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Liberal Arts and Humanities Education: Who Is Right—Bill Gates, or the Late Steve Jobs?

Liberal Arts and Humanities Education: Who Is Right—Bill Gates, or the Late Steve Jobs? | Higher Education Roundup | Scoop.it
When students asked me what subjects they should major in to become a tech entrepreneur, I would say engineering, mathematics, and science.
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Alcorn State Celebrates Medgar Evers’ Civil Rights Legacy - Higher Education

Alcorn State Celebrates Medgar Evers’ Civil Rights Legacy - Higher Education | Higher Education Roundup | Scoop.it
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"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...

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New Test to Measure Faculty Collegiality Produces Some Dissension Itself

New Test to Measure Faculty Collegiality Produces Some Dissension Itself | Higher Education Roundup | Scoop.it
The gauge identifies good and bad behavior in the academic workplace. Many professors have their doubts.
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"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...

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Heard It All Before? A New Age of Lectures - Best Colleges Online

Heard It All Before? A New Age of Lectures - Best Colleges Online | Higher Education Roundup | Scoop.it
New forms of lectures are emerging to make sure students get the most benefit out of their class time.
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...I tend to stray away from lecturing for an entire class period. This was a really good resource!

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Morris Brown Trustees Reject $10M in Taxpayer Money - Higher Education

Morris Brown Trustees Reject $10M in Taxpayer Money - Higher Education | Higher Education Roundup | Scoop.it
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"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."

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25 Critical Thinking Strategies For The Modern ...

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25 Critical Thinking Strategies For The Modern Learner (25 Critical Thinking Strategies For The Modern Learner | @scoopit http://t.co/JRs1FL5YBt)
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The Metropolitan Education Problem: Why High School Students Are Walking Out

The Metropolitan Education Problem: Why High School Students Are Walking Out | Higher Education Roundup | Scoop.it
Though we are still living in the legacy of these historical developments, we no longer discuss the structural problems of American cities like Philadelphia.
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Pakistan, India Incidents Underscore Need to Confront Violence Against Women - Higher Education

Pakistan, India Incidents Underscore Need to Confront Violence Against Women - Higher Education | Higher Education Roundup | Scoop.it
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"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...

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Great post to make people aware of this pathetic situation.
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Campus and academic communities left to wonder why after a professor's suicide | Inside Higher Ed

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"James Aune’s apparent suicide this week at Texas A&M University stunned the campus and the broader academic community – especially rhetoricians, among whom he was a leading scholar..."

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Good Silences, Bad Silences, and Unforgivable Silences - Diversity in Academe - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Good Silences, Bad Silences, and Unforgivable Silences - Diversity in Academe - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Higher Education Roundup | Scoop.it
For junior women of color on the faculty, a recurring conflict is the tension between voice and no voice.
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A Real Harvard Man: Phillis Wheatley - Diversity in Academe - The Chronicle of Higher Education

A Real Harvard Man: Phillis Wheatley - Diversity in Academe - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Higher Education Roundup | Scoop.it

"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."

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Does This Lab Coat Make Me Look Fat? - The Conversation - The Chronicle of Higher Education

What does it mean when a highly successful neuroscientist, like Dario Maestripieri, states that he is disappointed there aren’t more “super model types” at a major conference?

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Admissions and aid policies play a larger role than tuition in driving debt, paper finds | Inside Higher Ed

Admissions and aid policies play a larger role than tuition in driving debt, paper finds | Inside Higher Ed | Higher Education Roundup | Scoop.it

“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.”

 

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Mae Jemison on teaching arts and sciences together | Video on TED.com

Mae Jemison is an astronaut, a doctor, an art collector, a dancer ...
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Student expelled for being gay and charged $6,000 in back tuition protests with online petition | Inside Higher Ed

Student expelled for being gay and charged $6,000 in back tuition protests with online petition | Inside Higher Ed | Higher Education Roundup | Scoop.it
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"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..."

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Essay of advice for the newly tenured | Inside Higher Ed

Essay of advice for the newly tenured | Inside Higher Ed | Higher Education Roundup | Scoop.it
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Got tenure? Great! Now what should you do? Check out this post from Eric Glodman...

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Academic researchers using crowdfunding platforms | Inside Higher Ed

Academic researchers using crowdfunding platforms  | Inside Higher Ed | Higher Education Roundup | Scoop.it
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...with diminishing research funds is this where we are going? are we going to have to crowdfund our work? Read on...

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Advocates Urge Congress to Renew Teacher Quality Partnership Grant Program - Higher Education

Advocates Urge Congress to Renew Teacher Quality Partnership Grant Program - Higher Education | Higher Education Roundup | Scoop.it
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"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...

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Perspectives, Play, and Pedagogy: The Hybrid Pe...

Perspectives, Play, and Pedagogy: The Hybrid Pe... | Higher Education Roundup | Scoop.it
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.
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Latest Blog Post from Dr. Takiyah Nur Amin

Latest Blog Post from Dr. Takiyah Nur Amin | Higher Education Roundup | Scoop.it
Here's the thing: This is my second year on the tenure track at my current institution. This is my eighth year teaching in higher ed. I've worked at a variety of schools ranging from small liberal...
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Hey friends! Check out the latest from my blog, "Liminal Space." Enjoy!

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New book challenges the idea that professors don't care about teaching | Inside Higher Ed

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"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.."

 
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Welcome to Star Scholar U. - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Welcome to Star Scholar U. - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Higher Education Roundup | Scoop.it

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.


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Lessons From a Faculty Portrait: Keep Calm and Carry On - Diversity in Academe - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Lessons From a Faculty Portrait: Keep Calm and Carry On - Diversity in Academe - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Higher Education Roundup | Scoop.it
A pioneering black female faculty member at the University of Iowa's law school reflects on what it took for her to serve long enough to see a painting of herself unveiled.
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Responding to Malala - Commentary - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Responding to Malala - Commentary - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Higher Education Roundup | Scoop.it

"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?"

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Who is behind the latest effort to end the consideration of race in college admissions? - Higher Education

Who is behind the latest effort to end the consideration of race in college admissions? - Higher Education | Higher Education Roundup | Scoop.it

"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."

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