September, 2023

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Rankled by Rankings

Inside Higher Ed

Rankled by Rankings Liam Knox Fri, 09/22/2023 - 03:00 AM Shifts in methodology scrambled the usual hierarchy of U.S. News’s annual college rankings, prompting a fierce backlash from some higher ed leaders.

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Changes to research assessment have unintended consequences

Wonkhe

REF 2028 needs very careful design, argues Anton Muscatelli – based around what can be genuinely and rigorously measured across institutions The post Changes to research assessment have unintended consequences appeared first on Wonkhe.

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Citing 'Unprecedented' Financial Challenges, Miami U. Tells Low-Enrollment Majors to Change

The Chronicle of Higher Education

By Emma Pettit Illustration by The Chronicle; image from 636Buster, Wikimedia Commons It's not professors’ fault that the university can no longer afford to support its current lineup of academic programs, the office of the provost wrote in a document shared with department chairs.

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The looming higher education crisis means the Office for Students needs to improve

Wonkhe

Lord Hollick presents the findings of the House of Lords Industry and Regulators inquiry into the work of the Office for Students. The post The looming higher education crisis means the Office for Students needs to improve appeared first on Wonkhe.

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The College Finder

Higher Ed Data Stories

This is always a popular post with high school counselors, IECs, parents, and students who are looking for general information on degrees awarded, or very specific combinations of academic programs, location, and other institutional characteristics. It uses IPEDS data I downloaded as soon as I can when it became available (and before a looming government shutdown), and shows all 1,700 majors recognized by the federal government in the IPEDS system, using CIP codes, and the number of degrees awar

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Is the political climate in southern states driving a faculty exodus?

Higher Ed Dive

One-third of faculty in Florida, Texas, Georgia and North Carolina said they would pursue out-of-state jobs in the coming year, AAUP found.

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Game On, Again, for Gainful Employment

Inside Higher Ed

Game On, Again, for Gainful Employment Katherine Knott Wed, 09/27/2023 - 04:18 PM The rule, which is stronger than versions released during the Obama administration, adds new disclosure requirements for all academic programs despite opposition from across higher education.

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The Long History of Universities Displacing Black People

The Chronicle of Higher Education

The expansion of higher education uprooted hundreds of Black families. By Louis Hansen Deborah Taylor Mapp The expansion of higher education uprooted hundreds of Black families.

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It’s time to talk about research culture and the REF

Wonkhe

The recently published proposals for REF 2028 have raised questions about the assessment of research culture and environment. Research England Executive Chair Jessica Corner broaches a sector-wide debate The post It’s time to talk about research culture and the REF appeared first on Wonkhe.

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Met police agree six-figure payout to student hit by baton at protest

The Guardian - Higher Education

Exclusive: Alfie Meadows underwent brain surgery after being struck by officer at tuition fees demonstration The Metropolitan police have apologised and agreed to pay a six-figure settlement to a man who needed emergency brain surgery after being hit by an officer’s baton during the 2010 university tuition fees protests. Alfie Meadows, then a 20-year-old philosophy student at Middlesex University, sustained a brain injury after he was struck on the head during demonstrations against the tripling

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Dickinson State faculty plead to preserve academic programs — and their jobs

Higher Ed Dive

The North Dakota college’s president said it must cut degrees and tenured positions to counter a potential $1 million budget hole.

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Barriers to Tenure and Promotion Persist for Psychology Faculty of Color

Inside Higher Ed

Barriers to Tenure and Promotion Persist for Psychology Faculty of Color kathryn.palmer… Thu, 09/21/2023 - 03:00 AM A report by the American Psychological Association outlines the barriers many faculty members of color face and calls for increased transparency in the tenure and promotion process.

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The Program Went On As Planned

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

The news of Temple University Acting President JoAnne Epps' death on Tuesday, September 19 sent shockwaves across the nation. She was attending a memorial service at Temple for Charles L. Blockson, the legendary Black historian, author, and bibliophile who served as curator of the university’s Blockson Afro-American Collection when she collapsed on stage.

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‘We’re All Using It’: Publishing Decisions Are Increasingly Aided by AI. That's Not Always Obvious.

The Chronicle of Higher Education

By Taylor Swaak Illustration by The Chronicle; iStock images Authors’ use of AI has dominated the conversation since ChatGPT. But many editors and peer reviewers use it, too.

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ARIA picks its top team

Wonkhe

ARIA has appointed its programme directors and James Coe has taken a look at what they're working on The post ARIA picks its top team appeared first on Wonkhe.

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Australia to boost education links with Southeast Asia in new regional plan

The PIE News

Australia has prioritised strengthening education links with Southeast Asia in its first strategy focused on the region. The new plan, launched by prime minister Anthony Albanese at the ASEAN Indo-Pacific Forum in Indonesia, sets out how Australia will deepen connections with its northern neighbours as many Southeast Asian economies experience strong economic growth.

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Colleges are ditching the SAT. The high school transcript should be next.

Higher Ed Dive

Next generation credentials are a compentency-based alternative to transcripts that allow colleges to make better admissions decisions.

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States Underfunded Historically Black Land Grants by $13 Billion Over 3 Decades

Inside Higher Ed

States Underfunded Historically Black Land Grants by $13 Billion Over 3 Decades Katherine Knott Wed, 09/20/2023 - 03:00 AM The secretaries of agriculture and education have issued letters to 16 governors, urging them to rectify the inequities in funding.

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Colleges Look to Cluster Hires Amid Diversity Hostilities

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

As a Black woman who studies the educational experiences of Black women and girls, Dr. Tiffany Steele says she always felt like her work was never quite valued. “If you focus on minoritized populations, there’s a lack of understanding about why this research is relevant,” she says. Editors of top-tier journals couldn’t comprehend why she chose to focus on Black women instead of Black people generally, and if she wanted to talk about Black women and girls in the courses that she taught, she had t

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Hamline President Goes on the Offensive Against Academic Freedom

The Chronicle of Higher Education

Despite the AAUP's concerns, Fayneese Miller seems to be doubling down. By Mark Berkson Illustration by The Chronicle; Photos by Ken Wolter, Alamy, iStock Despite the AAUP's concerns, Fayneese Miller seems to be doubling down.

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Collaborating to stop campus sexual assault

Wonkhe

Research on campus-based sexual misconduct can often be emotionally demanding and yield unpalatable findings. Susan Lagdon, Ngozi Anyadike-Danes, Megan Reynolds, and Cherie Armour explain how they garnered institutional support. The post Collaborating to stop campus sexual assault appeared first on Wonkhe.

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India open for international collaboration, government tells UK universities

The PIE News

India’s recent regulatory changes have opened up a “major platform for collaboration between countries”, the Indian government told UK universities participating in a trade mission this week. Speaking at the British Council’s India-UK higher education conference in New Delhi, Neeta Prasad, joint secretary at India’s Ministry of Education, said the country’s education ecosystem has “undergone a massive transformation” over the last three years and “that transformation is still going on”.

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Ohio Republicans to push revised bill limiting college DEI and faculty strikes

Higher Ed Dive

The author of the far-reaching proposal is optimistic it will pass the House, despite strong pushback from faculty groups and unions.

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The Administrative Overhaul of New College of Florida

Inside Higher Ed

The Administrative Overhaul of New College of Florida Josh Moody Tue, 09/19/2023 - 03:00 AM Since February, Florida’s public liberal arts college has hired numerous employees with little or no experience in higher education but deep ties to the Republican Party.

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New Book Centers the Voices of Black Women Department Chairs

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Dear Department Chair: Letters from Black Women Leaders to the Next Generation is a compelling book about leadership, service, and the importance of mentorship/sponsorship within the academy. The book is edited by Drs. Stephanie Y. Evans, Stephanie Shonekan, and Stephanie G. Adams. And its publication by Wayne State University Press earlier this month comes right on time, as a new academic school year gets underway.

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Gutting Language Departments Would Be a Disaster

The Chronicle of Higher Education

Once a program is gone, it is very difficult and expensive to bring it back. By Rebecca L. Walkowitz Illustration by The Chronicle Once a program is gone, it is very difficult and expensive to bring it back.

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Everything in the Industry and Regulators Committee OfS report

Wonkhe

The long awaited Industry and Regulators Committee report on the work of the Office for Students is here - David Kernohan sets out everything you need to know The post Everything in the Industry and Regulators Committee OfS report appeared first on Wonkhe.

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NEW: 2024 College Free Speech Rankings show alarming 81% success rate of deplatforming attempts at nation’s most censorial schools

FIRE

The largest survey ever conducted of campus free speech ranks 248 colleges. Michigan Tech comes in first and the University of Virginia makes the top 10 while Harvard ranks dead last with the lowest score ever.

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Gen Z values college, but affordability concerns remain

Higher Ed Dive

Only about half of K-12 students who want to pursue higher education believe they can pay for it, a Gallup and Walton Family Foundation poll found.

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A Tenure Critic May Cut Faculty—by Ending Their Programs

Inside Higher Ed

A Tenure Critic May Cut Faculty—by Ending Their Programs Ryan Quinn Fri, 09/22/2023 - 03:00 AM Dickinson State University in North Dakota could lose its undergraduate degree offerings in English, math, music and other areas.

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An Unexpected Key to Performance in Gateway Math Courses

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

For many community college students, gateway math courses—required for entry into many programs of study—have functioned more like gatekeeper math courses. These classes, such as Introductory Algebra, Statistics, and Trigonometry, have some of the highest rates of failure among all offerings at two-year schools and are considered one of the biggest barriers to an associate degree and to upward transfer, particularly for Black and Latinx students.

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In Defense of the Beleaguered Academic Book Review

The Chronicle of Higher Education

The genre is uncompensated and unrewarded. That should change. By Carolyn Eastman Andrea Ucini for The Chronicle The genre is uncompensated and unrewarded. That should change.

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How to bridge the gap between academic disciplines

Wonkhe

Elena Rodriguez-Falcon and Jackie Labbe make the case for integration between subjects to equip students with the skills needed for the future The post How to bridge the gap between academic disciplines appeared first on Wonkhe.

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Costs & housing ‘push students away’ from UK

The PIE News

The cost of living in the UK, the availability and price of accommodation are the biggest barriers turning students away from the country, according to new research from the Erasmus Student Network UK. Evaluating the experiences of mobility students in the UK, the International Student Perspective UK report published by the UK wing of the student organisation highlights changes in perceptions due to Brexit and the UK’s withdrawal from Erasmus+.

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North Carolina takes last of governor’s higher ed appointment power

Higher Ed Dive

The Legislature will choose all of the community college system’s board members, similar to how it selects the University of North Carolina’s board.

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Despite National Pushback, West Virginia Will Cut Faculty, Programs

Inside Higher Ed

Despite National Pushback, West Virginia Will Cut Faculty, Programs Ryan Quinn Fri, 09/15/2023 - 11:42 AM A month of intense public and on-campus pressure did not dissuade the Board of Governors from siding with the administration to slash programs and positions.

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Report: Latinos Essential to Growing STEM Workforce

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

U.S. Latinos are key when it comes the nation’s engineering and technology workforce, according to a new joint report from the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and the Latino Donor Collaborative (LDC). Ana Valdez VoyageLA According to the report, the economic contributions the Latino community makes to the U.S. are immense. The contributions are significant enough that if the national Latino population were its own country, it would have the fifth-largest GDP in the world, $3.2