Equity Initiative for Social Justice (NREI) Summit – brought together experts to discuss contemporary attacks against the inclusion of Black history in societal awareness and education.

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Masters interest ‘swinging away from UK’

The PIE News

Data from one of the UK’s major postgraduate recruitment specialists has recorded a decline in interest in masters opportunities in the country among prospective international students. FindAUniversity has reported that while 51% of prospective international students were searching for UK opportunities in 2022, this year it has dropped down to 30%, with competitor countries such as US, Ireland, Germany and the Netherlands seeing upticks in interest.

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Are students’ writing skills still important?

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Beth Sennett challenges the dominance of test-based learning, and argues that arts-based and visual communication can empower students to succeed. The post Are students’ writing skills still important? appeared first on Wonkhe.

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New FAFSA rollout planned by end of December

Higher Ed Dive

The Education Department says it will start processing the online version of the form in January and paper copies the following month.

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New College of Florida Seeks $400M for Conservative Transformation

Inside Higher Ed

New College of Florida Seeks $400M for Conservative Transformation Josh Moody Tue, 11/14/2023 - 03:00 AM The high-priced business plan emphasizes new facilities and academic programs, as well as athletics. Officials say the money is needed to reach state goals.

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To Speak at This University, You Must Agree Not to Boycott Israel

The Chronicle of Higher Education

By Nell Gluckman Illustration by The Chronicle, Getty Images Arkansas public colleges are subject to a state law that targets the Boycott, Divest, and Sanctions movement. Similar laws exist elsewhere, but few affect colleges.

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MSU Tenure-Track Faculty Look to Unionize

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Michigan State University (MSU) tenure-track faculty have launched a public unionization campaign to gain more influence in administrative decision-making, The State News reported. Michigan State University Supporters of the union have argued that unionizing would give tenured faculty a larger role in discussions of changes to working conditions, campus safety, promotion and tenure systems, and sexual misconduct and Title IX issues.

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IDP set to launch AI English language test

The PIE News

IDP has launched a new online English language test which it says will give both English language teachers and students “a more personalised, engaging and enjoyable learning experience” The Envoy test is designed by experts in linguistics and powered by AI and can be taken anywhere in the world. All four language skills – reading, writing, listening and speaking – can be tested in 90 minutes, with CEFR-aligned results available within two hours.

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What it’s like for a triple gold

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What is to be made of the TEF panel comments? David Kernohan and Jim Dickinson do the reading The post What it’s like for a triple gold appeared first on Wonkhe.

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Women’s college Saint Mary’s now accepts transgender applicants

Higher Ed Dive

The prominent Roman Catholic institution in Indiana will consider all undergraduates “who consistently live and identify as women.

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Florida Approves Controversial Anti-DEI Regulations

Inside Higher Ed

Florida Approves Controversial Anti-DEI Regulations Johanna Alonso Fri, 11/10/2023 - 03:00 AM Students expressed worry that the broad definitions of diversity and activism laid out in the regulations will severely restrict free expression on campus.

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One Key to Student Success? Socializing in Class.

The Chronicle of Higher Education

Connections can be key to students' academic success. Professors can help. By Beckie Supiano Federico Gastaldi for The Chronicle It's one of the rare places where people who might have little in common are asked to learn together, and from one another.

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Alabama A&M University to Lead Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Alabama A&M University's Marching Maroon and White marching band will lead the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this year. They will be the first HBCU marching band to kick off the event. Alabama A&M University Marching Maroon and White Band Alabama A&M Additionally, the band’s auxiliary unit, The Dancin' Divas , will be featured in a special performance with the famous Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall.

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Speculation as media reports suggest Australia could cap international student numbers

The PIE News

International student numbers in Australia could be capped under a government plan to cut migration numbers, according to local media reports. Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, sources suggested that the government is considering including these policies in its migration strategy, set to be released in the next month. They also indicated that international students would be taxed under the new policies, a proposal featured in the Australian Universities Accord Interim report released earlier thi

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Higher education postcard: Goldsmiths’ College

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This week’s card from Hugh Jones postbag takes us to a college with a tricksy apostrophe The post Higher education postcard: Goldsmiths’ College appeared first on Wonkhe.

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Education Department presses forward with review of accreditation and distance ed rules

Higher Ed Dive

The agency will conduct negotiated rulemaking next year, which brings together representatives of different groups to discuss policy details.