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Education Department releases draft 'framework' for its college ratings plan @insidehighered

insidehighered.com — After nearly a year and a half of public debate over its proposed college ratings, the Obama administration on Friday provided the first glimpse into how it will structure such a system, including the criteria it will use to judge colleges.
Dec 19, 2014

Coverage of Ed Dept's release of college ratings "framework" from @mstratford. Link to new details, updates coming - insidehighered.com/news/2014/12/1…

Dec 19, 2014

Our story on today's college ratings release (now updated w/ link to more detailed @usedgov document): insidehighered.com/news/2014/12/1… #PIRS

Career Education Corp. to Sell Le Cordon Bleu @insidehighered

insidehighered.com — Career Education Corp. on Thursday said it plans to sell Le Cordon Bleu, a chain of 16 culinary campuses. The company, which is one of the largest publicly traded for-profits, said in a written statement that the planned sale would allow it to "reallocate funds across our portfolio."
Dec 19, 2014

Career Ed Corp will sell Le Cordon Bleu - culinary chain with 10K students & $178mil revenue. More "right-sizing"? insidehighered.com/quicktakes/201…

Report calls on British academics to be honest with Ph.D. students about career prospects @insidehighered

insidehighered.com — Universities should have a "proper dialogue" with Ph.D. students from the start about the fact that they are "not walking into a job for life." That is the view of Dame Athene Donald, head of a Royal Society working group that has published new guidelines about doctoral candidate development.
Dec 19, 2014

RT @DrKillgrove: : "Report calls on British academics to be honest with Ph.D. students about career prospects" insidehighered.com/news/2014/12/1…

U.S.-Cuba announcement will have implications for higher ed @insidehighered

insidehighered.com — Wednesday's announcement by the White House that the U.S. will re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba will have implications for further expanding academic travel to the island nation.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @DUKEpress: New #Cuba policy will make it easier for academic exchange & conference travel. ow.ly/G6aPV

Dec 18, 2014

RT @ElizRedden: The higher ed implications of Obama's announcement on the resumption of diplomatic relations w/Cuba: insidehighered.com/news/2014/12/1…

Obama Administration to Unveil College Ratings Plan @insidehighered

insidehighered.com — The U.S. Department of Education will release a much-anticipated outline of its college ratings system on Friday, according to several sources familiar with the department's plans. Department officials have indicated to a handful of college leaders and higher education associations that they will publish Friday a draft framework that includes the metrics on which colleges would be rated by the federal government.
Dec 17, 2014

Busy week. Looks like we'll get a look at the Obama admin's college ratings plan on Friday insidehighered.com/quicktakes/201…

Dec 17, 2014

RT @insidehighered: BREAKING: Obama administration to unveil college ratings plan this Friday: bit.ly/1yZgeYG

Dec 17, 2014

RT @insidehighered: BREAKING: Obama administration to unveil college ratings plan this Friday: bit.ly/1yZgeYG

Dec 17, 2014

Interesting edu news: Obama's college ratings "framework" to come out on Friday @insidehighered shar.es/13ITkj via @sharethis

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A Long Island private college hopes to make it past next fall @insidehighered

insidehighered.com — When Albert Inserra, the seventh president that Dowling College has had in the past 10 years, asked faculty this fall to redo their union contract and consider taking buyouts, his message was simple. "If we don't get this done," he recalled saying, "I'm not sure we can make it."
Dec 18, 2014

A Long Island private college hopes to make it past next fall insidehighered.com/news/2014/12/1…

Michigan Senate Passes Bill Banning Athlete Unions @insidehighered

insidehighered.com — Legislation that would ban the unionization of college athletes passed the Michigan Senate Tuesday. The bill would require all college athletes to be classified as "students," preventing them from being classified as employees of the state's public universities.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @KD_Marshall: @loumoore12 How ironic this goes down the same day we learn of Michigan's reported offer to Harbaugh insidehighered.com/quicktakes/201…

State authorization reciprocity effort passes 'tipping point,' supporters say @insidehighered

insidehighered.com — Leaders of a national movement to ease the regulatory burden on colleges and universities that offer distance education say the effort has passed its tipping point after more than a third of the states have joined in less than a year.
Dec 18, 2014

Even as U.S. efforts to overhaul state approval process for #highered is on hold, states are acting on reciprocity: insidehighered.com/news/2014/12/1…

Senate Approves Top Ed Dept. Lawyer, Punts on Pick for Higher Ed Post @insidehighered

insidehighered.com — As it wrapped up its final hours in session this week, the U.S. Senate confirmed a new top lawyer at the Education Department while failing to approve a nominee for a key higher education post. Lawmakers late Tuesday night approved on a voice vote the nomination of James Cole Jr.
Dec 18, 2014

Senate approves nominee for top @USEDgov lawyer, punts on pick for key #highered post shar.es/13O5hC

ASU English by the Numbers: It Ain't Pretty

insidehighered.com — Following up on my thoughts regarding Arizona State's move to load their composition faculty with 125 students per semester, a number that is incompatible with anything resembling quality writing instruction,[1] while increasing the teaching load of their tenure track and tenured faculty by absolutely nothing, I decided to dig a little deeper into the institutional numbers and see what's happening in ASU English.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @dougledIHE: Our @biblioracle with another harsh, powerful analysis of @asu treatment of English adjuncts: shar.es/1384dB

Dec 18, 2014

RT @dougledIHE: Incredibly rich (& thoughtful) discussion in comments on @biblioracle's new post on @ASU English dept controversy: http://t…

Dec 18, 2014

Incredibly rich (& thoughtful) discussion in comments on @biblioracle's new post on @ASU English dept controversy: shar.es/13OZXn

Dec 18, 2014

"I’m looking for a good reason for the Arizona State PhD program in English to exist" @insidehighered bit.ly/13fPHxt

Dec 17, 2014

Our @biblioracle with another harsh, powerful analysis of @asu treatment of English adjuncts: shar.es/1384dB

Book offers tips on quality reviews and accreditation process @insidehighered

insidehighered.com — Linda Suskie knows the accreditation process. She has seen it from both sides during her four-decade career in higher education, which has included stints as a university administrator and as a vice president at a regional accrediting agency. Now Suskie wants to share some of that experience.
Dec 17, 2014

RT @ColleenFlahert1: "I suggest [..] a competitive environment 4 regional accreditors by letting them all accredit institutions anywhere" insidehighered.com/news/2014/12/1…

Electronic admission decisions cut response time, but also accuracy @insidehighered

insidehighered.com — Another admissions cycle; another batch of acceptance letters sent to rejected students. The shift away from physical admission decisions to electronic notifications has led to speedier notification of decisions to applicants, but it has also opened the door to more mistakes.
Dec 17, 2014

@K_Schallhorn See also: UCLA, Penn State, Vassar, Goucher and MIT insidehighered.com/news/2014/03/2… Rather than funny, it's crushing to some people.

U. of Georgia swimming coach suspended after encouraging professor to enroll student in concluded course @insidehighered

insidehighered.com — The University of Georgia's much-lauded head swimming and diving coach will sit out nine competitions and be restricted from recruiting for one year after he arranged for a swimmer to enroll in an independent study course as a last-ditch effort to maintain his eligibility, the National Collegiate Athletic Association announced Tuesday.
Dec 17, 2014

NCAA infraction at UGA shows how easily faculty can join tug of war between eligibility and academic integrity bit.ly/16tk714

ASU and the Non-Tenured Human Shields

insidehighered.com — It's not hard to find higher education news that depresses me[1], but it's relatively rare that I can get genuinely enraged. The news of Arizona State University's plan to increase the teaching load for writing instructors from a 4/4 to a 5/5 with no increase in pay manages the feat.
Dec 17, 2014

RT @zunguzungu: "... because we don’t let writing teachers work in conditions that allow them to teach well" insidehighered.com/blogs/just-vis…

Did Nevada Higher Ed Agency Plagiarize Brookings? @insidehighered

insidehighered.com — "Large sections" of a report by the Western outpost of the Brookings Institution appeared without appropriate credit in a report prepared by the Nevada System of Higher Education, The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. A draft of the Brookings report had been circulated to the state system for comment on its ideas about math and science education and the STEM workforce.

Critics, advocates doubt oft-cited campus sexual assault statistic @insidehighered

insidehighered.com — If there's a conversation taking place about the prevalence of campus sexual assault in the United States, the phrase "one in five" is usually within earshot. "It is estimated that one in five women on college campuses has been sexually assaulted during their time there," President Obama said in January.
Dec 15, 2014

Doubts about the much-cited '1 in 5' statistic regarding campus sexual assault: shar.es/13Ar7k

Dec 15, 2014

RT @insidehighered: Critics say an often-cited statistic about the prevalence of campus sexual assault is not very reliable: insidehighered.com/news/2014/12/1…