01 août 2015

Humanities for All

HomeBy Jacqueline Thomsen. For academics, the information in books designed for general consumption can be too basic. On the other hand, academic books aren't exactly appealing to the general public.
A new grant program at the National Endowment for the Humanities hopes to bridge that gap. The first recipients of the Public Scholars program are being announced today, in an attempt to present more research in the humanities to the general public. Professors who do serious scholarship are receiving grants to help them on book projects intended for more than just academics.
The Public Scholars are part of an initiative launched by the NEH earlier this year, called “The Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square,” that hopes to bring more of its funded research to nonacademics and relate it more closely to everyday life. Read more...

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Russian Crackdown?

HomeBy Elizabeth Redden. Does a continuing crackdown on foreign influences in Russia threaten to interrupt the internationalization agendas of the country’s top universities. Read more...

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In China, No Choice But to Cheat?

HomeBy Elizabeth Redden. Variations of that question came up again and again during sessions on Wednesday at the Overseas Association for College Admission Counseling [OACAC] conference. Persistent concerns about standardized test fraud, doctored transcripts and fake admission letters -- and the role of agents in helping to "pollute" the application process (as one session description put it) -- are causing some to worry that Chinese students might think cheating is their only choice. Read more...

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A Chill for Chinese Exchanges?

HomeBy Elizabeth Redden. A draft law that would require foreign nongovernmental organizations to register their activities with police authorities in China has American universities worried about a chilling effect on educational exchanges of all types. Read more...

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Unpaid Internships Here to Stay?

HomeBy Jake New. It was called the court case that could end unpaid internships. Its initial ruling was hailed as a major win for unpaid interns, one that could concretely establish the illegality of many uncompensated internships. Read more...

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Debt Protests Target Aid Officers

HomeBy Michael Stratford. The beer-soaked streets leading to Jackson Square in this city’s historic French Quarter bustled on Monday evening with characteristic revelry – and a short-lived, if chaotic, debate over student loan debt. Read more...

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Casting a Wider Net

HomeBy Michael Stratford. When President Obama rolled out his free community college proposal earlier this year, the leaders of some historically black colleges weren’t happy about it. Read more...

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Obama's Higher Ed Home Stretch

HomeBy Michael Stratford. American higher education is failing “far too many of our students,” Education Secretary Arne Duncan was scheduled to say Monday, as he calls for colleges to be held more accountable for graduating students with high-quality degrees that lead to good jobs. Read more...

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Politics of Pell for Prisoners

HomeBy Michael Stratford. The Obama administration’s plan to open up Pell Grants to some incarcerated students, which will be announced formally on Friday, is already drawing criticism from some Republicans. Read more...

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The Complexity of Accountability

HomeBy Michael Stratford. Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s call on Monday for a greater focus on student outcomes at colleges was an effort to pivot away from discussions that he said are focused too narrowly on the burden of student loan debt -- discussions administration officials feel are crowding out the debate over structural flaws in America’s higher education system. Read more...

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