Welcome to your March 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.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
NEW ON THE SITE -- Affirmative Action, Innovation, and the Financial Future -- A Survey of Presidents. In response to Inside Higher Ed's third annual Survey of College and University Presidents -- conducted by Gallup -- campus chiefs express strong (but far from unanimous) support for use of race in admissions, skepticism about the potential contributions of MOOCs, and no confidence at all in government leaders. Read our analysis of the survey and download the complete report.
Zach Burdyk's story on the unintended outcome of a grading curve garnered the most readers of any story we published in February. Students boycotted the final exam in a Johns Hopkins computer science class, which -- by the rules of the professor’s curve -- meant every student received an A. Colleen Flaherty's coverage of a libel suit brought by a press against a librarian who wrote a critical blog post also got folks reading and sharing. And Scott Jaschik's article about a West Liberty University professor's ban on Fox News articles in a "politics journal" assignment sparked a great comment exchange with the question "Is it ever legitimate for an instructor to bar use of a "biased" news source for a class assignment?
We've just published the March 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 -- Anthropologist Napoleon Chagnon talks to Inside Higher Ed's Serena Golden about his new book, Noble Savages (Simon & Schuster), and his lengthy and exceptionally controversial career. Click here to read the article (as well as all Inside Higher Ed's books coverage). In a related story, Serena covered eminent University of Chicago anthropologist Marshall Sahlins' resignation from the National Academy of Sciences, citing his objections to its military partnerships and to its electing as a member Napoleon Chagnon.
INSIDE HIGHER ED NEWS
February may be a short month, but it proved a record-breaker for Inside Higher Ed. 1.2 million unique readers visited the site last month.
OUT AND ABOUT -- Scott Jaschik will be speaking at the American Federation of Teachers National Higher Education Issues conference in San Diego on March 10.
Daryl Anderson and Kacey Cox travel to Salt Lake City for the Western Region conference of the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources, taking place March 17-19.
Doug Lederman will speak at the Education Policy Institute's International Forum on Education and the Economy happening March 21-22 in Orlando.
Scott is speaking at the American Council on Education's Spectrum Executive Leadership Program, a leadership development program for diverse senior-level administrators from underrepresented groups who are interested in seeking a presidency in the near term, on March 28 here in Washington, DC.
STAFF NEWS -- Inside Higher Ed is pleased to welcome three new staff members.
Chadd Molloy joined the team in February as our digital advertising specialist. Chad earned his B.S in communication from East Carolina University. Before coming to Inside Higher Ed, Chadd found his passion for digital advertising with Media General, helping to build and maintain digital advertising campaigns for The Richmond Times-Dispatch and the CBS affiliate for Greenville, N.C., WNCT.
Zach Budryk, a reporting intern, is a recent graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University. He has written for Style Weekly and the Capital News Service in Richmond.
Carl Straumsheim, a reporting intern, is a graduate of LaGrange College and earned a master's degree in journalism from the University of Maryland. He has written for the American Journalism Review and Capital News Service.
Congratulations to reporter Colleen Flaherty and her husband Zach on the birth of their daughter.
RECENT VISITORS -- We hosted visitors last month from Hendrix College, Whitman College, St. Mary's College of Maryland, Bryn Mawr College, Marlboro College, NAICU, Butler University, Ivy Tech Community College, California Community College System, Owens Community College, McPherson College, American Anthropological Association, Southwestern University, Campus Labs, University of Pennsylvania, and a delegation of New Jersey community colleges. 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.
STEM Teaching Methods That Work
An Inside Higher Ed Webinar
March 13 at 2 p.m. Eastern
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Numerous surveys and reports have documented that far too many college students either fail or become bored with science and technology courses, abandoning plans to major in STEM fields.
On Wednesday, March 13 at 2 p.m. EST, Inside Higher Ed presents STEM Teaching Methods That Work, a webinar featuring Steve Benton, senior research officer at the IDEA Center. Steve will explore the relationship between teaching methods and learning objectives in STEM education. The idea behind this analysis is that the right approach to learning objectives and teaching methods could lead to meaningful improvements in STEM education.
Among the topics to be covered:
Which learning objectives are emphasized in STEM classes?
How much learning are students reporting on those learning objectives?
Which teaching methods might be employed to support greater student learning?
What are student and course characteristics in STEM courses?
How can this analysis be used to improve the success and learning of students enrolled in STEM courses?
The webinar will consist of a 30-minute PowerPoint presentation and a 30-minute question period. The program is ideal for STEM faculty, deans, academic administrators, curriculum development officials, teaching and learning experts, academic advisors and student affairs officials.
Enter the discount code MARCH2013 at checkout and we'll discount $25 off your registration fee.
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Steve Benton is a senior research officer at the IDEA Center. At the IDEA Center, Mr. Benton designs and conducts reliability and validity studies. Mr. Benton is a fellow in the American Psychological Association and American Educational Research Association, as well as an emeritus professor of special education, counseling, and student affairs at Kansas State University. He serves on the editorial boards of The International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Review, and The Journal of Psychology: Interdisciplinary and Applied, Contemporary Educational Psychology and Educational Psychology Review.
We hope you can participate in this important discussion.
FREE WEBINAR -- Inside Higher Ed's 2013 Survey of College and University Presidents
March 20, 1 p.m. EST
Join Inside Higher Ed editor Doug Lederman along with Sanford Shugart, president of Valencia College in Florida and S. Georgia Nugent, president of Kenyon College in Ohio for a review of the results of Inside Higher Ed's 2013 Survey of College and University Presidents.
The Inside Higher Ed survey of chief academic officers was made possible in part by the generous financial support of Inceptia, Hobsons, Jenzabar, McGraw-Hill Higher Education, and TIAA-CREF.
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FROM THE PUBLISHER
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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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