July, 2023

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AI Has Arrived in Higher Education. Now What?

EdTech Magazine - Higher Education

The possibilities for artificial intelligence may seem endless — and a little intimidating. But there are already ways that higher education institutions can take advantage of the AI revolution. The groundbreaking release of ChatGPT late last year brought generative AI to the forefront and led to countless opinions, surveys and news stories about how disruptive the tool could be for colleges and universities around the world.

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Anti-LGBTQ+ Policies Are Linked to Depression in Black and Latinx Youth

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

A new study finds that anti-LGBTQ+ policies are linked to depression in Black and Latinx youth in the United States. The study analyzed discriminatory policies, such as “Don’t Say Gay” laws and other indicators that may affect this group and found that LGBTQ+ Black and Latinx youth are more likely to be depressed than their peers in the most LGBTQ+ affirming states.

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Planning for College from the Eighth Grade

Great College Advice

We get a lot of comments and questions about college counseling from our contact form on our website. Many are about my services, some are requests for help on specific topics, and some are just words of thanks or encouragement. But sometimes we get questions that really impress me. Yesterday, a young man in the eighth grade wrote asking very intelligent, well-crafted questions regarding his future plans.

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Online Learning Still in High Demand at Community Colleges

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Online Learning Still in High Demand at Community Colleges Featured Image at Top of Article GettyImages-1243725322.

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How Much Does It Cost To Go To A Housing and Residence Life Conference in 2023?

Roompact

I recently was having a discussion with a colleague about conference registration rates that got me thinking… What do these cost in 2023? (What is the cost of anything anymore in 2023?!) I’m often aware of the conferences I attend, but what about the others? How do they compare to one another? Which are the.

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Top 4 Trends for Experiential Learning in Symplicity CSM

Symplicity

Students are no longer confined to traditional classroom settings but are encouraged to explore their passions through real-world experiences. Last month, Sue Walker, Symplicity’s Client Support Manager , and Bill Heinrich, PhD, Director of Mindset sat down to share major themes in experiential learning right now and how you can plan, execute, and reflect with Symplicity CSM tools.

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Exascale Computing Takes Research to the Next Level

EdTech Magazine - Higher Education

Exascale computing has arrived, offering a new way to help solve some of the world’s most complex problems. The lightning-fast performance of an exascale computer (one quintillion operations per second; “exa” refers to the number’s 18 zeros) has potential in research spaces that require incredibly large amounts of computer processing power. The country’s first exascale computers include Frontier at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Aurora at Argonne National Laboratory and El Capitan at Lawrenc

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The Community Essay for the Common App Supplements

Great College Advice

How do you write the community essay for the Common App? Many college applications require supplemental essays. A common supplementary question asks you to consider and write about a community to which you belong. The definition of community is open to interpretation and can be difficult to pin down. We each belong to a wide variety of communities ranging from our family and friend groups to being members of the global community.

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Racial Comment Inflames Berkshire Conference of Women Historians

Confessions of a Community College Dean

A white woman reportedly said she wished she was Black because it would give her an easier career. The Berkshire Conference of Women Historians is an acclaimed meeting for female historians. It was founded in 1973, and its meetings attract a who’s who of women in the field of history. This year, a racially inflammatory comment by a senior faculty member in women’s history during an opening plenary session on Friday inflamed the meeting.

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‘Affirmative action made us complacent’: Leaders on their back heels get real on equity

University Business

At Wednesday’s National Summit on Equal Opportunity hosted by the Department of Education, presidents, chancellors, provosts, CEOs and secretaries from across the nation heeded Department Secretary Miguel Cardona’s advice to turn this “low point” in higher education into a “turning point.” In light of the Supreme Court’s ruling on affirmative action last month, Cardona reminded the audience that leaders don’t sign up for the challenges that arise u

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Q&A with PUC’s Director of Enrollment, Pauline Cidro 

PUC

Coming from Manila, Philippines, is PUC’s Director of Enrollment, Pauline Cidro. Pauline started working at PUC in 2020 as a part-time enrollment counselor and enjoyed it so much that she continued as a full-time enrollment counselor.

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What Are Bisynchronous Classes?

EdTech Magazine - Higher Education

We are light-years beyond the initial pandemic shift into asynchronous learning in higher education, but we are still trying to identify the trends that work, weed out a few that didn’t and select the best ones to keep for years to come. Now, all eyes are on higher education’s integration of bisynchronous learning, which combines some on-screen, real-time learning between students and the educator with an asynchronous component.

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Jay Gonzalez Appointed First Hispanic President of Curry College

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Jay Gonzalez will become president of Curry College, effective Jul. 31, Milton Times reported. He will be the first Hispanic leader of the school. Jay Gonzalez Gonzalez is currently a partner at law firm Hinckley Allen. He previously has served as president and CEO of CeltiCare Health Plan of Massachusetts and New Hampshire Healthy Families; secretary of administration and finance for Massachusetts Gov.

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Common App Essay Prompt 1: Background, Identity, Interest, or Talent

Great College Advice

Write The Common App Essay Prompt 1 – Background, Identity, Interest, or Talent Common App Essay Prompt 1 reads like this: , “Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.” Essay Questions on the Common App How will you decide whether this is the right prompt for you to address on your Common Application essay?

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As Affirmative Action Ends, HBCUs Wait or Plan for the Fallout

Confessions of a Community College Dean

As Affirmative Action Ends, HBCUs Wait or Plan for the Fallout Featured Image at Top of Article Morehouse.

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With new safeguards rule, cybersecurity programs become even more critical for higher ed

University Business

Federal regulators have enhanced their requirements that colleges and universities have a comprehensive cybersecurity program in place. If they don’t, they may be unable to participate in Title IV programs and award federal financial aid. That is the result of the June 9 effective date for the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) updated rule on safeguarding consumer information, a component of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA).

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CCS Alumna Creates Magic Behind Gov. Whitmer’s Social Presence

College for Creative Study

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has employed many winning strategies to run her multiple successful campaigns, but her ace in the hole might just be her exceptionally strong social media game.

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5 Things Universities Should Know About Continuous Authentication

EdTech Magazine - Higher Education

Continuous authentication is a tweak to traditional authentication methods, turning log-in-at-the-start authentication into more active monitoring. The usual goal is to reduce the security risk from stolen or borrowed credentials or malware-infected workstations. Here are five things to know about this authentication method. 1. What Is Continuous Authentication?

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New Scholarship Program Established for Descendants Of Jesuit And Catholic Slaveholding

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

The Descendants Truth & Reconciliation Foundation has launched a scholarship program in partnership with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) to provide educational advancement opportunities to descendants of Jesuit and Catholic slaveholding in the United States. The Descendants Truth & Reconciliation Foundation was born out of the 2016 discovery that in 1838, the Society of Jesus sold more than 272 enslaved men, women, and children from their plantations in Maryland to plantation o

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3 Company DEI Initiatives Students Care About

Symplicity

A big part of attracting diverse groups of candidates to entry-level roles is being able to demonstrate strong diversity initiatives. Gen Z is not only the most diverse generation entering the job market but also one that strives to hold companies accountable for their commitment to diversity and inclusion (DEI). This past spring, Symplicity Recruit conducted the State of Early Talent survey to find out more about how graduating students approach their job search.

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Stanford Graduate Student Workers Vote to Unionize

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Stanford University graduate student workers who teach and research have unionized, the new Stanford Graduate Workers Union announced Thursday. The National Labor Relations Board said Thursday that, “Of approximately 3,410 eligible voters, 1,639 voted for the union and 38 voted against. Parties have five business days to file objections to the election.

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President’s corner: David Decker embraces tech trends to keep enrollment rolling at Franklin U

University Business

Small- to medium-sized institutions that staunchly support the on-campus-only, semester-based higher education model can see their enrollment dry up as a dwindling cohort of traditionally aged students aged 18-24 flock in droves to big-brand institutions. And in May, Ernst & Young urged university leaders to embrace fully digital modes of learning that prioritize flexibility for today’s digitally native students and to attract new student demographics as the enrollment cliff looms ahea

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Alumnus’ Clothing Line featured in Pop-Up

College for Creative Study

A Detroit native and fashion designer is bringing his unique brand of apparel to downtown Detroit for a limited time.Valdez Hodge will showcase his Dez Delmar line in a newly pop-up shop set up at 1419 Woodward Ave. on the ground floor of The Lofts at Merchant Row building.

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How Backup as a Service Protects Higher Education Data

EdTech Magazine - Higher Education

Higher education leaders know how important data is to a modern university. Digital transformation initiatives are well underway at most colleges and universities, and as these institutions incorporate more digital platforms, they are taking the data gathered by those platforms and using it to gain valuable insights into their students, faculty and staff.

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Association Blends Science and Culture for Hispanics, Native Americans

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

The cautionary advice dispatched by his mentors when Dr. José Vargas-Muñiz was a college student dented his confidence and, on several occasions, tripped him up. Don’t let your hands fly the way so many Puerto Ricans like you do when they’re excited about something. In a professional setting, tell no one that you’re queer. Try to lose your island-inflected speech, they’d suggested.

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Meet PUC Chaplain, Arturo Lopez

PUC

Pastor Arturo Lopez felt God calling him to serve after being baptized at the South San Francisco Latin-American SDA Church in 2009. He received his BA in theology from PUC and with nearly 13 years in ministry, Pastor Lopez is deeply grateful to God for orchestrating a plan for him to serve as a pastor.

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Not All Legacies Meet Admissions Standards

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Three private universities in California say they admitted students in recent years who didn’t meet the institutions’ academic requirements. When competitive colleges are asked about legacy admissions, they generally say that legacy applicants (those who are the children or relatives of alumni) meet the required academic qualifications for acceptance.

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How ‘DEI hysteria’ killed this director’s contract and led to one dean’s resignation

University Business

Last month, former Texas A&M interim dean José Luis Bermúdez celebrated the hiring of an esteemed journalist and experienced academic leader with balloons and a press package. That leader, Kathleen McElroy, would not only have the chance to revamp the university’s journalism program, but she would be doing so at her alma mater. As of Monday, however, Bermúdez has resigned as dean of the school’s College of Arts and Sciences, finding his continuation in the role “a needless distra

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Why customer service matters for community colleges

EAB

Blogs Why customer service matters for community colleges Learnings and recommendations from EAB’s 2023 customer service survey I just talked to someone in registration, and they told me to call you! I’ve retold my story to two other people; can’t you see that I was here yesterday? I just want to be able to do this online—why can’t I do this from my phone?

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How to Build Your Higher Ed Esports Curriculum

EdTech Magazine - Higher Education

There are three ways esports programs can be emphasized in a higher education setting: through competition, community and curriculum. The three prongs represent the wide range of opportunities esports programs offer colleges and universities. And, as we’ve shared before, the most successful institutions find ways to incorporate all three.

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New College of Florida Presidential Search Committee Approved $487,000-$868,000 Presidential Pay Range

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

A New College of Florida presidential search committee has approved a proposed $487,000-$868,000 pay range for its next president, WUSF reported. The move will now go to The New College Board of Trustees for approval. The school’s interim president, Richard Corcoran, a former Florida House speaker and state education commissioner, is being paid a base salary of $699,000.

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Pathologist finds €500,000 ‘floating gold’ in dead whale in Canary Islands

The Guardian Higher Education

Team hope sale of block of rare ambergris, used by perfumers, will help victims of 2021 La Palma volcano When a sperm whale washed up dead on a beach in the Canary Island of La Palma no one imagined a valuable treasure was hidden in its entrails. Heavy seas and a rising tide made it difficult to carry out a postmortem, but Antonio Fernández Rodríguez, head of the institute of animal health and food security at the University of Las Palmas, was determined to find out why the whale had died.

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When Free Speech Collides with Academic Freedom

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Goings on at U of Chicago, and happy retirement to Scott Jaschik. Before I get to the blog post I planned for today, I want to briefly acknowledge the impending retirement of Inside Higher Ed co-founder Scott Jaschik, who announced that he’ll be leaving the site at the end of this month to volunteer and travel.

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Goldman Sachs: HBCUs play central role in Black student excellence

University Business

Goldman Sachs has published a detailed report on how HBCUs can propel Black students toward greater social and economic mobility in a protected environment, despite being underfunded and admitting unprepared high school graduates. The report comes just weeks before the Supreme Court decided to redact affirmative action and the debilitating implications it may have on Black and Hispanic students and society as a whole.

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Supporting diverse graduate career pathways through AI

Higher Education Whisperer

NSW/ACT ACEN Chapter Zoom MeetingGreetings from "Supporting diverse graduate career pathways" at the NSW/ACT ACEN Chapter, and "The Re-Conception of AI and Robotics as Complementary Artefact Intelligence and Augmented Capability" by Roger Clarke at ANU. I am actually sitting in the seminar room at ANU, where Roger is presenting.

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What Is Third-Party Risk, and What Can Higher Education Do About It?

EdTech Magazine - Higher Education

Last month, Progress Software announced that its popular file-transfer tool MOVEit was compromised by cybercriminals. The breach gave the attackers “unauthorized access to the MOVEit transfer database,” putting many large, sometimes sensitive files sent through the platform at risk. For colleges and universities that used MOVEit, including Johns Hopkins University, the attack triggered a campuswide security response.

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A State of Affairs, the Underrepresentation of Minority Community College Trustees

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

There is considerable research generated about African Americans in higher education, specifically faculty. In fact, most studies concerning African Americans have focused on the retention of students or faculty (Wolfe & Dilworth, 2015). Yet there is little research on the underrepresentation of African American community college trustees. While much of the existing research suggests that increasing the number of faculty and administrators of color clearly has a positive effect on educationa