July, 2023

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Academic freedom is a core American value. We must defend it.

Higher Ed Dive

Assaults on free expression threaten to stifle intellectual life on campus, argues the president of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

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Clamping down on unscrupulous student recruitment agents

Wonkhe

The use of international agents carries major reputational risks. Vincenzo Raimo, Pii-Tuulia Nikula and Eddie West call for transparency and protection of student interests The post Clamping down on unscrupulous student recruitment agents appeared first on Wonkhe.

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Academics Don't Talk About Our Mental Illnesses. We Should.

The Chronicle of Higher Education

Higher ed can exacerbate psychological problems, and sometimes even cause them. By Alicia Andrzejewski iStock image Higher ed can exacerbate psychological problems, and sometimes even cause them.

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UK universities set out plans to use AI in teaching

The PIE News

The UK’s Russell Group universities have committed to supporting students and staff to become AI-literate while incorporating the technology into teaching and assessments. The group published new principles which set out how institutions will use technologies like ChatGPT responsibly and ethically, while capitalising on the opportunities they provide.

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Anti-LGBTQ+ Policies Are Linked to Depression in Black and Latinx Youth

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

A new study finds that anti-LGBTQ+ policies are linked to depression in Black and Latinx youth in the United States. The study analyzed discriminatory policies, such as “Don’t Say Gay” laws and other indicators that may affect this group and found that LGBTQ+ Black and Latinx youth are more likely to be depressed than their peers in the most LGBTQ+ affirming states.

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Leaked memo: Mayo Clinic doubles down on gag order of Dr. Michael Joyner 

FIRE

An internal memo from Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science demonstrates that college leadership believe free speech allows censorship of faculty for criticizing the government.

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How federal workforce programs can leave some students without credentials

Higher Ed Dive

Federal law merely suggests that training providers confer a credential, but they are not required to do so, denying some participants an economic edge.

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The University of California Changed Its Math Standards. Some Faculty Aren’t Happy.

The Chronicle of Higher Education

By Stephanie M. Lee Illustration by The Chronicle; iStock image As California prepares to overhaul its approach to math education, professors are lobbying the UC system to rethink its embrace of high-school “data science.

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Stanford Graduate Student Workers Vote to Unionize

Inside Higher Ed

Stanford University graduate student workers who teach and research have unionized, the new Stanford Graduate Workers Union announced Thursday. The National Labor Relations Board said Thursday that, “Of approximately 3,410 eligible voters, 1,639 voted for the union and 38 voted against. Parties have five business days to file objections to the election.

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‘Count int’l student flights in HE emissions’

The PIE News

Universities need to acknowledge the emission impact of their international student cohorts as institutions work toward net zero carbon, a report has urged. With international students a key contributor to so many institutions’ incomes, they should endeavour to accurately report on the emissions international students contribute while traveling to campuses and start doing what they can to reduce them, the paper from sustainable development specialist Arup says.

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Supreme Court’s Affirmative Action Decision Will Shrink an Already Narrow Pipeline to the Legal Profession

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

The impact of the Supreme Court’s decision in Students for Fair Admissions, SFFA v. Harvard College and SFFA v. University of North Carolina , will stretch far beyond the freshman lecture hall. While the 6-3 decision will certainly have a negative impact on undergraduate campuses, the Supreme Court decision to strike down race-conscious admissions practices in most colleges and universities will be felt in all aspects of industry and civil leadership.

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DeVry asks court to block Education Department from recovering $23M in discharged loans

Higher Ed Dive

The agency is seeking the money under the borrower defense to repayment regulations, which forgive debts for students who were misled by their colleges.

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Learning how to be more human will prepare universities for an AI-mediated future

Wonkhe

AI won't replace humans but it will change how higher education works. A team from Teesside University argues that the AI debate should focus on the future The post Learning how to be more human will prepare universities for an AI-mediated future appeared first on Wonkhe.

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4 Tips to Better Position Your Ph.D.s for a Nonacademic Job Search

The Chronicle of Higher Education

Faculty advisers need to be having frank conversations, early on, with doctoral students about their Plan B. By Patrick M. Walsh Anuj Shrestha for The Chronicle Faculty advisers need to be having frank conversations, early on, with doctoral students about their Plan B.

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When Free Speech Collides with Academic Freedom

Inside Higher Ed

Goings on at U of Chicago, and happy retirement to Scott Jaschik. Before I get to the blog post I planned for today, I want to briefly acknowledge the impending retirement of Inside Higher Ed co-founder Scott Jaschik, who announced that he’ll be leaving the site at the end of this month to volunteer and travel.

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British Council weighs up paths to UK study

The PIE News

Key stakeholders in the UK’s “crowded and complex” international student recruitment ecosystem need more support if the UK is to strengthen its global position in the study abroad segment, a British Council report has found. The report , which aims to give “a pioneering overview” of the different channels through which international students enter UK undergraduate education, found that in 2021/22, almost half (46%) of all applicants submitted individual applications

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Teaching and Thinking with Technology

Faculty Focus

On November 30, 2022, OpenAI launched ChatGPT, a program designed to mimic human intelligence. Within weeks of its release, the program amassed an unprecedented 100 million users, setting a new record for the fastest technology to reach this milestone. This remarkable achievement sent shockwaves throughout the education sector, especially among teachers in schools and colleges.

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Here’s why the Education Department’s proposed financial transparency website has higher ed worried

Higher Ed Dive

The agency pitched the new site, which will host information on every higher ed program, as part of its gainful employment regulations.

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Welcome to the alien nation

Wonkhe

Jim Dickinson reflects on conversations with students about the state of the country and their education - and senses a dangerous alienation in their responses and outlook The post Welcome to the alien nation appeared first on Wonkhe.

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Jay Gonzalez Appointed First Hispanic President of Curry College

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Jay Gonzalez will become president of Curry College, effective Jul. 31, Milton Times reported. He will be the first Hispanic leader of the school. Jay Gonzalez Gonzalez is currently a partner at law firm Hinckley Allen. He previously has served as president and CEO of CeltiCare Health Plan of Massachusetts and New Hampshire Healthy Families; secretary of administration and finance for Massachusetts Gov.

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Racial Comment Inflames Berkshire Conference of Women Historians

Inside Higher Ed

A white woman reportedly said she wished she was Black because it would give her an easier career. The Berkshire Conference of Women Historians is an acclaimed meeting for female historians. It was founded in 1973, and its meetings attract a who’s who of women in the field of history. This year, a racially inflammatory comment by a senior faculty member in women’s history during an opening plenary session on Friday inflamed the meeting.

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Warning issued to Taiwan’s ministries over int’l student exploitation

The PIE News

Taiwan’s government watchdog has accused three ministries of failing to protect overseas students from exploitation as the island sets out plans to attract 10,000 more international students over the next four years. The Control Yuan, which acts as a government ombudsman, issued a statement in June criticising the ministries of education, labour and foreign affairs for failing to protect international students from exploitation.

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Universities Improve Support for Neurodivergent Students

Insight Into Diversity

High school students with autism are attending college in greater numbers, thanks to new ac ademic and emotional support services designed specifically for them. The traditional path for more than 66 percent of students with autism was to not attend college within the first two years of graduating from high school, according to a report from Drexel University, “National Autism Indicators Report: Transition into Young Adulthood.

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Climate group calls on colleges to cut ties with fossil fuel lobbyists

Higher Ed Dive

In 2022, more than 150 higher education institutions employed lobbyists who also worked for these companies, F Minus found.

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The problems degree apprenticeships won’t solve

Wonkhe

In the quest to tackle low-value courses the government has lauded the value of degree apprenticeships. James Coe wonders whether there has been enough discussion about their downsides The post The problems degree apprenticeships won’t solve appeared first on Wonkhe.

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Ocean County College Issued Notice that Accreditation May be at Risk

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Ocean County College’s (OCC) accreditation may be at risk, NJ.com reported. The New Jersey public community college was warned last week in a notice from its regional accrediting agency, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. According to the notice, there is insufficient evidence that the school is in compliance with Standard VII, the agency’s standard on governance, leadership, and administration.

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Not All Legacies Meet Admissions Standards

Inside Higher Ed

Three private universities in California say they admitted students in recent years who didn’t meet the institutions’ academic requirements. When competitive colleges are asked about legacy admissions, they generally say that legacy applicants (those who are the children or relatives of alumni) meet the required academic qualifications for acceptance.

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“Talks continuing” on UK rejoining Horizon Europe

The PIE News

A deal for the UK to rejoin the research program Horizon Europe is “awaiting a signature” from UK PM Rishi Sunak, according to multiple media reports. Sources within the government have been reported saying that a draft of the deal has gone into 10 Downing Street, with Sunak being given “options” to sign the deal by July 11, and possible meetings with Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, are due to take place.

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Michigan Law Students Provide Vital Legal Services to Veterans in Need

Insight Into Diversity

Through the Veterans Legal Clinic (VLC), students at the University of Michigan (U-M) Law School provide critical services for local veterans and at the same time gain valuable, real-world experience in the civil court system. Established in 2015, the VLC serves a 10-county area in southeast Michigan, encompassing about half of the state’s veteran population.

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Streamline assessments with AI-assisted grading tools

Higher Ed Dive

Explore how Gradescope uses AI to help educators transform grading into learning.

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Supporting students who stammer

Wonkhe

Stammerers face a unique set of challenges in transitioning to higher education. Richard Whincup offers some strategies to help. The post Supporting students who stammer appeared first on Wonkhe.

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University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff to Launch Scholarship Program as Part of Federal Agriculture Career Initiative

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) will be part of a federal initiative to recruit and retain underrepresented minority students in food and agriculture careers. Dr. Nina Lyon-Bennett As part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) “From Learning to Leading: Cultivating the Next Generation of Diverse Food and Agriculture Professionals (NEXTGEN),” UAPB’s Dr.

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Court Upholds University of North Texas Tuition Practices for Dreamers

Inside Higher Ed

The University of North Texas can continue to charge out-of-state students a higher tuition rate than undocumented students living in Texas, according to a Monday decision from the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The decision reversed a previous federal district court ruling and injunction that blocked the university from charging out-of-state tuition while the Texas Dream Act was in effect.

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The University of California Is Reversing Course on Its ‘Data Science’ Admissions Standard

The Chronicle of Higher Education

By Stephanie M. Lee Illustration by The Chronicle; iStock image A panel has voted to undo a benchmark that professors fear is not preparing students for college-level math, just as it is on the cusp of being written into statewide policy for high schools.

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Civil Rights Group Sues Harvard Over Legacy Admissions

Insight Into Diversity

Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to eliminate race-conscious admissions , a civil rights group has filed a lawsuit to stop Harvard University from using legacy admissions practices. Filed on July 3 by the group Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR), the federal complaint claims that Harvard’s long-term practice of giving preferential treatment to the children of alumni when making admissions decisions violates Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. “This custom, pattern,

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Diploma-to-Degree: the success story of SQA in China

The PIE News

Since its launch 20 years ago, approximately 55,000 Chinese students have graduated with an Advanced Diploma delivered by the Scottish Qualifications Authority, with the pathway program acting as a significant contributor to the flow of Chinese students into the UK. Known outside of Scotland as the SQA Advanced Diploma, the program mirrors the core principles and elements of the SQA HND program delivered to students domestically in its design, content and assessment standards.

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Let’s bring the public good back onto the higher education policy agenda in England

Wonkhe

Policy making in England no longer seems able to think about higher education as a public good. For Simon Marginson, this is something in desperate need of recovery The post Let’s bring the public good back onto the higher education policy agenda in England appeared first on Wonkhe.