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Using Generative AI for Education

Higher Education Whisperer

Greetings from the Melbourne Convention Center, where EdutTech 2023 just started. This is a big conference with many streams, covering pre-school to professional development. One big question being asked, and perhaps answered, throughout many of the streams, is what do we do about generative AI? First up is Dan Hickmott with "Grok Academy - Unlocking the power of Generative AI in education".

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Young, Brilliant, and Ready: Preparing Black Males for Postsecondary Opportunities and Transitions

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

By Drs. Erik M. Hines, Donna Y. Ford, Edward C. Fletcher Jr, Renae D. Mayes & Tanya J. Middleton Social media is neither honest about nor friendly toward Black males in P-12 and higher education. The hostility is blatant and polemic. Our work challenges these deficit-oriented narratives. We see the brilliance and potential in our Black males at all stages of their academic development, even before entering preschool and kindergarten.

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What Looks Good on a College Application?

Great College Advice

What looks good on a college application? If I had a nickel for every time a parent or student asked me this question, I’d be a very rich man. This is the key question, isn’t it? After all, in the United States, our admissions process is very subjective. Colleges talk about how the process is “holistic.” But that’s just a kinder way of saying, “we don’t really have any solid, firm criteria, so we sort of follow our nose and make decisions on each applic

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Higher ed may see its first HBCU reach R1 status thanks to this grant

University Business

As it currently stands, no HBCU fits the bill for R1 status, a Carnegie Classification rank that every research institution aspires for. Only 146 colleges and universities—less than 4% of all higher education institutions—have reached this pedestal. But that could all change thanks to a new opportunity announced by the U.S. Department of Education called the Development Infrastructure Grant Program (RDI).

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Book on Princeton Syllabus Sparks Conflict

Confessions of a Community College Dean

University leaders are fielding demands to remove a book, deemed antisemitic by some and a legitimate criticism of Israel by others, from a course syllabus. A book included on a course syllabus at Princeton University has sparked controversy on and beyond the New Jersey campus. Some Jewish campus community members and onlookers contend that the book peddles antisemitic tropes and false assertions about Israeli policy and should be removed from the course.

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Massachusetts Governor Launches Free Community College Initiative

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Massachusetts Governor Maura T. Healey launched MassReconnect, her administration’s new program establishing free community college for Massachusetts residents aged 25 and older and awarded $100,000 to each of Massachusetts’ 15 community colleges to support the quick implementation of the program this fall. Gov. Maura Healey “MassReconnect will be transformative for thousands of students, for our amazing community colleges, and for our economy,” said Healey.

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How to Choose the Best College Counselor for Ivy League Schools

Great College Advice

Who would be the best college counselor for Ivy League schools? The college application process gets more complicated and more stressful every year, especially for ambitious, Ivy-bound students. With such a high-stakes, complex decision looming, it’s no wonder more and more families are turning to independent college counselors for guidance through the process.

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Universities Tap Student Talent to Support Security Operations

EdTech Magazine - Higher Education

At Connecticut’s Fairfield University, computer science students do more than read about cybersecurity in the classroom. They also help run the school’s security operations center (SOC). “They extract data from the monitoring tools and format it in a concise way for the security team,” says Mirco Speretta, cybersecurity program director. “They create reports using our network monitoring software, and based on what they see, they can open a task for the security team to continue the investigation

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Leading Ethnographer and Religious Scholar Appointed Dean of Harvard Divinity School

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Dr. Marla Frederick will become dean of Harvard Divinity School (HDS), effective Jan. 1. Dr. Marla Frederick She is currently the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Religion and Culture at Emory University. “I look forward to joining the HDS community in developing religious and civic leaders for our increasingly complex and diverse society,” Frederick said.

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University of San Francisco–an urban, Jesuit college

Great College Advice

What is the University of San Francisco known for? I seem to have been visiting quite a few Jesuit colleges lately and like them for a lot of reasons. I need to write a post on Jesuit colleges generally. But first, I offer this bit about what is University of San Francisco known for, which I was fortunate to be able to visit yesterday as part of a tour for college counselors.

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USC will reinstate alumni status to 1,600+ graduates. Why was it ever revoked?

University Business

In 2021, a former student from USC tried making a purchase on USC’s online bookstore, considering alumni who buy through its website were provided a competitive discount on Apple products for one week of the year. But the discount failed to work. Because the student was a certificate holder and not a “degreed alumni,” according to USC Associate Senior Vice President of Alumni Relations Patrick E.

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Southern New Hampshire Shuttering Kenzie Academy

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Only two years after acquiring the coding boot camp, the university cited the rise of AI and increased competition as reasons for the shutdown. Southern New Hampshire University is winding down a coding boot camp two years after acquiring it amid a rise in low-cost competition and the broad adoption of artificial intelligence tools.

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Higher Ed Ponders Diversity Strategies Following Court Ruling

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

After the U.S. Supreme Court ended race-conscious college admissions policies in June, focus turned to searching for alternatives. Seemingly everything from using class-based preferences to ditching legacy admissions to replacing admittance regimes with lottery systems has been suggested. But can these race-neutral means allow colleges and universities to maintain their current levels of diversity?

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What Do College Admissions Look For in an Essay?

Great College Advice

A college essay isn’t just an abstract writing assignment. It’s a piece of writing that you undertake for a very specific purpose: to give college admissions officers the evidence they need in order to admit you to their school. In order to write the most compelling essay that you can, it is crucial to ask: what do college admissions look for in an essay.

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Treating an infection: How your institution must address sexual violence

University Business

The neatly dressed student sitting across from me was in her late teens, not a child and not yet an adult. Her voice was shaky, but her tone was strong. Her presence carried a confident resolve cultivated through years of playing competitive sports. However, Shelly did not come to discuss sports but instead to seek counsel as a survivor of collegiate sexual abuse.

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Union Institute & University Mired in Financial Woes

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Union Institute has been missing payroll and rent payments at facilities in Ohio and Florida. University leaders have offered little reassurance or recourse as employees fear a potential closure. Union Institute & University is in dire financial straits. The nonprofit online institution has been locked out of its headquarters in Cincinnati and faces eviction from its center in Florida.

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MLB All-Star Weekend Spotlights HBCU Baseball

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

The Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Seattle in July marked the launch of the HBCU Swingman Classic, a game that featured 50 Division I HBCU baseball players. Propelled by the MLB-Major League Baseball Players Association Youth Development Foundation (YDF) and Hall of Famer/YDF ambassador Ken Griffey Jr., the televised game enabled HBCU baseball players to showcase their talents on a global stage.

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K-12 Education: Design Strategies for Successful Magnet Schools

Clark Nesxen

Magnet schools emerged on the K-12 scene as early as the 1960s to establish a public education option that met multiple goals: attracting a diverse student body from across a school district, supporting students with specific interests, and offering equitable opportunities resulting in high levels of academic success. Today, over 4,300 magnet schools educate more than 3.5 million students nationwide, according to Magnet Schools of America.

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Minus federal oversight, states are passing their own laws on NIL deals for student-athletes

University Business

Since the passing of California’s Fair Pay to Play Act in 2019 that allowed college athletes to receive monetary compensation on behalf of their names, images and likenesses (NIL), states were quick to begin considering similar legislation of their own. Just three years later, some college students are racking upwards of a million dollars. The top 100 current NCAA student-athletes making the most money off NIL deals have earned well over $500,000.

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AI Streamlines University Contact Center Operations

EdTech Magazine - Higher Education

It was the kind of problem that most colleges and universities would love to have. A few years ago, the Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. School of Business at Purdue University, then known as the Krannert School of Management, was struggling to keep up with inquiries from prospective students interested in learning more about its programs. “The first issue was the volume of emails we were getting and the time it took to answer them,” says Dan Gaines, associate director of marketing and analytics at the

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Unleashing Economic Opportunity: Honoring the Legacy of the March on Washington

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

On the 60th anniversary of the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, we stand at a pivotal moment in history. Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s powerful "I Have a Dream" speech, we are called to reimagine a future where economic opportunity is accessible to all Americans. Higher education institutions have the power to be catalysts for socioeconomic mobility and drivers of economic policy that creates opportunities for underserved communities.

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How MSU Saved Millions Without Cutting Faculty or Programs

EAB

Podcast How MSU Saved Millions Without Cutting Faculty or Programs Episode 163. August 22, 2023. Welcome to the Office Hours with EAB podcast. You can join the conversation on social media using #EABOfficeHours. Follow the podcast on Spotify , Google Podcasts , Apple Podcasts , SoundCloud and Stitcher or visit our podcast homepage for additional episodes.

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Meet Timothy Robertson: Assistant Professor of Data Science

PUC

Coming from Southwest Michigan is Timothy Robertson, PUC’s assistant professor of data science. When he was given the chance to work at PUC, it was an opportunity he couldn’t pass up. Since January, Timothy has been teaching data science, machine learning, statistics and mathematics, and advises students. Do you have a favorite class to teach?

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COVID returns to rear its ugly head across these campuses

University Business

Three years removed from the beginning of the pandemic, most institutions are prepared to welcome their students back onto campus with open arms, thanks to lax guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However, as another fall and winter loom, so, too, does a wave of COVID variants. With infections again trending upward , some higher education institutions are not leaving any room for error.

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Direct Admissions Helps Raise Applications, But Not Enrollments

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

For a prospective college student beleaguered by the complexities of the application process, direct admissions is like a dream come true. If their GPA or standardized test scores are high enough, colleges with direct admissions programs will send them acceptance letters without their even having to apply. All that’s required of them is to return a simplified form with no supplemental questions or essays.

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A student’s experience attending the IAD-KNU summer school in Kyiv

Teaching Matters Academic Communities

In this extra post, Ukrainian student Olena Herasymova shares insights into her experience participating in the innovative hybrid summer school↗️ co-led by the Institute for Academic Development and Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv (KNU) in Ukraine. It was the first Ukrainian-British summer school for graduate students of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv.

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Department of Education Fails (Again) to Modify Enrollment Projections

Higher Education Inquirer

The US Department of Education continues to forecast higher education enrollment gains for 2023 to 2031 despite mounting evidence that it will decrease significantly. For several years, graduate enrollment and online courses kept total enrollment numbers from appearing more dramatic. But we cannot expect these ameliorating factors to continue propping up higher ed enrollment.

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These 10 college towns are the most expensive in the nation. The implications are huge

University Business

An updated report has unveiled the most expensive college towns in the nation. Those unlucky enough to make the list must be wary now of the issues it can create within its student and faculty body and the potential rifts it can develop between the community and school leadership. No other topic on higher education may intimidate parents, students and the general American public more than the issue of affordability.

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Students Mobilize for a New March on Washington

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Sixty years ago this weekend, an estimated 250,000 people gathered on the National Mall to demonstrate for the civil and economic rights of African Americans in the famed March on Washington. At the protest, which is credited with playing a role in the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech.

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How to empower student-parents in higher education: A conversation with Generation Hope

EAB

Blogs How to empower student-parents in higher education A conversation with Generation Hope My mom had me at 17, and like many teen parents, had to put her education on hold to care for our family. Due to a lack of available support and resources, it wasn't until her late 30s that she obtained a nursing degree – after missing over a decade of the socioeconomic opportunities that a degree brings.

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‘Dear Colleague’—A Love Letter

Confessions of a Community College Dean

The Biden-Harris administration’s guidance on race-conscious admissions offers hope to affirmative action’s advocates and benefactors—and love, Phelton Moss writes. Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley often describes policy as her “love language.” If she is correct, and the policies and laws we create today are “love letters” we write to the next generation, the most recent letter written by the U.S.

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Nearly 80% of schools were hit with a ransomware attack in the last year

University Business

Since the height of the pandemic when K12 schools began utilizing remote technology more than ever, cybercrime targeting educational institutions has been on the rise. In fact, rates have nearly doubled since 2021, a new analysis suggests. As part of their global “ State of Ransomware in 2023 ” report, Sophos surveyed 3,000 IT cybersecurity leaders between January and March of 2023 to better understand the sheer scope of the issue as the new school year begins.

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HBCU Sustainability, Possible and Necessary

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Historically Black Colleges and Universities could be considered physical manifestations of both the American dream and the American dilemma. They were created out of necessity to educate pillars of African American communities who could then exercise proscribed leadership within a society that discriminated against and penalized the members of their race in many different ways.

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Announcing the 2023 Green Strides Tour in Northern and Central California: Schools for Climate Solutions

Ed.gov Blog

The 2023 Green Strides Tour in Northern & Central California will stop at nine U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools to celebrate their achievements. Students at Los Altos High School, a 2021 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School, work together to plant trees on their school campus. Year round, the ED Infrastructure and Continue Reading The post Announcing the 2023 Green Strides Tour in Northern and Central California: Schools for Climate Solutions appeared first on ED

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St. Norbert Trustee Sues Grad for Defamation

Confessions of a Community College Dean

A former administrator was accused of mishandling sexual assault issues at St. Norbert College. Now he’s a trustee and suing a graduate who publicly criticized his leadership. A former administrator who is now a trustee at St. Norbert College is suing a graduate for allegedly defaming him in 2018 while criticizing his response to sexual assault on campus.

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Here are 2 new campus safety measures colleges are buying into

University Business

With classes now well underway this fall for the majority of institutions, colleges and universities are looking to optimize their students’ success, especially among first-year students. But institutions are also looking to optimize campus safety amid a wave of stark reminders about how necessary it is. Last week, Howard University suspended its campus police lieutenant and fired a security officer after a mob of 20 to 50 teenagers kicked, punched and stabbed a group of university student

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Black Male Achievers Program Won't Change Name Under Florida's Anti-DEI Law

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

An academic enrichment program at Tallahassee Community College that primarily serves African American men won't have to change its name under a new state higher education law, reported WUSF. Florida's higher education law bans the state's public colleges and universities from spending federal and state money on diversity, equity, and inclusion programs or campus activities that advocate for DEI, with certain exceptions.

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