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9/23/2020

Many universities' resident assistants are under tremendous pressure this fall as they police students adherence to pandemic rules; answer questions about health, safety and testing; and monitor their own health. Some have quit, others have written letters of protest and more still have gone on strike over the conditions, inadequate training and lack of hazard pay.

9/23/2020

Advocates of affirmative action support a proposed amendment in California -- Proposition 16 -- that lets an applicant's race and gender figure into the hiring and admissions process at public universities and government agencies. Others have expressed concern about the legislation, including former University of California regent Ward Connerly who says, "As a brown skin guy, I can tell you that I've had -- in the last 50 years of my life -- I've had every chance to succeed -- and I have -- as anybody else in this country."

9/23/2020

An estimated 3,200 additional cases of COVID-19 cases, per day, in the US might have been prevented if campuses had not reopened for in-person classes this fall, according to an early report from researchers at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Indiana University, the University of Washington and Davidson College. The study -- which has not been peer reviewed -- indicates that cases surged in areas where students came to campus from US hot zones.

9/23/2020

As coronavirus rates blossom on college campuses, leaders are faced with myriad, nuanced questions surrounding students -- and the latest is when, and whether, to send them home. Education writer David Rosowsky calls it "the largest and single most challenging decision point facing college presidents this fall" and notes that the questions aren't likely to get easier come spring.

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Forbes
9/23/2020

A movement has been afoot for data and analytics to "save" higher education, and the pandemic has given that conversation more urgency. HelioCampus CEO Darren Catalano talks about his company's acquisition of college cost-benchmarking firm ABC Insights and his plans to work with 75 institutions to evaluate and right-size costs.

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Education Dive
9/23/2020

As Kelvin Bentley has supported faculty development for educational content developer Six Red Marbles, he's noted the unevenness of online classes and says colleges will need to re-evaluate tenure and promotion policies in light of instructors' efforts to improve their online offerings. Bentley believes colleges need to place higher value on their digital learning designers and directors and include them equally in policy and procedure conversations.

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Inside Higher Ed
9/23/2020

Self-defeating habits make it difficult to move forward in your career. Psychotherapist and Professor Emeritus Bryan Robinson offers 10 ways to stop sabotaging yourself, such as separating yourself from your shortfalls and remembering that success and failure go hand in hand.

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Forbes
9/23/2020

As protests over George Floyd's death were unfolding this summer, the 14 deans of Southeastern Conference business schools joined to make a statement to herald their programs' commitment to diversity and inclusion. Eli Jones of Texas A&M University says he wants to more effectively prepare the next generation of business leaders and wants companies to know they can turn to business colleges when they need help improving diversity or developing diversity statements.

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9/22/2020

Several people in the higher-education arena weighed in on the important role played by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, who died Friday at age 87. She was instrumental in decisions involving affirmative action in admissions, as well as the separation of church and state in education.

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9/22/2020

As some health, wellness and counseling needs at colleges have grown during the pandemic, the need for more basic health services may have declined, according to Larry Ladd, a senior consultant with the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges. A survey by the American College Health Association shows that 43% of colleges surveyed plan to decrease their health center allocation for fiscal year 2021, and almost 25% expect reductions in medical service staff.

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Inside Higher Ed