February, 2024

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Sacramento State Creates Nation's First Black Honors College

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Sacramento State — home to the largest number of Black students within the California State University (CSU) system — is launching what will become the nation’s first-ever Black Honors College. Slated to begin operating in the fall, the honors college will enroll students who have a GPA of 3.5 or higher and an interest in Black history, life, and culture.

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Indiana Bill Threatens Faculty Members Who Don’t Provide ‘Intellectual Diversity’

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Indiana Bill Threatens Faculty Members Who Don’t Provide ‘Intellectual Diversity’ Ryan Quinn Wed, 02/21/2024 - 03:00 AM One critic says a bill passed by the state Senate would mandate “a system of surveillance and political scrutiny.

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The Student Loan Mess: Next Chapters?

Higher Education Inquirer

In 2014, the father-son team of Joel Best and Eric Best published The Student Loan Mess: How Good Intentions Created a Trillion Dollar Problem. Their argument was that rising student loan debt posed a major social and economic problem in the United States, exceeding $1 trillion at the time of publication (predicted to reach $2 trillion by 2020). This "mess" resulted from a series of well-intentioned but flawed policies that focused on different aspects of the issue in isolation, ultimately creat

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Are two more-than-halves spurious? Sociopolitical underpinnings behind adoption rates of Generative AI in casualised Higher Education – An actionable critique

Teaching Matters Academic Communities

In this extra post, Vassilis Galanos invites us to reflect on the sociopolitical backdrop behind the fast adoption of technologies like Generative Artificial Intelligence in Higher Education, such as the casualisation of academic employment in a landscape pressured by research excellence frameworks.

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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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What is The Future of RDs? – A Need To Shape Our Efforts By A Commitment To Love

Roompact

This blog series features different writers responding to the prompt, “What is the future of the RD position and role?” Guest Post by Sean Watson, Residence Life Professional The role of Residence Directors has been undergoing a transformative and challenging journey, as we negotiate the Great Resignation, an upended employment landscape, and changing expectations for navigating success.

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Northwestern Launches ‘Center for Enlightened Disagreement’

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University is planning to debut its Center for Enlightened Disagreement to address challenges in navigating differences to drive change and encourage critical thinking in solving pressing problems. Dr. Francesca Cornelli “Kellogg and Northwestern are deeply committed to addressing the growing barriers to discourse that hinder our progress as a society, not by seeking to eliminate disagreement but by embracing it as a virtue,” said Kellogg Dean Dr.

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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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NBA Foundation Teams Up with National College Access and Success Nonprofit to Help Close the Degree Divide in Five Cities

College Forward

ST. PAUL, Minn. , Jan. 30, 2024 / PRNewswire / — College Possible , a pioneering national nonprofit on a mission to boost college access and success by connecting high school and college students with near-peer coaches, today announced the renewal of its successful collaboration with the NBA Foundation. This collaboration between College Possible and the NBA Foundation will focus on helping remove barriers to college access and entry for young people of color and students from low-incom

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Oh, the humanit(ies)! Why integrating the liberal arts and STEM is a win-win for students, institutions

University Business

Bolstered by state and national workforce needs and their promising return on investment, the STEM track represents a gold mine for colleges and universities that want to ensure credentials from their institution are providing students with good job prospects and gainful employment. Meanwhile, the humanities and social sciences are taking a back seat.

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We Ask ChatGPT: Write A Behind Closed Doors Scenario

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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Vanderbilt University Expands Popular Financial Aid Program

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Vanderbilt University is expanding its nationally recognized no-loan financial aid program, known as Opportunity Vanderbilt. Dr. Daniel Diermeier Dr. Daniel Diermeier, the university's chancellor, announced the university’s commitment to offering full-tuition scholarships to admitted students of families whose annual income is $150,000 or less. “We want everyone who has what it takes to get into Vanderbilt to be able to enroll, regardless of their financial background.

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Another Wave of Campus Cuts

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Another Wave of Campus Cuts Josh Moody Tue, 02/20/2024 - 03:00 AM Numerous colleges announced or completed plans to cut academic programs or jobs in February. Many of those institutions are in the Midwest—particularly Ohio.

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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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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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THE: Six of the 10 most reputable universities in the world found in the U.S.

University Business

The U.S. has long maintained dominance of the higher education space, but Times Higher Education’s international rankings last year showed that other countries like China and the U.K. could soon be closing in. However, when it comes to reputation, other countries will have to wait a little bit longer for any significant power shake-up to take place, according to THE’s latest World Reputation Ranking.

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Examples of ResLife RA/Student Staff Recruitment Materials (2024 Edition)

Roompact

When it’s RA/student staff recruitment season, it’s time to bring on the creativity! The following schools volunteered their recruitment materials (posters, flyers, social media images, etc.) to share. Check out these examples and get ideas for your own efforts. California State University Long Beach Credit: Melanie Vo, Resident Assistant & Marketing and Social Media Student Assistant.

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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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Catholic University Fires Instructor Over ‘Abortion Doula’ Speaker’s Comments

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Catholic University Fires Instructor Over ‘Abortion Doula’ Speaker’s Comments Sara Weissman Tue, 02/20/2024 - 03:00 AM The instructor was fired after a doula spoke in her class about clients having abortions. Antiabortion activists celebrated, while academic freedom advocates were horrified.

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What Are Ghost Students, and How Do They Operate?

EdTech Magazine - Higher Education

The looming enrollment cliff and a slow recovery from pandemic-related enrollment dips have left higher education institutions across the country looking for ways to boost interest and applications from potential students. But not every bump in applications is a positive sign. In fact, the ease with which prospective students can now apply to college — and be accepted — is one of the factors behind a disturbing trend: the rise in so-called ghost students.

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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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President’s corner: Katherine Frank, the “curator” of today’s most innovative cross-sector partnerships

University Business

University of Wisconsin-Stout Chancellor Katherine Frank has the honor of claiming many “firsts” for her university. As one of only two special mission universities in the Wisconsin system and its designated polytechnic university, Stout has maneuvered onto the cutting edge of workforce development and explored different college pathways for K12 graduates and learners of all backgrounds, thanks to Frank’s thoughtful leadership.

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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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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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AAUP Joins Labor Union Call for Ceasefire in Gaza

Confessions of a Community College Dean

AAUP Joins Labor Union Call for Ceasefire in Gaza Ryan Quinn Wed, 02/14/2024 - 03:00 AM “We cannot bomb our way to peace,” the statement from the association of professors says.

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How Temple University Created an Artificial Intelligence Policy

EdTech Magazine - Higher Education

When ChatGPT hit the scene in late 2022, we at Temple University knew our community would be looking for guidance. This technology was going to be a disruptor, and we needed to get ahead of the inevitable questions from our faculty and students. We are not IT experts, but in our day-to-day work with educational technologists, we tend to approach IT from a pedagogical angle, so we dived into learning everything we could about generative artificial intelligence and its possible impacts on and uses

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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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This is the biggest misperception keeping Hispanic students from attending college

University Business

In recent agency research, a young first-generation Hispanic college student shared that she was initially not going to attend college because she did not know what to study. She and her parents knew of only a few career paths: doctor, nurse and engineer (her parents were janitors for an engineering firm). The challenge was that none of these paths aligned with this young Hispanic student’s interests or strengths—she did not like math.

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Study Abroad Love Stories: Couples Who Met Overseas through AIFS Abroad

AIFS Abroad

Here’s the thing: We’re suckers for study abroad love stories! So much so that each year during Valentine’s Day we reflect on the many incredible connections that have been made because of global education opportunities — specifically on our programs! Countless AIFS Abroad alumni have met their “person” while living and learning abroad, and we hope there will be so many more to come!

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Report: Hardships of Black LGBTQ+ Youth Span School, Family, and Multiple Community Settings

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Black LGBTQ+ youth face both racism and homophobia as a result of their intersectional identity. As a result, they also face hardships related to a number of facets in their lives, including school safety, religion, community support, and higher education, according to a new report from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation. Charleigh J. Flohr The " 2024 Black LGBTQ+ Youth Report " – which the HRC Foundation created in partnership with the University of Connecticut – examines data from thei

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Survey: Graduate Students Expect a Financial Return on Investment

Confessions of a Community College Dean

Survey: Graduate Students Expect a Financial Return on Investment Ashley Mowreader Tue, 02/20/2024 - 03:00 AM A new survey finds graduate students want greater transparency about outcomes prior to enrolling in an advanced degree program.

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How and Why Higher Ed Institutions Should Elevate Digital Fluency

EdTech Magazine - Higher Education

For college and university leaders, the landscape is shifting. In the past, the ability to produce a substantial term paper meant a graduate was ready to enter the workforce. That’s no longer the case. In the work world today, “they’re being asked to create and communicate through video or through audio. They’re perhaps being asked to create eye-catching imagery or social media posts,” says Patrick Hoy, senior manager of product marketing at Adobe.

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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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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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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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Study Reveals Only 16% of Faculty is Ready for GenAI in Higher Education

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

A new study examines potential effects of artificial intelligence on current challenges faced in higher education and notes that few are ready. The 2023-2024 Digital Learning Pulse Survey revealed that three-quarters of higher education trustees, faculty, and administrators believe GenAI will noticeably change their institutions — and help solve ongoing issues.

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How Iowa Student Journalists Saved 2 Small-Town Papers

Confessions of a Community College Dean

How Iowa Student Journalists Saved 2 Small-Town Papers Johanna Alonso Wed, 02/14/2024 - 03:00 AM In what may be the first such acquisition of its kind, the independent student paper at Iowa’s flagship university has purchased two local weekly newspapers.

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