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
The news was all about battles last month. Colleen Flaherty's coverage of the uproar among Penn State faculty over new preventive health care plans drew more readers than any other article on the site last month. Instead of offering “carrots” to its employees for seeking preventive care, the university is opting for the “stick,” imposing a $100 monthly surcharge on those who don’t get required checkups. The comments poured in on Scott Jaschik's story about a student's suit against Pima Community College claiming she was suspended for objecting to students using Spanish instead of English in class. We saw a flood of comments on Colleen's article about the hiring of an astronomy professor with anti-evolution views at Ball State. Some say Guillermo Gonzalez's views are far outside the mainstream and question his hire. Others say he deserves a shot. (Ball State and evolution were back in the news early this month, with scientists applauding the president for saying that intelligent design shouldn't be taught in science classrooms.) Scott's piece about Mitch Daniels's attempt, while governor of Indiana, to ban the teaching of Howard Zinn drew comments referencing Marx, Stalin, Orwell, Alan Sokal and David Horowitz, and included plenty of ironic quotations from A People's History itself.
BOOK WITH BUZZ -- Author Michael A. Olivas, the William B. Bates Distinguished Chair of Law at the University of Houston Law Center and director of the Institute for Higher Education Law and Governance, discusses his new book on the courts and higher education with Scott Jaschik. Click here to read Scott's interview (as well as all of Inside Higher Ed's books coverage).
NEW CARTOON -- We've just published the August edition of our cartoon caption contest. Click here to add your suggestions for this month's cartoon, cast a vote for our last contest -- and find out who won our June prize.
INSIDE HIGHER ED NEWS
OUT AND ABOUT -- Scott Jaschik will be in New York August 10-13 for the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association.
Scott speaks to the National Conference of State Legislatures on August 14 in Atlanta, and closer to home at George Mason University on August 20.
And Serena Golden joins Scott in Chicago August 29-31 for the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association.
STAFF NEWS -- Inside Higher Ed is saying goodbye to reporter Kevin Kiley, who is enrolling in the graduate program in social sciences at the University of Chicago. But we welcome Michael Stratford, who has covered the Arkansas legislature for the Associated Press and federal higher ed policy for The Chronicle of Higher Education, as a new staff reporter.
Congratulations to Inside Higher Ed reporter emeritus David Epstein on the publication of his first book, The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance. Says Peter King, senior writer for Sports Illustrated, "The Sports Gene ... is a story told elegantly and with David Epstein's indefatigable powers of investigation. ... Spend a few hours. You'll be educated, and you'll be fascinated."
RECENT VISITORS -- June brought many visitors to the Inside Higher Ed offices, including leaders from Coast Community College, Midwestern Higher Education Compact, Georgia Tech, University of La Verne, Inkling, Point Foundation, and Texas Christian University. We're always happy to host higher education leaders in our D.C. offices. Contact Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org or Doug at email@example.com to plan a visit.
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Sexual Assault Policies Under Scrutiny -- An Inside Higher Ed webinar
August 15, 2 p.m. Eastern
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Over the past two year, colleges and universities have faced unprecedented scrutiny and criticism of the institutional response to sexual assaults – from their own students, the public, the courts, and the Department of Education, including the Department of Justice and the Office for Civil Rights. Understanding Title IX and Clery – and how to achieve effective implementation -- has become a daily topic of conversation on many campuses.
Our presenters, Gina Smith and Leslie Gomez, trace the impetus for this “paradigm shift” to the April 4, 2011 “Dear Colleague” letter, the media blitz surrounding Jerry Sandusky’s predatory behavior, the subsequent criminal prosecution of campus administrators for failing to report suspected abuse, the courage of complainants to publicly share their accounts and the proliferation of information through social media. Colleges and universities also face continually evolving federal guidance, most recently in the form of the Campus SaVE Act, “Dear Colleague” Letters on retaliation and pregnancy, and sweeping voluntary resolution agreements.
On Thursday, August 15 at 2 p.m. Eastern, Inside Higher Ed presents Sexual Assault Policies Under Scrutiny, a webinar featuring Smith and Gomez – former sex crimes prosecutors and educators who dedicate their law practice to the institutional response to sexual misconduct. Smith and Gomez will address:
The regulatory framework: Title IX, the April 4, 2011 Dear Colleague letter, Clery and the Campus SaVE Act.
The unique dynamics of sexual assault and how they impact practices on campuses.
The “confidentiality conundrum”: understanding how to balance a complainant’s wishes with the college’s obligation to provide a safe and secure campus free from sexual harassment and misconduct.
Practical advice on developing effective policies and procedures.
Common issues colleges face in structure: the role of the Title IX Coordinator, separating support from investigation; choosing investigative and adjudicative models.
Understanding “reporting” on college campuses.
Coordination with law enforcement, including an understanding of the role of the college versus the role of local law enforcement.
Effective practices in investigations and evaluating credibility.
This webinar is ideal for legal affairs officers, student affairs officers, judicial affairs officers, campus safety and security personnel, sworn law enforcement officers, equal opportunity administrators, Title IX coordinators and senior administrators.
The webinar costs $199 and will consist of a 30-minute presentation and a 30-minute question period. There is no conference call required for this event -- the entire presentation, including audio, is delivered via the web. You may gather as many colleagues as you like to view the webinar via one monitor, but only one login per registration will be allowed. This event will be captioned for the deaf and hard of hearing by SpeechText Access.
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