INSIDE HIGHER ED -- Insider Update
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   April 2014
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Welcome to your April 2014 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.


Higher education is hot. Jargon once relegated to the academy’s back alleys has gone mainstream, while potential industry disruptions arrive with the speed of a viral video on the Information Superhighway. Keeping up with the Next Big Thing can be tough, and woe to the academic cocktail partygoer who doesn’t know what these MOOC things are.

Never fear: we’ve got you covered. But while we fancy ourselves au courant – it’s our job, after all – nobody’s perfect. So please check out our In & Out list and send us additions (in the comments section) by clicking here.


  • An Acceptable Prejudice -- Thomas C. Terry's essay about prejudice in academe against Mormons.
  • Casualty of the Math Wars -- Scott Jachik's story on the Stanford professor who went public on attacks over her math education research.
  • When Black Men Succeed -- Doug Lederman's article on the National Black Male College Achievement Study, which aimed to learn why some black men succeed in college.
  • (Mis)Judging Female Scientists -- Scott Jaschik's story about the furor over a male scientist's Facebook post about female scientists.
  • Full Sail in the Spotlight -- Paul Fain's article asking if Mitt Romney was right about Full Sail University.
  • A Professor's Cry -- Scott Jaschik's story on a senior professor's mass e-mail, which led to campuswide introspection.
  • So Close Yet So Far -- Colleen Flaherty's article about a college cutting adjuncts' hours to avoid Affordable Care Act costs.


Becoming Right: How Campuses Shape Young Conservatives, by Amy J. Binder, associate professor of sociology at the University of California at San Diego, and Kate Wood, a doctoral candidate in the department, is based on extensive interviews with self-identified conservative students and other research conducted at two institutions (which the authors don't identify, but describe as liberal) from 2008-9. Click here to read Colleen Flaherty's article (as well as all Inside Higher Ed's books coverage).


NEW ON THE SITE -- The online poetry magnet is here! Anyone who's every stopped by the Inside Higher Ed booth at a conference has seen our nifty refrigerator poetry magnet with higher education words. Now you can create higher education poems online -- click here to create your haiku, ode, limerick or free verse. We'll pick our favorite poem at the end of the month and send along an gift card. And everyone who submits a poem will receive a real-life Inside Higher Ed poetry magnet (kudos to Liam Corley, associate professor of English at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, winner of our online poetry contest at the MLA earlier this month.)

INSIDE HIGHER ED NEWS -- Congratulations to the winners of Inside Higher Ed's prize drawing for a $200 shopping spree from one of the presses exhibiting at the 2013 MLA conference. Michelle Massé, professor of English & Women's & Gender Studies at Louisiana State University and editor, SUNY Feminist Theory and Criticism series, got a gift from MIT Press. Nazera Wright, assistant professor of English at the University of Kentucky, will be reading her new books from NYU Press. And Or Rogovin, Silbermann Family Visiting Assistant Professor of Modern Hebrew at Bucknell University, takes home books from Harvard University Press. Thanks very much to the presses for participating.

OUT AND ABOUT -- January 17-18 Scott Jaschik travels to Los Angeles to speak at the conference Attributes That Matter: Beyond the Usual in College Admission and Success, organized by the University of Southern California Center for Enrollment Research, Policy and Practice.

Scott heads to Atlanta January 23-26, along with Laura McFarland, for the annual conference of the Association of American Colleges and Universities. On January 26 at 9:45 a.m., Scott will present and lead a discussion of findings from a survey of chief academic officers (CAOs) conducted by Inside Higher Ed and Gallup. Debra Humphreys of AAC&U will set the context of the discussion with insights drawn from earlier AAC&U studies and Alison Byerly, visiting scholar in literature at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will reflect on what the findings reveal about chief academic officers' current challenges and priorities for change. Not planning to be at the conference? Click here to register for Inside Higher Ed's free webinar presenting the survey results.

Doug Lederman will moderate a panel at the annual meeting of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation here in DC on January 30.

SERVICE NOTE -- Inside Higher Ed's offices will be closed January 21 in honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

RECENT VISITORS -- We hosted visitors last month from Georgia Health Sciences University and Augusta State University, Furman University, eCornell, Capilouto University of Kentucky, USC / Delphi Project, Grand Canyon University, and William Peace University. We're always happy to host higher education leaders in our DC offices. Contact Scott at or Doug at to plan a visit.


MOOCs for the Rest of Us

An Inside Higher Ed Webinar

January 22, 2 p.m. Eastern

Click to register.

Massive open online courses (MOOCs) have become the talk of academe, with many colleges and universities debating whether they should start them or join one of the consortiums offering the courses. But what of colleges that don’t plan to offer their own MOOCs? Are there ways they can use MOOCs or MOOC-like approaches to enhance their curricula in ways that are consistent with their institutional missions?

On Tuesday, January 22 at 2 p.m. EST, Inside Higher Ed presents MOOCS for the Rest of Us, a webinar with experts from the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education, who  will lead a discussion of:

  • How to determine the role of online education at institutions of differing missions and finances.
  • Why MOOC ideas can be applied to offerings that are not massive or open.
  • Examples of programs that apply MOOC-like approaches for liberal arts colleges, regional state universities or other kinds of institutions.
  • How to set up new online collaborative programs with other institutions.
  • How to engage faculty members in the planning and execution of these ideas.

The webinar will consist of a 30-minute PowerPoint presentation and a 30-minute question period. This webinar is ideal for senior administrators, academic affairs officers, enrollment management administrators, deans, distance education and academic computing officers.

The presenters: W. Joseph King is executive director of the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education as well as vice president for innovation at Southwestern University. Previously, he was executive director of Connexions. Michael Nanfito is associate director of NITLE. He previously served as director of instructional technology at the University of Puget Sound.

Click to register.


FREE WEBINAR -- Inside Higher Ed's 2013 Survey of Chief Academic Officers

February 14, 2 p.m. EST

Join Inside Higher Ed editor Scott Jaschik and Robert Sternberg, provost at Oklahoma State -- formerly dean at Tufts University and on the faculty at Yale -- for a review of the results of Inside Higher Ed's 2013 Survey of College and University Chief Academic Officers.

Click to register for this free event.


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