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Just Admit It: What is the Transfer Admissions Process Like?
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Just Admit It: What is the Transfer Admissions Process Like?

Just Admit It: What is the Transfer Admissions Process Like?Learn the Ins and Outs of the Transfer Admissions Process With approximately one in three students choosing to transfer colleges at least once during their undergraduate career, it’s important to have a clear understanding of the admissions process. While there are some parallels to first-year admissions, there are also some key differences that transfer applicants must be aware of. If you’re considering transferring colleges, preparing in advance and doing your research can help set you up for success. Keep reading to learn more about our tips for transfer applicants and check out our Just Admit It! podcast episode for even more insights on the topic. Understand Your Why Every student may feel frustrated with their college exper...
Is Journalism Dead? Gray Data Reveals Some Interesting Facts
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Is Journalism Dead? Gray Data Reveals Some Interesting Facts

Is Journalism Dead? Gray Data Reveals Some Interesting Facts“The rumors of my death are greatly exaggerated,” Mark Twain   Competition in Journalism   Journalism is the 40th largest program in the country, with over 11,000 students completing the program in 2019.  International students show a great interest in journalism programs as well, putting journalism in the top 4% of international web page views.  However, competition for these students, as well as the job market, indicate a bleaker picture.  For all award levels, completions fell 11.5% and the number of programs fell 2.5% from 2014 - 2019.     Journalism Keyword Searches   Our data shows that in April, Google keyword searches for journalism programs decreased 15% year-over-year.  Student interest had grown for nine months before...
NACAC View: Bans on Critical Race Theory are Harmful to Students and Educators
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NACAC View: Bans on Critical Race Theory are Harmful to Students and Educators

NACAC View: Bans on Critical Race Theory are Harmful to Students and Educators iStockBy Crystal E. Newby and David A. Hawkins To say race relations in the United States have been tumultuous over the last year is an understatement. Many Americans and individuals worldwide watched the horrific footage of the murder of George Floyd at the hands of police in May 2020. And although one of his killers has since been convicted and jailed, we continue to watch the loved ones of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor fight for justice. It seems like every day there is an incident in the news where a Black student is forced to cut their hair to compete in a sporting event or to walk in their high school graduation ceremony. There have even been instances when white educators made derogatory remarks toward...
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Dartmouth drops cheating charges against med students, apologizes for flawed investigation

Dartmouth drops cheating charges against med students, apologizes for flawed investigationDartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine announced that it has dropped all charges against more than a dozen medical students investigated for electronic cheating after they were accused of accessing online course material during remote exams. FIRE and the Electronic Frontier Foundation first alerted Dartmouth back in March that there was not enough evidence to charge the students. FIRE and EFF also raised concerns about student reports of serious due process violations.In an email last night, Geisel Dean Duane Compton said new information was obtained from its e-learning system, Canvas, and suggested the technical data that formed the basis of the charges was indeed insufficient. Compton apologized to t...
She spoke up when a professor wronged her. Then Sam Houston State expelled her.
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She spoke up when a professor wronged her. Then Sam Houston State expelled her.

She spoke up when a professor wronged her. Then Sam Houston State expelled her.Graduate student Phelan Dickerson has had a long history of difficulties in her Clinical Mental Health master’s degree program at Sam Houston State University. Not one to stay quiet when she sees others wronged, Dickerson has been an outspoken advocate for change within her program. Now, ignoring its obligations under the First Amendment, Sam Houston has dismissed Dickerson from the program because of her candid attitude. As FIRE has reminded Sam Houston in two letters now, a public university cannot punish students for sharing their opinions, including on social media, even when those opinions may cast the school or the program in a negative light. Here are the facts as reported to FIRE by Dickerson. Sam Housto...
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Troubling AAUP report documents rampant violations of shared governance, with implications for academic freedom

Troubling AAUP report documents rampant violations of shared governance, with implications for academic freedomAs the COVID-19 pandemic warped higher education over the past year, an occasional point of observation was the effect that the financial strains wrought by the pandemic would have on tenure and shared governance. This has been an abiding concern of the American Association of University Professors, which last September announced an investigation into several institutions’ practices. Last week, the AAUP released its special report on “COVID-19 and Academic Governance” and, not surprisingly, it makes for unhappy, sometimes shocking, reading. As the AAUP’s report extensively chronicles, the institutions unilaterally shuttered academic programs and laid off tenured faculty without de...
Just Admit It: What are Business School Admissions Committees Looking For?
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Just Admit It: What are Business School Admissions Committees Looking For?

Just Admit It: What are Business School Admissions Committees Looking For?What Can You Do to Stand Out When Applying to Business School? Since the MBA admissions process is notoriously competitive, many applicants may wonder what they can do to help set themselves apart for the admissions committees. While there isn’t one secret to success, there are several steps prospective business school students can take to improve their admissions odds. From understanding the application process to finding their best-fit programs, MBA applicants need to do their research and stay on top of deadlines to enhance their journey. Keep reading to learn more about the MBA application process and tune into our Just Admit It! podcast episode for even more information on the topic. Stay True to Yourself  Depe...
Let’s review how Bill and Melinda Gates spent billions of dollars to change public education
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Let’s review how Bill and Melinda Gates spent billions of dollars to change public education

Let’s review how Bill and Melinda Gates spent billions of dollars to change public educationWe’re also addressing the pandemic’s disproportionate impact on people of color in other ways, including through our foundation’s U.S. education work. We’re concerned about students falling behind at all levels (when schools closed last spring, the average student lost months of learning), but we’re especially troubled that COVID-19 could exacerbate long-standing barriers to higher education, particularly for students who are Black, Latino, or from low-income households. Median lifetime earnings of college graduates are twice those of high school graduates, so the stakes for these young people are high. To help students navigate COVID-19 roadblocks, our foundation expanded our partnerships with thre...
New report provides reality check on virtual schools
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New report provides reality check on virtual schools

New report provides reality check on virtual schools[8] Schwartz, H.L., Grant, D., Diliberti, M., Hunter, G.P., & Setodji, C.M. (2020). Remote learning is here to stay: Results from the first American School District Panel Survey. Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation. Retrieved April 20, 2021, from https://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RRA956-1.html Published at Thu, 06 May 2021 06:00:22 +0000 Article source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2021/05/06/reality-check-on-virtual-schools/
From World War II to Harvard: the Nisei Soldier who served and taught America
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From World War II to Harvard: the Nisei Soldier who served and taught America

From World War II to Harvard: the Nisei Soldier who served and taught AmericaOn December 7, 1941, Japanese planes raided the U.S. Naval Base Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. The massive surprise attack thrusted America into World War II. Following the attack, government suspicion arose around Americans of Japanese descent. A few months later, on March 29, 1942, Lieutenant General John L. DeWitt of the Western Defense Command issued Public Proclamation No. 4, which forced the evacuation and detention of West Coast residents of Japanese American ancestry. Approximately 120,000 Japanese Americans were sent to concentration camps in the United States between 1942 and 1945. Despite the growing racism against Japanese Americans following Executive Order 9066 and Public Proclamation No. 4, many Nisei, or...
Howard University Renames College of Fine Arts After Chadwick Boseman
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Howard University Renames College of Fine Arts After Chadwick Boseman

Howard University Renames College of Fine Arts After Chadwick Boseman Howard University will name its newly re-established College of Fine Arts in honor of the actor and alumnus Chadwick Boseman, university officials said on Wednesday. Before his death last year, Mr. Boseman had expressed his support for re-establishing the College of Fine Arts, Wayne A.I. Frederick, the president of Howard University, said in a news release. “Chadwick’s love for Howard University was sincere, and although he did not live to see those plans through to fruition, it is my honor to ensure his legacy lives on through the Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts with the support of his wife and the Chadwick Boseman Foundation,” Mr. Frederick said. He added that Robert A. Iger, the Walt Disney Company’s executi...
OPINION: Stop holding college transcripts hostage over unpaid debt
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OPINION: Stop holding college transcripts hostage over unpaid debt

OPINION: Stop holding college transcripts hostage over unpaid debtInstitutions of higher education like to boast of their diversity initiatives, showcasing the diversity of their student bodies on slick websites. Beneath those smiling testaments to multiculturalism is the likelihood that many students of color, often from low-income backgrounds, will have to interrupt their education several times. Every time a person drops out there is a risk that the college will be owed a fee. The school can then withhold the student’s transcript until the debt is paid in full. This ransom approach to debt collection undermines the egalitarian rhetoric: Millions of Americans cannot reenroll in college because of an outstanding debt owed to a college they previously attended. The debt could be due to unp...
Education Has a Three-Headed Crisis. Mental Health Is Only Part of It.
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Education Has a Three-Headed Crisis. Mental Health Is Only Part of It.

Education Has a Three-Headed Crisis. Mental Health Is Only Part of It.A year ago, I wrote “The Next Pandemic: Mental Health” for National Mental Health Month, published in May 2020 in EdSurge. We were two months into the pandemic in America and already early signs of a mental health crisis were emerging from isolation and trauma. It is now time to update this piece for 2021. Because the reality is that we are not only experiencing a mental health pandemic; we now have a three-headed learning crisis consisting of mental health, empathy and creativity. Our children are growing in precisely the opposite direction. They are less mentally healthy, less empathetic and less creative than they were at the beginning of the decade. Do you remember Hydra, the multi-headed, snakelike water monster f...
Pass/Fail Grading Was an Act of Pandemic Compassion. Is It Here to Stay?
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Pass/Fail Grading Was an Act of Pandemic Compassion. Is It Here to Stay?

Pass/Fail Grading Was an Act of Pandemic Compassion. Is It Here to Stay?In his 21 years of teaching, Jesse Stommel says he has never put a grade on a piece of student’s work. As executive director of the journal “Hybrid Pedagogy,” which explores alternatives to traditional assessments, he says using student self-evaluations better takes into consideration all the demands and stresses of their lives when compared to traditional grading. So it would be reasonable for Stommel to think that when the pandemic forced universities to suddenly finish the term remotely—a time when students needed compassion in grading more than ever—his approach would already be well-suited for the moment. “What I actually found was I changed my own grading approach significantly in the midst of the pandemic. Stude...
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Investigation reveals Boise State suspended diversity courses over unsubstantiated rumor

Investigation reveals Boise State suspended diversity courses over unsubstantiated rumorTwo months after Boise State University abruptly suspended 55 diversity-related classes based on “a series of concerns” that a student had been “humiliated and degraded” in class for their “beliefs and values,” a law firm’s independent investigation found no evidence that such an incident occurred. On its face, the outcome is farcical enough: a rumor of a video led to an abrupt suspension of dozens of classes, only for outside investigators to discover that not only was the rumored description of the event unfounded, but the only remotely similar incident involved a faculty member coming to the defense of a student, who appreciated the instructor’s intervention. While the investigation concludes that th...