February, 2024

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Academic Freedom Battles Roil Indiana University

Inside Higher Ed

Academic Freedom Battles Roil Indiana University kathryn.palmer… Mon, 02/26/2024 - 03:00 AM The cancellation of an art exhibit and other recent moves by university leaders have turned the campus into a free speech battleground.

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Universities should never be neutral on the social issues of the day

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Jonathan Grant traces the history of universities' role in securing social justice, arguing that neutrality on such issues undermines the sector's reputation The post Universities should never be neutral on the social issues of the day appeared first on Wonkhe.

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Colleges should extend May 1 decision deadline amid FAFSA delays, higher ed groups say

Higher Ed Dive

Nine higher ed groups said institutions should provide prospective students and their families with flexibility during a tumultuous application cycle.

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A Proposal to Tie Tenure to Intellectual Diversity Nears Approval in Indiana

The Chronicle of Higher Education

By Megan Zahneis Illustration by The Chronicle; iStockphoto The legislation, passed by the state's House of Representatives and awaiting final Senate action, would abrogate academic-freedom rights, faculty members say.

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Sacramento State Creates Nation's First Black Honors College

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Sacramento State — home to the largest number of Black students within the California State University (CSU) system — is launching what will become the nation’s first-ever Black Honors College. Slated to begin operating in the fall, the honors college will enroll students who have a GPA of 3.5 or higher and an interest in Black history, life, and culture.

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Australia: students awaiting visas told to withdraw university applications

The PIE News

Prospective students to universities in Australia are being instructed to withdraw their applications before their visas have been returned by the Department of Home Affairs. Students applying to the University of Wollongong, as well as at least one other unnamed university, have been told to withdraw their applications as the institutions believe they will be unlikely to meet new visa criteria under the migration strategy.

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Israeli Speaker Canceled, Event Evacuated at UC Berkeley

Inside Higher Ed

Israeli Speaker Canceled, Event Evacuated at UC Berkeley Johanna Alonso Thu, 02/29/2024 - 03:00 AM Tensions between pro-Israeli and pro-Palestinian students escalated Monday night when violent protests shut down a talk by an Israeli lawyer.

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As states drop degree requirements, does a 4-year diploma’s value change?

Higher Ed Dive

Although new policies are propping up workers without degrees, experts say higher education will continue to play a role in hiring decisions and pay rates.

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Making Space for the Humanities Off Campus

The Chronicle of Higher Education

Night School Bar and the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research offer alternatives to traditional academe. By Ariannah Kubli Night School Bar and the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research offer alternatives to traditional academe.

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New Ways to Support Community College Student Health

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

A widespread health crisis is undermining American community colleges, with many current and potential students exhibit high rates of anxiety, depression, substance abuse, suicidal ideation, food insecurity, and more. The challenges predate the pandemic but were exacerbated by it. The COVID-19 infection itself also appears to have made the situation worse.

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Ghost Students: The Rise of Bots in Online Education 

Faculty Focus

Artificial intelligence (AI) has led to the development of sophisticated conversational systems known as chatbots. These AI-powered programs can provide information, answer questions, and even complete tasks. Chatbots are increasingly common in customer service, healthcare, and education; however, in education, chatbots have been used to generate false or misleading information called “hallucinations” and create fake students.

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More Than Half of Recent 4-Year College Grads Underemployed

Inside Higher Ed

More Than Half of Recent 4-Year College Grads Underemployed Sara Weissman Thu, 02/22/2024 - 03:00 AM A new report found that many recent graduates don’t land jobs that require a degree.

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Doing academic careers differently

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How do we support academic careers that specialise in excellent teaching? For Kate Black, the emphasis should be on consistency and transparency The post Doing academic careers differently appeared first on Wonkhe.

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Colleges need a deliberate online strategy to better serve first-generation students

Higher Ed Dive

Higher education leaders won’t meet the moment if their virtual courses merely replicate face-to-face learning, Western Governors University’s leader says.

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Colleges Were Already Bracing for an 'Enrollment Cliff.' Now There Might Be a Second One.

The Chronicle of Higher Education

By Dan Bauman The Census had once forecast the contingent of 18-year-olds rebounding in the middle of the next decade. Its latest projections show the population shrinking further.

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Why degree apprenticeships deserve your attention

HEPI

This HEPI blog was kindly authored by Ellie Russell , Deputy Head of Policy at University Alliance. Degree apprenticeships. They’re Skills Minister Robert Halfon’s “two favourite words in the English language” and we’re at the beginning of a whole week dedicated to raising awareness and celebrating the many benefits of apprenticeships at all levels (yes this year’s National Apprenticeships Week does clash with World Nutella Day , but that aside…).

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AERA Announces 2024 Fellows

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

AERA Fellows were announced on Thursday and a distinguished list of researchers topped the list including Dr. Jerlando F. L. Jackson. Jackson, a professor and dean of the Michigan State University (MSU) College of Education, is among 24 exemplary scholars selected by the American Educational Research Association. Dr. Jerlando F. L. Jackson “The 2024 AERA Fellows join an exceptional group of scholars, and we are thrilled to welcome them,” said AERA Executive Director Dr.

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Indiana Bill Threatens Faculty Members Who Don’t Provide ‘Intellectual Diversity’

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Indiana Bill Threatens Faculty Members Who Don’t Provide ‘Intellectual Diversity’ Ryan Quinn Wed, 02/21/2024 - 03:00 AM One critic says a bill passed by the state Senate would mandate “a system of surveillance and political scrutiny.

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David Miller wins tribunal case against the University of Bristol

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An anti-Zionist academic has won a tribunal case against the University of Bristol, finding direct discrimination and unfair and wrongful dismissal. Jim Dickinson explains the judgement The post David Miller wins tribunal case against the University of Bristol appeared first on Wonkhe.

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Just 16% of community college students transfer and earn a bachelor’s degree

Higher Ed Dive

This rate hasn’t increased much over the past several years, according to new research from a trio of organizations.

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These Tenured Professors Thought They Were Safe From Manhattan College's Latest Layoffs. They Were Wrong.

The Chronicle of Higher Education

By Megan Zahneis Illustration by The Chronicle; PHOTO BY CHRISTOPHER POPE, WIKIMEDIA COMMONS Nearly two dozen laid-off faculty members, most of them tenured, say the administration moved away from its previously announced "last-in, first-out" approach.

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First online MBA in Arabic launched by UoPeople

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Last week, the University of the People launched the first American-accredited online MBA degree taught in Arabic. The tuition-free online university is currently accepting applications for the new MBA which will commence teaching on April 11, 2024. “The goal of providing an MBA degree program in Arabic is to expand access to affordable college education for Arabic-speaking students,” Shai Reshef, president of UoPeople , told The PIE News.

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UNCF Report Examines Black Teacher Pipeline, Offers Best Practices

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

A 40-page report released by the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) reveals that Black teacher scarcity may be attributed to factors including desegregation, racism, and the incorporation of standardized tests that result in Black teachers losing their license. The report, titled “The Heart Work of Hard Work: Black Teacher Pipeline Best Practices at HBCU Teacher Education Programs,” found that teacher certification exams used to screen effectiveness eliminated nearly 100,000 minority teachers in 3

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Another Wave of Campus Cuts

Inside Higher Ed

Another Wave of Campus Cuts Josh Moody Tue, 02/20/2024 - 03:00 AM Numerous colleges announced or completed plans to cut academic programs or jobs in February. Many of those institutions are in the Midwest—particularly Ohio.

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The University of Bristol loses its appeal over the Abrahart case

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The High Court has rejected an appeal against a judgement that a university contributed to the death of a student by discriminating against her. Jim Dickinson and Sunday Blake explain The post The University of Bristol loses its appeal over the Abrahart case appeared first on Wonkhe.

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Employers don’t practice what they preach on skills-based hiring, report finds

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Fewer than 1 in 700 new hires benefited from businesses dropping degree requirements, Burning Glass Institute and Harvard Business School estimated.

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Frantz Fanon and the Birth of Decolonization

The Chronicle of Higher Education

A new biography of one of the 20th century's premier intellectuals. By Vaughn Rasberry Illustration by The Chronicle; Newscom image A new biography of one of the 20th century's premier intellectuals.

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TOEIC victims pitch Post Office-inspired TV Drama

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Victims of the UK Home Office TOEIC scandal are pitching a TV dramatisation of their story in an attempt to bring wider recognition of their ten-year fight for justice. International students wrongly accused of cheating on Home Office-approved English language tests between 2011-2014 were inspired by the success of the ITV Post Office drama, which sparked public outcry and persuaded politicians to look again at an unresolved scandal concerning the national postal service’s computer syst

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Northwestern Launches ‘Center for Enlightened Disagreement’

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University is planning to debut its Center for Enlightened Disagreement to address challenges in navigating differences to drive change and encourage critical thinking in solving pressing problems. Dr. Francesca Cornelli “Kellogg and Northwestern are deeply committed to addressing the growing barriers to discourse that hinder our progress as a society, not by seeking to eliminate disagreement but by embracing it as a virtue,” said Kellogg Dean Dr.

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Citing FAFSA Delays, U.S. to Ease Requirements on Colleges

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Citing FAFSA Delays, U.S. to Ease Requirements on Colleges Katherine Knott Tue, 02/13/2024 - 06:00 AM The Education Department will limit verification of aid applications and reduce program reviews to let institutions focus on students.

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To measure research culture, start with what you value

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The next challenge for research culture is establishing agreement on the indicators to use. Sarah Whalley and Candy Rowe share their experience The post To measure research culture, start with what you value appeared first on Wonkhe.

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Colleges begin pushing back deadlines amid FAFSA delay

Higher Ed Dive

The moves come after the U.S. Department of Education said it wouldn’t transmit Free Application for Federal Student Aid data to colleges until March.

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Wanted: Scientific Errors. Cash Reward.

The Chronicle of Higher Education

By Stephanie M. Lee Illustration by The Chronicle; iStock Images At a time when scientific misconduct is making headlines, a new program hopes to encourage the detection of mistakes with cold, hard cash.

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Teaching Information Literacy in an Age of Misinformation 

Faculty Focus

The first time I encountered a student who “just didn’t believe” the data I was using in my sociology class, it caught me off guard. I don’t recall exactly how I responded in the moment, but with the benefit of hindsight I now know it was a tremor in what would become a seismic shift in our educational landscape. Students who are in their late teens or early twenties have spent their educational experiences navigating misinformation, fake news, and alternative facts.

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From Past to Present: New Book Explores the Importance of HBCUs

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Drs. Marybeth Gasman and Levon T. Esters have written an important and useful historiography of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. HBCU: The Power of Historically Black Colleges and Universities , published by Johns Hopkins University Press, provides personal anecdotes from past and present HBCU students and leaders about the critical role that these storied institutions have played throughout history.

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The End of the Dean’s List

Inside Higher Ed

The End of the Dean’s List Johanna Alonso Tue, 02/20/2024 - 03:00 AM Two Ivy League universities recently did away with certain age-old academic honors, arguing they cause unnecessary stress and competition.

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Higher education’s engagement with AI will have to keep a keen eye on the world of work

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Eve Alcock, Ailsa Crum and Nick Watmough consider how higher education might gear up to prepare graduates for a new kind of labour market The post Higher education’s engagement with AI will have to keep a keen eye on the world of work appeared first on Wonkhe.