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Salaita Goes After University Donors in Lawsuit Over Illinois Job Loss

chronicle.com — Steven G. Salaita's widely anticipated lawsuit over his denial of a tenured professorship at the University of Illinois takes the innovative step of also demanding damages from university donors who pressured its leaders not to hire him.
Jan 29, 2015

Salaita Goes After University Donors in Lawsuit Over Job Loss at Illinois shar.es/1o1mkw via @chronicle

Jan 29, 2015

RT @chronicle: Breaking: Steven Salaita has sued the University of Illinois over his denial of a tenured professorship: chroni.cl/1yEs2i4

Who’s Saving for College in 529 Plans?

m.chronicle.com — Since President Obama proposed rolling back the federal tax advantages of 529 plans-a position he's since changed-the accounts have been characterized as both a reward for middle-class Americans trying to do the right thing and a tax break for the wealthy. So who actually benefits?
Jan 29, 2015

Who’s Saving for College in 529 Plans? shar.es/1bLOLs Hint: Not the middle class.

Jan 29, 2015

And the answer to the question everyone has been asking the last week: who really benefits from 529s, shar.es/1bNScu via @chronicle

A New Faculty Challenge: Fending Off Abuse on Yik Yak

chronicle.com — The three Eastern Michigan University professors had no idea that they were under attack by the Honors College students seated before them. The three women knew that many of the nearly 230 freshmen in the auditorium resented having to show up at 9 a.m. every Friday for a mandatory interdisciplinary-studies class.
Jan 29, 2015

Protected speech or cyberbullying? When faculty are flamed on Yik Yak: shar.es/1bLjH1 via @chronicle

Jan 29, 2015

RT @DanBerrett: A teachable moment missed? RT: A New Faculty Challenge: Fending Off Abuse on Yik Yak shar.es/1bL5cB via @chronicle

Who’s Saving for College in 529 Plans?

chronicle.com — Since President Obama proposed rolling back the federal tax advantages of 529 plans-a position he's since changed-the accounts have been characterized as both a reward for middle-class Americans trying to do the right thing and a tax break for the wealthy. So who actually benefits?
Jan 29, 2015

RT @higheredrachel: 529 balances: 90-95 %ile: $31K; 95-100: $106K; 2nd/3rd quartile? $8K. Not middle class benefit chronicle.com/article/Who-s-… pic.twitter.com/jgTDn5QQfK

Jan 29, 2015

Related: a @chronicle breakdown of who's actually using 529 plans to save for college. chronicle.com/article/Who-s-…

Sortable Table: College and University Endowments, 2013-14

chronicle.com — A searchable database shows how individual colleges' endowments fared in the fiscal year that ended in June. The figures below come from the National Association of College and University Business Officers and the Commonfund Institute. Read a related article about their annual study of college endowments.
Jan 29, 2015

Looks like the UT system's endowment is three times the size of the Univ. of CA system's endowment @chronicle bit.ly/1LkZC6K

College Endowments See Another Year of Growth

chronicle.com — The improving economy contributed to a second strong year in a row for colleges' endowment returns, according to an annual study released on Thursday. Colleges' endowments returned an average of 15.5 percent in the 2014 fiscal year, up from 11.7 percent in 2013, and far above 2012's investment returns of negative 0.3 percent.
Jan 29, 2015

Will this revive attn from Congress? College Endowments See Another Year of Growth: shar.es/1bLImH via @chronicle #highered

On 529 Plans, Obama Is Reminded, Don’t Mess With the ‘Middle Class’

m.chronicle.com — Government By Kelly Field It took President Obama just a week to ditch his proposal to roll back tax breaks for 529 college-savings plans. Why such a quick about-face? Chalk it up, yet again, to the political strength of the middle class-or at least those who think they belo...
Jan 29, 2015

This morning's read: a good overview by @kfieldCHE on what went wrong with Obama's plan on 529s shar.es/1bNS1G

The Credit Hour Is Here to Stay, at Least for Now

chronicle.com — The Carnegie Unit has been around for more than a century, and unless someone can come up with a better way of tracking college credit, it won't be going anywhere anytime soon. It presents challenges, but it has value because it sets minimum instructional standards.
Jan 29, 2015

RT @wallyboston: The Credit Hour Is Here to Stay, at Least for Now shar.es/1bNLdh "measuring time is easy vs measuring learning

On 529 Plans, Obama Is Reminded, Don’t Mess With the ‘Middle Class’

chronicle.com — It took President Obama just a week to ditch his proposal to roll back tax breaks for 529 college-savings plans. Why such a quick about-face? Chalk it up, yet again, to the political strength of the middle class-or at least those who think they belong to that demographic.
Jan 29, 2015

More useful 529 insight, from @kfieldCHE: On 529 Plans, Obama Is Reminded, Don’t Mess With the ‘Middle Class’ shar.es/1bLcSw.

How to Give Prospective Students a Better Idea of What College Will Cost

chronicle.com — It's one of the big complaints about college admissions: Families don't learn a bottom-line price until quite late in the game. Net-price calculators were supposed to change all that. The tools, which the federal government has required colleges to post on their websites for several years now, give a personalized estimate of college costs after grants and scholarships.
Jan 28, 2015

RT @chronicle: How to give prospective students a better idea of what college will cost: chroni.cl/1DbpCLZ

Jan 28, 2015

RT @rkelchen: .@becksup covers important work by @linzcpage & colleagues looking at the accuracy of net price calculators: http://t.co/99XZ…

Botching Sexual-Assault Complaints Is Costly, Study Finds

chronicle.com — A student tells her RA or coach that she was sexually assaulted, but that person doesn't alert campus authorities. A staff member dissuades a student from officially reporting an assault by warning her how grueling the process will be.
Jan 28, 2015

Worth another mention: A rare look at how 104 colleges handled hundreds of reports of sexual violence. bit.ly/1y6ccOa

Jan 28, 2015

RT @chronicle: A look at how cases of sexual violence are handled—and mishandled—across dozens of campuses. chroni.cl/15IqDjY

Jan 28, 2015

RT @chronicle: A look at how cases of sexual violence are handled—and mishandled—across dozens of campuses. chroni.cl/15IqDjY

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I Guess ‘It’s a Thing’

chronicle.com — A couple of weeks back, NPR's "All Things Considered" ran a piece about the word random. It definitely was something I would be expected to like. After all, I am the NPR guy di tutti NPR guys. All the presets on my kitchen table radio are set to different public radio stations.

Northwestern Gets Largest Donation in Its History From Warren Buffett’s Sister

chronicle.com — Northwestern University has announced its largest donation in history-$101-million to create a global-studies institute and fund scholarships for international students, among other things, the Chicago Tribune reports. The gift comes from Roberta Buffett Elliott, a Northwestern graduate and sister of the billionaire businessman Warren Buffett. Northwestern is in the midst of a multibillon-dollar fund-raising campaign.
Jan 28, 2015

Northwestern gets largest donation in university history - for a global institute & scholarships for int'l students chronicle.com/blogs/ticker/j…

Spelling (Sometimes) Counts

chronicle.com — Among the things I'm bad at are backing into parking spaces, taking a hint, and grasping what people are saying when they mouth words to me. Among the things I'm good at are finding parking spaces, predicting what sports announcers will say, and spelling.

The Open-Records King of Eugene

chronicle.com — Since 2009, the University of Oregon has had five presidents, including interim officeholders. It's gone through four athletic directors, and it's now advertising for its fourth general counsel.
Jan 28, 2015

RT @chrondata: The Open-Records King of Eugene: shar.es/1bT4In #highered http://t.co/u8VAnm1wqa

Jan 27, 2015

Bill Harbaugh, UO econ prof and critic of the school's administration, is profiled by the Chronicle of Higher Ed: chronicle.com/article/The-Op…

Jan 27, 2015

.@etkeld profiles "open records king" Bill Harbaugh of @uomatters. He's filed 230 of UO's 1,300 FOIAs since June '09 chronicle.com/article/The-Op…

Jan 27, 2015

Congrats to old pal @uomatters on this profile, the open-records king of Eugene: bit.ly/15FPfK7

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Former Vanderbilt Football Players Are Convicted of 2013 Campus Rape

chronicle.com — Former Vanderbilt Football Players Are Convicted of 2013 Campus Rape Two former football players at Vanderbilt University have been found guilty of all charges for their roles in a 2013 campus rape, the Associated Press reports.

College Savings Plans: a Bad Gamble

chronicle.com — With all the economic pain and consternation - surging unemployment, enormous corporate bankruptcy, trillions becoming the new billions - it's easy to overlook the fact that tens of thousands of families have suddenly lost a great deal of the money they socked away to pay for college.

For Its Next President, a Liberal-Arts Standard-Bearer Looks to the World of Finance

chronicle.com — Being a professor at Harvard is not an unusual stop on the path to the presidency of a small liberal-arts college. But some of the other lines on Clayton S. Rose's résumé make his appointment as the next president of Bowdoin College stand out.
Jan 28, 2015

RT @kclarkcollege: the Wall Street-ification of liberal arts #colleges? ow.ly/I6Dp9 Investment bankers become coll presidents

Jan 28, 2015

the Wall Street-ification of liberal arts #colleges? ow.ly/I6Dp9 Investment bankers become coll presidents

Associate Dean of What?

chronicle.com — The School of Social and Clinical Medicine at the University of Bristol is hiring a new "associate dean of eureka moments." The job advertisement went viral on academic social media last Friday. This is a real job at a real British university, not a satire.
Jan 27, 2015

RT @EmmMacfarlane: Universities have bloated admin. It's gotten a lot worse in the last 20 years. Well, we're reaching peak bloat: chronicle.com/blogs/conversa…