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
January may have been unseasonably warm here in DC, but Inside Higher Ed received a blizzard of comments last month on Kevin Kiley's coverage of North Carolina governor Pat McCrory's comments criticizing liberal arts education. Colleen Flaherty's story on what it will take to bring about real, widespread reform for adjunct faculty got people talking. And Scott Jaschik's provocatively titled article "Spoiled Children," about the inverse relationship between parental support and good grades in college, was our best-read story last month.
We've just published the February edition of our cartoon caption contest. Click here to add your suggestions for this month's cartoon, and cast a vote for our last contest.
BOOK WITH BUZZ -- A common critique of higher education is that many professors are far more focused on their scholarship than they are on being good teachers, especially at research universities. A new book challenges that argument, painting the professoriate as an overwhelmingly self-reflective group striving to achieve better learning outcomes over the course of their academic careers. Click to read Colleen Flaherty's article about Inside the Undergraduate Teaching Experience, new from SUNY Press -- along with all our books coverage.
INSIDE HIGHER ED NEWS
NEWS -- Inside Higher Ed's readership topped 1.1 million in January. Thanks for sharing our articles and forwarding our e-mail.
While Inside Higher Ed has more fun noting debates about rankings than doing them, if an organization takes the time to rate 100 education websites and declares us #1, well, all we can say is "Thank you!" Check out the Teach100 for a number of great resources (rankings are dynamic so the list order may change).
Congratulations to Janet Powell of the California State University San Marcos and Jeffrey Frick of St. Norbert College, winners of our book drawing at last month's annual meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities in Atlanta.
OUT AND ABOUT -- The action was in Washington, DC, at the start of the month with the annual meeting of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities taking place February 3-6. Scott Jaschik was the keynote speaker for NAICU's Public Relations Academy.
Scott will be participating in a panel discussion February 11 in Washington at the National Legislative Summit of the Association of Community College Trustees.
Scott Jaschik and Laura McFarland (along with our international sales manager Svitlana Barnes) fly to Dubai at the start of March for Going Global, an annual conference hosted by the British Council. Scott will be leading a panel -- featuring academic leaders from Hong Kong, India, Malaysia and Venezuela -- on the changing private sector role in higher education worldwide.
And the annual meeting of the American Council on Education takes place here in DC the same week -- Inside Higher Ed staff and reporters will be on hand. Doug Lederman will be participating in a plenary session titled "Learning without Boundaries: MOOCS and the Future of Higher Education" on Tuesday, March 5 at 8 a.m. And at 10 a.m. Tuesday he'll be moderating a panel discussion of the results of Inside Higher Ed's 2013 Survey of College and University Presidents. Participants include Brandon Busteed of Gallup; Angel Cabrera, president of George Mason University; and Jill Tiefenthaler, president of Colorado College.
STAFF NEWS -- Ry Rivard, a statehouse reporter for the Charleston Daily Mail in West Virginia, will join our staff this month as our technology reporter. Ry graduated from West Virginia University in 2008 and is a former editor of The Daily Althenaeum, the student newspaper there.
Trish Sabino has been promoted to Display Advertising Manager, helping nonprofit groups, associations and publishers with their advertising needs. Trish has been with Inside Higher Ed since 2011, when she joined the staff to manage ad trafficking and operations.
SERVICE NOTE -- Inside Higher Ed's offices will be closed on Monday, February 18. We will publish that day, and you will receive a Daily News Update e-mail.
RECENT VISITORS -- We hosted visitors last month from CUNY, University of Maryland University College, and Academic Partnerships. We're always happy to host higher education leaders in our DC offices. Contact Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org or Doug at email@example.com to plan a visit.
The tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, has once again focused attention on the danger of shootings in educational environments. Many colleges and universities struggle to come up with policies about weapons on campus - -seeking to promote safety for students and employees while also being fair to registered gun owners.
On Tuesday, February 12 at 2 p.m. EST, Inside Higher Ed presents "Effective Campus Weapons Policies," a webinar on how to create or update your campus weapons policy. The presenter -- Ann Franke -- consults with colleges and universities nationally on risk management issues. She will discuss such topics as:
Why colleges need weapons policies.
How weapons policies relate to other campus procedures, such as threat assessment teams.
The importance of developing policies consistent with state and federal laws.
Why colleges need to state clearly the purpose of the policy.
The various words and issues that need clear definitions (gun, weapon, campus, persons covered by the policy).
Distinctions that campuses may want to make for different campus settings (such as a classroom).
The key exceptions campuses may want to provide (public safety, ROTC, etc.).
Choices to make on the breadth of a college policy.
The webinar will consist of a 30-minute PowerPoint presentation and a 30-minute question period. This webinar is ideal for senior administrators, residence life staff, public safety officers, judicial affairs and legal affairs administrators.
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Ann Franke is president and founder of Wise Results, LLC , through which she consults nationally with colleges and universities on issues ranging from student injury and risk assessment to academic freedom. She founded Wise Results in 2005 after holding senior management positions with United Educators Insurance and the American Association of University Professors. She is a fellow of the National Association of College and University Attorneys. In 2011 she received the national Facilitator Award from the Institute for Higher Education Law and Policy, Stetson University College of Law, for her contributions to campus risk management and student life.
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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.
FROM THE PUBLISHER
Check out Inside Higher Ed's webinars on key higher education topics, available now for download:
MOOCs for the Rest of Us -- Experts from the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education on the role of online education at a range of institutions.
A Social Media Framework for Student Affairs Advancement -- Eric Stoller, Inside Higher Ed's Student Affairs and Technology blogger, presents a strategic plan for how you can use social media for your student affairs development efforts.
Academic Program Review -- Touching the Third Rail of Higher Education Finance -- Richard Staisloff, founder and principal of rpkGROUP, on how to carry out program reviews fairly and effectively.
Supporting Department Chairs -- Experts from The IDEA Center, which provides a range of training and evaluation programs for chairs, on how to support department chairs.
Taking Career Services to the Next Level -- Andy Chan, vice president for personal and career development at Wake Forest University and organizer of the recent conference “Rethinking Success: From the Liberal Arts to Careers in the 21st Century" on why and how colleges are rethinking the role of career services and career centers.
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