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A Brief History of Academics Writing Seriously About Zombies

chronicle.com — Academics have debunked fears of a zombie outbreak. But that certainly hasn't stopped them from planning for one. In 2009 a Canadian research team published a mathematical model for how a zombie virus might spread and what governments would have to do in order to stop it.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @chronicle: Here's brief history of academics writing seriously about zombies: chroni.cl/1G2pkdJ. Happy Halloween.

Oct 31, 2014

RT @chronicle: Here's brief history of academics writing seriously about zombies: chroni.cl/1G2pkdJ. Happy Halloween.

Oct 31, 2014

RT @paleofuture: A Brief History of Academics Writing Seriously About Zombies shar.es/107hJI

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Which Marvel Superhero Could Run a University?

chronicle.com — Marvel Comics this week announced a new slate of superhero movies to be released over the next several years. You've got plenty of time to decide which ones you'll see, so in the meantime let's address the question on everyone's mind: Which Marvel character would make the best college president?
Oct 31, 2014

@chronicle asks age-old question: Which Marvel superhero could run a university? shar.es/107KfS

Oct 31, 2014

RT @chronicle: Which Marvel character would make the best college president? Yes, this is a real post: chroni.cl/1wNK4l5

Oct 31, 2014

RT @arthomason: Which Marvel superhero do you want running your university? (X-Men x-cluded) chronicle.com/blogs/ticker/w…

Federal Court Protects an Adjunct’s Complaints About Working Conditions

chronicle.com — A federal appeals court has ruled that the First Amendment protected an adjunct instructor's public complaints about how her employer, an Illinois community college, deals with people in her position. In a decision handed down on Thursday, a three-judge panel of the U.S.
Oct 31, 2014

Federal court protects an adjunct’s complaints about working conditions shar.es/107o4Y via @chronicle

Oct 31, 2014

Adjunct prof. can't be fired for telling union abt lousy working conditions at #college, court rules. ow.ly/DCwpC

Czars in Their Eyes

chronicle.com — It's been a big month for the czars. The White House has appointed Ron Klain as Ebola czar. Not capo or boss, but cz ar, the Russian term (also transliterated as tsar) related to Latin C aesar and German Kaiser. What's with American English and czar, concept and word?
Oct 31, 2014

The word czar's travels from Russian (emperor) to today's American English (troubleshooter with possible expertise). chronicle.com/blogs/linguafr…

Overseeing Sex-Assault Cases Is Now a Full-Time Job

chronicle.com — The dean of students at Claremont McKenna College is quite capable of juggling competing demands. But given the public attention on sexual assaults on campuses, her additional role of Title IX coordinator, in charge of prevention and response, was unsustainable.
Oct 31, 2014

Overseeing Sex-Assault Cases Is Now a Full-Time Job shar.es/107n2K via @chronicle

Drive to Make Study Abroad Safer Could Stifle Colleges’ Overseas Programs

chronicle.com — A push for legislation, in Congress and in statehouses, could increase government scrutiny of study abroad and expand the health and safety information colleges must report about courses overseas. Educators fear that such measures, along with a recent multimillion-dollar court settlement to a student who fell ill on a school-sponsored trip to China, could cause colleges and study-abroad providers to pull back from destinations or programs deemed risky.
Oct 31, 2014

There's a push for greater regulation of #studyabroad. Is that a good thing? shar.es/107dke

Oct 31, 2014

Drive to Make Study Abroad Safer Could Stifle Colleges’ Overseas Programs shar.es/10vFDB [Link free for 24 hours]

What the Wonks Are Saying About the Final Gainful-Employment Rule

chronicle.com — The U.S. Department of Education released the full text of its gainful-employment rule Thursday morning, and it's a big one, weighing in at 945 pages. But sheer volume has never been enough to discourage the most devoted of higher-education observers: the diehard policy wonks, who took to Twitter with observations and analysis.

Elite Colleges Explore Alternative to Common App

chronicle.com — Admissions officials at some of the nation's most-selective colleges seek to create a new online application system, according to documents obtained by The Chronicle. Although the platform would rival the Common Application, its members apparently would include only private colleges with robust financial-aid budgets, and public institutions with high graduation rates.
Oct 31, 2014

Fed up w/probs w/commonapp, elite #colleges may create their own new all-in-1 application ow.ly/DCtpj

Grand Canyon U. Contemplates a Nonprofit Future

chronicle.com — The for-profit Grand Canyon University is considering reverting back to nonprofit status, a move its president said could spare it from the "stigma" surrounding the for-profit higher-education industry and allow it to tap into the rich vein of philanthropy that would support its Christian-focused mission.
Oct 30, 2014

Interesting stuff from @chronicle on for-profit Grand Canyon University trying to transform itself b/c of stigma: bit.ly/1q3t3gT

Oct 30, 2014

Grand Canyon U. Contemplates a Nonprofit Future shar.es/10qF50 via @chronicle yep: @gcu may move to non-profit status @wiredacademic

Oct 30, 2014

For-profit Grand Canyon U., target of criticism from @michaelcrow and Pac-12 schools, contemplates nonprofit turn. bit.ly/1tTBGRD

Oct 30, 2014

Remember Grand Canyon U. and worries of for-profits invading NCAA? That story just took an interesting turn. bit.ly/1tTBGRD

SAT Scores Are Delayed in South Korea and China Amid Cheating Investigation

chronicle.com — SAT Scores Are Delayed in South Korea and China Amid Cheating Investigation The Educational Testing Service said it would delay reporting SAT scores for tests taken this month by South Korean and Chinese students, amid allegations that "organizations that seek to illegally obtain test materials for their own profit" had compromised the integrity of the college-admission test, The New York Times reported.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @chronicle: SAT scores are delayed in South Korea and China amid cheating investigation: chroni.cl/1yJJi8e

Oct 30, 2014

SAT scores are delayed in South Korea and China amid cheating investigation shar.es/10qMSR

Wordsmith Bingo - Lingua Franca - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

chronicle.com — My Facebook (and actual) friend Gene Seymour posted this the other day: Some 40 years ago, Wilfrid Sheed began his post-mortem for Cyril Connolly by asking who the best living writer of English prose is now. His pal John Leonard made a case for Malcolm Muggeridge while Sheed tossed out such eminences of the era as Cheever & E.B.

Social-Media Challenge Takes Aim at an ‘Inequity’ in Admissions

chronicle.com — Bates College was the first to throw down. On Thursday morning, the liberal-arts college announced via Twitter that it would send one high-school counselor to the National Association for College Admission Counseling's annual conference next year, in San Diego. And Bates challenged Pitzer College to do the same.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @robmmoore: Hooray, no ice buckets! Priv colleges challenge ea other to fund @NACAC CONVO attendance by pubHS reps bit.ly/1wJCNAP

In the Final ‘Gainful Employment’ Rule, a Key Measure Vanishes

chronicle.com — The Education Department will release on Thursday the final version of its "gainful employment" rule-the subject of years of intense debate, revision, and litigation. When it does so, it will add one last twist to the rule's winding plot: One of two metrics for judging career programs has disappeared altogether.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @crampell: In final "gainful employment" rule, key measure vanishes: cohort loan default rates shar.es/10tsfy programs

Oct 30, 2014

In final "gainful employment" rule, key measure vanishes: cohort loan default rates shar.es/10tsfy programs

How a Coalition Seeks to Bring Minority Students Into Science

chronicle.com — The Problem For decades, colleges have tried to raise the number of black, Hispanic, and other underrepresented minority students enrolled in science- and engineering-related Ph.D. programs and in the professoriate. But success has been elusive.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @shebel: We're starting a new series about how colleges are tackling common problems. Tell us what works: shar.es/10sZZu via @chronicle

Oct 30, 2014

We're starting a new series about how colleges are tackling common problems. Tell us what works: shar.es/10sZZu via @chronicle

Students Nationwide Carry Mattresses to Protest Campus Rape

chronicle.com — Students Nationwide Carry Mattresses to Protest Campus Rape Students on college campuses across the country are dragging their mattresses out of their beds as part of a "national day of action" expressing solidarity with survivors of rape.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @knowyourIX: Here are just a few photos from yesterday's #CarryThatWeight day of action. Did your campus take part? chronicle.com/blogs/ticker/s…

Seeding Social Media

chronicle.com — This week, Rice has hosted a fascinating conference on "Teaching in the University of Tomorrow," which is trying to think about teaching, technology, and the changing higher ed landscape. You can find out more about the conference here or by viewing the conference's active, boisterous hashtag, #delange9.
Oct 30, 2014

As someone who goes to many #highered conferences, Twitter backchannel is critical. More should follow this: shar.es/10q7kl

Tell Us About Red Tape on Your Campus

chronicle.com — When an Education Department official recently asked a roomful of higher-education leaders to tell him how the federal government was impeding innovation, he got an earful. A common complaint was red tape. Complying with the hundreds of federal laws and regulations that govern colleges can be costly and complicated.
Oct 31, 2014

If there's a day to talk about horror stories, today's it. Tell us a tale about red tape on campus: shar.es/107bLw via @chronicle

Oct 30, 2014

RT @_lee_g: Want to vent about regulatory red tape in #highered? We want to hear about it. shar.es/10qD0B

Oct 30, 2014

Of the 100s of federal rules that govern colleges, which is the worst? Tell us about red tape: shar.es/10qK23 via @chronicle

Service Academies, Too, Should Have to Publicly Report Sexual Assaults

chronicle.com — Last week the Department of Education issued new rules requiring colleges to provide training to students and employees on how to prevent sexual assault on campuses. This comes just a month after the White House announced the " It's On Us" campaign, which is supposed to inspire students and others to confront the long-hidden problem.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @chronicle: "Students at military institutions will remain at risk until the government puts their schools under the Clery Act." chroni.cl/1tmIZhH