May, 2024

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How Clemson University Students Are Using Artificial Intelligence

EdTech Magazine - Higher Education

Generative artificial intelligence tools are starting to change the world. AI text generators such as ChatGPT and Google Gemini make it easier to complete mundane tasks, and AI image generators such as StarryAI can take an ordinary picture and make it extraordinary. Even Grammarly and Microsoft are getting on board with their own AI text enhancers. What does this mean for education?

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All Is Not Lost

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Casualties of the ongoing FAFSA debacle continue to stack up, even as Federal Student Aid Director Richard Cordray leaves the situation behind. While the U.S. Department of Education works to fix the broken system, it’s time for community college leaders to remind Americans that these important institutions exist. Experts predict that huge numbers of students won’t go to college this fall — we can head that off by reminding them that college decisions need not be made in spring, and no matter wh

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New ChatGPT Version Aiming at Higher Ed

Confessions of a Community College Dean

New ChatGPT Version Aiming at Higher Ed Lauren.Coffey@… Fri, 05/31/2024 - 03:00 AM ChatGPT Edu, emerging after initial partnerships with several universities, is prompting both cautious optimism and worries.

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The University Business Podcast: Why STEM needs the humanities—and vice versa

University Business

Deliberately integrating the humanities into Georgia Tech University’s armada of world-class STEM-based programs is the future of pedagogy at the R1 Atlanta university—and perhaps for all of higher education, says Richard Utz, interim dean of the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts, in this installment of the “University Business Podcast.” Higher education leaders, employers and college students continue to prioritize academic offerings that promise gainful employment and profes

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The US universities that allow protest encampments – and even negotiate

The Guardian Higher Education

While semesters at other schools speed toward a violent close, several universities have sought a more amicable solution For about a week, the cluster of tents raised by students at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, stood in solidarity with Palestinian civilians in Gaza and with students protesting at other campuses across the US. Then, on Tuesday, the tents quietly vanished from the grassy quad at the heart of campus.

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Walking a Path Towards Indigenous Education

Ed.gov Blog

There is a famous phrase amongst Indigenous people about walking in two worlds: one being a path of traditional teachings, and the other being a path in the western world. I’ve related to and reflected on this statement all throughout my educational journey, but especially as I’ve worked to instill Native language & culture in Continue Reading The post Walking a Path Towards Indigenous Education appeared first on ED.gov Blog.

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Wi-Fi 7: What Higher Education Needs to Know

EdTech Magazine - Higher Education

In 2024, Wi-Fi celebrates its 25th birthday with a big announcement: the introduction of Wi-Fi 7. This new generation of Wi-Fi builds upon the existing features of Wi-Fi 6E but includes new components that improve efficiency and the user experience. What Wi-Fi 7 Brings to Higher Education Hybrid and online courses, robotics and virtual reality, and the sheer volume of users on a college campus all make reliable Wi-Fi critical.

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A ‘Great Misalignment’ Between Credentials and Jobs

Confessions of a Community College Dean

A ‘Great Misalignment’ Between Credentials and Jobs Sara Weissman Wed, 05/29/2024 - 03:00 AM Many future jobs won’t require a bachelor’s degree, according to a new report. But institutions aren’t offering credentials in the right fields to meet labor market demand.

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Mergers and acquisitions: Don’t let finances blindside you

University Business

Mergers have become the lifeline for many institutions in the face of financial upheavals that often come as a shock to campus leaders. Such transactions have grown in complexity, too. However, leaders can increase their institution’s lifespan and streamline the acquisition process by following these steps. Over the past several years, we’ve witnessed a dramatic shift in higher education that’s led to a number of financial pressures, like enrollment, for instance.

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I run a university – people like me should be backing students' right to protest over Gaza | Patrizia Nanz

The Guardian Higher Education

The brutal repression of student protests from Amsterdam to Los Angeles is exposing failings at the heart of our universities Across the world, university students have set up encampments to protest against the humanitarian disaster unfolding in Gaza and put pressure on academic institutions and governments. Whatever one thinks of their message and of their requests, their moral indignation in the face of avoidable human suffering is one we should all be able to share.

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Justin Vital Receives DPOY in Cal Pac Conference  

PUC

Captain of Pacific Union College’s men’s volleyball team, Justin Vital, received the 2023-2024 Defensive Player of the Year in the California Pacific Conference. This season, he was named First Team All-Conference, averaged 3.49 digs per set (#1 in conference), and totaled 181 digs in 15 season games. Vital was also Nationally Ranked #3 in digs per set in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

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Higher Ed Institutions Are Enhancing Accessibility with a Variety of Tech Tools

EdTech Magazine - Higher Education

Technological tools, ranging from text-to-speech apps to audio-enhancing receivers, are being used more and more by schools to make content readily available to students with hearing and vision loss. The move to remote learning in recent years has emphasized the importance of creating inclusive learning environments, which has always been a challenging endeavor, says Jason Warner, associate CIO for academic technology services at Southern Methodist University.

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Rethinking DEI in Higher Education: Should the ‘I’ Stand for Integration Instead?

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

As diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts have come under attack, I wonder if higher education leaders shouldn’t begin to evolve the concept before policymakers strip away every tool we have to provide supports for students of color. This attack reminds me of the struggle to protect affirmative action, which was defended at both the state and federal levels for decades; but perhaps in protecting affirmative action, it prevented the field from envisioning the evolution of race-conscious a

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Tenure Under Fire—Again—in North Dakota

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Tenure Under Fire—Again—in North Dakota Ryan Quinn Thu, 05/30/2024 - 03:00 AM Republican lawmakers and a university president pushed a bill last year that would diminish faculty job protections at two institutions. It failed by a hair, but the State Board of Higher Education has taken up the mantle.

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Colleges have a responsibility to support students with intellectual disabilities

University Business

Colleges and universities nationwide continue to grapple with demographic shifts, fiscal challenges and the lasting impacts of the pandemic. Against these larger societal forces, many higher education institutions have focused considerable attention and resources on improving access and affordability for their students. Many institutions are providing new opportunities for adult learners, veterans, international students and other previously underserved populations.

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‘Self-defeating’: senior Tories warn Sunak against clampdown on international students

The Guardian Higher Education

Party members say visa restrictions will damage economy and lead to the closure of already-struggling universities Universities will be plunged into greater financial distress and Britain’s economic recovery dented should ministers proceed with a new “self-defeating” clampdown on international student visas, senior Tories are warning. Vice-chancellors believe a renewed attempt to reduce visa numbers is just weeks away after ministers ordered their immigration advisers to make an emergency assess

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Symplicity Spotlight: Bill Heinrich, PhD

Symplicity

Each and every day, our client managers and implementation managers across the globe help make our clients' day-to-day just a little bit easier so that they can better support students and employers. With a client support team that comes from across the student success spectrum, clients continuously speak to the dedication of our client support team, and at Symplicity want to give them the attention they deserve.

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How Colleges Leverage Data to Retain Students as the Enrollment Cliff Looms

EdTech Magazine - Higher Education

Student performance has always been a key indicator of higher education institutions’ success. Florida International University has been at the vanguard of leveraging advanced technology to improve that performance for the better part of a decade. In 2014, the Florida Board of Governors, the governing body for all of the state’s public universities, adopted changes to the system for funding higher education.

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Setting Our Compass: NCORE Kicks Off Annual Conference in Hawaii

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

HONOLULU— With a focus on paying homage and respect to the land, culture, and people of Hawaii, more than 5,500 higher education practitioners gathered here this week for the annual convening of the National Conference of Race and Ethnicity i(NCORE) in Higher Education. NCORE has morphed into the go-to place for students, faculty, staff, and activists who are concerned about the state of race relations in society in general, and on college campuses in particular.

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Exposing the Inequity of Faculty Counteroffers

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Exposing the Inequity of Faculty Counteroffers jessica.blake@… Tue, 05/14/2024 - 03:00 AM A new study shows that women and faculty of color who receive outside job offers are far less likely than their white, male peers to receive a counteroffer to stay at their current institution.

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Higher ed funding: A look at 2 surprising trends

University Business

Higher ed funding, particularly at the state level, is not going in the direction one might expect at public colleges and universities a few years after the economic turmoil of the COVID pandemic. And neither is enrollment, according to a new analysis that also examines appropriations through the lens of the Great Recession of 2008. The 3.7% growth in funding per full-time student at public institutions in 2023 is just the second time inflation-adjusted education appropriations exceed pre-Great

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‘I see little point’: UK university students on why attendance has plummeted

The Guardian Higher Education

About half the students who got in touch skip lectures, with many ‘disappointed’ with the experience and others forced to prioritise paid work Frances, 19, from Newcastle, had been looking forward to starting a design degree at the university of Northumbria last autumn. By the end of her first semester, however, she had major doubts about having made the right choice.

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Student Carla De Meir Wins Karastan Design Competition and Attends Mohawk Design Summit

College for Creative Study

For the third year, the Mohawk Design Summit brought together retailers and designers to curate the 2025 and 2026 products for the Mohawk, Karastan and Godfrey Hirst brands.

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Universities Harness the Cloud for Digital Archives

EdTech Magazine - Higher Education

Jim Duran came to his job knowing there would be challenges ahead. It was February 2018, and he’d just been appointed director of the Vanderbilt Television News Archive, one of the world’s largest collections of news broadcasts from national networks such as ABC, CBS and NBC. The archive had been growing quickly and steadily since the day it was created in 1968.

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70 Years After Brown v. Board of Education

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Seven decades ago, U.S. civil rights history was made with the Brown v. Board of Education decision. Dr. Ivory A. Toldson When the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled in May 1954 that separate educational facilities between Black students and white students was “inherently unequal," dismissing the concept of “separate but equal” in public education, the nation began the task of desegregating its schools.

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2 Virginia Universities Won’t Require DEI Classes After Governor’s Review, Board Pushback

Confessions of a Community College Dean

2 Virginia Universities Won’t Require DEI Classes After Governor’s Review, Board Pushback Ryan Quinn Mon, 05/13/2024 - 03:00 AM Years-long efforts to create and mandate diversity-themed coursework at George Mason and Virginia Commonwealth fizzled after an unusual intervention by Glenn Youngkin and last-minute actions by board members.

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Higher ed’s hefty price tag forces students to reconsider its value

University Business

Nationwide, folks are reconsidering the need for a college degree. Their reasons have varied over the years, but most people will tell you cost is their greatest barrier to entry in 2024. That’s according to a recent survey from Gallup and the Lumina Foundation, the latest read on Americans’ perceptions of the overwhelming cost of pursuing higher education.

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Labour says early general election leaves many government commitments ‘in the bin’ – UK politics live

The Guardian Higher Education

Bills, including smoking ban for people born after 2009, unlikely to become law before 4 July vote Sign up for our general election newsletter Rishi Sunak is now speaking at an event in Ilkeston in Derbyshire. It is in the Erewash constituency, where the Tory MP Maggie Throup had a majority of 10,606 at the last election. He repeats the claim that a Labour government would cost every family £2,000.

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From CCS Classroom to Disney+ Animation Studio: CCS Assistant Professor of Illustration Betsy Bauer is Defying Time Zones and Training Creatives

College for Creative Study

For most animators, working on a Star Wars series is the ultimate dream. And for CCS Assistant Professor of Illustration, Betsy Bauer it’s a box she can check. Currently working as a color script supervisor at Wild Canary Animation, a sub-contractor of Disney’s Lucasfilm, Bauer also splits her time as a full-time faculty member of the Illustration department at CCS.

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Resilient Higher Education Institutions Adapt to Changing Conditions

EdTech Magazine - Higher Education

In the modern higher education environment, resilience is the key to survival. To be resilient is to be able to stand strong against looming obstacles, face them head-on and quickly recover. At today’s colleges and universities, recruitment and retention challenges will only become more daunting as the 2025 enrollment cliff nears. Institutions must adapt their practices to remain resilient in the face of adversity, students’ changing needs and technological advancements.

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While Some Institutions Choose Police Response, Others Choose to Listen

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Student, faculty, and public protestors come together at Washington Square Park near New York University on April 23, the day after NYU leaders directed the NYPD to arrest over 130 protestors. In the spring of protest, two institutional responses to the encampments of pro-Palestine protestors have emerged: peaceful and non-peaceful. The majority of protesting students are calling for their institutions to disclose their investments and to divest from any funding or connections with Israel, wheth

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AAUP Report Finds ‘Well-Funded’ Right-Wing Attacks on Higher Ed

Confessions of a Community College Dean

More than 150 bills designed to “undermine academic freedom and university autonomy” were introduced in 35 state legislatures across the country between 2021 and 2023, according to a new white paper released by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) on Wednesday. Twenty-one of those bills were signed into law.

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President moves: Recent resignations show 3 reasons why a leader steps down

University Business

Two presidents have been hired at small private colleges in the past two weeks and one leader is choosing to retire after four decades in higher education. The three presidents to step down demonstrate a variety of reasons for making a change: to reengage in academia, pursue other professional opportunities or make way for new leadership during trying times.

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Rishi Sunak faces cabinet backlash over plans to curb foreign student visas

The Guardian Higher Education

Education secretary Gillian Keegan, Jeremy Hunt and David Cameron oppose move, while university leaders warn of economic and cultural impact Rishi Sunak is facing a cabinet revolt over plans to scrap a graduate visa scheme that allows overseas students to live and work in the UK for up to two years after graduation. Under pressure from some on the right of his party to demonstrate that the Tories are tougher on immigration than Labour, Downing Street is considering further restricting or even en

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Report: Increasing Numbers of Community Colleges are Offering Bachelor's Degrees

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

More community colleges in the U.S. are beginning to offer bachelor's degrees in addition to their usual offerings, and many of them serve minority populations, according to a recent report from The Community College Baccalaureate Association (CCBA) and higher ed consulting firm Bragg & Associates Inc. Dr. Debra Bragg According to the report , a CCB college is defined as a school that presently or historically confers mostly sub-baccalaureate degrees – such as associate degrees – and confers

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When Education Fails to Align with the Workforce

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

More than one quarter of all middle-skills credentials and associate degrees offered nationwide are misaligned with the needs of their local labor markets, according to the latest report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce (CEW), " The Great Misalignment." Dr. Zach Mabel, research professor of education and economics at the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.

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Florida A&M Receives Historic $237.75 Million Gift

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Florida A&M University (FAMU) received a $237.75 million gift from the Issac Batterson 7th Family Trust and Chief Executive Officer Gregory Gerami to support student success initiatives and athletics. Gregory Gerami University officials at the historically Black university noted that the donation is nearly double the size of the FAMU Endowment value - $121 million - and represents one of the largest single personal donations to a Historically Black College and University (HBCU). " This gift