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

Wonkhe

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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Two final Title IX rules will likely be delayed — again

Higher Ed Dive

The Education Department set a March deadline for the rules but hasn’t yet cleared a key procedural hurdle, potentially pushing their release back by months.

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Transfers on the Rise

Inside Higher Ed

Transfers on the Rise Sara Weissman Wed, 02/28/2024 - 03:00 AM A new report shows the number of students transferring grew last fall, especially among disadvantaged groups, a tentatively hopeful sign to higher ed experts.

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George Mason Shares Syllabi With Governor’s Administration Amid Tension Over DEI-Related Courses

The Chronicle of Higher Education

By Emma Pettit Illustration by The Chronicle; iStock The Virginia university's "Just Societies" requirement is generating opposition, including from the governor, whose spokesman said it's a "thinly veiled attempt to incorporate the progressive left's groupthink.

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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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TOEIC victims pitch Post Office-inspired TV Drama

The PIE News

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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The Student Loan Mess: Next Chapters?

Higher Education Inquirer

In 2014, the father-son team of Joel Best and Eric Best published The Student Loan Mess: How Good Intentions Created a Trillion Dollar Problem. Their argument was that rising student loan debt posed a major social and economic problem in the United States, exceeding $1 trillion at the time of publication (predicted to reach $2 trillion by 2020). This "mess" resulted from a series of well-intentioned but flawed policies that focused on different aspects of the issue in isolation, ultimately creat

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16-State Commission on Artificial Intelligence and Education Established

Campus Technology

The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) has established a new Commission on Artificial Intelligence and Education, convening "leaders in education and business to chart a course for how AI is used in classrooms and how to prepare a workforce that is being transformed by technology.

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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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A New Data Mindset: Creating Equitable Student Outcomes and Vibrant Communities

Educause

Transforming community colleges to transform their communities by accelerating more equitable student outcomes requires institutional leaders to adopt a new data mindset that is fully focused on building better access to college, creating momentum for timely completion, and ensuring equitable mobility for graduates along career paths paying a family-sustaining wage.

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Doing academic careers differently

Wonkhe

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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Black students who enroll at HBCUs have higher bachelor’s degree attainment, research finds

Higher Ed Dive

But those who initially attended a historically Black college also had higher debt loads than their similarly situated peers, a working paper found.

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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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The Rise of the Faculty Budget Activists

The Chronicle of Higher Education

They have proposals to stave off cuts. Is anyone listening? By Megan Zahneis Derek Brahney for The Chronicle They have proposals to stave off cuts. Is anyone listening?

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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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In the aftermath of Claudine Gay's resignation, here's how Harvard can reform itself

FIRE

Harvard University: With the loss of its president, America’s worst college for free speech is at another crossroads.

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At Amber: The financial position of UK universities

HEPI

HEPI Director Nick Hillman takes a look at PwC’s new assessment of the financial health of the UK’s higher education institutions. On Christmas Day, my family gave me a lovely new fountain pen (made out of plectrums by this master craftsman since you ask). There was one other thing at the top of my Christmas wish list too, although – unlike the pen – it has only just arrived.

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Creating Guidelines for the Use of Gen AI Across Campus

Campus Technology

The University of Kentucky has taken a transdisciplinary approach to developing guidelines and recommendations around generative AI, incorporating input from stakeholders across all areas of the institution. Here, the director of UK's Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching breaks down the structure and thinking behind that process.

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Rhyme and reason: poetry’s power as a pedagogical tool

LSE Higher Education Blog

Using poetry as a medium to enhance learning and engagement is a fresh idea in higher education.

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Support for UT Austin Teaching Assistants

Academe Blog

BY KARMA R. CHÁVEZ Recently, I’ve had the opportunity to get to know Callie Kennedy and Parham Dighighi, former teaching assistants (TAs) in the Steve Hicks School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin.

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We still don’t know what happens when a large university runs out of money

Wonkhe

There's been a lot of talk about market exit - but, as Jess Lister and Jonathan Simons explain, still no clarity on exactly what safeguards would be in place for the interests of students, the locality, and the nation The post We still don’t know what happens when a large university runs out of money appeared first on Wonkhe.

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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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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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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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Dr. Claudine Gay’s Resignation from the Harvard Presidency Possibly Saved Her Life

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

The recent announcement of Dr. Claudine Gay’s resignation as president of Harvard University swiftly spread through the news and has been an ongoing conversation, particularly among those within higher education academic communities. Gay had been widely criticized for her responses alongside two other college presidents, also women, at a congressional hearing on antisemitism, after which, she clarified the institution’s stance.

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Diversity, TNE and research investment at heart of new Scottish strategy

The PIE News

The Scottish government has released its first comprehensive International Education Strategy, promising plans to attract more staff and activity to promote universities and colleges internationally. The plan, which was launched at Edinburgh Napier University on February 7 sets out the region’s ambition to work with its universities and colleges “to help diversify our international student population”, while also making sure they can “maximise their contribution” to the region.

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The spiralling costs of higher education are hitting stay at home students harder

Wonkhe

Commuter students face financial struggle and a growing sense of isolation from campus. Lee Elliot Major introduces the findings of a new student money and wellbeing survey The post The spiralling costs of higher education are hitting stay at home students harder appeared first on Wonkhe.

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How to take care of complainants in cases of staff student sexual misconduct

Wonkhe

Too often the process of investigation of staff student sexual misconduct takes precedence over offering support and redress to student complainants. Anna Bull lays out what's needed The post How to take care of complainants in cases of staff student sexual misconduct appeared first on Wonkhe.

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David Miller wins tribunal case against the University of Bristol

Wonkhe

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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The University of Bristol loses its appeal over the Abrahart case

Wonkhe

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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Universities as social and cultural infrastructure

Wonkhe

Seeing universities through the lens of social and cultural infrastructure raises important questions for how they engage with their local communities. Nicola Berkley makes the case The post Universities as social and cultural infrastructure appeared first on Wonkhe.

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UK universities can go further to support the resilience of Ukrainian higher education

Wonkhe

Gwen van der Velden and Bo Kelestyn paint a picture of the challenges faced by Ukraine universities, and introduce a new series of articles exploring how the UK can continue to offer help The post UK universities can go further to support the resilience of Ukrainian higher education appeared first on Wonkhe.

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Jo Phoenix wins tribunal case against the Open University

Wonkhe

A gender-critical academic has won a tribunal case against the OU, finding discrimination, harassment and constructive dismissal. Jim Dickinson explains the judgement The post Jo Phoenix wins tribunal case against the Open University appeared first on Wonkhe.

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Student part-time work is on the rise. Here’s what universities can do next

Wonkhe

As student maintenance support and high inflation puts pressure on home and international students alike, Adrian Wright and colleagues call on universities to help students find benefits in part-time work The post Student part-time work is on the rise. Here’s what universities can do next appeared first on Wonkhe.

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How to help students make better decisions

Wonkhe

Mass expansion and a diversifying student body has led to "student choice overload." Ellie Garraway and Jon Down explain how to help students navigate increasingly complex decisions The post How to help students make better decisions 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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