15 mars 2015

The Experiment Continues

By Katy Meyers Emery. This past week was a big week at Michigan State University. The libraries were full of students, there was an energy in the air despite the single-digit temperatures, and everyone seemed a little bit perkier than they have been for the past frigid month. It is the middle of the semester, which meant that we had our first exam in the course I’m teaching. Read more...

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Louisiana to Disappear Completely by July, Scientists Say

By Oronte. Earth scientists today reported what appears to be the largest landslide in historic times and one that resulted in the entire state of Louisiana losing strength, failing, and slumping across the continental shelf and slope and into the deep Gulf of Mexico Basin. Satellite photographs show the state’s former geographic location is now occupied by a large embayment bounded by Texas, Arkansas, and Mississippi. Early sonar soundings of the embayment show it to be typically very deep (1,500 to 6,000 feet) with very steep slopes. Read more...

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Mardi Gras in Louisiana

By Oronte. “To a perfect foot no place is slippery,” writes Emerson in his journal in 1862.
That sounds like hope, admonition, and directive all at once—especially for writers—and I’d like to believe it’s true. To find oneself in a strange new situation and to continue to see things with interest and equanimity is the task. Read more...

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The LEADS Act

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/large/public/law.jpgBy Tracy Mitrano. Of all the laws in need of reform due to the Internet’s disruptive effects, ECPA remains primary. Promulgated in 1986, it updated the Safe Streets and Crime Control Act of 1968, the first U.S. “wire-tap” law. At the time prescient because it included “data networking” in the definition of electronic communications, ECPA nonetheless would quickly become antiquated once the Internet became public. Read more...

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Standing Corrected

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/mama_phd_blog_header.jpg?itok=C5xGPD1aBy Susan O'Doherty. Carl Bankston took me to task for writing, in this post about the failures to indict the killers of Michael Brown and Eric Garner as though they were equivalent, and "Moltar" and "gbpeters" criticized the post as biased. Read more...

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Analysis Doubts Jeb Bush Claim on Minority Enrollment

HomeDuring his appearance at last month's meeting of the Conservative Political Action Conference, Jeb Bush spoke of his pride in barring state universities from considering race in admissions. "I eliminated affirmative action by executive order -- trust me, there were a lot of people upset about this," Bush said. Read more...

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'No Significant Differences' in Student Outcomes by Mode of Delivery

HomeThe nonprofit research organization Ithaka S+R is back with another look at the many studies that compare student outcomes from face-to-face and online or hybrid courses, and once again, the results show "no significant differences" between the two modes of delivery. Questions about the studies' methodology also remain. Read more...

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First Muslim University in U.S. Is Accredited

HomeZaytuna College has become the first accredited Muslim college in the United States, after the college commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges granted its approval, The Los Angeles Times reported. Zaytuna is based in Berkeley, Calif. Read more...

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Community College Enrollment and Completion Data

HomeNationwide community college enrollment numbers continue to decline. But student completion rates in the sector are higher than many people think. Those are the two primary findings in a new report the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) released last week. Read more...

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Closing With Grace

HomeBy Alice Brown. The closing of Sweet Briar College will, I expect, have little impact on other small, private, rural colleges with small endowments. Most will keep their heads in the sand, live on in a state of denial and continue to produce strategic plans that say little more than “Hope.” Read more...

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