August, 2023

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Recent partnerships among colleges showcase how to beat being small

University Business

Leading up to the new academic year, colleges and universities have signed numerous partnership agreements of different shapes and sizes to meet the country’s workforce needs, particularly in healthcare. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce estimates that 1.9 million fewer Americans are working today than a month before the pandemic started. Early retirement, low immigration rates and employees quitting after the Great Resignation have created such a delta that even if all 5.9 currently unemployed

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Guiding the Way: Mastering Effective Reporting to Leadership

Campus Sonar

“We report quarterly, but no one really gives feedback.” “Our information goes into an annual board report, and we’re not sure if anyone even reads it.” “We work hard, but don’t always feel seen.” “We have a new leader coming in and want to position our team’s value effectively.” We hear comments like these all the time, and campus communicators are genuinely concerned their efforts are lost in the sea of competing priorities.

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Howard University Undergoes Home Restoration of Civil Rights Activist Mary Church Terrell

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Using a grant from the U.S. National Park Service, Howard University is restoring the home of civil rights activist Mary Church Terrell. This endeavor was funded by an African American Civil Rights (AACR) grant from the National Park Service’s Historic Preservation Fund, which has given out more than a total of $2 billion in historic preservation grants since 1977.

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Ex-Tory MP threatens to sue Cambridge University over slavery research

The Guardian Higher Education

Student says he has been pressured to remove a reference to Antoinette Sandbach, a descendant of a slave merchant The former Tory MP Antoinette Sandbach has threatened the University of Cambridge with legal action after a historian named her as a descendant of merchants who enslaved his ancestors. Malik Al Nasir, a third-year PhD history student at St Catharine’s College, has spent the past 20 years exploring his family’s history of slavery and the wealth that was built from those who enslaved t

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CCS Introduces Reenvisioned Studio Art & Craft Program

College for Creative Study

In an effort to provide a more versatile student experience and continue the College’s tradition of relentless creativity and making, the College for Creative Studies (CCS) is introducing Studio Art and Craft. The College for Creative Studies (CCS) is pleased to announce the reimagined Studio Art and Craft program. This new program, rooted in CCS’s tradition of making, combines the former Art Practice and Craft and Material Studies majors to emphasize the development of creativity and critical t

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Who Is Winning the Generative AI Race? Nobody (yet).

eLiterate

This is a post for folks who want to get past the hype of generative AI and learn about how recent developments may affect them as people interested in EdTech who are not necessarily technologists. The tagline of e-Literate is “Present is Prologue.” I try to extrapolate from today’s developments only as far as the evidence takes me with confidence.

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Beyond the trend: 3 ways to build your social media strategy amid emerging platforms

University Business

“We’re going to ride the wave and see what happens.” This was an intriguing response from one of Primacy’s higher education clients when discussing the possibility of adopting Meta’s latest social media platform, Threads. It’s a sentiment that captures the challenge many higher education institutions face today: How do we harness the potential of new social platforms while ensuring a well-founded strategy that increases awareness and aids in engagement?

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Webinar: Mental Health Equity on Campuses Requires More Extensive Work

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

It’s not enough to make statements. It’s not enough to create working groups. It’s not enough to pay attention to only some parts of the larger problem. When it comes to improving mental health equity on college campuses, more work just needs to be done, mental health experts said during a webinar Wednesday. (left to right, top to bottom) Dr. Shawnté Elbert; Dr.

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Union Institute & University Mired in Financial Woes

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Union Institute has been missing payroll and rent payments at facilities in Ohio and Florida. University leaders have offered little reassurance or recourse as employees fear a potential closure. Union Institute & University is in dire financial straits. The nonprofit online institution has been locked out of its headquarters in Cincinnati and faces eviction from its center in Florida.

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K-12 Education: Design Strategies for Successful Magnet Schools

Clark Nesxen

Magnet schools emerged on the K-12 scene as early as the 1960s to establish a public education option that met multiple goals: attracting a diverse student body from across a school district, supporting students with specific interests, and offering equitable opportunities resulting in high levels of academic success. Today, over 4,300 magnet schools educate more than 3.5 million students nationwide, according to Magnet Schools of America.

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AI Streamlines University Contact Center Operations

EdTech Magazine - Higher Education

It was the kind of problem that most colleges and universities would love to have. A few years ago, the Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. School of Business at Purdue University, then known as the Krannert School of Management, was struggling to keep up with inquiries from prospective students interested in learning more about its programs. “The first issue was the volume of emails we were getting and the time it took to answer them,” says Dan Gaines, associate director of marketing and analytics at the

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How 2 of higher ed’s most challenging trends are causing pain this fall

University Business

While every college and university has unique challenges, broad trends inevitably develop, forcing higher education leaders to deal with their implications collectively. Two macro trends nationwide seem no more consequential than continuing political interference in higher education practices and downward trending enrollment. Higher ed has been dealing with declining enrollment for over a decade; since undergraduate numbers hit their peak in 2010, enrollment has fallen by almost three million.

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How MSU Saved Millions Without Cutting Faculty or Programs

EAB

Podcast How MSU Saved Millions Without Cutting Faculty or Programs Episode 163. August 22, 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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Brown University Launches Revamped and Expanded Career Services Center

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Brown University has launched a Center for Career Exploration to better prepare students for the modern-day workforce. “Brown students are ambitious and driven, and the Center for Career Exploration will provide them with exciting opportunities to grow personally and professionally while they develop their skills and explore career possibilities,” Dr.

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Southern New Hampshire Shuttering Kenzie Academy

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Only two years after acquiring the coding boot camp, the university cited the rise of AI and increased competition as reasons for the shutdown. Southern New Hampshire University is winding down a coding boot camp two years after acquiring it amid a rise in low-cost competition and the broad adoption of artificial intelligence tools.

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A student’s experience attending the IAD-KNU summer school in Kyiv

Teaching Matters Academic Communities

In this extra post, Ukrainian student Olena Herasymova shares insights into her experience participating in the innovative hybrid summer school↗️ co-led by the Institute for Academic Development and Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv (KNU) in Ukraine. It was the first Ukrainian-British summer school for graduate students of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv.

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Department of Education Fails (Again) to Modify Enrollment Projections

Higher Education Inquirer

The US Department of Education continues to forecast higher education enrollment gains for 2023 to 2031 despite mounting evidence that it will decrease significantly. For several years, graduate enrollment and online courses kept total enrollment numbers from appearing more dramatic. But we cannot expect these ameliorating factors to continue propping up higher ed enrollment.

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College students are still struggling with basic math. Professors blame the pandemic

University Business

Diego Fonseca looked at the computer and took a breath. It was his final attempt at the math placement test for his first year of college. His first three tries put him in pre-calculus, a blow for a student who aced honors physics and computer science in high school. Functions and trigonometry came easily, but the basics gave him trouble. He struggled to understand algebra, a subject he studied only during a year of remote learning in high school.

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Here’s Why You Should Study Abroad in Seoul, South Korea

AIFS Abroad

Doing a study abroad program can be a life-altering experience, and there’s no destination quite like Seoul, South Korea! Can you picture it? You’re living and learning amidst a seamless blend of tradition and innovation, attending a world-class university, and immersing yourself in a rich cultural heritage. Choosing to study abroad in Seoul means you’ll have the opportunity to unlock your potential for academic growth, dive deep into your own personal development, and make unf

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NICK BATES

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Nick Bates Nick Bates has been named director of the Howard Thurmond Center for Common Ground at Boston University. He served as the interim director. Bates holds a bachelor’s degree in criminology and criminal justice and master’s in higher education from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

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‘Dear Colleague’—A Love Letter

Confessions of a Community College Dean

The Biden-Harris administration’s guidance on race-conscious admissions offers hope to affirmative action’s advocates and benefactors—and love, Phelton Moss writes. Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley often describes policy as her “love language.” If she is correct, and the policies and laws we create today are “love letters” we write to the next generation, the most recent letter written by the U.S.

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Designing and leading a hybrid summer school in Kyiv

Teaching Matters Academic Communities

In this extra post, Fiona Philippi and Maryna Zhenchenko reflect on the innovative hybrid summer school co-led by the Institute for Academic Development and Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv (KNU) in Ukraine, which focused on supporting researchers with academic writing.

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Course Sharing: Business Models and the Learning Ecosystem in Action

Higher Education Today

By Louis Soares This is the third piece in a series focused on exploring the concept of a postsecondary learning ecosystem—one that includes not only traditional higher education institutions but also alternative providers that connect learners to the labor market, either independently or in partnership with colleges and universities. Read posts one and two.

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New College of Florida facing a ‘dumpster fire’ start to the academic year

University Business

With the fall semester beginning on Monday at New College of Florida, it’s the start of a new academic year like no other. The new-look Board of Trustees Gov. Ron DeSantis appointed in January ushered in a new era at New College, a shift so dramatic the board ousted its sitting president. But the swath of changes it’s implementing has created a chaotic start to the fall semester.

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Drive Enrollment Growth with First-Gen Pathways to Success: Changing Higher Education Podcast 167 with Host Dr. Drumm McNaughton and Guest Dr. Marielena DeSanctis

The Change Leader, Inc.

8 August · Episode 167 Drive Enrollment Growth with First-Gen Pathways to Success 43 Min · By Drumm McNaughton As higher ed faces enrollment challenges, fostering diverse pathways for first-gen students creates new opportunities for driving enrollment growth. As higher ed nears the looming enrollment cliff , colleges and universities looking to drive enrollment growth must identify more pathways for students to obtain a college degree, especially in the case of first-generation student

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Biden Administration Forgives $72M for Students Misled by Ashford U

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Over 2,300 student borrowers who were ripped off by their online for-profit college will have their loans forgiven, the Biden administration announced Wednesday. The relief will go to students of Ashford University in California, and totals $72 million. “My administration won’t stand for colleges taking advantage of hardworking students and borrowers,” said President Joe Biden in a statement.

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St. Norbert Trustee Sues Grad for Defamation

Confessions of a Community College Dean

A former administrator was accused of mishandling sexual assault issues at St. Norbert College. Now he’s a trustee and suing a graduate who publicly criticized his leadership. A former administrator who is now a trustee at St. Norbert College is suing a graduate for allegedly defaming him in 2018 while criticizing his response to sexual assault on campus.

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Wading through the weeds: The necessity of mentorship in an interdisciplinary environment

Teaching Matters Academic Support

In this post, Zhi Kang Chua, a postgraduate student at the Edinburgh Futures Institute↗️ highlights the value of mentorship and shares his reflections engaging with the contemporary city spaces through fieldwork.

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What Happens Next? Pursuing Racial and Ethnic Diversity with Race-Neutral Admissions

Higher Education Today

Title: Race, Elite College Admissions, and the Courts: The Pursuit of Racial Equality in Education Retreats to K-12 Schools Authors: Anthony P. Carnevale, Peter Schmidt, and Jeff Strohl Source: Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy Center on Education and the Workforce The implications of disallowing the consideration of race in college admissions are significant.

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Higher ed may see its first HBCU reach R1 status thanks to this grant

University Business

As it currently stands, no HBCU fits the bill for R1 status, a Carnegie Classification rank that every research institution aspires for. Only 146 colleges and universities—less than 4% of all higher education institutions—have reached this pedestal. But that could all change thanks to a new opportunity announced by the U.S. Department of Education called the Development Infrastructure Grant Program (RDI).

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How to Build Belongingness to Boost Student Mental Health

EAB

Podcast How to Build Belongingness to Boost Student Mental Health Episode 160. August 1, 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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New Scholarship Program for Nontraditional Students

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University has partnered with The Bernard Osher Foundation to create The Osher Scholarship Program at North Carolina A&T State University. This program is designed to support nontraditional students who are working on a degree. The Osher Foundation has committed to a $50,000 bridge grant and a $1 million endowment in support of Osher Reentry Scholars.

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Student Views on the College Experience

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Learn what boosts and limits student participation in campus extracurriculars and events in this preview of findings from the newest Student Voice survey. Hint: timing and location of events matter, as do advertising and promotion. Three in 10 students spend zero hours per week on extracurriculars, clubs or groups such as student government. On the upside, half of students spend one to five hours weekly on these activities, and the rest spend more, according to the newest Student Voice survey on

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Ethical Considerations in Using ChatGPT in Colleges and Universities

Higher Ed Ethics Watch

Give Credit Where Credit is Due I’m always on the lookout for articles about the use of ChatGPT, especially as it pertains to ethical behavior. I recently read an instructive piece on the Educate Wiser website. In it, the author points out some of the limitations of ChatGPT that include: Generating inaccurate or unreliable information. Reflecting biases that are present in the text it has been trained on.

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Understanding the Impact of Industry-Led Partnerships With Higher Education Institutions

Higher Education Today

Title: Mapping the Opportunities: How Industry-Led Public-Private Partnerships Are Engaging Postsecondary Institutions to Benefit Employers, Postsecondary Institutions, and Students Authors: Alexandria Walton Radford, Helen Muhisani, Kathy Hughes, Jasmine Howard, and Lauren Mason Source: American Institutes for Research (AIR), Center for Applied Research in Postsecondary Education Strengthening student success and maximizing return on investments (ROI) for.

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Harsh penalties approved for Florida state college employees who use restrooms that don’t correspond with gender assigned at birth

University Business

Under the new rules approved Wednesday, staff and faculty at Florida colleges can be fired if they use a restroom for a gender that does not correspond with their gender assigned at birth. Employees may also face a verbal and written warning and suspension without pay as penalty for a first offense. Colleges will be forced to fire employees after a second offense, according to the new rule’s text.

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Mastering Google Snippets for higher education websites - Part I

Terminalfour

This week, in Part I of this article, we’re diving into how universities and colleges can use Google Snippets to showcase your content, engage with prospective student audiences, and boost traffic to your website.