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Scientific research needs the humanities, the president of a technical university says

Washington Post - Presidential Opinion

February 8, 2016

Edward Guiliano, President, New York Institute of Technology writes: Revolutionary innovation depends on more than robust financing. It also requires doctors, engineers and researchers to embrace the humanities. Indeed, the world’s biggest challenges — whether economic, environmental, technological or physical — demand critical thinking, empathy, cultural literacy and creativity. These skills are cultivated through an education that embraces the humanities.

Study Explores How Black Men Find Success in College

Associated Press

February 8, 2016

For black students — especially men — at many mainstream colleges, these pressures, racial slights and other negative interactions can push them to transfer or even drop out. A new study in the Harvard Educational Review is highlighting how some black male college students are overcoming those challenges, and the reasons for their success.

Utah Needs Teachers, But College Students Don’t Want to Major in Education

Salt Lake City, Utah, Tribune

February 8, 2016

Around Utah, education leaders are grappling with a lack of interest in their profession. Utah's K-12 schools are clamoring for teachers. But its colleges are struggling to churn them out.

A Closer Look at 7 Common Requirements in Resolved Federal Sex-Assault Inquiries

Chronicle of Higher Education

February 8, 2016

As of last month OCR had resolved 46 of the more than 240 investigations included in The Chronicle’s tracker. Thirty of those ended in resolution agreements.

Division II Programs Offer Student-Athletes Balance

Huffington Post - Presidential Opinion

February 7, 2016

Gary A. Olson, president of Daemen College (NY), writes: Division II athletics programs promote a challenging equilibrium among excellence in the classroom, community service, and rigorous athletics competition. The six key values that distinguish us from the other two divisions are Learning, Service, Passion, Sportsmanship, Resourcefulness and, of course, Balance. The members of Division II total more than 90,000 student-athletes at 300 colleges in 44 states.

On the Purpose of Higher Education

Dartmouth Review - Opinion Piece

February 7, 2016

Jack F. Mourouzis writes: Traditionally, the college has the place for intellectual exploration, for facing new challenges, for the exploration of new and, yes, controversial ideas. Yet, as Jonathan Haidt and Greg Lukianoff write in their now-famous Atlantic essay “The Coddling of the American Mind,” “In the name of emotional well-being, college students are increasingly demanding protection from words and ideas they don’t like.” Institutional willingness to comply with these demands under the guise of “safety concerns” is an affront to the original philosophy behind higher education, and presents a very frightening prospect: risking the culture of free speech we have promoted since our founding.

College Can Make a Huge Difference in Ex-prisoners’ Lives

Seattle, Wash., Times - Column

February 7, 2016

Columnist Jerry Large writes: The Post-Prison Education Program has had some spectacular successes working with people coming out of prison over the past decade. But just as impressive are the ex-prisoners who achieve the kinds of positive lives others take for granted.

Don’t Make College Free — Increase Need-Based Aid

Learning Lab - Presidential Opinion

February 5, 2016

Catharine Hill, President, Vassar College writes: Reducing tuition at the well-endowed schools would primarily benefit students from the top 20 percent of the income distribution, students and their families who can already pay much or all of the tuition. To help lower- and middle-income students and their families, it makes more sense to focus on expanding need-based financial aid, rather than lowering tuition levels.

Obama Ridiculed for Sluggish Moves on College Accreditation

Huffington Post

February 5, 2016

The Education Department wields tremendous power over accreditors: Schools can receive federal student aid funds only if they’re accredited by organizations approved by the Education Department. The department can revoke its approval if accreditors aren’t up to snuff. But with less than a year left in office, it’s unlikely the Obama administration will achieve anything meaningful in reforming the accreditation system.

Obama’s Controversial Higher-Ed Legacy

The Atlantic

February 5, 2016

Recently, a great deal of debate has centered on whether the nation’s first black president has failed its historically black colleges and universities. The debate isn’t new; for years there’s been whispered angst over the president’s paternalism and seeming aloofness when it came to black institutions—and perhaps black issues in general.
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