By Doug Lederman. The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation has weathered more than its fair share of turbulence in its few years in existence, perhaps the inevitable result of its origins (a merger between two unequal and competing accreditors) and its mission (tougher standards in a field long criticized for settling for lesser ones). That the organization has accomplished what it has, let alone survived at all, is arguably a victory. Read more...
Among Students Bound for College, Confusion Persists on Paying for It
By Chronicle Staff. Report: “studentPOLL”
Organizations: Art & Science Group and ACT
Summary: The latest iteration of “studentPOLL” asked a national sample of college-bound students who had taken the ACT about paying for college. The survey was conducted in February, after students had applied to college but before most admissions and financial-aid decisions had been made. More...
Education Dept. Official Responds to Inquiry Into Release of Student’s Therapy Records
Education Dept. Says It Will Forgive Debt of Many Corinthian Students
Little Love Lost in the Letters Between Dick Durbin and ITT
By Goldie Blumenstyk. The letters that passed between the 19th-century poets Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning are renowned for their lyrical expressions of mutual love. The much-more-recent correspondence between U.S. Sen. Richard J. Durbin and executives of ITT Educational Services? Not so much. More...
Barnard Joins Growing List of Women’s Colleges That Welcome Transgender Applicants
‘The Washington Post’ Shares Dozens of Accounts of Campus Rape
By Andy Thomason. Often lost in the conversation about campus sexual assault are the voices of victims — both male and female.
A new project by The Washington Post features those voices prominently. A new page on the Post’s website, with short features on 50 victims of sexual assault, is part of the project. More...
Two-Thirds of Older Tenured Faculty Members Will Work Past 67, Report Says
Female Scientists Mock Nobel Laureate’s Remarks With #DistractinglySexy Campaign
By Andy Thomason. Earlier this week the biochemist Richard T. (Tim) Hunt unleashed the following monologue to an unsuspecting audience at a journalism conference in South Korea:
Let me tell you about my trouble with girls. Three things happen when they are in the lab: You fall in love with them, they fall in love with you, and when you criticize them they cry.
Since he made those remarks, which prompted Mr. Hunt to apologize and resign from an honorary professorship at University College London, women in the lab have added a fourth item to the list of things they do: mock Mr. Hunt on Twitter. More...
Will You Make Me the Happiest Co-Author in the World? (She Said Yes.)
By Andy Thomason. Maybe the paleontologist Caleb M. Brown wanted to give his acknowledgments section some extra spice. See if you can spot the anomaly in the fine print of a recent paper, “A New Horned Dinosaur Reveals Convergent Evolution in Cranial Ornamentation in Ceratopsidae,” that he co-wrote in the journal Current Biology. More...