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  1. Controversy on Deal to Repeal NC Anti-Trans Law

    North Carolina Republican legislative leaders and Democratic governor have reached a deal to repeal HB2, the law requires public agencies, including public colleges and universities, to bar transgender people from using bathrooms other than those associated with their legal gender at birth. The deal is timed to avoid a deadline from the National Collegiate Athletic Association on repealing the law or losing eligibility for several years to host championship events. Some provisions in the…
  2. Cornell Grad Union Election Too Close to Call

    The American Arbitration Association declared this week’s graduate employee union election at Cornell University too close to call Wednesday, with 856 votes cast in favor of unionization, 919 against, and an additional 81 votes remaining unresolved, for now. A final determination if expected next month. Cornell’s relationship with its would-be union seemed friendly last year, when the parties signed an agreement paving the way for a free and fair election ahead of a major…
  3. U Louisiana Monroe getting rid of two major natural history collections to make way for a sports field

    Count flora and fauna -- at least on display in academe -- as the newest casualties of Louisiana’s higher education budget crisis. The University of Louisiana at Monroe recently said it could no longer house the major plant and fish collections in its Museum of Natural History, and science Twitter raged over a shared Facebook post from the museum saying that it had been given “48 hours to suggest an alternate location for the collections on campus.” Source:…
  4. Report urges data science course work for all undergraduates to close growing skills gap

    A shortage of job candidates with fluency in data science and analytics is among the nation’s most yawning of skills gaps, one requiring substantial changes by higher education institutions and employers alike. That’s the central finding of a new report from the Business-Higher Education Forum, a nonprofit membership group of Fortune 500 CEOs and college leaders, and PricewaterhouseCoopers, a large consulting and audit company. An estimated 2.72 million new job…
  5. In Hungary and Russia, Western-style universities are under threat

    The president of Central European University has vowed to fight proposed legislation that imperils the university’s future operations in Hungary. The new threat to the George Soros-founded, U.S.-accredited university in Budapest comes at the same time that the European University at St. Petersburg, in Russia, is fighting an arbitration court’s decision to revoke its license. “We’re on the front line on an important battle for academic freedom that is now…
  6. Colleges announce commencement speakers

    Allegheny College: Paula Kerger, president and chief executive officer of PBS. Hesston College: Marie S. Morris, provost of Anderson University. Howard University: U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris of California. Johns Hopkins University: Frank Bruni, the New York Times columnist. Knox College: Eva Longoria, the actress. Mount Saint Mary’s University, in California: Farah Pandith, diplomatic entrepreneur and foreign policy strategist; and Jacqueline Powers Doud, president…
  7. 'The Devil and Webster' is a fictional tale of a liberal college president facing a student protest

    Naomi Roth never set out to be a college president. A gender studies scholar at (fictional) Webster College, she finds herself placed on the search committee for a new president when she is drafted to successfully handle a campus controversy. Roth is the central figure in The Devil and Webster, by Jean Hanff Korelitz, who has skewered academe before. She wrote Admission, which was turned into a film starring Tina Fey (with considerable change from the novel). And the world of elite…
  8. Why This Traditional Academic Welcomes MissionU

    Blog: Technology and LearningDid you catch Jeff Young’s EdSurge article about MissionU?   If you missed it - go ahead and check it out.  Actually, you should just plan to read everything that Jeff Young writes. The hiring of Jeff Young was the second smartest thing that EdSurge has done, the first being the recruiting of the amazing Allison Dulin Salisbury to serve as EdSurge’s Director of Higher Education Strategy. (If you don't believe that we will…
  9. The Purpose of College

    Blog: University of Venus “Is the purpose of college to ensure a good job after graduation, to provide a broad and deep humanities education, or to create an engaged citizenry?” (Chunoo & Osteen, 2016)   Susan D Blum, Department of Anthropology, the University of Notre Dame: In my book “I Love Learning; I Hate School”: An Anthropology of College (2016) I wrote a chapter addressing this question. I called it “The Myriad and Muddied Goals…
  10. Early College High Schools

    Blog: Confessions of a Community College DeanThis week, a concerned professor at my own campus wrote me an email (copying the entire faculty) to express her objections to Early College High School programs. What follows is a slightly edited version of my response. --- Thanks for your thoughtful note. Early college high school programs can be done well or badly.  We do them well, and we’re working on doing them better. For example, anyone who teaches in those…
  11. Arranging Groups for Group Projects

    Blog: Just VisitingFollow @biblioracle !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); In my early years at Clemson University, every semester I would say the two scariest words students will ever hear, “group project.” It was even worse because this was a technical writing class and I…
  12. The Year of the Leggings

    Blog: Mama PhDThis might be called the year of the leggings. It wouldn’t be the first time, of course. Created in the 1960s, it was a popular fashion trend in the 1980s, and reached a second wave of fame in the last decade, as this article illustrates. Leggings have also always had its critics. Some decry them as deplorable fashion. Others see them as the cause of health problems. More recently, leggings have become a feminist cause. Some middle schools have banned them, leading…