December, 2023

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Rising to the Challenge on Student Basic Needs Work

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Ten years ago, most college students short of money for food would have difficulty finding a food pantry on campus. Food insecurity wasn’t a widely recognized problem in higher education and “student basic needs” wasn’t a field of practice. As we reach the end of another tough year, we deserve to take a moment to be grateful and proud that times truly have changed.

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12 Days of Goodness from 2023

Dr. Josie Ahlquist

As we begin to wrap up 2023, I’m taking the next twelve days to celebrate and recognize inspiring individuals and impactful projects that made this year so special. Join me on a journey of gratitude with 12 Days of Goodness Every day, I’ll send out a big digital hug and recognize the people who made all the goodness possible in my work – and for the entire field of higher education.

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Fired LSU Professor Accused of Student Affair, Illegal Anti-CRT Lobbying

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Fired LSU Professor Accused of Student Affair, Illegal Anti-CRT Lobbying Ryan Quinn Fri, 12/08/2023 - 03:00 AM An ousted political science professor is denying salacious ethics charges against him.

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These 25 schools are tops for producing the nation’s leaders

University Business

The working person can thank their degree for helping them land the big job , but where that credential was earned says a lot about their potential as the nation’s next leader, according to a new analysis from TIME. As might be expected, the Ivy League Pluses were responsible for producing the majority of leaders across sectors such as law, media and academia.

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Tech Trends: What’s On the Horizon for Higher Ed IT Leaders in 2024?

EdTech Magazine - Higher Education

One year ago, it seemed like all anyone in higher education wanted to talk about was a powerful new tool that had just been unleashed, one that threatened to upend education as we know it. As we turn the page from 2023 to 2024, artificial intelligence and generative AI tools such as ChatGPT remain on the minds of IT leaders at colleges across the country.

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Seven Things to Know About the Student Loan Payment Count Adjustment

Ed.gov Blog

Borrowers Have More Time to Consolidate Loans to Benefit from the Adjustment By: Federal Student Aid Chief Operating Officer Richard Cordray Since this summer, the U.S. Department of Education (Department) has approved almost $44 billion in debt relief for more than 900,000 borrowers as part of the payment count adjustment. This is a one-time initiative Continue Reading The post Seven Things to Know About the Student Loan Payment Count Adjustment appeared first on ED.gov Blog.

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Underrepresented Students in STEM Classes Resulted in Higher Grades

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Dr. Nicholas Bowman The presence of underrepresented racial minority (URM) and first-generation college students in a course is related to higher STEM grades for all students in the class, especially for the minority students themselves, according to a recent study published in AERA Open. The December-published study, " The Role of Minoritized Student Representation in Promoting Achievement and Equity Within College STEM Courses ", examined the effects of having URM and first-gen students in und

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Bipartisan Progress on Pell Grant Expansion, but Hurdles Remain

Confessions of a Community College Dean

The House wants to expand the Pell Grant to shorter career training programs. To pay for it, a new bill would cut off federal student loans to the nation’s wealthiest private colleges, starting in July. As Congress gears up to head home for the holiday season, proponents who have hoped to see a breakthrough on the long-running issue of expanding Pell Grants to career-training programs lasting fewer than 15 weeks have received an early gift—a bipartisan deal in the House.

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Here are 3 ways the international student landscape is changing

University Business

International student enrollment in the U.S. experienced a major rebound this year, topping 1 million students and is steadily approaching some of the best numbers since before the pandemic. While domestic student enrollment is poised for a small comeback of its own, international student enrollment is playing a bigger role in institutions’ revenue-generating playbook.

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For Higher Education, a Byte of Threat Hunting is Worth a Gigabyte of Mitigation

EdTech Magazine - Higher Education

Networks boast a wealth of sensitive data — not to mention thousands of connected end users — so it’s no surprise that colleges and universities remain a constant target for cyberattacks. The need for proactive, comprehensive threat hunting strategies and tactics has never been greater. Over the past 20 years, an estimated 2,700 education data breaches have resulted in 32 million compromised records.

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Administration of ESSA Title III State-Administered Grants Returns to OELA

Ed.gov Blog

By: Montserrat Garibay, Assistant Deputy Secretary & Director for the Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) As part of the Raise the Bar: Lead the World Initiative, the U.S. Department of Education (Department) last month hosted a convening with national and local leaders to discuss the pivotal moment we found ourselves in, as we transform Continue Reading The post Administration of ESSA Title III State-Administered Grants Returns to OELA appeared first on ED.gov Blog.

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Perception and Personnel Matters: Lessons from Florida State's Exclusion from the College Football Playoff

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

The exclusion of the undefeated ACC Champion Florida State University Seminoles from the college football playoff has sparked a significant debate. This decision marks the first time an unbeaten Power 5 conference champion has been denied an opportunity to compete for the national championship in the college football playoff era. While the ramifications of this decision are evident within the world of sports, there are valuable lessons that higher education institutions and other organizations c

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Defence Industry in National Defence

Higher Education Whisperer

ANU National Space Testing FacilityGreetings from the Australian National University for the launch of "Defence Industry in National Defence: Rethinking the Future of Australian Defence Industry Policy". In his opening, ANU VC Brian Schmidt, pointed out that the university has a fully equipped "ANU National Space Testing Facility" (worth a visit: it looks like a Bond villain's lair).

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House Committee Advances Pell Grant Expansion

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Key lawmakers on the education committee say they are open to reconsidering a provision that would cut off federal student loans to the nation’s wealthiest private colleges. The House Education and Workforce Committee voted Tuesday in favor of a bill that would expand the Pell Grant to short-term career training programs that last between eight and 14 weeks, despite opposition from some higher education associations.

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Trends 2024: Which universities will place greater emphasis on critical thinking?

University Business

The higher education sector can relax knowing that employers still greatly value the merit a degree grants job applicants. Despite their respect, market leaders found a lack of proficiency in these candidates’ critical thinking skills. Students’ ineptness in critical thinking—along with oral communication, problem-solving and analytic reasoning—is not a short-term trend.

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3 Ways Tech Consolidation Improves the Digital Experience in Higher Education

EdTech Magazine - Higher Education

Higher education institutions are facing what seems to be a universal problem: They need to do more with less. Budgets are being tightened across the country as enrollment struggles to return to pre-pandemic levels and government funds made available during the pandemic dry up. Meanwhile, demands on IT departments continue to grow as hybrid work and instruction become entrenched in college life.

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Meet Sam Heier: Executive Director of Financial Administration

PUC

PUC’s Executive Director of Financial Administration, Sam Heier, started working at PUC in March (2023) but graduated from the college in 1999. Growing up in a small town near Stuttgart, Germany, Sam moved straight to PUC in 1996 and was an ESL student struggling to catch on to the language.

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Study: Viewing Disparity of Women in Physics as Individual Choice Risks Overlooking Gendered Issues

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Fewer women pursue careers in physics than biology, according to a new Rice University study. Dr. Di Di The study, " Scientists explain the underrepresentation of women in physics compared to biology in four national contexts ", looked at survey data from biologists and physicists from four countries – U.S., Italy, France, and Taiwan – to see how these scientists explained why this disparity within the two fields exists.

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How to Turn Interns Into Full-Time Employees

Symplicity

It's no secret that the demand for interns is high, with some companies already in the race for interns for the 2025 season. Internships have historically been a great opportunity for companies to bring quality entry-level talent into an organization, making them vital to student and employer success. A 2022 report by the National Association of Colleges and Employers recently found that 68 percent of interns get a full-time offer from the company they interned for.

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3 Presidents on the Hot Seat

Confessions of a Community College Dean

3 Presidents on the Hot Seat Katherine Knott Tue, 12/05/2023 - 08:05 PM In a four-hour hearing, the presidents of Harvard, Penn and MIT steadily defended themselves, their institutions and free expression. Lawmakers remained skeptical.

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These colleges are making new campuses with old parts—and growing along the way

University Business

Online education is higher education’s new muse for improving the student experience, but some things may never change. Institutions prioritizing expanding their physical presence with masterclass facilities are increasing their academic offerings, student perks and enrollment prospects. Better yet, they’re doing so sustainably and cost-effectively.

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The Enrollment Cliff: How Technology Can Help Higher Education Confront It

EdTech Magazine - Higher Education

In the past, it was a rite of passage: Students graduated high school and enjoyed a final summer at home before heading out to the next stop on their educational journey. For many, college wasn’t a matter of whether they would attend but where they would go. Now, economic uncertainty, fears about diminishing returns on their tuition and other investments, increased opportunities to work in the trades, and other factors have experts warning about a coming enrollment cliff for higher education ins

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The Fellowship of Music: Ronnie Zanella Joins PUC’s Music Faculty

PUC

By Becky St. Clair Ronnie Zanella was born in São Paulo, Brazil, into a family of musicians; his mother a piano teacher and composer, his father a violinist, his uncle a conductor and singer. “My mom put classical music on her belly while she was pregnant with both me and my older brother,” Zanella shares.

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ASU Faculty Receive $1.6 Million for Program to Better Teach K-12 Educators about Civics, History, and Media Literacy

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Arizona State University (ASU) faculty have received $1.6 million from the U.S. Department of Education for a program to teach K-12 teachers about civics, history, and media literacy. Dr. Lauren Harris The project, Project ACCLaIM: Advancing Civics Curriculum Learning through Instructional Microcredentials, seeks to create a specialization in the aforementioned topics and offer smaller courses that earn teachers microcredentials, which they can then count as credits towards a master’s in educati

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Lancaster University elevates student counselling and mental health services with Symplicity Advocate

Symplicity

Symplicity ® Advocate™ renowned worldwide for student case management with over 300 universities in its network, is thrilled to welcome Lancaster University as a new partner in the United Kingdom.

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Yale Report Shows Grade Inflation Is Real

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Roughly 79 percent of the grades awarded at Yale University in the 2022–23 academic year were A’s or A-minuses, according to a new report by a Yale economics professor, published by The New York Times.

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To serve them well, colleges must regain the trust of adult students

University Business

Adult learners are an increasingly attractive cohort of student prospects to recruit. However, on top of how little the American public today seems to trust higher education, skepticism among adults who have already stopped out has already been confirmed. Adult learners are balancing a range of complex psychosocial challenges. Many are working full-time and raising children.

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Bring Technology Within Reach for Higher Ed Students

EdTech Magazine - Higher Education

Access to technology is vital for today’s college students. But in order for campus IT leaders to make informed decisions, it’s important to know what students are looking for. The EDUCAUSE 2023 Students and Technology Report surveyed more than 1,900 higher education students across 10 institutions to find out what students want from their technology experiences in terms of flexibility, choice and equity.

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Huston, we have a solution!

Higher Education Whisperer

Greetings from the AI, ML and Friends Seminar at the Australian National University in Canberra, where Dr. Zak Kingston from Rice University is speaking on "Scaling Multi-Modal Planning". That doesn't sound very exciting, but he is speaking from the USA, where he has been planning how to use a robot on the International Space Station.

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Report: Almost Half of High School Students Use AI for Schoolwork

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

High school students are divided on whether they should use generative AI tools for school, and most of those who did found errors in what these tools produced, according to a new report from ACT. Dr. Jeff Schiel ACT For the report, " High School Students’ Use and Impressions of AI Tools ", ACT researchers asked 4,006 10th to 12th-grade students nationally about their AI usage and their views on such tools.

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Why Quality & Rigor Matter In Dual Enrollment

Parchment

Amy Williams, Executive Director at the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP), joins us to discuss the importance of quality and rigor in Dual Enrollment. We discuss the importance of standards in advancing equity and access, as well as how school districts can scale up their Dual Enrollment programs. Transcript Matt Sterenberg So tell us a little bit about the work that NACEP is doing.

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Presidents of Harvard, Penn and MIT Face Grilling on Capitol Hill

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Presidents of Harvard, Penn and MIT Face Grilling on Capitol Hill Katherine Knott Tue, 12/05/2023 - 03:00 AM The House education committee invited the leaders to testify about their institutions’ responses to allegations of antisemitism—and to demand that they take stronger action.

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NCAA president wants colleges to directly pay some student athletes

University Business

In a letter sent to more than 350 Division I schools Tuesday, Baker said he wants the association to create a new tier of NCAA Division I sports where schools would be required to offer at least half their athletes a payment of at least $30,000 per year through a trust fund. NCAA President Charlie Baker also proposed allowing all Division I schools to offer unlimited educational benefits and enter into name, image and likeness licensing deals with athletes.

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Higher Ed Institutions Embrace Remote Work Policies

EdTech Magazine - Higher Education

As remote work becomes increasingly common in higher education, college and university employees say they want it to go even further. In an EDUCAUSE survey, more than half of higher ed workers said they’d like more remote work options. And the stakes are high: Those who aren’t satisfied with the remote work situation said they were more likely to seek other employment, potentially leaving institutions in the lurch at a time of high staffing shortages.

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5 Steps to Keeping Interns Warm Before Their Internship

Symplicity

For employers, extending offers to interns no matter what time of year is only half the battle in retaining the incoming class of temporary new hires. In a competitive workforce, it's not uncommon for interns to renege on accepted offers in hopes of finding something better. While sometimes this can be attributed to finding opportunities that better align with their long-term career goals, a lot of the time interns renege out of a lack of engagement with their future employers.

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Class of 2022 Employment Rates Return to Pre-Pandemic Levels

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Employment rates for Class of 2022 graduates returned to pre-pandemic levels after two relatively down years, according to results of a new survey. Shawn VanDerziel The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) First-Destination Survey for the Class of 2022 revealed that the overall employment rate for Class of 2022 bachelor’s degree graduates was 64.0% with a full-time employment rate of 59.1%.

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The miserly tale of how a university took its staff’s wages – and the public paid the price | Aditya Chakrabortty

The Guardian Higher Education

Even Scrooge would marvel at Queen Mary’s pay-docking over a marking boycott. No wonder higher education is in turmoil In this season of quizzing, here’s a real head-scratcher. Can you name the big British employer that punished staff for boycotting a small fraction of their work by taking all of their pay for each day of their boycott? So that even while employees did their other tasks, putting in weeks of work, their pay packets were pilfered, month after month, from high summer until almost t

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