June, 2023

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The Supreme Court Just Blocked Student Loan Forgiveness. Now What?

Robert Kelchen

In a conclusion to one of the most consequential Supreme Court sessions in many years, the Court released an opinion today on the Biden administration’s proposed plan to forgive up to $20,000 in federal student loan debt per borrower. After dismissing one case due to lack of standing from the plaintiffs, the Court voted 6-3 to block forgiveness in the second case (giving standing based on the servicer MOHELA).

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Supreme Court Strikes Down Race-Conscious Admissions

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

In a pair of votes, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down race consciousness in college admissions on Thursday, upending four decades of precedent. The court voted 6-3 against the race conscious practices of the University of North Carolina (UNC) and 6-2 against the practices of Harvard, due to the recusal of Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson The court’s opinion, written by Chief Justice John Roberts, articulated three main reasons that the affirmative action programs at Harvard and UNC violated the eq

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Amy Gutmann’s $23 Million and the Triumph of Cynicism

Confessions of a Community College Dean

The University of Pennsylvania paid its former president almost $23 million in 2021—prompting Jonathan Zimmerman to ask, where is the outrage? In 2006, University of Pennsylvania president Amy Gutmann was photographed at a Halloween party standing next to a student dressed as a suicide bomber. The photo went viral, and Gutmann—who had become president two years earlier—was forced to issue an apology.

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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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More than 40% of today’s online students are previous college stop-outs: report

University Business

A new report exploring the makeup of today’s online students has found that a considerable chunk is first-generation, previous stop-outs or a combination of both. “Voice of The Online Learner” found that half of today’s online learners had previously stopped out of a college-level degree or certificate program (42%) and one-third are first-generation students.

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A People's History of Higher Education in the US?

Higher Education Inquirer

[Editor's Note: What we saw today at the US Supreme Court is horrible but not shocking. The History of Higher Education in the US over the last 4 centuries is worse than horrible--from a People's perspective. In many cases it has been horrifying. Some of it has been documented. Much of it has not. No one has documented the full-length of the terrain.

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We Ask ChatGPT: What Would Be The Most Annoying Songs To Use As A Ringtone For An On-Call Duty Phone?

Roompact

What does the future of AI-based technology hold? We’re doing a little experiment, specifically with the AI chat-bot, ChatGPT. This post is part of a series where we ask ChatGPT interesting, unusual, or just plain fun questions related to residence life and college student housing. All answers were generated by the AI. At the end.

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Supreme Court Rejects Affirmative Action

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Justices deem admissions programs at both Harvard and UNC Chapel Hill to be unconstitutional. This is a developing story. Please return throughout the day for more coverage. The U.S. Supreme Court declared Thursday that the admissions systems used by Harvard University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill illegally violate the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment.

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How Learning Analytics Impacts Higher Education

EdTech Magazine - Higher Education

Analytics have taken hold in modern American society, with so-called Big Data helping to disrupt everything from politics and baseball to the ads you’re being fed on this very browser. Collecting, interpreting and disseminating data is not a revolutionary concept. Yet, as technology has allowed for information to be gathered and digested more quickly and easily, the field of data analytics has grown tremendously, a trend that is expected to continue.

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Digital credentials: Higher education’s new frontier

University Business

Would you use a pitchfork to find a needle in a haystack? It’s a question that Noah Geisel, the micro-credential program manager at the University of Colorado Boulder, asks employers, admissions counselors and all other professionals trying to find the most qualified human among the swaths of faceless applicants—the hay. Currently, too many industry stakeholders are too dependent on the pitchfork, according to Geisel. “It’s a crummy tool,” he quips.

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Banning Affirmative Action Won’t Stop DEI, But It’ll Make it Harder

Paradigm IQ

Today’s Supreme Court ruling striking down affirmative action is, sadly, not a surprise. Over the past few months, as the Court’s decision has drawn cl.

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6 Quotes from Ted Lasso That Speak To Residence Life Pros

Roompact

As we say goodbye to Ted Lasso, we thought it only appropriate we revisit some quotes from the show. There’s a reason why this show is so popular, particularly among student affairs and residence life folk, it speaks to our authentic hopes and wishes for our students and the values we try to uphold in.

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Report Describes Pandemic Impact on College Choices of the COVID Cohort

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

The high school class of 2023 had an experience that was inevitably shaped by COVID-19. The pandemic hit when they were freshmen and many students endured over a year of remote learning, with limited access to school counseling services and extracurricular activities. Now, as the COVID cohort graduates and gets ready for higher education, a new report shows how the pandemic affected their college and career choices, both positively and negatively.

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Dissolving a DEI Office to Save DEI

Confessions of a Community College Dean

The University of Arkansas is reallocating all DEI staff and resources to other campus offices. Is it a capitulation to right-wing demands or a savvy defense tactic? Lawmakers in Florida, Texas and Ohio have passed bills this year requiring their public institutions of higher education to dismantle diversity, equity and inclusion offices. The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville didn’t wait on legislative mandates; last week, the university dissolved its DEI division on its own.

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30 Higher Ed IT Influencers to Follow in 2023

EdTech Magazine - Higher Education

Higher education IT departments have proved invaluable during the past three-plus years of upheaval, navigating uncharted waters to implement full-scale remote learning, support a mountain of on-campus technologies and push back against a rising wave of cyberattacks. Even employees considered outside the traditional IT world have become immersed in technology as digital learning offices popped up on campuses across the country to help get faculty up to speed to embrace the modern learning styles

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Minority enrollment at these flagship universities underwhelms compared to state population gains

University Business

Black and Hispanic student demographics at flagship universities whose states have long banned affirmative action have plateaued in the last decade, despite those demographics’ populations increasing substantially in that same period. While the Supreme Court is readying to strike down affirmative action nationally, universities that have leveraged race-based admissions are concerned about how Black and Hispanic enrollment might fare.

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Texas A&M Today: New Department Of Hospitality, Hotel Management And Tourism Approved At Texas A&M

Hanover Research

The new department will offer three new undergraduate degree tracks in hospitality, hotel management and tourism. Hanover Research projects employment in hospitality and hotel management over the next 10 years to grow 6.3% nationally and 17.2% in Texas. The post Texas A&M Today: New Department Of Hospitality, Hotel Management And Tourism Approved At Texas A&M appeared first on Hanover Research.

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We Ask ChatGPT: What are the Similarities Between Drag Queens and Resident Assistants?

Roompact

What does the future of AI-based technology hold? We’re doing a little experiment, specifically with the AI chat-bot, ChatGPT. This post is part of a series where we ask ChatGPT interesting, unusual, or just plain fun questions related to residence life and college student housing. All answers were generated by the AI. At the end.

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Dr. Valerie Kinloch Appointed President of Johnson C. Smith University

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Dr. Valerie Kinloch , will become president of Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU), effective Aug. 1. Dr. Valerie Kinloch and Trustee Steven Boyd Kinloch is currently the Renée and Richard Goldman Dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Education. She previously was associate dean and professor at The Ohio State University; assistant professor of English Education at Columbia University; and assistant professor of English at University of Houston-Downtown.

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Supreme Court Blocks Biden’s Debt-Relief Plan

Confessions of a Community College Dean

The 6-to-3 decision stops the Biden administration from moving forward with plans to forgive up to $20,000 in student loans for eligible Americans. The Supreme Court’s decision striking down President Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan is “devastating” for millions of borrowers and likely will further complicate plans to restart student loan payments in two months, advocates said.

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Data Governance in Higher Ed is Critical. Here’s How to Achieve and Sustain It.

EdTech Magazine - Higher Education

If college applicants and potential teachers have anything in common with current students and tenured professors, it’s this: They’re one more piece of data in an ever-growing mountain of it. There was a time when higher education data was largely limited to things like enrollment numbers, demographic information and revenue.

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Know who you enroll: the 6 traits of the upcoming college student

University Business

High school students molded by the pandemic are rejuvenated to experience an in-person college experience again. However, they expect institutions to be digitally literate, deliver outcome-oriented degrees, and provide resources that compensate for the growth they were deprived of when quarantined. These are some key takeaways EAB gathered in their latest meta-report that creates a comprehensive picture of higher education’s future college cohort: “Gen P.” It draws from convers

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Renaissance: The Role of Succession Planning in Diversifying the American College Presidency

Higher Education Today

By Ashley L. Gray The 2022 release of Renaissance, Beyoncé’s seventh solo album, took the world by storm. In “Break My Soul,” Beyoncé’s lyrics, accompanied by Big Freedia’s call for us to “release,” express the need for releasing the way things have been done in all spheres of life. Within higher education, the true diversification. Read more » The post Renaissance: The Role of Succession Planning in Diversifying the American College Presidency appeared first on Higher Education Today.

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ResEdChat Ep 33: Keith Edward’s New Book, “Unmasking: Toward Authentic Masculinity”

Roompact

In this episode of Roompact's ResEdChat, Crystal sits down with Keith Edwards to discuss his new book, Unmasking: Toward Authentic Masculinity. "Based on more than fifteen years of research, Keith E. Edwards, PhD, illuminates men’s masking, unmasking, and becoming to help men develop their own authentic masculinity. He also shares strategies to help us all better engage the men in our lives with empathy, reach them with compassion, effectively hold them accountable, and help them to become the m

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Dr. Badia Ahad Named Dean of Oxford College at Emory University

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Dr. Badia Ahad will become dean of Oxford College at Emory University, effective Aug. 1. Dr. Badia Ahad Ahad is currently vice provost for faculty affairs and professor of English at Loyola University Chicago. “I think my most important role as dean will be to ensure that students, faculty and staff have the tools and the resources that they need to be and to do their best,” Ahad said.

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Is College Worth It? Recent Analysis Says Yes

Confessions of a Community College Dean

The analysis shows that about 80 percent of colleges provide a “minimum economic return” that makes an undergraduate degree worth the investment. College degrees have historically been known as a primary path to economic mobility, but when the value of a degree is based on the institution awarding it—and on demographics such as race, gender and income level—the financial feasibility and the return on investment isn’t always guaranteed.

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CFO Dive: Inflation, Talent Shortages Undercut Finance Team Efficiency: Report

Hanover Research

Conducted in partnership with Hanover Research, the survey included responses from 519 senior finance and accounting professionals across North America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The post CFO Dive: Inflation, Talent Shortages Undercut Finance Team Efficiency: Report appeared first on Hanover Research.

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Here is every state’s most LGBTQ-friendly college

University Business

BestColleges , in partnership with Campus Pride , has mapped out each U.S. state’s most LGBTQ-friendly college for students in light of Pride Month. Four of the state’s most LGBTQ-friendly colleges also feature on BestAccredited Colleges’ top 10 LGBTQ-friendly college ranking. The University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, Ithaca College, Kansas State University and University of New Hampshire are among them.

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Lessons from the fusion classroom

Teaching Matters Online Learning

In this post, Alex Penland speaks from their experience as both student and educator on how the fusion classroom innovatively fosters adaptability. Alex is pursuing a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Edinburgh and working as a Teaching Assistant for the Edinburgh Futures Institute.

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Sashay Away: A Long Time On-Campus Housing Professional Packs His Bags

Roompact

I wasn’t supposed to live on campus originally. I had checked a box when I applied to the state institution 15 minutes down the road from my parents as a senior in high school. That checkmark could have very well shaped the next two decades of my life. Little did I know that by checking.

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Oregon Higher Ed Commission Approves Student Success-Centric Funding Model for Community Colleges

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Oregon is changing how $550 million-plus in annual local and state taxpayer funding will be distributed to the state’s 17 community colleges. Ben Cannon This new approach – approved by Oregon’s Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) – is a student-focused distribution model that allocates a portion of money to support Oregon’s community college student success and equity.

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DeSantis Challenges Constitutionality of Accreditation

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Higher education lawyers and advocates say the lawsuit is more about politics than a serious legal challenge—though others say it makes a compelling case. For 58 years, the accreditation system of higher education has stood, enshrined in federal law and reaffirmed with each reauthorization of the Higher Education Act of 1965. Now, a federal lawsuit from the state of Florida is looking to upend that entire system, which is a key part of the federal accountability system that helps to determine wh

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Nourishing Hearts and Minds: Academic Advisors at Marshall University Give Back to Students by Donating to the Campus Food Pantry during the Second Annual Academic Advisor Summer Retreat.

NACADA

Almost half of all college students in the United States are food insecure. The struggle of food insecurity is real at Marshall University and in the Huntington community. A service project at a recent retreat for Academic Advisors brought together a group of individuals dedicated to making a positive impact. With the goal of addressing food insecurity on campus and in the community, the retreat organizers planned a food donation drive.

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Only 7 U.S. universities make THE’s sustainability impact rankings’ top 100 list

University Business

When it comes to academia, no other country holds a candle to colleges and universities in the U.S. However, one ranking seems to have discovered this country’s weak spot: sustainability. The 2023 Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings assesses universities worldwide for their commitment to sustainability efforts in research, stewardship, outreach and teaching based on metrics provided by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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How Drexel and Saxbys Partnered to Boost Experiential Learning

EAB

Podcast How Drexel and Saxbys Partnered to Boost Experiential Learning Episode 155. June 20, 2023. Welcome to the Office Hours with EAB podcast. You can join the conversation on social media using #EABOfficeHours. Follow the podcast on Spotify , Google Podcasts , Apple Podcasts , SoundCloud and Stitcher or visit our podcast homepage for additional episodes.

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A ResLife Supervisor’s Guide: Preparing for Performance Evaluations

Roompact

This post is part of a three-part series on starting a supervisory relationship in residence life. Following a chronological timeline, this series is broken up into three parts: The Beginning: Staff Performance Begins with YouThe Middle: A ResLife Supervisor’s Guide: Managing Performance Through InquiryThe End: Preparing for Performance Evaluations The end of the year has.

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Report Suggests Reforms if Supreme Court Strikes Down Affirmative Action

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

In as little as two days, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to deliver a devastating verdict to advocates of affirmative action. Although the exact scope of the decision can’t be known, it seems clear that the court’s conservative majority will strike down the consideration of race in admissions. Now, Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce has released a report on the potential impacts of the decision and how higher ed and governments can react.