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ChatGPT, AI policies—and international students?

University Business

ChatGPT and artificial intelligence are now a common part of the vocabulary in higher education. They can be used for lesson planning, quiz creation and, if used correctly by students, for research, language development and as an effective tool in their education to support student success. I have heard from language teachers who have used ChatGPT with their ESL students who have stated that it has had a positive impact on their learning.

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New Paper Examines Funding of Attacks on Higher Education

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

A new white paper, released by the American Association of University Professors’ (AAUP) Center for the Defense of Academic Freedom, details an outgrowth of a coordinated campaign to generate a backlash against academic institutions. Dr. Irene Mulvey “ Manufacturing Backlash: Right-Wing Think Tanks and Legislative Attacks on Higher Education ” describes well-funded, widespread political attacks on higher education, comprising legislative pursuits that undermine academic freedom and university au

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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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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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3 big questions are lingering after NCAA’s landmark case

University Business

College athletics may never be the same after the NCAA voted on a landmark settlement that will pay out former Division I athletes over the last 10 years and that allows schools to share their athletics revenue with their athletes. It’s a move that protects the NCAA from losing a U.S. district court case in California, House v. NCAA, which would have required the governing body to pay up over $4 billion, an amount that could have potentially spelled its end.

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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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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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College cost: Loans detract from the value of degrees, poll finds

University Business

The value of a college degree is nothing like it was before the pandemic, and rising tuition costs aren’t doing colleges any favors as they continue grappling with enrollment declines, a new poll indicates. Only 22% of adults believe a four-year degree is worth it even if it incurs debt, a new Pew Research survey suggests. Another 47% say the cost is only worth it if they don’t need to take out a loan, while 29% say the cost isn’t worth it at all.

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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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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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‘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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How educational therapy can help universities and students succeed

University Business

The field of educational therapy has been gaining more visibility in recent years, with articles in major publications such as The Wall Street Journal spotlighting the growing field. While often confused with related yet different terms such as psychotherapy and educational psychology, educational therapy has been helping neurotypical and neurodiverse students manage learning challenges, build on their strengths, advocate for themselves and succeed academically for decades.

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Educating the Next Generation

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

California’s public schools didn’t teach Asian American history to a young Dr. Beth Lew-Williams. Neither did college. So, for those powerful stories she heard as a child from her first-generation immigrant grandfather — who entered the U.S. in the 1930s, amid federal Chinese exclusion efforts and prejudice — she couldn’t fully grasp them. “The stories I got within my family didn’t fit in the U.S. history classes that I was taking,” Lew-Williams says.

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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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It’s the Tories who broke Britain, but now they want teenagers to pay for it | Gaby Hinsliff

The Guardian Higher Education

Cutting degrees to pay for more apprenticeships is plain barmy – just look at the facts and ask yourself who this is aimed at Once upon a time, elections used to be all about kissing babies. But for parents of teenagers, this one has felt more like a smack in the teeth. Last weekend, our children were threatened with compulsory national service, for no obvious reason beyond keeping nostalgic pensioners happy.

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President moves: Yale taps next leader, plus more hires abound

University Business

Colleges and universities welcome new presidents while bidding students farewell for the summer. The biggest splash is the recent hire of Yale’s next leader. Also: Southern New Hampshire settles into its next president following Paul LeBlanc’s departure and Tuskegee University finds a former federal student aid leader to champion the HBCU.

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Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles LGBT Center to Launch Legal Lifeline

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Tess Feldman Southwestern Law School is collaborating with the Los Angeles LGBT Center in launching the Asylum Law Clinic to better equip future lawyers in providing legal support to asylum seekers in the LGBTQIA+ community. "The Asylum Law Clinic is a huge step in training law students to advocate effectively for marginalized groups," said Andrea Ramos, director of Southwestern’s Immigration Law Clinic.

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‘The Last Straw’ for Weary Financial Aid Officers

Confessions of a Community College Dean

‘The Last Straw’ for Weary Financial Aid Officers Liam Knox Fri, 05/31/2024 - 03:00 AM Financial aid offices have been overworked and understaffed since the pandemic. Now the FAFSA fiasco has put some in crisis mode.

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Collegiate Esports Programs Serve as Recruitment and Retention Tools

EdTech Magazine - Higher Education

More than 200 colleges and universities are now home to varsity teams in the field of competitive video gaming. With growing interest in esports, many are looking to develop their club and varsity programs to attract potential students. At the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, for example, competitive video gaming is proving to be a powerful tool for recruitment and retention.

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How one small private school will power 50% of its campus with solar energy

University Business

Grinnell College was fueled by the dreams of its students, faculty and trustees when it signed the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment a decade ago. With the stroke of a pen from the Iowa college’s former president Raynard Kington, the private liberal arts school in Iowa pledged to begin enacting measures toward carbon neutrality. “We made a commitment to do this without knowing how we were going to get there, which is always sort of scary,” s

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The Commencement Story and the Rhymes of History

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

More often than not, the commencement address is designed to be a sanitized rhetorical moment. Graduation speeches are not often written to make incisive interventions, despite the many ways that commencement speakers intone their words. A commencement signals a new beginning or a new start for graduates as they take their hard-earned degrees and begin the journey of professional trials and tribulations.

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The FAFSA Fiasco’s Forgotten Students

Confessions of a Community College Dean

The FAFSA Fiasco’s Forgotten Students Liam Knox Tue, 05/28/2024 - 03:00 AM The botched rollout of the federal aid form has affected current students as much as incoming first-years. Some feel abandoned amidst the scramble to help applicants.

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Future-Proofing Classroom Audiovisual Equipment

EdTech Magazine - Higher Education

Today’s educational spaces are designed for digital learning. Zoom-enabled rooms with ceiling microphones, large touch-screen displays and powerful, reliable connectivity have replaced the traditional classrooms of the 20th century. That evolution was already underway when remote and hybrid learning entered the lexicon four years ago. Unfortunately, there’s no crystal ball to help predict what classrooms will look like over the next few decades.

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How does college student mental health compare to K12?

University Business

College students are nearly 50% more likely to suffer from mental health challenges than are high school students, declares a new survey from health insurance giant UnitedHealthcare. Specifically, 77% of college students reported that they or a classmate or friend struggled with some form of mental health challenge. Anxiety/stress (55%), depression (41%) and suicidal ideation and intent (13%) were the most likely forms of mental illness mentioned.

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ACCT Project Catalogs State Funding Models for Community Colleges

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

A new project by the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) explores how states fund community colleges based on the enrollment for their students. Dr. Walter G. Bumphus “There is no national data set that reflects the true scope of community college enrollments and curriculum,” said Dr. Walter G. Bumphus, president and CEO of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).

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California Bill Would Create ‘Black-Serving Institution’ Designation

Confessions of a Community College Dean

California Bill Would Create ‘Black-Serving Institution’ Designation Sara Weissman Tue, 05/28/2024 - 03:00 AM Some lawmakers and higher ed leaders in California want a state-level designation highlighting colleges and universities serving Black students well.

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UCLA threatens to withhold degrees from pro-Palestinian student protesters

The Guardian Higher Education

At least 55 students arrested in police raid on Gaza solidarity camp accused of flouting code of conduct and threatened with sanctions The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) has threatened to discipline and withhold degrees from at least 55 students involved in pro-Palestinian demonstrations, according to faculty members supporting the students.

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Student Spotlight: Luka’s Study + Internship Experience Abroad in Sydney

AIFS Abroad

A study abroad program can be a life-changing experience, and even more so when you add an international internship into the mix! Just ask Luka, a college student from Fairfield University who is majoring in International Business and Finance. He has been spending his spring semester doing a Study + Internship program in the dynamic city of Sydney, Australia through AIFS Abroad.

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Survey: Faculty and Staff Observe Increasing Demand for Mental Health Support Among Online Learners

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

More than 80% of college faculty and staff members have noticed increasing demand among online learners for mental health services this past school year, according to a new survey from the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) and teletherapy company Uwill. Michael London The survey – conducted by OLC in March 2024 – garnered responses from 338 college faculty and staff members from a mix of public and private institutions nationally, asking about their beliefs and observations of the mental health o

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San José State Suspends SJP Faculty Adviser

Confessions of a Community College Dean

San José State University has suspended a Justice Studies professor who’s also faculty adviser for the campus chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine. A university official wrote to Sang Hea Kil Friday telling her she was on paid suspension and asking her to turn in her university keys and access card, according to a copy of the letter Kil provided Inside Higher Ed.

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ResEdChat Ep 72: Integrating Wellness into a Residential Curriculum with Sean Watson

Roompact

We're pleased to welcome Sean Watson to the show this week and discuss the purpose and process of implementing a wellness focus to your residential curriculum. Sean shares a wealth of knowledge and passion on this topic to help understand the nuances of how best to approach this intricate work.

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Sunak pledges to replace ‘rip-off’ degrees with skilled apprenticeships

The Guardian Higher Education

Tory policy would be funded by scrapping courses with high drop-out rates and low job progression Rishi Sunak has promised to create 100,000 high-skilled apprenticeships a year by scrapping “rip-off degrees” if he wins the general election. In the latest of a flurry of announcements as the Conservatives try to narrow Labour’s 20-point poll lead, the party pledged to replace “low-quality” university degrees with apprenticeships.

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CORRIE FOUNTAIN

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Dr. Corrie Fountain Corrie Fountain has been appointed interim provost and vice president for academic affairs at Clayton State University. Fountain holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Delaware State University, a master’s in special education/behavior disorders from West Virginia University, and a Ph.D. in educational policy studies from Georgia State.

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In Massachusetts, a Push for Free Community College for All

Confessions of a Community College Dean

In Massachusetts, a Push for Free Community College for All Johanna Alonso Thu, 05/30/2024 - 03:00 AM The first year of a program offering free college for those over 25 was a rousing success at boosting enrollment. Now, some legislators want to expand the program to all ages.

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Summer Strategies (Part 1): Making the Most of the ResLife Off-Season

Roompact

Summertime in education (but not the good kind where you get summer off) presents many opportunities during the break. Although the campus might be quieter during these months, it also poses a challenge in deciding how best to use our time. Should we rest and recuperate from the academic year’s demands, or should we plan.

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Running our universities for profit was always a bad idea | Letter

The Guardian Higher Education

The result has been an increase in fixed costs to pay for vast building programmes and administrative overheads, writes Norman Gowar Zoe Williams’ article ( A generation of students is being ripped off – and our blood should be boiling, 20 May ) shows that what is happening in our universities was entirely predictable following the government’s misguided attempt to marketise them.

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Brown To Serve as 10th President of Tuskegee

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Dr. Mark Brown has been named the 10th president and chief executive officer at Tuskegee University. He succeeds Dr. Charlotte P. Morris. Dr. Mark Brown "I am grateful and humbled by the Board of Trustees, faculty, alumni, students, community leaders, and all of Mother Tuskegee for the opportunity to return home to lead our university into the second quarter of the 21st Century,” said Brown.

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