February, 2024

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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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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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Israeli Speaker Canceled, Event Evacuated at UC Berkeley

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Israeli Speaker Canceled, Event Evacuated at UC Berkeley Johanna Alonso Thu, 02/29/2024 - 03:00 AM Tensions between pro-Israeli and pro-Palestinian students escalated Monday night when violent protests shut down a talk by an Israeli lawyer.

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What Do Higher Education Institutions Need to Know About Zero Trust?

EdTech Magazine - Higher Education

Higher education institutions are vulnerable to cyberthreats because of the valuable data they store, including student records, research and financial information. The open nature of academic environments amplifies the risk. Zero trust is a cybersecurity paradigm shift, operating on the principle of “never trust, always verify” instead of assuming that everything behind the firewall is safe.

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AI and plagiarism: Why higher ed must now adjust

University Business

A plagiarism war has erupted since Claudine Gay announced her resignation from Harvard University. After Business Insider suggested Neri Oxman—a prominent MIT grad and wife of billionaire philanthropist William Ackman—had plagiarized in her dissertation, Ackman promised to leverage AI capabilities to review the published work of all of MIT’s faculty, its president and the work of the faculties at other Ivy Leagues. “No body of written work in academia can survive the power of AI searchin

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Meet the Your Place in Space Challenge Winners

Ed.gov Blog

High school teachers across the country worked with their students this past fall to enter the U.S. Department of Education’s (Department’s) Your Place in Space Challenge. The challenge was the first in the CTE Momentum series, which prepares high school students for rewarding careers and increases access to career and technical education (CTE). Through the Continue Reading The post Meet the Your Place in Space Challenge Winners appeared first on ED.gov Blog.

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Are two more-than-halves spurious? Sociopolitical underpinnings behind adoption rates of Generative AI in casualised Higher Education – An actionable critique

Teaching Matters Academic Communities

In this extra post, Vassilis Galanos invites us to reflect on the sociopolitical backdrop behind the fast adoption of technologies like Generative Artificial Intelligence in Higher Education, such as the casualisation of academic employment in a landscape pressured by research excellence frameworks.

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More Than Half of Recent 4-Year College Grads Underemployed

Confessions of a Community College Dean

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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Students Speak: How We Use Artificial Intelligence

EdTech Magazine - Higher Education

College students are the lifeblood of higher education. Everyone in university administration — including in the IT office — knows how valuable it is to truly understand how those students feel, what they want, what they appreciate and what they dislike about their college experience. Our series of student-authored content, which began in 2020 as the pandemic upended our world, aims to help institutions get an unfiltered student perspective.

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Oh, the humanit(ies)! Why integrating the liberal arts and STEM is a win-win for students, institutions

University Business

Bolstered by state and national workforce needs and their promising return on investment, the STEM track represents a gold mine for colleges and universities that want to ensure credentials from their institution are providing students with good job prospects and gainful employment. Meanwhile, the humanities and social sciences are taking a back seat.

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NBA Foundation Teams Up with National College Access and Success Nonprofit to Help Close the Degree Divide in Five Cities

College Forward

ST. PAUL, Minn. , Jan. 30, 2024 / PRNewswire / — College Possible , a pioneering national nonprofit on a mission to boost college access and success by connecting high school and college students with near-peer coaches, today announced the renewal of its successful collaboration with the NBA Foundation. This collaboration between College Possible and the NBA Foundation will focus on helping remove barriers to college access and entry for young people of color and students from low-incom

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Climate Update 2024: Extraordinarily Hot Globally

Higher Education Whisperer

Greetings from the Climate Update 2024 at the Australian National University (ANU) where Genevieve Bell, the new Vice-Chancellor reflected on Nugget Coombs, who took her ten pin bowling. Dr Coombs is better know as one of the founders and early VCs of the ANU.

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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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Indiana Bill Threatens Faculty Members Who Don’t Provide ‘Intellectual Diversity’

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Indiana Bill Threatens Faculty Members Who Don’t Provide ‘Intellectual Diversity’ Ryan Quinn Wed, 02/21/2024 - 03:00 AM One critic says a bill passed by the state Senate would mandate “a system of surveillance and political scrutiny.

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What Are Ghost Students, and How Do They Operate?

EdTech Magazine - Higher Education

The looming enrollment cliff and a slow recovery from pandemic-related enrollment dips have left higher education institutions across the country looking for ways to boost interest and applications from potential students. But not every bump in applications is a positive sign. In fact, the ease with which prospective students can now apply to college — and be accepted — is one of the factors behind a disturbing trend: the rise in so-called ghost students.

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Here are 9 ways higher education can ensure rural America’s long-term vitality

University Business

Rural towns in the U.S. are often stigmatized for their meek economies and decaying industries amid the overwhelming presence of the digitized, globalized and unmistakably urban world that predominates the United States. A comprehensive report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce (CEW) illustrates the resilience of America’s blue-collar region and describes how increased collaboration with higher education can ensure its survival. “Rural Americans ofte

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What is The Future of RDs? – A Need To Shape Our Efforts By A Commitment To Love

Roompact

This blog series features different writers responding to the prompt, “What is the future of the RD position and role?” Guest Post by Sean Watson, Residence Life Professional The role of Residence Directors has been undergoing a transformative and challenging journey, as we negotiate the Great Resignation, an upended employment landscape, and changing expectations for navigating success.

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Faces of PUC: Bailey Stockton

PUC

Memphis, Tennessee, native Bailey Stockton is a double major in pre-law and psychology. After two years at La Sierra University, she felt a strong urge to make a change in her academic journey. At that point, Pacific Union College, which promised a more tranquil and rewarding spiritual environment, came into view.

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Report: Growing Number of College Grads Earn Less Than the Typical High School Graduate

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

While most colleges are producing graduates who go on to earn incomes higher than your typical high school graduate, a sizable portion of them are not, according to a new report from the HEA Group. Michael Itzkowitz “We know the number one reason why students attend college is for greater employability and to obtain a financially secure future,” said report author Michael Itzkowitz, founder and president of the HEA Group.

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Another Wave of Campus Cuts

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Another Wave of Campus Cuts Josh Moody Tue, 02/20/2024 - 03:00 AM Numerous colleges announced or completed plans to cut academic programs or jobs in February. Many of those institutions are in the Midwest—particularly Ohio.

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How Higher Ed Institutions Use Technology to Communicate

EdTech Magazine - Higher Education

No matter the industry, clear and effective communication channels are essential to keeping operations running smoothly. In higher education, for example, enrollment and retention are more important than ever, and staying in touch with internal and external stakeholders is key to attracting and keeping new students. Sharing stories of success, promoting new initiatives and keeping current students and staff engaged can all help in these efforts.

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Community college students are returning to four-year institutions, up nearly 8% since last year

University Business

State and nationwide efforts to tackle student equity and close the gap on access and affordability for all students have cost millions of dollars and have required mass coordination between higher ed stakeholders. The latest enrollment figures for upward transfer students from two-year institutions to four-year institutions illustrate impressive vital signs that their efforts are working.

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The Tories have sucked the joy from the education system. Here are three ways Labour can bring it back | Polly Toynbee

The Guardian Higher Education

Keir Starmer should revitalise Sure Start, focus on children’s happiness – and give a crucial boost to further education Our writers and experts name the pledges Labour must include in its manifesto Children became unhappier in the past decade, according to the annual Good Childhood report. The number of eight to 16-year-olds with mental health problems rose sharply.

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Why One PUC Student Switched from Nursing to Strategic Communication

PUC

When Shannea Minell Santiago was younger, she wanted to be a nurse, which is why she initially chose to attend PUC. That quickly changed halfway through her first year of college. Now, in the middle of her junior year, she’s been majoring in strategic communication.

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Report: Degree Completion Rate Tied to Number of Credits Taken Per Year

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

The number of academic credits a student takes per year has ties to their likelihood to graduate and complete their college journey, a new report from course scheduling company Ad Astra found. Sarah Collins Ad Astra’s 2024 Benchmark Report – released on Feb. 20 – dives into data from its partner institutions to look at potential relationships between access to courses, credits taken per school year, and college completion.

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Transfers on the Rise

Confessions of a Community College Dean

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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How Temple University Created an Artificial Intelligence Policy

EdTech Magazine - Higher Education

When ChatGPT hit the scene in late 2022, we at Temple University knew our community would be looking for guidance. This technology was going to be a disruptor, and we needed to get ahead of the inevitable questions from our faculty and students. We are not IT experts, but in our day-to-day work with educational technologists, we tend to approach IT from a pedagogical angle, so we dived into learning everything we could about generative artificial intelligence and its possible impacts on and uses

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President’s corner: Katherine Frank, the “curator” of today’s most innovative cross-sector partnerships

University Business

University of Wisconsin-Stout Chancellor Katherine Frank has the honor of claiming many “firsts” for her university. As one of only two special mission universities in the Wisconsin system and its designated polytechnic university, Stout has maneuvered onto the cutting edge of workforce development and explored different college pathways for K12 graduates and learners of all backgrounds, thanks to Frank’s thoughtful leadership.

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Team Based Learning Helped with Remote Learning

Higher Education Whisperer

Larry K. MichaelsenGreetings from day 2 of the Team-Based Learning Collaborative Asia Pacific Community Symposium. The keynote today is Larry K. Michaelsen, pioneer of Team Based Learning (TBL). He said that teams formed slower online than face to face, also that technology had provided more options for prework.

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UK professor suffered discrimination due to anti-Zionist beliefs, tribunal rules

The Guardian Higher Education

University of Bristol academic who was sacked after being accused of antisemitic comments wins ‘landmark’ decision A sociology professor sacked by the University of Bristol after being accused of antisemitic comments has won a “landmark” decision that he was discriminated against because of his anti-Zionist beliefs. An employment tribunal ruled that Prof David Miller was unfairly dismissed, and that his “anti-Zionist beliefs qualified as a philosophical belief and as a protected characteristic p

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Achieving the Dream Convening Highlights Student Success

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

ORLANDO— Achieving the Dream (ATD), the national reform network of more than 300 community colleges committed to increasing student success, kicked off its annual convening this week showcasing the powerful narrative of its member institutions. College presidents, senior leaders, faculty and students have come to this year’s conference with the goal of sharing best practices on how they’ve transformed their institutions to benefit students.

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The End of the Dean’s List

Confessions of a Community College Dean

The End of the Dean’s List Johanna Alonso Tue, 02/20/2024 - 03:00 AM Two Ivy League universities recently did away with certain age-old academic honors, arguing they cause unnecessary stress and competition.

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What Can Smart Buildings Do for Higher Ed Campuses?

EdTech Magazine - Higher Education

Everything’s getting “smart.” Higher education institutions are no exception as technology innovators push them into the future by creating smart buildings as part of smart campuses and smart cities. Students are increasingly looking at what technology the universities they are considering bring to the table. To make that happen, university IT leaders are looking for ways to show students just what that technology can provide — for safety, security, accessibility, cost efficiency and sustainabil

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Demand for grad school isn’t going anywhere. How can you reel students into your programs?

University Business

Graduate school isn’t an optional preference for many bachelor’s degree holders—it’s a demand. That’s what a recent report from Spark451, a Jenzabar Company, suggests when it found that 64% of undergraduates who began college between four and six years ago are either enrolled in a graduate program now or are seriously considering taking the next step.

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The crucial role of orientation and transition programs in Australian hgher education

Symplicity

Entering college is a stressful and exciting time for any student. Whether they are a first year student at a big university or small, there is a lot to manage on both the student, parent, and university side. Such programs play a vital role in helping new students acclimate to university life, fostering a sense of belonging, and providing essential information and support.

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Meet my AI alter ego

Higher Education Whisperer

Phillip Parannik, and Finn JohnsonAt day 2 of the Team-Based Learning Collaborative Asia Pacific Community Symposium we have been learning how to create AI characters to be used as tutors, & simulated clients for students. I was very skeptical of the idea, but in a few minutes I created "Tom", a simulation of me, for teaching computer students. I can now retire.

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UNCF Report Examines Black Teacher Pipeline, Offers Best Practices

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

A 40-page report released by the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) reveals that Black teacher scarcity may be attributed to factors including desegregation, racism, and the incorporation of standardized tests that result in Black teachers losing their license. The report, titled “The Heart Work of Hard Work: Black Teacher Pipeline Best Practices at HBCU Teacher Education Programs,” found that teacher certification exams used to screen effectiveness eliminated nearly 100,000 minority teachers in 3