27 octobre 2014

Majority of Colleges Say Their Concussion Plans Keep Students Safe

HomeDespite increasing public scrutiny and a number of lawsuits in recent years, including one against the National Collegiate Athletic Association that ended in a $70 million settlement and stricter injury guidelines, most colleges believe their concussion management plans do a good job of protecting students from head trauma, according to a study published Tuesday in the American Journal of Sports Medicine. Nearly 99 percent of the 907 institutions who participated in the study said their concussion management plans protected athletes "well" or "very well." Read more...

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Ed Department to Colleges: Read the Instructions

HomeThe U.S. Department of Education has a response to colleges and universities confused by how they are supposed to count students enrolled in distance education courses: Read the instructions.
In a study released last month, higher education consultant Phil Hill and the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies found many colleges and universities have under- or overreported thousands of students to the federal government, which tracks those numbers through the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System program, or IPEDS. Read more...

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Intentional Conferencing

HomeBy Mandi Stewart. Conferences are not cheap. They are exhausting and usually require you to travel. You are taking time away from work, which means risking feeling behind when you return. You arrive home sleep-deprived, information-overloaded, and struggling to play catch-up. So why do we go? We attend conferences to learn, network, and take new ideas back to our institutions. Read more...

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How to Treat Adjuncts

HomeBy Patrick Iber. It is the time of year when graduate students, unemployed Ph.D.s, contingent faculty, and various rubberneckers are clogging the lanes of the internet looking for job announcements. And, in spite of improvement in certain areas of the economy, there are few to be seen. Read more...

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Why We Need Bright Lines

HomeBy Joseph Storch. In Friday’s decision in Cambridge University Press v. Patton, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit followed decades of jurisprudence in casting aside bright line rules for determining whether faculty made fair use of copyrighted material. This is regrettable, as the celebrated 2012 district court opinion in the same case had opened up the possibility of teaching faculty how to properly make fair use of material using plain terms and easy-to-understand concepts, while the appeals court opinion returns us to the days of case-by-case holistic analysis and detailed exceptions, loopholes, and caveats. Read more...

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Repair or Replace

HomeBy Arthur Levine. The newspaper and book businesses have been transformed in recent years. But not education. After a 30-year school reform movement, no major urban school district in the country has been successfully turned around. Meanwhile, despite loud and persistent criticism from government, media and families, the cost of college continues to rise faster than inflation and student loan debt is ballooning. Read more...

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Higher Ed Association Paydays

HomeBy Ry Rivard. Salaries for executives at higher education trade associations rival those of top-paid college presidents. Compensation for the leaders of these higher ed groups – which are considered nonprofits by the IRS – has climbed in recent years. Twenty-seven of 48 association heads earned about as much or more than the median salary for a university president, which was about $400,000 in 2012-13. Read more...

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Questionable Quotations

HomeBy Colleen Flaherty. Everyone knows that there’s only one use for single quotation marks, and that’s to denote a quote within a quote. Right?
Apparently not. Composition instructors report seeing an uptick in the intentional use of single-quotation marks outside their traditional use, to indicate internal dialogue, irony, non-original short phrases or neologisms. Read more...

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