January, 2024

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Getting Your Higher Education Infrastructure AI-Ready

EdTech Magazine - Higher Education

In the world of artificial intelligence, the days before ChatGPT seem like eons ago. Of course, OpenAI unleashed ChatGPT just over a year ago, in late 2022. But the time since has been filled with conversation, consternation, deliberation and a little bit of inspiration, as people around the world grapple with what the future of AI will look like. In higher education, AI might be a fresh topic in some corners of campus, but it’s not so new in others, especially at research institutions.

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Dr. Melvin C. Terrell Educational Foundation Selects Recipients for 2023 Scholarship

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Doctoral candidates Dion T. Harry and Joshua D. Wallace have been chosen to receive the Dr. Melvin C. Terrell (MCT) Educational Foundation’s 2023 MCT Scholarship. The annual scholarship is meant for matriculating students in master’s or doctoral programs in student affairs or higher ed administration-related fields. Dion Harry Harry is a North Carolina State University doctoral candidate studying higher education opportunity, equity, and justice.

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Another ‘Devastating’ FAFSA Delay

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Another ‘Devastating’ FAFSA Delay Liam Knox Wed, 01/31/2024 - 03:00 AM Colleges will not receive applicants’ federal aid information until March. They may be forced to push back commitment deadlines, and the delay could discourage low-income students from enrolling.

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How institutions are leaving money on the table with their alternative credential offerings

University Business

Alternative non-degree credentials are slowly becoming higher education’s hottest learning modality. Enrollment is strong and employer buy-in is promising. However, two reports from UPCEA demonstrate that despite institutions’ increased infrastructure to provide these academic programs, challenges persist—and they’re leaving money on the table as a result.

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Why Sustainable Campuses Aren’t Complete Without Device Recycling

EdTech Magazine - Higher Education

As higher education institutions and their students continue to prioritize sustainability, including over 330 U.S. colleges and universities publicly pledging to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, a focus on recycling is clear — and it can’t be limited to cardboard. University sustainability initiatives also need to emphasize electronics recycling. Between smartphones, laptops, monitors, tablets, printers and more, electronics are inescapable on campuses, and their limited lifecycles can make it

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What is Demonstrated Interest in College Admission?

Great College Advice

More and more, college admissions is becoming a game. The days when kids simply submitted applications and waited for a response based on the merits of their application are long gone. As colleges and universities act more and more like businesses, they demand more than just an application from their prospects. They want demonstrated interest from the student.

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Chapman University’s Transformative Social Media Strategy in Residence Life

Dr. Josie Ahlquist

How can social media strategy make an impact on campus life? Social media platforms provide a vibrant space to share valuable content and ignite discussions that empower and educate — from academic support to life skills in higher education.

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Western Oregon University Adopts New Grading System

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Western Oregon University Adopts New Grading System jessica.blake@… Thu, 01/25/2024 - 03:00 AM D and F grades will be replaced with “no credit” and will not affect students’ GPAs. University leaders say it will raise retention rates; critics say it may lower academic rigor and lead to grade inflation.

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I’m a nobody in higher ed leadership—but I still believe I know what’s right

University Business

State universities in West Virginia have an uphill struggle to resuscitate interest in higher education. Ravaged by a poor economy, declining population and an understated opiate crisis , it has the lowest bachelor’s degree level educated percentage of all 50 states. Due to shifting market needs, President Gordon Gee announced last August that West Virginia University would cut or restructure 32 programs and lay off 169 faculty.

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3 Mistakes Experts Often See in Zero-Trust Initiatives

EdTech Magazine - Higher Education

Colleges and universities undergoing digital transformation rely increasingly on massive amounts of data to propel every facet of their institutions. As that seismic shift collides with today’s rapidly evolving threat landscape, zero trust’s always-on approach to cybersecurity has become a requirement — not just a nice-to-have — for higher ed institutions of all sizes.

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Activist who led ouster of Harvard president linked to ‘scientific racism’ journal

The Guardian Higher Education

Christopher Rufo recommends a newsletter to his readers that has published several supporters of discredited genetics theory Rightwing activist Christopher Rufo has links to a self-styled “sociobiology magazine” that is focused on the supposed relationships between race, intelligence and criminality, and which experts have characterized as an outlet for scientific racism.

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Meet Kyler VanHook: Bible Study & Sabbath School Coordinator

PUC

Junior theology major Kyler VanHook has been the Bible study and sabbath school coordinator for PUC’s Campus Ministries team for two years. He became interested in joining this team after noticing how much he wanted to help with vespers and programs like Week of Prayer.

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Ring The Alarm: A Call to Action for Black Women to Address Wellness in the Academy

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Dear Black women in higher education, 2023 should have been a wake-up call to our community, yet the red flags persist. The untimely deaths of two Black women presidents, JoAnne A. Epps of Temple University and Dr. Orinthia T. Montague of Volunteer State Community College, was a signal to all other Black women in higher education. Now, the death of Dr.

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DEI Spending Banned, Sociology Scrapped in Florida

Confessions of a Community College Dean

DEI Spending Banned, Sociology Scrapped in Florida Josh Moody Thu, 01/18/2024 - 03:00 AM Florida’s State Board of Education imposed new prohibitions on DEI spending at state colleges, following a similar decision for state universities.

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This community college startup may be the prototype for student success

University Business

Community colleges are in dire need of support as more reports convey just how few of their students are succeeding. Some colleges have succeeded in employing mentorship opportunities and finding innovative ways to support their students financially to help boost retention rates. However, the two-year colleges using these tactics are few and far between.

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What Is Zero-Trust Security? Key Principles of the Model

EdTech Magazine - Higher Education

In the face of increasingly intelligent cybercriminals and rising threats, higher education institutions must protect their networks and online environments from attacks. Cybersecurity remains a top priority for higher ed IT leaders, according to InsideHigherEd's "2023 Survey of Campus Chief Technology/Information Officers," report, with 92 percent of respondents noting that they have updated their software to improve their cybersecurity practices within the last 12 months.

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Lunar New Year Celebrations Around the World

Paradigm IQ

Fun fact: the new year isn’t only celebrated on January 1. In fact, there are multiple new years each time the earth revolves around the sun. While most of the world aligns around the Gregorian calendar — the 12 month, 365.

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Faces of PUC: Natalie Nakanishi 

PUC

Natalie Nakanishi is a sophomore psychology and business student from Susanville, CA. She decided to attend PUC for multiple reasons: it was close to home, her sister was here, and her horses could board on campus. Those were the big reasons Natalie decided to come to PUC.

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Harvard Put Its First Black Woman President in the Crosshairs of a Culture War without a Shield

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

President Claudine Gay’s resignation is a thunderclap echoing from the halls of Harvard, leaving a bitter taste of injustice and a deafening silence from those who should be howling in outrage. The president, the first Black woman to lead the institution, stands cast aside, not by her own hand, but by the very forces Harvard claims to oppose: prejudice, cowardice, and a grotesque disregard for basic fairness.

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4 More Colleges Face Civil Rights Investigations

Confessions of a Community College Dean

4 More Colleges Face Civil Rights Investigations Katherine Knott Thu, 01/18/2024 - 03:00 AM The Education Department has now opened dozens of investigations into antisemitic and other bias-related incidents on college campuses since Oct. 7. But resolutions that could lead to changes are expected to take a while.

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These colleges have the highest rates of alumni donations. The top 15 may surprise you

University Business

Colleges are always looking for new ways to increase their alumni’s enthusiasm to give back in a variety of different ways. But at the end of the day, cash is king, and institutions are always ready to accept monetary gifts that can potentially help increase the student experience. Among the 15 colleges in the nation U.S. News & World Report found with the highest number of alumni opting to donate, the average donation rate tripled the national average.

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4 Tips for Third-Party Risk Management in Higher Ed

EdTech Magazine - Higher Education

Outsourcing has been a near-universal strategy for IT teams in every industry, and higher education is no exception. From cloud-based data centers to outsourced call centers, these solutions allow teams to focus on supporting education and leave nonstrategic IT tasks to specialists. Though outsourcing can save your institution money and deliver better service to your users, it also means that players outside of your institution will be handling sensitive data and connecting to your network, maki

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Honoring the Beloved Community: College Possible Milwaukee’s impactful triad of MLK Day service projects

College Forward

In the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr.’s enduring legacy, the College Possible Milwaukee Team rallied together for a day of service. We channeled our collective energy into three meaningful service projects that echoed the ideals of justice, equality, and community impact. As the morning sun cast a warm glow on the winter snow, a dedicated group of College Possible Milwaukee volunteers joined the team at Milwaukee’s Urban Ecology Center.

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Q&A with SA Financial VP Esteban A. Ramirez

PUC

Esteban A. Ramirez is this year’s student association financial vice president. As financial VP, his primary responsibility is serving as the organization’s accountant, overseeing a range of duties essential to its financial management, and a key aspect of his role involves meticulous bookkeeping. Budgeting and consulting constitute integral components of SA’s financial VP.

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HBCUs: Catalysts for Economic Empowerment and Community Growth

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

For over 150 years, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have not only been sites of academic excellence but also powerful economic engines in their local and regional communities, leaving a lasting mark on the nation's landscape. Beyond classrooms and campuses, the impact of HBCUs resonates in various economic and community development initiatives that transcend traditional education boundaries, fostering job growth, workforce development, and training opportunities.

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The Imperative for Workforce Pell

Confessions of a Community College Dean

The Imperative for Workforce Pell Elizabeth Redden Tue, 01/30/2024 - 03:18 PM Anthony P. Carnevale argues short-term Pell Grants are key to fulfilling the decades-old promise of gainful employment. Byline(s) Anthony P.

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Looking to target Gen Z students? Take some notes from your adult learner playbook

University Business

College leaders interested in recruiting traditional-age students may be trying to understand how these cohorts may differ from those who came before them, thanks to disruptions from the pandemic. As reports gather swaths of data to uncover the core tenants of the upcoming college student , one may not need to look any further than the habits of their adult learners as a source of inspiration.

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What Is Cryptojacking, and Why Is Higher Education Being Targeted?

EdTech Magazine - Higher Education

It’s no secret that higher education institutions must continue prioritizing cybersecurity in the face of new and emerging threats. What’s less obvious is which threats to focus on, particularly because not all threats are readily apparent. Cryptojacking is one such threat that’s rapidly emerging, but it isn’t new. While cryptojacking attempts passed the 100 million mark for the first time in 2022, there have been well over 50 million attempts each year since 2018.

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Every year spent in school or university improves life expectancy, study says

The Guardian Higher Education

Analysis also says not attending school is as deadly as smoking or heavy drinking Every year spent in school or university improves our life expectancy, while not attending school is as deadly as smoking or heavy drinking, according to the first systematic study directly linking education to gains in longevity. Using evidence from industrialised countries such as the UK and US as well as developing countries such as China and Brazil, the review found that an adult’s risk of mortality went down b

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What is The Future of RDs? – Adaptation

Roompact

This blog series features different writers responding to the prompt, “What is the future of the RD position and role?” Guest Post by Cynthia Moberly, Residence Life Professional Resident Directors, Hall Directors, Community Coordinators—the list of titles could go on and on, but their work is generally the same: They are full-time professionals that live.

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HBCUs Can Help Reverse the Black College Enrollment Recession

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Over the past decade, Black college and university enrollment has been dropping at alarming rates, declining 22% from 2010 and 2020. We can expect this recession of Black enrollment to continue in the wake of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision removing race as a consideration in college admissions. However, those who seek to create equal opportunity for everyone in America have overcome far greater obstacles before.

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House Investigations of Harvard, Others Mark a ‘Watershed Moment’

Confessions of a Community College Dean

House Investigations of Harvard, Others Mark a ‘Watershed Moment’ Katherine Knott Thu, 01/11/2024 - 03:00 AM Deep-diving probes into antisemitism, plagiarism and university leaders signal a dangerous new era in congressional oversight, experts and scholars say. Some see echoes of McCarthyism.

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This report plays devil’s advocate to the momentum on test-optional policies

University Business

Test-optional policies have become common in higher education. Nearly 2,000 colleges and universities didn’t require SAT or ACT scores for admission this academic year. While it was a rational choice during the pandemic, institutions are slowly moving toward making it the new status quo. The move has left admissions teams to rely solely on GPA as a quantitative metric to aid their decision-making.

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Should Higher Education Consider Cloud-Based VPNs?

EdTech Magazine - Higher Education

While virtual private network technology has been around in one form or another for over a quarter century, many people’s first encounters with VPNs were during the pandemic, when the ability to remotely access secure campus networks became a necessity for people working and studying from home. Post-pandemic, the need for remote access has slowed from its frantic 2020 pace, but hasn’t stopped.

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Newly discovered cosmic megastructure challenges theories of the universe

The Guardian Higher Education

A 1.3bn light year-sized ring discovered by PhD student in Lancashire appears to defy the cosmological principle assumption Astronomers have discovered a ring-shaped cosmic megastructure, the proportions of which challenge existing theories of the universe. The so-called Big Ring has a diameter of about 1.3bn light years, making it among the largest structures ever observed.

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The future of student wellbeing: Insights from the UK Office for Students healthcare report

Symplicity

In November, the UK Office for Students (OfS), in partnership with Nous Group, released it's report on a 10-month project to understand how higher education providers (HEPs) can better engage and work with the NHS and healthcare professionals. Participants from 45 HEPs and 19 regional healthcare providers engaged in monthly meetings to explore the challenges facing this collaboration.

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N.C. A&T Celebrates 64th Anniversary of A&T Four’s Historic Sit-In

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

The 64th Sit-In Anniversary Breakfast and Wreath Laying is set for Feb. 1. The North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University community will gather at the North Carolina A&T Alumni-Foundation Event Center to celebrate the legacy of four A&T freshmen who were keystones in the civil rights movement in 1960 during their sit-in at the downtown Greensboro Woolworth’s lunch counter.