January, 2023

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What the potential acquisition of University of Phoenix says about the for-profit sector

Higher Ed Dive

Executives may want to flee a sector with tight rules and a poor reputation at the same time nonprofits are looking to build their online offerings, experts said.

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7 Lessons for Academics Wanting to Use Social Media in 2023

The Academic Designer

What can academics learn about social media from reality TV? Jennifer talks about the new season of The Circle Netflix, sharing 7 tips to inspire professors for the new year.

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Why Labour should prioritise tertiary reform over tuition fees

Wonkhe

Andy Westwood makes the case for a joined-up education system and a blueprint for policy that could be picked up by Labour for the next general election and beyond The post Why Labour should prioritise tertiary reform over tuition fees appeared first on Wonkhe.

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Bill: North Dakota presidents could fire tenured faculty

Inside Higher Ed

Image: North Dakota’s House majority leader has introduced legislation that would let presidents of at least two colleges, Dickinson State University and Bismarck State College, fire tenured faculty members based on those presidents’ own, unappealable reviews. The final paragraph of the roughly two-page House Bill 1446 is this: “The president and any administrators delegated to assist the president shall fulfill these duties without fear of reprisal or retaliation.

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Public Colleges in Oklahoma Must Account for 'Every Dollar' Spent on Diversity Over the Past 10 Years

The Chronicle of Higher Education

By Sarah Brown The action is the latest example of heightened interest by a Republican state official in documenting, and potentially curbing, colleges’ efforts to promote equity and inclusion.

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Where will the teachers come from? By Pam Tatlow

HEPI

This week, the Prime Minister Rishi Sunak promised to make Maths compulsory to the age of 18, which would need a lot of extra Maths teachers… Here, writing in a personal capacity, Pam Tatlow looks at the current state of teacher training in England. Pam is on Twitter @Pam_Tatlow. The rejection of all appeals submitted by 12 universities in respect of their applications to be accredited as teacher education providers from 2024 may come as a surprise to some.

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6 college admissions experts share their biggest predictions for 2023

Higher Ed Dive

A pending Supreme Court ruling on race-conscious admissions and other shifts like ChatGPT’s effects on application essays could upend the landscape.

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Are universities still “civic washing”?

Wonkhe

Many universities claim to have a civic mission, but how many are paying the living wage? Jonathan Grant takes a look at the sector’s progress so far. The post Are universities still “civic washing”? appeared first on Wonkhe.

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Report proposes waiver criteria for Confucius Institutes

Inside Higher Ed

Image: Over the last five years, most of the Confucius Institutes hosted at American colleges and universities have closed down—but now a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine outlines a process for their potential return. Whether U.S. colleges and universities would be interested in partnering with the Chinese government to host a Confucius Institute is unclear.

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Remove study placements from Australia’s work hour cap, say universities

The PIE News

Education providers in Australia have largely welcomed the government’s decision to reinstate the cap on working hours for international students, but argue that study-related work experience should not count towards the limit. The amount of hours that international students in the country are permitted to work is set to be capped once again from 30 June 2023, after the 40 hour fortnightly limit was lifted in January last year.

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Online Faculty and Student Mentoring: Building Community and Leveraging Resources

Educause

Online mentoring is an innovative and cost-efficient way to be more responsive and potentially better serve all students and faculty engaged in teaching and learning in any modality—whether online, hybrid, or in-person.

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7 higher education trends to watch in 2023

Higher Ed Dive

Federal financial aid will continue to hog the spotlight, but we're also waiting for the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on race-conscious admissions.

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UCAS reforms to the personal statement: One step forward, more to go? – HEPI’s WEEKEND READING

HEPI

This blog has been kindly written for HEPI by Tom Fryer, Steve Westlake and Professor Steven Jones. On 12 January, UCAS released Future of Undergraduate Admissions , a report that contained details of five upcoming reforms. In the report, UCAS proposes to reform the free-text personal statement into a series of questions. This is welcome. As we noted in our recent HEPI Debate Paper on UCAS personal statements, an essay without a question is always going to breed uncertainty.

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Universities can lead the way in making a better menopause

Wonkhe

Disappointed by foot dragging in Westminster, Karen Ross argues that higher education should step up and take the lead on making the menopause an everyday story The post Universities can lead the way in making a better menopause appeared first on Wonkhe.

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Professors at University of Illinois at Chicago begin strike

Inside Higher Ed

Image: University of Illinois at Chicago faculty members began striking Tuesday after their union said 12 hours of negotiations with administrators on Martin Luther King Jr. Day didn’t produce an agreement. “We passed proposals back and forth with the management team from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m., when they passed us a counter that indicated that they had no interest in resolving our differences,” the union, UIC United Faculty, wrote on its website.

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Collaboration in K-12: Generational Change is Here

Cisco blogs - Education

This may sound like a title to a change management book, but in this context, I would like to use it in context of collaboration technologies. Simplifying your collaboration platform is best done by adopting one that is also a cloud-based platform, specifically, cloud calling. But you don’t have to compromise on less performance and features. In fact, with the ability to manage from the cloud, your organization will gain a full feature set with lower costs overall.

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Higher Education Can Connect Diverse Students to Lucrative, Technical Careers

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Technical jobs are receiving fewer applications from younger generations. According to Handshake, a network of institutions and employers that helps connect students with early career opportunities, trade careers saw 49% fewer applications in 2022 than 2020. Applications for jobs like automotive technicians or respiratory therapists went from an average of 10 applications each to only five.

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Harvard Medical School rejects U.S. News rankings

Higher Ed Dive

The dean of the No. 1 medical school for research says rankings “create perverse incentives” for institutions to submit false or misleading data.

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?Five steps UCAS is taking to reform the undergraduate admissions process

HEPI

This blog has been kindly written for HEPI by Kim Eccleston, Head of Strategy and Reform – Strategy, Policy and Public Affairs, at UCA S. HEPI’s recent paper on reforming UCAS personal statements is here. At UCAS, we are continually working to improve the admissions service to serve applicants better and broaden participation for all students, whether pursuing a traditional undergraduate degree or an apprenticeship.

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How should universities handle cases of blackmail by essay mills?

Wonkhe

Daniel Sokol describes a case of blackmail by an essay mill and proposes a new approach to how universities should handle such cases. The post How should universities handle cases of blackmail by essay mills? appeared first on Wonkhe.

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Academics work to detect ChatGPT and other AI writing

Inside Higher Ed

Image: When humans write, they leave subtle signatures that hint at the prose’s fleshy, brainy origins. Their word and phrase choices are more varied than those selected by machines that write. Human writers also draw from short- and long-term memories that recall a range of lived experiences and inform personal writing styles. And unlike machines, people are susceptible to inserting minor typos, such as a misplaced comma or a misspelled word.

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The Evolving Landscape of Students' Mobile Learning Practices in Higher Education

Educause

Ongoing student surveys at the University of Central Florida show the evolution and impact of the pandemic on students’ mobile device ownership and use for learning.

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The Plan to Dismantle DEI

The Chronicle of Higher Education

Conservatives take on colleges' "illiberal" bureaucracy. By Eric Kelderman André da Loba for The Chronicle Model legislation lays out how legislatures could outlaw public colleges' efforts to attract and retain people of color and other marginalized groups.

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Religious colleges should lean into their identities, leaders say

Higher Ed Dive

At an ACE event, faith-based colleges discussed problems dogging higher ed — like accessibility and completion — in a religious context.

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Tribal Colleges and Universities Seek Greater Recognition and Funding

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) have been in existence for over 50 years, serving not only Native American and Alaskan Native students but anyone from the rural communities where they reside. The 35 TCUs in the U.S. train future teachers, nurses, engineers, and more. Yet despite serving almost 28,000 students yearly, experts say TCUs are often invisible to the public or seen as institutions of lesser quality than other public or private institutions, despite being accredited by state age

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How pay negotiations work in UK universities

Wonkhe

David Kernohan looks for the data and the constraints in the increasingly acrimonious New JNCHES system of higher education pay negotiation The post How pay negotiations work in UK universities appeared first on Wonkhe.

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Funding source shouldn't affect postdoc benefits (opinion)

Inside Higher Ed

Imagine two postdoctoral researchers in an academic lab. Both have similar duties, such as conducting experiments, mentoring junior lab members, analyzing data and publishing and presenting their work. However, if one of them were awarded a prestigious training fellowship from the National Institutes of Health, that same postdoc may lose their employment status with their institution, causing a loss of critical employee benefits in their overall compensation package.

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ChatGPT: A Must-See Before the Semester Begins

Faculty Focus

I have seen friends on Facebook create decent songs and stunning artistic creations with little knowledge of music or art, all after spending a bit of time getting to know an AI art or music generator. But since the grammar assistants in my word processors often flag what is already correct and miss what I wish they should have caught, I’ve never felt AI writing was advancing very quickly.

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Fear of a Black-Studies Planet

The Chronicle of Higher Education

There's a reason Ron DeSantis feels threatened by AP African American studies. By Roderick A. Ferguson Joan Wong for The Chronicle There's a reason Ron DeSantis feels threatened by AP African American studies.

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Education Department struggled to examine whether colleges were misrepresenting themselves, watchdog finds

Higher Ed Dive

Turnover hampered a unit overseeing a ban on colleges lying about programs, costs and student outcomes, the Government Accountability Office said.

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Can the HE sector just carry on as it is now??

HEPI

Today’s HEPI blog is the text of a speech by Nick Hillman, Director of HEPI, to a joint meeting of the Senate and Council at Lancaster University. It is a great pleasure to be back at Lancaster University. I have visited many times before of course, perhaps most notably for a debate hosted by some of your students in which I defended the current tuition fee system against the (then) Labour politician Chris Williamson.

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Why can’t we just have more medical student places?

Wonkhe

Training more doctors isn't as simple as raising the caps on medical school places. David Kernohan learns the true cost of medical training The post Why can’t we just have more medical student places? appeared first on Wonkhe.

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Public health majors grow by more than 1,000 percent

Inside Higher Ed

Image: Tabitha Edson always knew she wanted to work in health sciences. She earned a nursing assistant certification in high school but decided not to pursue the field at Westminster College, a small private institution in Salt Lake City; she worried that it would limit her job opportunities when she graduated. Instead, she found herself drawn to public health, inspired by an introductory course in the subject required for both public health and nursing majors.

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Choosing an Executive Leadership Coach: What Matters

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

One of the realities of moving up the executive leadership ranks, whether in higher education or other sectors, is that the higher you ascend, the fewer people you have with whom to commensurate or in whom to confide. The truth be told, for numerous reasons, even the most confident executives are often hesitant to turn to persons inside their organization, in ranks above them, to run an idea past them or to seek advice.

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DEI's Religion Problem

The Chronicle of Higher Education

The Hamline debacle demonstrates the perils of ignoring religious disagreement. By Eboo Patel. Pat Kinsella for The Chronicle. The Hamline debacle demonstrates the perils of ignoring religious disagreement.

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Researchers hope to boost community college transfer and make it more equitable

Higher Ed Dive

Leaders detail a new project disaggregating data on who transfers and earns a bachelor's degree. It also seeks to document best practices for colleges.

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Only 3% of UK employers using Graduate Route visa – HEPI

The PIE News

Over a quarter of employers are not actually aware of the UK’s Graduate Route Visa allowing international students to work sponsor free for up to two years, according to a new policy note from the Higher Education Policy Institute. In conjunction with Kaplan , HEPI surveyed 656 members of the Institute of Directors – an organisation for company directors, senior business leaders and entrepreneurs – and found 27% of those asked were not familiar with the scheme set up in 2021. .

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