Welcome to your December 2013 Insider Update -- the newsletter for readers of Inside Higher Ed. Once a month we send a quick rundown on what's happening at Inside Higher Ed: events, accomplishments and a bit of fun.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Election politics topped the charts in August, with Libby Nelson's rundown on Paul Ryan's higher ed record pulling in the most readers (and the most comments) last month. Scott Jaschik's coverage of a new survey finding that social psychologists admit to an anti-conservative bias drew many comments. Hundreds of readers shared Edward Burger's essay on the importance of teaching failure (said one commenter: "this column is brave and brilliant"). And Steve Kolowich's story on the strategic responses to MOOCS that some "conventional" colleges are contemplating got readers talking.
BOOK WITH BUZZ
Recent graduate's book takes on what he sees as hedonistic and irresponsible culture at Yale. Click here to read Scott Jaschik's interview with the author (as well as all Inside Higher Ed's books coverage).
INSIDE HIGHER ED NEWS
OUT AND ABOUT -- Libby Nelson starts the month at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.
Scott Jaschik gives a speech at Drexel University in Philadelphia on September 6, then heads south for a speech at the National HBCU Media Summit in Baltimore on the 7th. Rounding out the weekend is a speech to student journalists here in DC on the 8th.
Daryl Anderson, Doug Lederman, Laura McFarland, Rick Plotkin and Todd Thompson will be at the CUPA-HR National Conference and Expo in Boston September 9th-11th. Stop by booth no. 404 to learn more about our new Diversity Profiles, and to pick up your free copy of our 2012 Survey of College and University Human Resources Directors. And on Monday, September 10, at 3:45, check out the concurrent session "How HR Professionals View the World." Inside Higher Ed editor Doug Lederman and a great group of guests will review the results of the survey.
Doug flies to Paris on September 15 for the biennial General Conference of the OECD’s Programme for Institutional Management in Higher Education. Inside Higher Ed is a media partner for the conference, and Doug will be moderating a panel discussion.
STAFF NEWS -- Welcome to new reporting intern Alexandra Tilsley. Alexandra graduated from the University of Southern California in 2012 with a B.A. in comparative literature and a minor in psychology. While at USC, she served as the editor of the Daily Trojan and interned with National Geographic, The Chronicle of Higher Education, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette and Business NH Magazine. She is originally from New Hampshire and attended Phillips Exeter Academy, where she got her first taste of journalism as sports editor for the school paper.
RECENT VISITORS -- Things get even quieter in DC in August. Nevertheless, we hosted visitors last month from the University of Virginia, College of St. Benedict, the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, and World Learning. We're always happy to host higher education leaders in our DC offices. Contact Scott at email@example.com or Doug at firstname.lastname@example.org to plan a visit.
WEBINAR -- Analytics and Gateway Courses
Thursday, September 27 at 2 p.m. Eastern
One part of the "completion agenda” has been to encourage colleges to use analytics to improve their success rates at moving students toward graduation. Another part has been to draw attention to “gateway courses,” those that launch students on majors or programs of study, and the way many of these courses have high drop-out rates and have the impact of shutting rather than opening doors for students. On Thursday, September 27 at 2 p.m. Eastern, Inside Higher Ed presents a webinar featuring Andrew Koch, executive vice president of the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education, and Matt Pistilli, a research scientist in information technology at Purdue University, exploring the combination of these two efforts: how to use analytics to improve student completion and student learning in gateway courses.
The webinar will cover:
The major concerns about gateway courses.
How to tell if your college’s gateway courses are working or have problems that need addressing.
The kinds of data you should be collecting about gateway courses.
The kinds of reforms that – depending on what you learn about your gateway courses – may be appropriate.
How to track success with these reforms.
Click here for more information or to register for this low-cost event.
FREE WEBINAR -- Digital Faculty: Professors, Teaching and Technology, 2012
Monday, September 24, 2 p.m. Eastern
"Digital Faculty: Professors, Teaching and Technology, 2012" is the second of two surveys of college professors and academic technology administrators about faculty attitudes about and approaches to technology. The article can be found here. A PDF of the report can be downloaded here; the text of the report can be viewed here.
On Monday, September 24 at 2 p.m. Eastern, Inside Higher Ed will sponsor a free webinar to discuss the results of the survey of faculty views on technology. Inside Higher Ed editors and bloggers will share and analyze the findings and take your questions. To register, please click here.
Inside Higher Ed collaborated on this project with the Babson Survey Research Group.
The survey of faculty views on technology was made possible in part with generous financial support from CourseSmart, Deltak, Pearson and Sonic Foundry.
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