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AI and plagiarism: Why higher ed must now adjust

University Business

A plagiarism war has erupted since Claudine Gay announced her resignation from Harvard University. After Business Insider suggested Neri Oxman—a prominent MIT grad and wife of billionaire philanthropist William Ackman—had plagiarized in her dissertation, Ackman promised to leverage AI capabilities to review the published work of all of MIT’s faculty, its president and the work of the faculties at other Ivy Leagues. “No body of written work in academia can survive the power of AI searchin

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UNCF Report Examines Black Teacher Pipeline, Offers Best Practices

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

A 40-page report released by the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) reveals that Black teacher scarcity may be attributed to factors including desegregation, racism, and the incorporation of standardized tests that result in Black teachers losing their license. The report, titled “The Heart Work of Hard Work: Black Teacher Pipeline Best Practices at HBCU Teacher Education Programs,” found that teacher certification exams used to screen effectiveness eliminated nearly 100,000 minority teachers in 3

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‘Swiftonomics’ Course Brings Taylor Craze to College Classrooms

Confessions of a Community College Dean

‘Swiftonomics’ Course Brings Taylor Craze to College Classrooms Lauren.Coffey@… Wed, 02/07/2024 - 03:00 AM The mega–pop star’s impact on supply and demand, monopolies, and cost efficiencies make her prime teaching material for economics courses.

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What Do Higher Education Institutions Need to Know About Zero Trust?

EdTech Magazine - Higher Education

Higher education institutions are vulnerable to cyberthreats because of the valuable data they store, including student records, research and financial information. The open nature of academic environments amplifies the risk. Zero trust is a cybersecurity paradigm shift, operating on the principle of “never trust, always verify” instead of assuming that everything behind the firewall is safe.

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A frustrating year results in drastic declines in FAFSA submissions

University Business

Fewer than half of high school seniors submitted a Free Application for Federal Student Aid compared to this time last year, which may be understandable to some considering the U.S. Department of Education had a rough launch with its newly updated form resulting in a nearly three-month delay coupled with several technological issues for applicants. That’s according to the latest available data from the National College Attainment Network , which tracks the changes in FAFSA submission rates

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From Past to Present: New Book Explores the Importance of HBCUs

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Drs. Marybeth Gasman and Levon T. Esters have written an important and useful historiography of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. HBCU: The Power of Historically Black Colleges and Universities , published by Johns Hopkins University Press, provides personal anecdotes from past and present HBCU students and leaders about the critical role that these storied institutions have played throughout history.

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The Misguided War on Test Optional

Confessions of a Community College Dean

The Misguided War on Test Optional Elizabeth Redden Mon, 02/05/2024 - 03:00 AM Akil Bello argues defenders of test requirements attack student choice and institutional priority setting.

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Climate Update 2024: Extraordinarily Hot Globally

Higher Education Whisperer

Greetings from the Climate Update 2024 at the Australian National University (ANU) where Genevieve Bell, the new Vice-Chancellor reflected on Nugget Coombs, who took her ten pin bowling. Dr Coombs is better know as one of the founders and early VCs of the ANU.

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Higher Ed Officials Express Uncertainty Amid Further FAFSA Delays

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Amid news that the U.S. Department of Education (ED) is delaying the sending out of student information relevant for financial aid calculations to institutions, higher ed scholars and officials have voiced concern and uncertainty over how this change will affect low-income and first-generation students in particular. Dr. Greg Nayor In what has been another delay, ED announced last week that schools and agencies involved in financial aid will receive Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAF

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Fallout From a FAFSA Fiasco

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Fallout From a FAFSA Fiasco Liam Knox Mon, 02/05/2024 - 03:00 AM Colleges are pushing back admission deadlines after the latest FAFSA delay. But not all institutions will be affected equally, and many aren’t yet ready to make the call.

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What Can Smart Buildings Do for Higher Ed Campuses?

EdTech Magazine - Higher Education

Everything’s getting “smart.” Higher education institutions are no exception as technology innovators push them into the future by creating smart buildings as part of smart campuses and smart cities. Students are increasingly looking at what technology the universities they are considering bring to the table. To make that happen, university IT leaders are looking for ways to show students just what that technology can provide — for safety, security, accessibility, cost efficiency and sustainabil

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Team Based Learning Helped with Remote Learning

Higher Education Whisperer

Larry K. MichaelsenGreetings from day 2 of the Team-Based Learning Collaborative Asia Pacific Community Symposium. The keynote today is Larry K. Michaelsen, pioneer of Team Based Learning (TBL). He said that teams formed slower online than face to face, also that technology had provided more options for prework.

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UCLA Alumni Couple Pledges $10 Million to Ethnic Studies Centers

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Two UCLA alumni have pledged $10 million over a five-year period to their alma mater. The money will go toward creating endowed chairs and supporting research opportunities at the school’s Institute of American Cultures (IAC) and its four ethnic studies research centers. Morgan and Helen Chu Karen Umemoto/UCLA Asian American Studies Center This pledge – the largest gift made to the institute since its founding in 1969 – came from Morgan and Helen Chu, two UCLA graduates who have historic ties to

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My Colleagues Stayed Silent When Oct. 7 Was Called a ‘Beautiful Day’

Confessions of a Community College Dean

My Colleagues Stayed Silent When Oct. 7 Was Called a ‘Beautiful Day’ Elizabeth Redden Thu, 02/08/2024 - 03:00 AM Deborah Gerhardt reflects on a UNC faculty body’s decision not to weigh in on a guest speaker’s comments.

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What Is a Chief AI Officer, and Should Your University Appoint One?

EdTech Magazine - Higher Education

As artificial intelligence continues its reach into nearly every aspect of higher education, a new role has emerged to oversee the responsible growth and safe management of this rapidly evolving technology: the chief AI officer. The CAIO role first began to appear in the business world less than a decade ago, within corporations and startups alike. More recently, the government sector has jumped on board, as President Joe Biden’s recent AI executive order requires that all federal agencies appoi

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Meet my AI alter ego

Higher Education Whisperer

Phillip Parannik, and Finn JohnsonAt day 2 of the Team-Based Learning Collaborative Asia Pacific Community Symposium we have been learning how to create AI characters to be used as tutors, & simulated clients for students. I was very skeptical of the idea, but in a few minutes I created "Tom", a simulation of me, for teaching computer students. I can now retire.

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College Fund Offers American Indian Law School Scholarship to Attend Harvard Law

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

The American Indian College Fund has announced its third American Indian Law School Scholarship for a student entering Harvard Law School in the fall of 2024. The scholarship, made possible by a $1 million gift from an anonymous donor, covers tuition and all costs of attendance for an American Indian or Alaska Native law student enrolled in Harvard Law School’s three-year course of study.

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Cornell, Vanderbilt Extend Test-Optional Policies

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Cornell and Vanderbilt Universities both announced this week that they will extend the test-optional admissions policies they adopted during the pandemic. Cornell’s extension is short term, applying only to the next application cycle, while Vanderbilt’s forestalls a permanent decision for three more years.

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These 8 states’ 4-year schools have the highest graduation rates for upward transfers

University Business

New findings from the Community College Research Center (CCRC) are eerily similar to those of the Department of Education : only 16% of community college students earn a bachelor’s degree within six years. But in eight states, when those community college students successfully transfer, their public four-year colleges and universities do their best to ensure they succeed.

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The crucial role of orientation and transition programs in Australian hgher education

Symplicity

Entering college is a stressful and exciting time for any student. Whether they are a first year student at a big university or small, there is a lot to manage on both the student, parent, and university side. Such programs play a vital role in helping new students acclimate to university life, fostering a sense of belonging, and providing essential information and support.

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Women’s Wrestling Aims At 2026 NCAA Championship Status

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Women’s wrestling may become the 91st NCAA championship sport in 2026. The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics voted at its Feb. 7 meeting to recommend Divisions I, II, and III sponsor legislation to add a national collegiate women's wrestling championship. The association-wide committee oversees the Emerging Sports for Women program, which includes women's wrestling.

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New Data Signal Flawed Transfer Process

Confessions of a Community College Dean

New Data Signal Flawed Transfer Process Sara Weissman Wed, 02/07/2024 - 03:00 AM Many community college students intend to transfer to four-year institutions and earn bachelor’s degrees. Few of them make it, according to new reports.

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Interest in career pathways beyond the status quo is growing. Should higher ed be worried?

University Business

Gen Z youth pursuing nontraditional credentials not involving college are increasingly satisfied with their decision. A recent report by Jobs for The Future (JFF) and American Student Assistance (ASA) suggests alternative pathways are in for another boost in popularity, thanks to parent and educator interest. More than half of parents (51%) surveyed were familiar with non-degree pathways, and 88% expressed interest in learning more about them for their children.

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UK professor suffered discrimination due to anti-Zionist beliefs, tribunal rules

The Guardian Higher Education

University of Bristol academic who was sacked after being accused of antisemitic comments wins ‘landmark’ decision A sociology professor sacked by the University of Bristol after being accused of antisemitic comments has won a “landmark” decision that he was discriminated against because of his anti-Zionist beliefs. An employment tribunal ruled that Prof David Miller was unfairly dismissed, and that his “anti-Zionist beliefs qualified as a philosophical belief and as a protected characteristic p

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Recruiters, Students Differ on New Grad Career Readiness

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

The perception between college graduates and potential employers of the new grads’ competencies differs widely, according to research by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). National Association of Colleges and Employers New grads and employers agree on what student proficiencies are necessary — graduating seniors ranked communication, critical thinking, and teamwork as the three most important competencies for a job candidate to develop to be considered career ready on a 2

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Assessing Quality of Microcredentials Is Difficult

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Assessing Quality of Microcredentials Is Difficult kathryn.palmer… Tue, 02/06/2024 - 03:00 AM Most high school educators recognize the value of microcredentials, but a dearth of available data on outcomes can make them hesitant to recommend nondegree pathways to students.

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The 15 colleges producing the most homegrown entrepreneurs

University Business

Many students go to college to find themselves as worthy candidates for a lofty job down the line. Despite the cacophony of noise around the value of a degree, business employers still prefer job candidates with one. However, college isn’t just about finding a job; it’s about creating one. While the nation’s few select elite colleges may produce the most startup companies, colleges whose graduates create the most business within the respective community enjoy benefits far beyo

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‘The situation has become appalling’: fake scientific papers push research credibility to crisis point

The Guardian Higher Education

Last year, 10,000 sham papers had to be retracted by academic journals, but experts think this is just the tip of the iceberg Tens of thousands of bogus research papers are being published in journals in an international scandal that is worsening every year, scientists have warned. Medical research is being compromised, drug development hindered and promising academic research jeopardised thanks to a global wave of sham science that is sweeping laboratories and universities.

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CSU Hires New President, But Questions Linger About the Treatment of Former President

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Central State University—a historically Black institution in Wilberforce, Ohio—will announce its next permanent president Friday. The person will replace Dr. Alex Johnson, President Emeritus of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C), who has been serving as interim president since July 2023, after Dr. Jack Thomas announced that he would not seek a renewal of his contract.

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Florida Atlantic Board Chair Resigns Amid Stalled Search

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Florida Atlantic Board Chair Resigns Amid Stalled Search Josh Moody Fri, 02/09/2024 - 03:00 AM FAU’s search for a new president started in January 2023, but state officials suspended it in July, alleging missteps. Today the process remains stuck in limbo.

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More young men are enrolling in trade schools instead of college

University Business

Less than one year after graduating from Porter and Chester Trade School, Chris Bousquet became an HVAC apprentice and hasn’t looked back. He’s one of millions, as according to a Pew Research study, the amount of students between the ages of 18 and 24 enrolled in college has decreased by 1.2 million since its peak in 2011. According to the most recent U.S. census, one million of them are men.

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Team Based Learning & AI

Higher Education Whisperer

Professor Simon Buckingham ShumGreetings from the University of Sydney where I am taking part in the Team-Based Learning Collaborative Asia Pacific Community Symposium. Most of the staff are from USyd medical schools, but I fell at home as we are talking about experiential learning.

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George Named Virgin Islands’ Sixth President

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Dr. Safiya George has been appointed president of the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI). George will be sixth to preside over the university, succeeding President Dr. David Hall in August. Dr. Safiya George "Becoming a president has been a longstanding dream and goal for many reasons, including my love for interdisciplinary engagement and my keen ability to foster collaboration and productivity among scholars, students, staff, and others from different disciplines,” said George.

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Campus Vote on Antisemitism Resolution Is Microcosm of National Debate

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Campus Vote on Antisemitism Resolution Is Microcosm of National Debate Doug Lederman Wed, 02/07/2024 - 03:00 AM Someone called Oct. 7 “a beautiful day” at a University of North Carolina event. The Faculty Council then “indefinitely postponed” a resolution that would have condemned the statement.

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How Ghana Changed my Life

Hope College Network

Let me take you tell you why studying abroad in Ghana has been nothing short of the best trip I have taken. Buckle up, because this journey is about to unfold into a tapestry of vibrant cultures, delectable cuisines and life-altering realizations. Embracing the Culture: A Lesson in Rich Traditions From the moment I set foot in Ghana, I was welcomed with open arms and warm smiles.

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It’s not about ‘woke’ or foreign students – the truth is that UK universities are starved of cash | Gaby Hinsliff

The Guardian Higher Education

We need to have a frank conversation about higher education. These confected rows benefit nobody What is the biggest problem bedevilling universities right now? Talk to academics, students or parents, and there’s no shortage of contenders. Universities are buzzing with rumours about institutions that might be about to go bust , or at the very least scrap the course your child’s heart was set upon.

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Central State Grad Dr. Morakinyo Kuti Appointed University’s President

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Dr. Morakinyo Kuti has been named president of his alma mater, Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio. Dr. Morakinyo A.O. Kuti “I stand here today as a symbol of our collective successes,” Kuti said during remarks. “I intend to make the board very proud of this decision.” Kuti becomes the 10th president in the Central State’s history. He served as the vice president for research and economic development and director of land-grant programs and as its associate provost for research.