"It was fitting that the weeklong commemoration of Medgar Evers’ contributions to the Civil Rights movement should be capped off at a historically Black university that played a vital role in his life and his commitment to social justice. Alcorn State University, a thriving land-grant institution in rural Mississippi, hosted the last leg of celebrations in the state honoring Evers 50 years after his assassination." READ ON...
The gauge identifies good and bad behavior in the academic workplace. Many professors have their doubts.
Takiyah N. Amin, PhD's insight:
"Can a written test determine whether a faculty member is a bully or a jerk or an all-around pain in the neck?
Two higher-education consultants believe they have an instrument that does just that. They call it the Collegiality Assessment Matrix, and they are promoting it to colleges as a tool for both professional development and faculty evaluations." READ ON...
"Trustees of Morris Brown College have turned down an offer of nearly $10 million in taxpayer money. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed had offered the money that would have eliminated the bankrupt school’s $35 million debt and solved its legal problems, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Morris Brown’s Philadelphia-based lawyer Anne Aaronson has said the city’s offer was insufficient because it covered the college’s debt but didn’t provide operating funds. She says the school has a better offer on the table. Reed and city officials say that’s hard to believe. Aaronson declined to give any further details."
"Gang rapes, acid throwing, honor killings, domestic violence, dowry deaths, human trafficking, and the fear of being captured by religious extremists are just some of the fears that women in South Asia encounter daily." Read on...
"White colonials were skeptical that Wheatley, a slave, had the ability to turn out such learned verse, so they brought her in 1772 to a panel of New England dignitaries, who subjected her to the equivalent of a doctoral examination to prove to the world that she was not a fraud. When the white men completed their examination of the young black woman, they drafted an attestation to her genius that would soon appear as the preface to her first volume of poems, Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral."
“While the cost of attendance does play a statistically significant role in determining student debt levels at private institutions, admissions and financial aid policies, graduation rates, and the mix of majors across students are also significant and important in determining student debt levels,” Monks wrote in the paper. “Specifically, whether an institution is need-blind in admitting its students and/or meets the full demonstrated need of all of its students can increase average student debt upon graduation by as much as 30 percent.”
"When Danielle Powell signed a statement agreeing to follow the rules outlined in the student handbook at Grace University, a small Bible college in Omaha, she had never dated a woman and had no particular plans to do so. As such, the prohibition on “sexually immoral behavior” including "homosexual acts" did not seem like an issue..."
"Congressional lawmakers were urged Monday to renew funding for the Teacher Quality Partnership grant program, a federal initiative that higher education leaders say has helped raise student achievement and foster diversity within the teaching profession." READ ON...
Hybrid Pedagogy is an academic and networked journal of learning, teaching, and technology that combines the strands of critical pedagogy and digital pedagogy to arrive at the best social and civil uses of technology and digital media in education.
"Professors usually don’t make the best teachers, goes a common critique of higher education, especially those at research universities. But a new book challenges that argument, painting the professoriate as an overwhelmingly self-reflective group striving to achieve better learning outcomes over the course of their academic careers.."
A new kind of university has begun to emerge: Call it Star Scholar U.
Professors with large followings and technical prowess are breaking off to start their own online institutions, delivering courses with little or no backing from traditional campuses.
Founding a university may sound dramatic, but in an era of easy-to-use online tools it can be done as a side project—akin to blogging or writing a textbook. Soon there could be hundreds of Star Scholar U's.
Two recent examples are Marginal Revolution University, started by two economics professors at George Mason University, and Rheingold U, run by the author and Internet pioneer Howard Rheingold. To be clear, these professors are using the word "university" loosely—they award no credit and claim no spot on any college ranking. And they probably won't become rich through their teaching. But the gambit gives them full control over the content and delivery methods. And it offers their personal brands as a kind of credential.
"On October 10, a wave of revulsion swept the globe at the news of an assassination attempt on a 14-year-old girl. While riding home in a school van in the Swat area of Pakistan, Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head by Taliban militants. Her crime? Speaking out on behalf of education for girls. Wanting, with all her heart, to go to school.
How do we, as educators, as faculty and administrators within the world's finest education system, respond to Malala?"
"The homepage of the Project on Fair Representation (POFR) features a smiling photo of Abigail Fisher, the young White woman at the center of Fisher v. the University of Texas, which could end race as a criterion in university admissions.
Edward Blum, founder of POFR, a conservative advocacy group, connected Fisher with Wiley Rein LLP, the Washington, D.C., law firm that will argue her case before the U.S. Supreme Court. Fisher claims that UT discriminated against her because she is White. But the closely-watched case is more than one young White woman’s challenge to UT’s admissions policy because she was rejected. The lawsuit is part of a concerted effort to end race-conscious policies — from universities to the workplace."