October, 2023

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U.S. Bans Most Withholding of Transcripts

Confessions of a Community College Dean

U.S. Bans Most Withholding of Transcripts Katherine Knott Wed, 10/25/2023 - 03:00 AM The Education Department strengthens its oversight of institutions with a sweeping set of rules finalized this week.

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Study: Almost One in Four Undergrads Experienced Food Insecurity

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Significant portions of the college student population have faced food insecurity, according to an analysis of data from the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study: 2020 (NPSAS:20). Dr. Tammeil Y. Gilkerson Evergreen Valley College NPSAS:20 – released earlier this year – offers the first nationally representative data collection about food insecurity and homelessness among U.S. graduate and undergraduate college students, according to Leanne Davis, managing researcher at Education Northwest, a

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Students Outrunning Faculty in AI Use

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Students Outrunning Faculty in AI Use Lauren.Coffey@… Tue, 10/31/2023 - 03:00 AM A new study finds over half of students use generative AI, while more than 75 percent of faculty members do not regularly use the technology.

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Is It “Easier” to Get In If You Apply Early Decision?

Great College Advice

Inevitably, when I visit colleges and sit through their information sessions, a question comes from a concerned parent in the audience asking about the school’s acceptance rate (the number admitted divided by the number who applied) for Early Decision versus Regular Decision. The fundamental question? “Is it easier to get in if you apply early decision?

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School Librarians: One of a Student’s Best Resources

Ed.gov Blog

Educators and students, don’t forget to tap into one of your best resources as you begin this school year…your school librarian! In today’s school libraries, you can find lively, vibrant spaces focused on learning and community. A school librarian provides personalized learning environments and offers equitable access to resources to ensure a well-rounded education for Continue Reading The post School Librarians: One of a Student’s Best Resources appeared first on ED.gov Blog.

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World’s first reparatory justice master’s launches in Glasgow and West Indies

The Guardian Higher Education

Partnership between Glasgow University and University of the West Indies was established as part of a reparative justice programme The world’s first master’s degree in reparatory justice has been launched by Glasgow University, in partnership with the University of the West Indies (UWI), as the global campaign for financial reparations for transatlantic slavery gathers momentum.

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EDUCAUSE 2023: Collaboration Is Key for Flexible Learning Environments

EdTech Magazine - Higher Education

The way higher education institutions think about learning spaces has changed dramatically in the past few years. Today’s college classrooms must do many things at the same time, offering instruction to students in the room, to others participating remotely, to more who will absorb the lesson later and to still another group who may want to gather outside the classroom to go into even more depth.

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Why Puerto Rican For-Profits Are Exempt From New Gainful Rule

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Why Puerto Rican For-Profits Are Exempt From New Gainful Rule Katherine Knott Fri, 10/27/2023 - 03:00 AM Nearly a third of college students in Puerto Rico attend a for-profit institution—but they won’t get the benefit of federal accountability measures.

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Undoing the Grade with Dr. Jesse Stommel

Dr. Al Solano

LISTEN TO THE EPISODE Dr. Jesse Stommel unpacks his book, Undoing the Grade: Why We Grade, and How to Stop In this episode, I interview Dr. Jesse Stommel, Faculty, Writing Program, University of Denver , and co-founder Hybrid Pedagogy & Digital Pedagogy Lab The focus of the episode is his book, Undoing the Grade: Why We Grade, and How to Stop (Scroll down to access the transcript.

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3 ways faculty and administrators are embracing AI beyond the classroom

University Business

It’s no secret that artificial intelligence has gripped the higher education sector in more ways than inside the classroom. Although most colleges and universities are scrambling to moderate precisely how students should be allowed to use it, faculty and administrators are inviting its use systemwide. An EDUCAUSE poll that surveyed institutional leaders, technology professionals, and other campus stakeholders found that 67% are optimistic or very optimistic about using AI.

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Understanding Policy Issues in Dual Enrollment

Higher Education Today

Title: College in the High School Alliance’s Federal Playbook: 2023 Edition Authors: Alex Perry, Erica Cuevas, Daryl Hornick-Becker, Nick Mathern, Steve Voytek Source: College in the High School Alliance, in collaboration with Jobs for the Future, Achieving the Dream, and Foresight Law + Policy During the last decade, states, school districts, and higher education institutions.

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EDUCAUSE 2023: Top 10 IT Issues List Focuses on Institutional Resilience

EdTech Magazine - Higher Education

Every year, the EDUCAUSE top 10 IT issues report outlines the biggest trends, opportunities and challenges in higher ed IT, covering the higher education IT workforce, teaching and learning, emerging technologies, and more. Susan Grajek, vice president of partnerships, communities and research at EDUCAUSE, presented this year’s list at the organization’s annual conference in Chicago.

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Under Siege: Attacks on DEI and its Implications for Students

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

It has been three years since the nation was shaken by the untimely murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor, igniting a powerful movement to address racism in policing and other facets of society like education. In response, college and university leaders nationwide made significant commitments to improve campus racial climates. They pledged millions to initiatives such as hiring diverse faculty, appointing Chief Diversity Officers, revising curricula to address issues of ra

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Part-Time Faculty Members Strike at Columbia College Chicago

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Part-Time Faculty Members Strike at Columbia College Chicago Ryan Quinn Tue, 10/31/2023 - 03:00 AM The part-time faculty union launched a walkout Monday, sending strong demands to both the institution and its own members.

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Q&A with Aimee Wyrick-Brownworth: Dean of the School of Sciences, Associate Professor Biology Department

PUC

Aimee Wyrick-Brownworth has been working at Pacific Union College for 19 years. She is an associate professor of biology and was made the Dean of the School of Sciences in April. The dean’s job description has many facets, and though academics is the primary responsibility, she will take on enrollment, student life, and advancement initiatives.

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U.S. university world dominance in jeopardy due to disparity

University Business

If you were to look at the top 10 list on Times Higher Education’s international university ranking in a vacuum, you’d be welcomed by another year of U.S. universities setting the world standard. However, a more troubling insight emerges once you measure the broader competency of U.S. higher education as a whole. THE’s world ranking of 1,900+ universities across 108 countries found that the average rank among U.S. universities has fallen 52 spots to 348.

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Boosting Student Belonging: Four Strategies Inside and Outside the Classroom

Higher Education Today

Title: 2023 Listening to Learners: Increasing Belonging In and Out of the Classroom Authors: C. Shaw, R. Bhardwaj, K. Condon, L. NeJame, S. Martin, J. Rich, N. Janson, G. Bryant, and K. Fox Source: Tyton Partners Research has shown that students’ feelings of belonging have a positive impact on their academic performance, persistence, program completion, Read more » The post Boosting Student Belonging: Four Strategies Inside and Outside the Classroom appeared first on Higher Education Today.

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Can Technology Help Community Colleges Avoid the Enrollment Cliff?

EdTech Magazine - Higher Education

A defining moment for higher education in this country lurks just around the corner. What awaits college and university leaders is the long-predicted enrollment cliff, the period around 2025 or 2026 when the effects of the Great Recession on this country’s birth rate will be realized as dramatically fewer high school seniors reach graduation. The supply of college-eligible students may never recover — at least not for the next two decades or until birth rates rebound to levels not seen since the

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Black Culture Centers are More than Bricks & Mortar

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

As a student activist, a longtime faculty member, and an administrator in higher education, I am particularly proud of two career accomplishments. One was fifty years ago at Earlham , a small Quaker liberal arts college, where I helped repurpose a college-owned house into a Black culture center. The second was twenty-five years ago at Indiana University , where I helped a large, public, research university construct a new Black culture center.

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Gettysburg College Shutters Acclaimed Literary Journal

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Gettysburg College Shutters Acclaimed Literary Journal Johanna Alonso Mon, 10/09/2023 - 03:00 AM Administrators say The Gettysburg Review does not fit the college’s new curriculum, which focuses on student experiences. Staff—and former interns—disagree.

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Datafication of education: Does online success blind us to what really matters?

Teaching Matters Online Learning

In this extra post, Lynsey encourages us to pause and critically reflect on how we engage with our routine e-learning modules with an engaging fire safety example.

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Why your school needs to adopt curricula in computer and information sciences

University Business

Degrees and subsequent jobs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) have long been praised as lucrative and safe pathways for students looking to enroll at a college or university. However, there is one subset of this group that stands out in popularity and workforce prowess: computer and data science. Out of the top 20 undergraduate four-year majors, the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that computer and information (data) sciences is the only one that has seen consistent gro

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A Deeper Dive into Black Student Access at Selective Private Colleges

Higher Education Today

Title: ‘Segregation Forever’?: The Continued Underrepresentation of Black Undergraduates at the Nation’s 122 Most Selective Private Colleges and Universities Author: Gabriel Montague Source: The Education Trust As a follow-up to a 2020 report from The Education Trust that brought to light the persistent underrepresentation of Black and Latino students at public universities nationwide, a new.

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How Creative Cloud and Generative AI Are Impacting Higher Education

EdTech Magazine - Higher Education

Generative AI had higher education scared at first. Would students abuse this powerful creative capability? But now that the worry has largely subsided, colleges and universities can focus on the opportunities. Just as calculators and the internet once upended teaching and learning, generative AI represents “a new, major disruption,” says Mike Prizament, senior product marketing manager at Adobe.

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College Students Are Hungry to Learn Everywhere

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

If you read the national news about higher education, you might think everyone is angling for admission to the Ivy League or trying to pay off debt for degrees earned. To be sure, this summer’s Supreme Court rulings are clear signs of a badly broken higher education system. But they also neglect the fact that millions of college students are dealing with food insecurity and/or experiencing homelessness, and as a result most will never reach the finish line.

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Tenured Faculty Raises Alarm as Gettysburg Eyes Fewer Adjuncts

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Tenured Faculty Raises Alarm as Gettysburg Eyes Fewer Adjuncts Ryan Quinn Mon, 10/16/2023 - 03:00 AM The Pennsylvania liberal arts college recently made headlines for closing its literary journal. Professors say they now fear more cuts.

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6 Easy Ways to Incorporate 21st-Century Skills Into the Learning Day

Experiential Learning Depot

Teaching 21st-century skills is essential for 21st-century learners. That is the truth of it. Content knowledge is important, but soft skills are as well. As the world around us transforms, the value of and need for particular skills shifts. Ken Robinson talks about this at length in his book " The Element ", which I encourage you to read. He makes note of the need for certain skills when the Industrial Revolution was just beginning.

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Alumni love their alma mater. Why not use them to win future students?

University Business

The old trope in politics is that Americans disdain Congress but love their own representative. Turns out it’s the same with college: Americans increasingly question the value of a four-year degree given higher ed’s skyrocketing costs, heavy debt burden and changing values. But surprisingly, amid broad skepticism of institutions in general, alumni are staying true to their schools.

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NCLS Releases Eleventh Annual High School Benchmarks Report Tracking Trends in College Progress

Higher Education Today

Title: High School Benchmarks Source: National Student Clearinghouse Research Center The High School Benchmarks report is an annual report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center that aims to encapsulate the transition from high school to higher education. This year’s report features three primary areas of assessment: immediate enrollment, persistence, and completion; a special analysis.

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EDUCAUSE 2023: How AI Could Impact Student Success in Higher Ed

EdTech Magazine - Higher Education

At the EDUCAUSE annual conference in Chicago, artificial intelligence was the topic of several sessions as IT leaders continue to wonder what’s next for this technology and how it will impact higher education in the future. The EDUCAUSE 2024 Top 10 placed AI in an honorary spot on the list at number 13, indicating its growing impact on higher ed. “AI makes knowledge and expertise available in ways that they weren't in the past,” says Susan Grajek, vice president of partnerships, communities and

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Black Americans May Be Thriving, but Racial Struggles Persist

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

In “Black Thriving in America: 2023,” data is presented detailing the experiences of Black Americans when shopping, dining out, in healthcare settings, at work, with schools, with police and more. The findings are presented in a dashboard, which will serve as a benchmark. The Payne Center for Social Justice, which is part of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, has committed to conducting the survey with the same questions and publishing the data annually for the next 100 years.

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Multiple Measures, Better Outcomes

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Multiple Measures, Better Outcomes Sara Weissman Fri, 10/27/2023 - 03:00 AM A study of tens of thousands of community college students over four and a half years shows placing students in college-level courses using multiple measures boosts academic outcomes.

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University students in England ‘have 50p a week to live on after rent’

The Guardian Higher Education

Maintenance loans almost entirely wiped out by accommodation costs, according to research University students in England are left with the equivalent of 50p a week to live on from their loans after paying for accommodation, the cost of which has soared by nearly 15% over the last two years, research has revealed. Maintenance loans, which students take out on top of tuition fee loans to pay for living costs, are now almost entirely wiped out by rent alone, according to a report by the student acc

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ACT scores are at a 30-year low. How does this impact higher ed?

University Business

The graduating class of 2023 has continued a six-year decline in ACT scores, and all 50 states’ average composite score makes it a thirty-year low, according to new data released by the testing giant. The average score for the class of 2023 was 19.5, three decimal points below last year. When broken down by individual subjects such as reading, science and math, student scores still fell below the benchmarks the ACT says students must reach to have a high probability of success in first-yea

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Navigating Higher Education Employee Retention Challenges: Insights from the 2023 CUPA-HR Survey

Higher Education Today

Title: The CUPA-HR 2023 Higher Education Employee Retention Survey Authors: Jacqueline Bichsel, Melissa Fuesting, Diana Tubbs, and Jennifer Schneider Source: College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) CUPA-HR has released the latest version of an annual report that provides insight into employee retention in the field of higher education.

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Behind Closed Doors Resources: A Model For Open, Inclusive, And Engaging Experiential Training For RAs

Roompact

A special guest post from Rose Waples, Ed.D. Based on her dissertation, “A Program Evaluation of Crisis and Conflict Management Training for Resident Advisors at the University of Rochester.” Available upon request. Previously on the blog, Natasha Monteith posted an article entitled Should We Even Be Doing Behind Closed Doors? This engaging post brought up.

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Debt Collective Erases Nearly $10M of Morehouse College Debt

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

The Debt Collective, the nation’s first debtor’s union, has canceled close to $10 million in student debt for Morehouse College students. Organizers announced the collaboration with Morehouse—a Historically Black College and University for men in Atlanta—to eliminate all account balances Morehouse College had remaining in collections for the Fall 2022 term and prior.

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