Graduate Students at Private Universities May Unionize / Rankings Least Vital Measure of Success

August 30, 2016

How Late Is Too Late? Myths and Facts about the Consequences of Switching College Majors

Inside Higher Ed

  • The key to graduating in four years (at least in the minds of many parents) is picking a major early and sticking with it. But a new report suggests students who change their major as late as senior year are more likely to graduate from college than students who settle on one the second they set foot on campus.


Graduate Students at Private Universities May Unionize

Inside Higher Ed

  • In a blow to private institutions and a boon to their graduate student employees, the National Labor Relations Board ruled Tuesday that graduate research and teaching assistants are entitled to collective bargaining under the National Labor Relations Act.


College Presidents: Rankings Least Vital Measure of Success


  • A college's ranking is the least important of 16 factors for evaluating the success of a college president, according to presidents themselves. Just 3% of U.S. college presidents say university ranking scores are an "extremely important" factor.


The Persistent Myth of the “Skills Gap”

Academic Matters

  • You’ve likely heard or seen a story somewhere in the media that employers face a skills shortage, or “skills gap”. The message coming from employers is that workers or education system—or both!—just don’t cut it. Unfortunately, the story that there are too few qualified workers for the jobs available is largely a myth.


Finding a Seat at the Table: Continuing Education in the Modern Postsecondary Organization (Part 1)

The Evolllution

  • Continuing Education (CE) divisions have long been seen as an addendum to the core higher education institution—a cash cow with little connection to the main campus. As the recipe for success in the postsecondary space evolves, however, so too has the role of CE. In this interview, the first of two parts, James Broomall reflects on the role CE divisions are playing in today’s higher education institutions and shares some insights into what CE leaders need to do to maintain their seat at the table.


Harvey Mudd College Took on Gender Bias and now More than Half its Computer-Science Majors are Women


  • It has done it by removing obstacles that have typically barred women—including at the faculty level. The school emphasizes teaching over research, hiring and rewarding professors on the basis of their classroom performance, and it places women in leadership positions throughout the school. Next year, six of the school’s seven department chairs, and 38% of its professors school-wide, will be women.


University of Chicago Strikes Back Against Campus Political Correctness

New York Times

  • The anodyne welcome letter to incoming freshmen is a college staple, but this week the University of Chicago took a different approach: It sent new students a blunt statement opposing some hallmarks of campus political correctness, drawing thousands of impassioned responses, for and against, as it caromed around cyberspace.


Why It’s Time to Disrupt Higher Education by Separating Learning From Credentialing

Information Technology & Innovation Foundation

  • Creating alternatives to traditional degrees would let students pursue their best options for learning and apply competitive pressure on colleges and universities to improve quality and reduce the costs of education.


An LMS to Support ‘Gameful’ Learning

Campus Technology

  • Seeking to bring the qualities of well-designed games to pedagogical assessment, the University of Michigan created a learning management system that uses gaming elements such as competition, badges and unlocks to provide students with a personalized pathway through their courses.


Brave New Worlds

The Economist

  • The technological progress that has put supercomputers into the pockets of half the world has made it possible do a lot more in orbit with much smaller spacecraft. A generation of entrepreneurs forged in Silicon Valley—and backed by some of its venture capitalists—are launching highly capable new devices ranging in size from shoe boxes to fridges and flying them in constellations of dozens or hundreds. Such machines are vastly more capable, kilo for kilo, than their predecessors and cheaper, to boot. They are making space interesting again. 


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Data and Analytics Summit (Sep 21-22)
World Maker Faire 2016 (Oct 1-2)
Close It Summit 2016  (Oct 4-6)
Exponential Medicine 2016 (Oct 8-11)
iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium (Oct 25-28)
Educause 2016 (Oct 25-28)
The 13th Annual Open Education Conference (Nov 2-4)
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