March, 2024

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Higher Ed Workers Seek to Coordinate Nationally

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Higher Ed Workers Seek to Coordinate Nationally Ryan Quinn Tue, 03/26/2024 - 03:00 AM A group called Higher Ed Labor United is trying to overcome the silos that divide unions and keep them from working together against the many threats to colleges and universities.

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Report: English Majors Employed at Comparable Rates, Educators Can Do More to Prepare Students for Careers

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

College students who graduate as English majors actually find jobs at about the same rate as those who major in other subjects, according to a recent report commissioned by the Modern Language Association (MLA). Dr. Paula Krebs Report on English Majors’ Career Preparation and Outcomes draws on findings from a number of different sources, including the Hamilton Project, the National Humanities Alliance, the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce, and Humanities Indicators.

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NextGen Higher Ed: 15 Women Shaping the Future of Marketing and Communications

Dr. Josie Ahlquist

A new generation of women is poised to lead the charge in the ever-evolving landscape of higher education marketing and communications. This post spotlights 15 remarkable women who are the next wave of higher ed marketing and communications leaders. We sought out women in all pockets of marketing and communications at the director level and below.

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Britain’s universities are in freefall – and saving them will take more than funding | Gaby Hinsliff

The Guardian Higher Education

Fundamental restructuring must happen, along with an honest debate about what – and who – higher education is really for Imagine a beach before the tsunami. Out at sea, the wave is gathering force, yet on the sand people are still sunbathing, blissfully unaware. That’s how it feels, one professor tells me, to be working in higher education. Academics by their nature don’t look outwards much, he argues, so not all have registered the risk to their profession.

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English majors earn similar salary earnings, life quality than other degree holders, report

University Business

Despite questions around the value of an English degree, graduates who earned one were found to possess similar rates of life satisfaction, peak salary earnings and unemployment rates to non-English degree graduates, according to a recent report by the Association of Departments of English (ADE), a subsidiary of the Modern Language Association. The Report on English Majors’ Career Preparation and Outcomes draws on quantitative data from multiple U.S. government resources and contributions

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Higher Education Institutions Are Using Firewall as a Service to Enhance Security

EdTech Magazine - Higher Education

Cybercriminals are increasingly targeting higher education institutions. Ransomware attacks in the sector, for instance, were up 70 percent in 2023, according to a report from Malwarebytes. And a Sophos survey suggests that the average recovery cost can top $1 million per incident. In recent years, as cyberattacks have become more nuanced, the firewall technology that colleges and universities use to prevent them has also evolved.

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University of Kentucky President Proposes to Strip Faculty Body’s Power

Confessions of a Community College Dean

University of Kentucky President Proposes to Strip Faculty Body’s Power Ryan Quinn Thu, 03/28/2024 - 03:00 AM Eli Capilouto released a “draft of principles” Wednesday that would dissolve the University Senate and replace it with an advisory group.

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Raising the Bar for Multilingualism and English Learners Through a Re-Imagined National Professional Development Program (NPD)

Ed.gov Blog

The U.S. Department of Education Invites Applications for NPD Competitive Grant By: Beatriz Ceja, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) and Loredana Valtierra, Policy Advisor, Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development (OPEPD) The need for bilingual and multilingual teachers is critical more than ever, as over five million of our public-school Continue Reading The post Raising the Bar for Multilingualism and English Learners Through a Re-Imagined Na

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Reddit IPO Implications for Higher Ed Leaders Seeking to Rebuild Trust

Campus Sonar

Reddit filed to go public on the New York Stock Exchange last month, and I paid close attention. Its prospectus highlights the impact the anonymous forum site has on public trust—and how higher education leaders can leverage the insight within its 17 billion posts and comments to rebuild trust and inform a proactive, audience-centric market strategy.

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The 4 trends shaping the admissions process in 2024, per report

University Business

The college admissions process has endured some notable changes recently thanks to the rise of AI and the Supreme Court decision ruling on affirmative action. Couple that with higher staff turnover and college recruitment challenges, colleges and universities must be ready to adapt to continue reeling in talented and diverse cohorts of students. Thankfully, admissions management service Acuity Insights has identified some key trends shaping the landscape this year and some of the best practices

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What Software Asset Management Programs Do for Higher Education

EdTech Magazine - Higher Education

It was once a daunting task to manage thousands of student, staff and faculty devices in higher education. It became even more difficult as colleges embraced hybrid learning and remote work, introducing personal devices into the mix and allowing work across multiple time zones and platforms. For IT departments, this presented a multitude of challenges and security concerns, not to mention drain on manpower.

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Virginia Officials Scrutinize Two Universities’ DEI Course Syllabi

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Virginia Officials Scrutinize Two Universities’ DEI Course Syllabi Ryan Quinn Mon, 03/18/2024 - 03:00 AM A spokesman for Governor Glenn Youngkin invoked concerns about “core curriculum mandates that are a thinly veiled attempt to incorporate the progressive left’s groupthink.” Two universities’ diversity education initiatives may be in peril.

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Time for Action on Off-Campus Housing

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Want to surprise a college-bound student? Tell them that just 16% of all college students live on campus. Let them know that the high price of rent is one of the leading contributors to student debt, and that nearly one in two undergraduates struggles with housing insecurity while in school. Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab They’ll probably express concern, wonder why colleges aren’t mentioning this, and get confused when they find little information about affordable off-campus housing on school websites.

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Home Office efforts to stop abuse of care worker visa system inadequate, leading to ‘shocking’ abuse, says watchdog – politics live

The Guardian Higher Education

Former chief inspector of borders says Home Office does not appear to have identified any lessons from ‘this debacle’ In interviews this morning Gillian Keegan , the education secretary, admitted that special educational needs provision was in crisis, Ben Quinn reports. Universities in England could be told to terminate their arrangements with foreign countries if freedom of speech and academic freedom is undermined, the government’s free speech tsar has said.

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‘To diary or not to diary’? – lessons learned from the SRHE workshop ‘Using Diary Method in Social Research’

SRHE

by Panagiota (Peny) Sotiropoulou At the beginning of February 2024, I attended the in-person workshop on Using Diary Method in Social Research , organised by the SRHE and facilitated by Dr Emily Henderson, Dr Zoe Baker and Dr Ahmad Akkad. Figure 1: Dr Zoe Baker presenting a group task during the workshop As a reflective, life-long learner, I think there is no bigger satisfaction than sharing lessons learned from attending professional development opportunities like this with a wider audience.

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Agitating my three arms and legs: Being a mother and PhD student

Teaching Matters Academic Support

A delicate dance between parenthood and PhD pursuit – Joséphine artfully shares lessons learned from finding balance amidst challenges, unveiling the boundless depths of love and resilience of the human spirit. Joséphine Foucher has recently completed her PhD in Sociology and her internship as Deputy at Teaching Matters.

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How to build more flexible academic pathways for the changing college student

University Business

Students need more reassurance than ever from higher education that skills acquisition from a college or university is well worth it. Some institutions are discovering that the best way to build students’ confidence is by providing them with experiential learning quickly and the ability to switch gears into other avenues as they continue to evolve as rapidly as the world around them.

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Low Grade? Arizona Bill Would Let Students Allege ‘Political Bias’

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Low Grade? Arizona Bill Would Let Students Allege ‘Political Bias’ Ryan Quinn Tue, 03/12/2024 - 03:00 AM Legislation that’s near passage in Arizona would create a “grade challenge department” for public universities. It could force professors to change students’ marks.

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Bill to Codify Postsecondary Student Success Grants Met with Support and Criticism from Scholars and Advocates

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Legislators are looking to enshrine the Postsecondary Student Success Grant (PSSG) program, a student outcomes-centered federal effort, into law through new legislation this March. Although the effort has received support generally, some higher ed scholars and advocates have levied some criticisms and concerns about it. Dr. Jhenai Chandler The Postsecondary Student Success Act – a bipartisan effort that seeks to solidify the ongoing existence of the grant program, which gives funds to higher ed

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New Scholarships at PUC 

PUC

PUC offers many scholarships based on academic performance, leadership experience, test scores, athletic ability, artistic aptitude, and more! Check out our four new scholarships: Pioneer Promise Scholarship – Grant Varies We want all students to be able to receive a high-quality Christian education. PUC offers a full-tuition scholarship for four years to all students of high character, quality, and financial need.

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Three Reasons Why I Chose Hope College

Hope College Network

When I walked onto Hope’s campus the summer before my senior year of high school, I could feel it was different than the other schools I’d toured. Despite my wonderful visit, it took me until spring break of my senior year to officially commit to Hope. When I finally came to this decision, my mom told me she’d known I would pick Hope all along. “I could tell by the way your eyes lit up on the first tour,” she said, “that this would be it for you.” Still,

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NYU’s Alternate Pathways to A Top-Tier Degree – Part 2: Changing Higher Ed podcast 198 with host Dr. Drumm McNaughton and guest Dr. Douglas Harrison

The Change Leader, Inc.

New York University's School for Professional Studies continues to break new ground in democratizing access to elite education, with a keen focus on serving first-generation and low-income students. Building on the momentum of innovative educational strategies, Part 2 dives into the further evolution of NYU’s commitment to meeting the multifaceted needs of today's learners.

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Performance-based funding: The new normal or a schtick?

University Business

With public trust in higher education waning and a barrage of reports illustrating the middling outcomes associated with Americans who earn a college degree, state lawmakers are fighting to restore public trust in their institutions by promising to hold them more accountable. An increasingly popular tactic is dangling money over the heads of its two- or four-year institutions—or both—through performance-based funding models.

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Arizona GOP Bill Would Stifle Faculty Power in Governance

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Arizona GOP Bill Would Stifle Faculty Power in Governance Ryan Quinn Mon, 03/25/2024 - 03:00 AM The legislation, nearing passage, would bolster the power of presidents and regents while reducing faculty members to merely “consulting” on governing, academic and personnel decisions.

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Benedict College Names Building After its First Woman President

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

The Benedict College Board of Trustees recently hosted a rededication and naming ceremony for the college’s administration building named in honor of Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis. Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis A. J. Shorter Photography “I am very grateful for the opportunity to lead Benedict College into the next chapter of her storied history,” said Artis, during the March 22 rededication.

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Symplicity Recruit Introduces the Candidate Pipeline Dashboard

Symplicity

All recruiters that we work with would like to be more data-driven but obtaining the data in a way that is easy to interpret is often too difficult and time-consuming. With our latest product release, Symplicity Recruit aims to give university recruiters the data they need to make decisions about their recruiting strategy without needing to manually pull or calculate data.

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Springtime in Holland

Hope College Network

Springtime in Holland is like no other. Don’t get me wrong, I love coming back to school in the fall, and the first snow is absolutely magical. Still, there’s just something about the first few warm days on campus that have a special air to them. Here are my top five aspects of springtime in Holland. 1. Classes Outside One day last week, temperatures got up to about 65 degrees in Holland.

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Cyberattacks on Higher Ed Rose Dramatically Last Year, Report Shows

EdTech Magazine - Higher Education

Higher education institutions were once again inundated by cyberattacks in 2023, according to a report from Malwarebytes, which called it “the worst ransomware year on record” for the education sector. The grim statistics include a 105 percent increase in known ransomware attacks against K–12 and higher education, surging from 129 in 2022 to 265 last year.

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President’s corner: President Elizabeth Davis crunches the numbers on new molds of student support

University Business

With a doctorate in business administration and three years of experience as an auditor for a public accounting firm, Elizabeth Davis honed her ability to walk into any room and assess the situation, ask the right questions and retool a business strategy. Add two decades of academic leadership at Baylor University and nearly ten years at the helm of Furman University and the president is a well-oiled machine. “I think my trustees like it because, as they say, I can understand the numbers,&

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Civil Rights Groups Push Back Against Wave of Anti-DEI Bills

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Civil Rights Groups Push Back Against Wave of Anti-DEI Bills Ryan Quinn Fri, 03/15/2024 - 03:00 AM So far this year, at least five state legislatures have passed bills seeking to curtail diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education. This year’s batch may seep more into the classroom.

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Generation Hope Kicks Off First National Conference

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Roberto J. Rodriguez, assistant secretary for planning, evaluation, and policy development at the U.S. Department of Education delivered the keynote address at Hope 2023 in New Orleans. NEW ORLEANS— Designed to spark new ideas and connections about how to best support student parents nationwide, hundreds of educators, students and community partners gathered in The Crescent City this week for the first national conference of Generation Hope—the nonprofit that provides direct support to teen pare

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NYU’s Alternate Pathways to A Top-Tier Degree – Part 1: Changing Higher Ed podcast 197 with host Dr. Drumm McNaughton and guest Dr. Douglas Harrison

The Change Leader, Inc.

New York University's School for Professional Studies is leading the charge in making top-tier education more accessible and affordable, particularly focusing on creating flexible pathways for first-generation and low-income students. Through the Applied Undergraduate Studies program, spearheaded by Dr. Doug Harrison, NYU is innovating with alternative approaches that recognize the diverse needs of today's students, including the 30-40 million who have "some college, no degree.

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Sadiq Khan pledges new Erasmus-style overseas study scheme for London youngsters

The Guardian Higher Education

City’s mayor outlines ‘internationalist’ vision in manifesto as he bids for third term in May London’s Labour mayor Sadiq Khan is to offer young people studying in the capital a new version of the EU’s Erasmus scheme of student exchanges as part of his bid for a third term. He will unveil plans under which students would receive grants and other help to study and undertake work experience, not just in the EU but other major world cities, with reciprocal arrangements for students from overseas to

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Understanding Gen Alpha, the students of tomorrow

Terminalfour

The next generation will be applying to institutions in just a few years. But what are tomorrow’s students like? Are universities ready for them, and how can you engage with them?

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Today’s strategic planning: Backward design to move an institution forward

University Business

Traditionally, university boards ask their new presidents to begin a strategic planning process upon their arrival at an institution In a desire for the process to be inclusive, sometimes it becomes unwieldy, too broad to be truly actionable or too all-encompassing to provide a clear roadmap for the institution’s next chapter. On the flip side, a less inclusive process often yields critiques of a lack of transparency and a “top-down” process that does not adequately reflect th

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New College of Florida Hires Professor Who Champions Colonialism

Confessions of a Community College Dean

New College of Florida Hires Professor Who Champions Colonialism Ryan Quinn Fri, 03/08/2024 - 03:00 AM The institution’s president has appointed Bruce Gilley—who’s argued that a “European moral revolution” ended Africa’s “endemic slave empires” and said the transgender flag symbolizes mutilating children—to teach.

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Biden Calls for Greater Support of HBCUs, HSIs, and MSIs

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

President Biden addresses Congress on March 7. When President Biden addressed over 32 million viewers for the annual State of the Union (SOTU) last week, he used the occasion to issue a full throttle support for higher education. While speaking on his administration’s accomplishments in his last four years of service, Biden also addressed what he called “the future of possibilities we can build together.

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