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3 reasons administrators are stalling on upgrading edtech

University Business

Education and how professors, administrators and their institutions can deliver content are bristling with innovation thanks to cutting-edge technology. However, a lack of understanding around edtech, which in turn is fueling decision paralysis, may be forestalling the future, according to an unsettling survey by the College Innovation Network (CIN).

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Report: English Majors Employed at Comparable Rates, Educators Can Do More to Prepare Students for Careers

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

College students who graduate as English majors actually find jobs at about the same rate as those who major in other subjects, according to a recent report commissioned by the Modern Language Association (MLA). Dr. Paula Krebs Report on English Majors’ Career Preparation and Outcomes draws on findings from a number of different sources, including the Hamilton Project, the National Humanities Alliance, the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce, and Humanities Indicators.

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Which Private Colleges Always Lose Money?

Robert Kelchen

I write this piece with the sounds of excavators and dump trucks in the background, as we are getting the 30-year-old pool at our house replaced this month. Pools should last a lot longer than that, but the original owner of the house decided to save money by installing the pool on top of a pile of logs and stumps left over from clearing the land. As those logs settled and decayed, the pool began to leak and we are left with a sizable bill to dig everything out and do things right.

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Civil Rights Groups Push Back Against Wave of Anti-DEI Bills

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Civil Rights Groups Push Back Against Wave of Anti-DEI Bills Ryan Quinn Fri, 03/15/2024 - 03:00 AM So far this year, at least five state legislatures have passed bills seeking to curtail diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education. This year’s batch may seep more into the classroom.

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Performance-based funding: The new normal or a schtick?

University Business

With public trust in higher education waning and a barrage of reports illustrating the middling outcomes associated with Americans who earn a college degree, state lawmakers are fighting to restore public trust in their institutions by promising to hold them more accountable. An increasingly popular tactic is dangling money over the heads of its two- or four-year institutions—or both—through performance-based funding models.

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HEER Funding Kept Community Colleges Open and Students Enrolled

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Community colleges were able to persevere through the pandemic thanks to the emergency relief funding passed through Congress. That’s the conclusion of the latest research from the Accelerating Recovery in Community Colleges Network at the Community College Research Center (CCRC) at Columbia University. Without Higher Education Emergency Relief (HEER) funding, experts say many community college programs would have closed, faculty and staff laid off, and more students forced to stop out on their

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Cyberattacks on Higher Ed Rose Dramatically Last Year, Report Shows

EdTech Magazine - Higher Education

Higher education institutions were once again inundated by cyberattacks in 2023, according to a report from Malwarebytes, which called it “the worst ransomware year on record” for the education sector. The grim statistics include a 105 percent increase in known ransomware attacks against K–12 and higher education, surging from 129 in 2022 to 265 last year.

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Springtime in Holland

Hope College Network

Springtime in Holland is like no other. Don’t get me wrong, I love coming back to school in the fall, and the first snow is absolutely magical. Still, there’s just something about the first few warm days on campus that have a special air to them. Here are my top five aspects of springtime in Holland. 1. Classes Outside One day last week, temperatures got up to about 65 degrees in Holland.

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Report: College Degrees Not Valued As Highly as Job Training and Certificates

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Though confidence about the value of pursuing a two- or four-year college degree is higher among high schoolers than graduates who either dropped out or chose not to attend in the first place, neither demographic view such pursuits as the most valuable, according to a recent report from Edge Research, HCM Strategists, and D2 Strategies. Adam Burns Through focus groups and a national survey, Continuing to Explore the Exodus from Higher Education – prepared for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundat

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Understanding Gen Alpha, the students of tomorrow

Terminalfour

The next generation will be applying to institutions in just a few years. But what are tomorrow’s students like? Are universities ready for them, and how can you engage with them?

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Low Grade? Arizona Bill Would Let Students Allege ‘Political Bias’

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Low Grade? Arizona Bill Would Let Students Allege ‘Political Bias’ Ryan Quinn Tue, 03/12/2024 - 03:00 AM Legislation that’s near passage in Arizona would create a “grade challenge department” for public universities. It could force professors to change students’ marks.

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How intentional building design helps these colleges build community synergy

University Business

As colleges and universities try more than ever to engage with those outside of their walls, leaders are looking for ways to do so genuinely and with care. As campuses tend to stand as hubs of culture and scientific inquiry for the broader community, one way to build confidence and interaction with the community is through intentional building design. “When you say you’re going to welcome people in, you can do it with a slogan or a campaign, but that’s only the visuals,”

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Minoritized, First-Gen Students Most at Risk from FAFSA Delays

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Iné Collins has been a school counselor at Ewing High School in New Jersey since August 2022. This year, helping her high school seniors through the newly simplified FAFSA application process has been more stressful than simple. Iné Collins, school counselor at Ewing High School in New Jersey. “This new system, it’s supposed to be more user-friendly, but it ended up not dropping until January,” said Collins.

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Foreign students may be undermining UK higher education, says Cleverly

The Guardian Higher Education

Home secretary calls for visa review over concern that courses are being used as shortcut to gain work permits UK politics – latest updates The home secretary, James Cleverly, has said international students may be “undermining the integrity and quality of the UK higher education system” by using university courses as a cheap way of getting work visas.

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Biden Administration Wants Accreditors to Set Benchmarks For Student Outcomes

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Biden Administration Wants Accreditors to Set Benchmarks For Student Outcomes Katherine Knott Fri, 03/15/2024 - 03:00 AM Advocates have argued for years that accreditors aren’t doing enough to ensure that students get the education they're paying for.

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What is The Future of RDs? – Being Intentional Can Lead To Real Change

Roompact

This blog series features different writers responding to the prompt, “What is the future of the RD position and role?” Guest Post by Ali Martin Scoufield, Residence Life Professional I have…let’s call them ‘fond’ memories of participating in job placement. I completed speed-date style job interviews one after the other, sustaining myself for days on.

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Stop Cooling Out the Next Generation’s Aspirations

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

That animals avoid environments which seem unhealthy due to predators or poor conditions is a well-documented ecological phenomenon. Humans are no different. We, too, instinctively avoid environments that look unhealthy or unwelcoming. It is therefore time to connect the dots among efforts to dismantle diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) activities, overturn race-conscious admissions, and bring back standardized tests.

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Australia’s chief scientist is taking on the journal publishing monopoly gatekeeping knowledge

The Guardian Higher Education

Under Dr Cathy Foley’s world-first open access model, all Australians would have access to research papers for free Get our morning and afternoon news emails , free app or daily news podcast Before Latin mass was abandoned in the late 1960s, the average church-goer got by picking up snippets of phrases and the meanings of gestures. To Dr Averil Cook, that’s what scientific research is like in the 21st century.

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Surviving Not One but Two College Closures

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Surviving Not One but Two College Closures Johanna Alonso Wed, 03/13/2024 - 03:00 AM When Alderson Broaddus University shuttered last August, several students transferred to Notre Dame College. Now it’s closing, too.

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11 tips to boost your pool of online students in 2024

University Business

Most colleges and universities understand why students are drawn to online programs: They’re flexible, affordable and can be completed more quickly than an in-person degree. Considering online enrollment has grown by 90% in the last six years while traditional university enrollment has declined, offering competitive digital modalities is a no-brainer.

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NAACP Boycott Should Be Modified to Target UF and FSU Football

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. — reflecting on the lessons he learned from the movement in Albany, Georgia, in the early 1960s — said that one mistake they made was trying to desegregate the entire town (schools, parks, restaurants, stores, theaters, hotels, pools, etc.) at once instead of targeting one sector where they had particularly strong leverage.

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Embracing every opportunity: Why Gabriella applied to over 20 colleges

College Forward

Gabriella, a senior at Bellevue East High School, doesn’t shy away from new opportunities. Since her freshman year, Gabriella has been actively engaged both within her school and her community. She is a founding member of the green initiative at her high school, captain of the cheer team, president of National Honor Society, and president of the Key Club, just to name a few.

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Doubts About Value Are Deterring College Enrollment

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Doubts About Value Are Deterring College Enrollment jessica.blake@… Wed, 03/13/2024 - 03:00 AM Survey data suggests that prospective learners are being dissuaded from college by skepticism about whether degrees are worth the time and money.

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10 Best Practices to Improve Operational Efficiency in Education HR

University Business

10 Best Practices to Improve Operational Efficiency in Education HR Today, higher education HR departments face limited budget and staff shortages. According to U.S. labor statistics, more people will be leaving the workforce than entering it for decades to come. If these recruitment and retention challenges are here to stay, we need to find a solution.

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Vice President for Inclusive Excellence and Belonging at Central Michigan University Honored at NASPA Conference

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Dr. Shawna Patterson-Stephens, Vice President for Inclusive Excellence and Belonging at Central Michigan University, received the Bobby E. Leach Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion award on Tuesday from NASPA, the association representing student affairs professionals. Dr. Shawna Patterson-Stephens Patterson-Stephens is an award-winning scholar-practitioner with 20 years of experience in higher education.

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“Dreams I Never Dared to Dream”: A Study Abroad Revelation

PUC

Landon Chamberlain had a burning desire to learn French, so he decided to attend Salève Adventist University this year through Adventist Colleges Abroad. Though he did consider attending ACA in Germany or Austria, his heart knew where it truly wanted to be. What Inspired you to study abroad? It’s a mix of many things, really. I’ve always had this fascination with languages, and there’s something truly special about the way conversations flow in French.

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University of North Carolina System Banning Apps Over Cyberbullying

Confessions of a Community College Dean

University of North Carolina System Banning Apps Over Cyberbullying Lauren.Coffey@… Wed, 03/13/2024 - 03:00 AM UNC’s president says these four social media apps that allow anonymous posting have a ‘reckless disregard’ for students’ wellbeing.

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NAACP calls on Black student-athletes to boycott Florida public colleges over anti-DEI policy

University Business

The head of the NAACP is calling on Black student-athletes to reconsider their decisions to attend public colleges and universities in Florida, challenging a new state policy that bars those institutions from using government funds on diversity, equity and inclusion programs. In a letter sent Monday to current and future student-athletes of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, NAACP leader Derrick Johnson implored college-bound Black athletes to “choose wisely.

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College Degree Still Sound Investment, Despite Rising Tuition

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Earning a college degree is still a sound investment, although the rate of economic return varies across college majors and student demographics, according to a new American Educational Research Association (AERA) analysis of 5.8 million Americans. Dr. Liang Zhang “Our cost-benefit analysis finds that on average a college degree offers better returns than the stock market,” said study coauthor Dr.

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Plant specimens collected by Charles Darwin to be unveiled to the public

The Guardian Higher Education

Specimens collected on Voyage of the Beagle have been in Cambridge University archive for nearly 200 years Plant specimens collected by Charles Darwin on the Voyage of the Beagle have been found in an archive in Cambridge University. The rare specimens – which have been stored in the archives of the Cambridge University Herbarium for nearly 200 years – were given by Darwin to his teacher and friend, Prof John Stevens Henslow, the founder of Cambridge University Botanic Garden.

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Lumina Awards Millions for Admissions Innovations

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Lumina Awards Millions for Admissions Innovations Johanna Alonso Mon, 03/11/2024 - 03:00 AM The seven winning states and university systems will use the funds for direct admissions, universal transfer pathways and other initiatives to simplify admissions.

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President’s corner: Is Marcus Thompson the perfect leader to restore JSU’s reputation?

University Business

Last November, Jackson State University, a cultural anchor point in the most populous city in Mississippi, appointed Marcus Thompson as its next president. It’s a joyous occasion to serve one of the nation’s premier HBCUs. But the first-time president also just so happened to be walking into a position that’s been a revolving door for more than a decade due to financial mismanagement, faculty no-confidence votes and scandals.

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GAO Report Spotlights HSI Infrastructure Needs

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) educated over two million Hispanic students during the 2021-22 school year, but continued to demonstrate extensive facility needs, according to a new U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report. The cost to repair some vacant residential halls exceeds the cost of demolition, according to Hispanic-Serving Institutions officials.

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What Makes a Great Leader? The Art of Letting Others Shine

The Humphrey Group

In the rapidly evolving world of work, the role of a leader has never been more critical. The calibre of an individual's leadership significantly influences employee morale, performance outcomes and turnover rates, among other critical areas.

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Fontbonne University to Close in 2025

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Fontbonne University to Close in 2025 Josh Moody Tue, 03/12/2024 - 03:00 AM The private, Roman Catholic institution in Missouri will shut down due to enrollment and financial challenges. Nearby Washington University will buy its campus.

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We Ask ChatGPT: Write Prompts For A Series Of Intentional Conversations With A First Year Student

Roompact

What does the future of AI-based technology hold? We’re doing a little experiment, specifically with the AI chat-bot, ChatGPT. This post is part of a series where we ask ChatGPT interesting, unusual, or just plain fun questions related to residence life and college student housing. All answers were generated by the AI. At the end.

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NAACP Urges Student-Athletes Reconsider Florida After DEI Elimination

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Black student-athletes should reconsider attending public colleges and universities in Florida , the NAACP advised in its letter to NCAA President Charlie Baker and current and prospective student-athletes. “This is not about politics,” read the letter, characterized as a rebuke of anti-Black ideals. “It’s about the protection of our community, the progression of our culture, and most of all, it’s about your education and your future.

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