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Sustainably designing language degrees

Wonkhe

Modern language provision is caught between the snares of falling applications and administrative complexity. Becky Muradás-Taylor and Rachel Wicaksono pick a way through The post Sustainably designing language degrees appeared first on Wonkhe.

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Fall 2023 enrollment trends in 5 charts

Higher Ed Dive

We’re breaking down some of the biggest developments this term, based on initial figures from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.

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2 TAs Provided Students Mental Health Resources on Gaza. They’re Not TAs Anymore

Inside Higher Ed

2 TAs Provided Students Mental Health Resources on Gaza. They’re Not TAs Anymore Ryan Quinn Wed, 12/20/2023 - 03:00 AM University of Texas at Austin faculty members and students are protesting the removal of two teaching assistants who sent students a pro-Palestinian statement.

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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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Free advice to university rankers

Wonkhe

University rankings need to change to be relevant and useful to today's diverse world of higher education. Elizabeth Gadd offers some friendly advice The post Free advice to university rankers appeared first on Wonkhe.

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Why Faculty Members Are Fleeing Florida

The Chronicle of Higher Education

Dismay over the academic climate has led to a wave of resignations. By Margot Susca, Chaya Tong, and Alex Angle Dismay over the academic climate has led to a wave of resignations.

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7 Things You Should Know About Generative AI

Educause

The release of ChatGPT and similar AI tools that generate content including text, images, and audio has prompted both excitement and apprehension among leaders, faculty, students, and others in higher education.

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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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Berkeley pushes AI innovation, research with ‘Woodstock of Hackathons’

The Berkeley Blog

We're at a fascinating 'epi-inflection point' in generative AI. There are so many valid concerns surrounding it, but if events like this, and others, help set a strong cultural orientation toward AI innovation that is ethical and responsible, there is much room for advancement that improves our lives in ways we can’t begin to fathom.

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CAT 6 and CAT 6A Cabling for the Transition to Wi-Fi 6 in Higher Education

EdTech Magazine - Higher Education

If there’s any place that can take advantage of the higher speeds and increased frequencies that Wi-Fi 6 provides, it’s a college campus. Thousands of students need reliable Wi-Fi to take notes and study or to kick back with video games or Netflix. Meanwhile, researchers and professors use wireless for devices such as test equipment and drones, and the athletic department uses tablets during practices and games.

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Student Substance Use: Keele University’s Journey from Zero Tolerance to Harm Reduction

HEPI

This HEPI blog was kindly authored by Kara McEnaney, Chair of Keele University’s Drug & Alcohol Steering Group. This is the second of a two-blog series on a drug harm reduction pilot organised by Students Organising for Sustainability (SOS-UK). You can read the first blog, an overview of the pilot, here. Keele University and Keele Students’ Union has been working with Students Organising for Sustainability (SOS-UK) since 2015, when we first started to look at alcohol use on campus, and how w

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Nearly half of companies say they plan to eliminate bachelor’s degree requirements in 2024

Higher Ed Dive

Many employers are dropping degree requirements to create a more diverse workforce and increase job candidate numbers, survey results show.

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Fired LSU Professor Accused of Student Affair, Illegal Anti-CRT Lobbying

Inside Higher Ed

Fired LSU Professor Accused of Student Affair, Illegal Anti-CRT Lobbying Ryan Quinn Fri, 12/08/2023 - 03:00 AM An ousted political science professor is denying salacious ethics charges against him.

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Florida, beware: DeSantis’ war on woke may decrease enrollment

University Business

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s recent legislation is not only fiercely unpopular among current and prospective college students, but it also may drive them out of the state’s public higher education system, according to a new report by Intelligent. Among 1,147 students who either currently attend an undergraduate public college in Florida or intend to upon graduating, only 147 agreed with DeSantis’ policies.

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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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Scholars Who Study the Middle East Are Afraid to Speak Out

The Chronicle of Higher Education

Polling data indicate widespread self-censorship. By Marc Lynch and Shibley Telhami Illustration by The Chronicle; iStock images Polling data indicate widespread self-censorship.

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House-Buying Power of Academic Salaries (2023 Edition)

HESA

About seven years ago, I wrote a blog looking at the house-buying power of academics in different parts of the country. I thought maybe it was time to do this again. First, an overview of the methodology used six years ago. I took median academic salaries for major universities in Canada for the most recent year available, which at the time was 2010-1.

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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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The Crime of Email at Bowling Green State University

Academe Blog

By JOHN K. WILSON Christian Coons, an associate professor of philosophy at Bowling Green State University, has been suspended and faces a hearing on March 20 that could lead to his dismissal. His crime? Sending emails to his colleagues about his department’s alleged past misconduct in hiring decisions.

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What happens when open source AI falls into the wrong hands?

The Berkeley Blog

A researcher was granted access earlier this year by Facebook’s parent company, Meta, to incredibly potent artificial intelligence software – and leaked it to the world. As a former researcher on Meta’s civic integrity and responsible AI teams, I am terrified by what could happen next. Though Meta was violated by the leak, it came.

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UK international student contribution soars to £42bn

The PIE News

A landmark report by various stakeholders in the UK has revealed that international students boosted the country’s economy by £41.9bn in the academic year 2021/22. The benefits and costs of international higher education students to the UK economy, compiled by Universities UK International , HEPI and Kaplan International Pathways , showed that the corresponding cost of the students to taxpayers was just £4.4bn.

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FIRE statement on Florida’s expansion of the Stop WOKE Act

FIRE

As FIRE said when this bill passed the legislature: Prohibiting ideas in the name of freedom is not freedom at all. It is censorship.

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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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Black Scientists with STEM PhDs Face Deep Disparities

Inside Higher Ed

Black Scientists with STEM PhDs Face Deep Disparities Sara Weissman Mon, 11/27/2023 - 03:00 AM A new report finds they disproportionately carry large amounts of student loan debt, among other disparities faced by STEM doctoral grads of color.

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Abstracts matter more than you think – and writing a good one is hard

THE (Times Higher Education)

Even academics, never mind practitioners, will rarely read beyond an underwhelming and uninformative summary, says Maia Chankseliani

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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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A Star Misinformation Scholar Says Harvard Pushed Her Out for Criticizing Meta

The Chronicle of Higher Education

By Stephanie M. Lee Cidgy Bossuet, The Washington Post, Getty Images Joan Donovan on the Harvard campus In a new declaration, Joan Donovan says her controversial departure from the Kennedy School this year stemmed from “the possibility my work could upset Facebook.

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Meet the LSE HE Blog Fellows

LSE Higher Education Blog

Six scholars will be sharing their expertise and insights over the course of 2024 – discover who they are and their exciting themes.

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We Owe Student Parents A High-Value College Experience

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Every Fall, school buses are once again a part of our morning commutes. Less obvious are the parents joining in the back-to-school rite of passage alongside their children. Several decades ago, I witnessed this with my Aunt Bobbie, who enrolled in college while her kids were in grade school. In addition to being a college student, she was a wife, mother of three, executive assistant, and an involved auntie.

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Provincial Budgets 2023-24

HESA

Morning, all. It’s time for our annual provincial budget round-up. University Affairs has done its round-up of budget announcements ; I’m here to put the whole set of financial commitments under the lens and give it some long-term context. A couple of caveats before I start. First, PEI is not included, for the simple reason that the government chose not to submit a budget before going to the polls a couple of weeks ago.

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Open letter to Jeffrey Sachs on the Russia-Ukraine war

The Berkeley Blog

Dear Dr. Sachs, We are a group of economists, including many Ukrainians, who were appalled by your statements on the Russian war against Ukraine and were compelled to write this open letter to address some of the historical misrepresentations and logical fallacies in your line of argument. Following your repeated appearances on the talk shows.

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‘I haven’t had a single normal year at university’: the UK students graduating without a graded degree

The Guardian - Higher Education

An unlucky cohort of undergraduates has been plagued by Covid restrictions, education strikes and finally a marking boycott Emily Smith, a final-year geography student at Durham University, never imagined her already heavily disrupted university experience could end like this. She won’t be graduating this summer because half her work remains unmarked owing to a national marking boycott by lecturers.

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Danish minister calls for international student u-turn amid labour shortages

The PIE News

Denmark’s higher education minister has called for more university spaces to be opened up to international students, two years after the country capped student numbers on English-language courses. The u-turn comes as Denmark faces labour shortages that are costing the country billions, according to the Danish Chamber of Commerce. In 2021, Denmark’s Social Democrats and several other parties entered into an agreement to reduce the number of courses offered in English at higher education institu

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Georgia system sued over alleged underfunding of 3 public HBCUs

Higher Ed Dive

The lawsuit says poor state investment has disadvantaged Black students at these institutions and subjected them to de facto segregation.

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Professor Says Spelman Raised Students’ Grades, Fired Him

Inside Higher Ed

Professor Says Spelman Raised Students’ Grades, Fired Him Ryan Quinn Tue, 11/28/2023 - 03:00 AM Former tenure-track faculty member says the college inflated students’ grades and axed him after he complained. Some say that violates academic freedom.

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A shared perspective on pay and conditions

Wonkhe

The UCU branch executive at the University of York York vice chancellor Charlie Jeffery jointly seek a way forward on pay and conditions The post A shared perspective on pay and conditions appeared first on Wonkhe.

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A judge has ruled that universities do owe a duty of care to students

Wonkhe

A university has been found to have assumed, and failed to uphold, a duty of care to students reporting sexual misconduct. Jim Dickinson and Sunday Blake unpick the judgement. The post A judge has ruled that universities do owe a duty of care to students appeared first on Wonkhe.

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