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AI in Education: Will We Need Humans Anymore?

Campus Technology

ChatGPT is groundbreaking, but it's also merely the first in what will likely be a series of innovations built on foundational developments in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and natural language processing that are going to change the world. We spoke with Mark Schneider, director of the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences, about how AI is transforming education and the evolving role of humans in an AI-powered future.

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Employers value microcredentials but don’t know how to assess their quality

Higher Ed Dive

Around two-thirds of employers responding to a survey said they want colleges to approach them about building alternative credentials for workers.

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Should we record or ban staff-student relationships?

Wonkhe

Universities will keep a register of relationships between staff and students under new plans from OfS. Sunday Blake argues the proposals fall short on student safety The post Should we record or ban staff-student relationships? appeared first on Wonkhe.

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Race & Justice Imperative Focuses on the Need for Sustained Political Energy

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

This year’s Race & Justice Imperative—a series of conversations with Black political leaders put on by the DC-based newspaper The Hill —came at an auspicious moment for Black power. More Black Americans were elected in 2022 than ever before, and the Congressional Black Caucus now boasts 57 members, a record. But the overwhelming consensus from the people who spoke, a mixture of Congresspeople, academics, and advocates, was that representation is not enough.

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Teaching students to engage in constructive dialogue in class

Inside Higher Ed

Image: While the college classroom has traditionally been a place where students and professors can gain new perspectives while engaging in conversation, many students feel uncomfortable expressing their views on controversial topics. In a February 2021 Student Voice survey from Inside Higher Ed and College Pulse, one in five students disagreed, at least somewhat, with the statement “I feel comfortable sharing my opinions in class.

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Interim leadership is overlooked. Here are 4 tips on doing it effectively.

Higher Ed Dive

Amy Kristof-Brown became a business school dean after first serving as an interim. A lack of resources for others in similar positions stood out to her.

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Is the international recruitment bubble about to burst?

Wonkhe

New immigration numbers are out - and higher education has expanded again. Jim Dickinson considers the potential fall out from the figures The post Is the international recruitment bubble about to burst? appeared first on Wonkhe.

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UNC–Chapel Hill Board of Trustees Undermines Value of Faculty Expertise

Academe Blog

BY SHERRYL KLEINMAN When the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Board of Trustees chair David Boliek explained the trustees’ rationale for seeking to create a new School of Civic Life and Leadership, he cited an imaginary problem in search of a blatantly political solution.

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Education Department moves to rescind Trump-era regulation on religious student groups

Higher Ed Dive

Part of the free inquiry rule is unnecessary because it duplicates First Amendment protections while spawning confusion, officials said.

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The unbearable heaviness of regulation

Wonkhe

Should universities really need to retain every piece of assessed student work for five years? Paul Greatrix asks what happens when regulation goes too far The post The unbearable heaviness of regulation appeared first on Wonkhe.

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Ed Department Shakes Up OPMs and Third-Party Servicers: This Is Huge

WCET Frontiers

Did you hear that loud noise last Wednesday? For those in the middle of the country, it was the Kansas City Chiefs victory parade. For those in higher education, the U.S. Department of Education created its own rumblings by releasing new guidance with rules about any contracted services and a series of questions about companies helping institutions with online learning.

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Australia reveals courses eligible for extended work rights from July

The PIE News

Australia has announced the list of professions and courses that will be eligible for extended post-study work rights from July 1. Eligible programs range from health, technology, education and construction, and have been selected to respond to worker shortages in key sectors, the government said. The new measures – initially announced in September last year – will allow eligible international higher education graduates to access to an extra two years of post-study work rights.

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Embattled for-profit ASA College closes without teach-out plan

Higher Ed Dive

Accreditor Middle States Commission on Higher Education said ASA rejected plans to have students transfer to several colleges over compliance issues.

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Mapping the potential of AI in the age of competence based higher education

Wonkhe

Mike Ewen thinks through what students need to learn to be able to do with artificial intelligence - and how it could help students develop across the range of higher education competencies The post Mapping the potential of AI in the age of competence based higher education appeared first on Wonkhe.

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Professor says he was barred from campus after Monsanto info request

Inside Higher Ed

Image: A professor who frequently testifies against Monsanto Co. in lawsuits alleging harm from toxic environmental pollutants called PCBs says that after a Monsanto lawyer filed a records request with his university, the university barred him from campus and offered him a resignation deal. “That was the very first thing that they gave me,” said the professor, David Carpenter of the University at Albany, part of the State University of New York, regarding the resignation offer.

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Hybrid Learning and Space Reimagination: Optimizing Access and Equity to Promote Student Success

Educause

Learning spaces and technology infrastructure have become increasingly important to the student experience. Higher education leaders have an obligation to reimagine hybrid learning in ways that can achieve accessible and equitable education for student success.

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A new Florida bill would reshape public higher ed to Ron DeSantis’ vision. What does that look like?

Higher Ed Dive

Legislation would block state colleges from funding diversity programs, abolish gender studies degrees and restrict faculty hiring.

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We don’t know what we don’t know

Wonkhe

Michelle Morgan argues that we need a better understanding of student drop-outs if we are to retain students through the cost of living crisis. The post We don’t know what we don’t know appeared first on Wonkhe.

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Russian aggression against Ukraine meets the criteria for genocide

The Berkeley Blog

Co-authored with Ilona Sologoub (VoxUkraine) and James Hodson (AI for Good Foundation) Cemetary in Ukraine; source: individual diary entry on Svidok.org As early as April 2022, when atrocities in Irpin and Bucha (Kyiv region) became widely known, Western media began discussing whether Russia’s actions in Ukraine constitute a genocide. Some of them noted that the.

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Report: Colleges face disincentives to improving transfer

Inside Higher Ed

Image: A number of financial disincentives deter colleges from smoothly transferring students’ course credits from one institution to another, according to a new white paper by the Beyond Transfer Policy Advisory Board (PAB), a group of experts dedicated to transforming the transfer process. The paper, released Thursday, concludes that improving the transfer process has been hampered by short-term thinking by campus leaders concerned about how allowing credits to transfer into their instit

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Rankings provider U.S. News buys college advising service

Higher Ed Dive

The publication known for its embattled Best Colleges rankings acquired CollegeAdvisor.com, it said Tuesday.

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How AI could undermine diversity in the curriculum

Wonkhe

The biases inherent in artificial intelligence are well known – and could be coming to a classroom near you. Sam Illingworth tackles the dark side of ChatGPT The post How AI could undermine diversity in the curriculum appeared first on Wonkhe.

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Concealed Carry Bill for Public College Campuses Passes in West Virginia House of Delegates

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

A bill allowing people to carry concealed weapons at public college campuses in West Virginia passed by a landslide in the state's House of Delegates Feb. 21, NPR reported. This move sends the bill to West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice, who has not made any public indication of whether he will sign it into law. As it stands now, the state prohibits carrying guns on public college and university campuses.

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Plagiarism catcher Turnitin announces ‘state-of-the-art’ AI writing detector

University Business

Does artificial intelligence have a place in the classroom? That’s yet to be decided as generative AI tools, namely ChatGPT, continue to rock the higher education sphere. What we do know is that efforts to curb cheating have steadily increased since its inception. OpenAI, the chatbot’s creator, launched its own AI-writing detector several weeks ago, yet it’s not 100% accurate, according to the company.

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More scrutiny focused on College Board’s AP African American Studies course

Higher Ed Dive

Other red states are joining Florida after the state’s controversial rejection of the course renewed national attention on curriculum censorship laws.

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ChatGPT, assessment and cheating – have we tried trusting students?

Wonkhe

Do AI advancements highlight problems with assessment itself? James Bagshaw, Charles Knight, and David Kernohan assess the evidence The post ChatGPT, assessment and cheating – have we tried trusting students? appeared first on Wonkhe.

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Why Your College Needs a Faculty Writing Room

The Chronicle of Higher Education

How an opportunity to write separately but in one place has created a vibrant, visible scholarly community at a small college. By Dana M. Polanichka and Aubrey Westfall How an opportunity to write separately but in one place has created a vibrant, visible scholarly community at a small college.

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UK education “making dreams a reality” for alumni

The PIE News

“Making dreams a reality is a common thread throughout the lives and stories of our Alumni Awards finalists,” said Elizabeth Tresnan, campaign director for Study UK , at North American awards ceremony at The British Embassy in Washington DC. The British Council’s Study UK Alumni Awards is celebrated in multiple locations throughout the world, with finalists then eligible to apply for the worldwide award in one of the four categories: Business and Innovation, Science and Sustainability, Culture a

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Renewables industry should engage community colleges to address labor shortage, development official says

Higher Ed Dive

Renewable energy developers must meet registered apprenticeship requirements to qualify for certain Inflation Reduction Act tax credits, but they struggle to find workers, a labor and employment attorney said.

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Can AI support academic research?

Wonkhe

Much of the debate about AI has focused on student work and academic offences. For Xianghan and Michael O'Dea there are implications for the conduct of research too The post Can AI support academic research? appeared first on Wonkhe.

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Why higher ed needs to get on board with micro-credentials

University Business

A new study focusing on employers’ perspectives on micro-credentials reveals that while a strong majority of them believe it boosts a prospective hire’s value, not enough colleges and universities are capitalizing on it. More than 70% of respondents agreed that job applicants with non-degree or alternative credentials have increased the past two years and those hires helped their organization fill an existing skill gap (74%) and improved the quality of their workforce (73%).

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Student mental health problems “alarming”

The PIE News

Student mental health figures are “alarming”, with many international students’ mental health worsening over the course of the pandemic, according to a new study. Professors at universities from across the world collected data for the study, named Pre and Post-Pandemic (COVID-19) Mental Health of International Students: Data from a Longitudinal Study , which was published in the Dovepress medical journal.

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How can the Education Department build a list of low-value college programs?

Higher Ed Dive

Some prominent higher ed groups rejected the proposal altogether, while others suggested metrics they say could make it work.

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Higher education postcard: Kyiv Polytechnic Institute

Wonkhe

On the anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Hugh Jones’ postbag takes us to Kyiv The post Higher education postcard: Kyiv Polytechnic Institute appeared first on Wonkhe.

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University of Texas System Board of Regents Suspends DEI Policies, Puts Them Under Scrutiny

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

The University of Texas System’s board of regents has suspended all new policies promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and asked school leaders to report on their current DEI policies, citing that some practices have “strayed from the original intent,” The Texas Tribune reported. “Certain DEI efforts have strayed from the original intent to now imposing requirements and actions that, rightfully so, has raised the concerns of our policymakers around those efforts on campuses across our

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Cambridge renews Estonia assessment deal

The PIE News

A new agreement between Cambridge University Press & Assessment and Estonia’s ministry of education and research has been announced, aiming to bolster English language assessment offerings in the country. The deal follows in the footsteps of the partnership first put together in 2019, which has already seen more than 15,000 Estonian school leavers given the opportunity to take the English C1 Advanced examination instead of their usual school-leaving test.

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The Education Department must survey every federally funded college on sexual violence, without money from Congress. What’s next?

Higher Ed Dive

The agency must deliver a report to lawmakers by 2024. But policy experts aren’t sure it can even scrape together the survey in time.