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   July 2014
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Welcome to your July 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.


2014 In Out List

Fashion, food, politics, and now higher education. Check out the Inside Higher Ed In/Out list for a look at the trends, people and terms that shaped 2013, with predictions about the year to come.

And as we start 2014, here's a look back at the 10 articles that drew the widest readership on Inside Higher Ed in 2013, in case you missed them:

Hopkins boycottDangerous Curves -- To test limits of Johns Hopkins professor's scaled grading policy, all of his students boycott the final -- and all get As as a result.

Adjunct Advantage -- Students at major research university learn more when their instructors are off the tenure track than when they are on it, new study finds.
Asian students
Meritocracy or Bias -- Study finds that when white people are told of the success of Asian applicants, their commitment to basing admissions on grades and test scores drops.

Patricia AdlerToo Risky for Boulder -- Students and alumni rally around tenured professor who says she is being forced out because her lecture about prostitution (in a course on deviance) might make some people uncomfortable.

MOOC Mess -- Amid student confusion and frustration, Coursera calls off a course one week in. The subject? "Fundamentals of Online Education: Planning and Application."

Price of a Bad Review -- A university librarian finds himself sued for questioning the quality of an academic press.

Possible Probation for Phoenix -- For-profit university's accreditation troubles deepen with probation recommendation based on alleged lack of autonomy from its corporate parent.

A Protest Resignation -- One prominent anthropologist, Marshall Sahlins, resigns from National Academy of Sciences to protest its election of another prominent anthropologist, Napoleon Chagnon, as well as the group's military partnerships.

Interdisciplinary Penalty -- If you combine two disciplines in your dissertation, you can expect to earn less than you would otherwise in the year after finishing your doctorate, study finds.

The Mom Penalty -- A decadelong research initiative out of the University of California at Berkeley culminates in a detailed look at the effects of children on men's and women's academic careers.

And don't forget to submit your ideas for a caption for January's Inside Higher Ed Cartoon Caption Contest -- vote on your favorite nominated captions from last month, and find news about the winner of our December contest.


OUT AND ABOUT -- Scott Jaschik, Ry Rivard and Kathlene Collins started the month at the Council of Independent Colleges' Presidents Institute, which took place January 4-7 in Marco Island, Fla. Scott participated on a panel titled "Straight Talk With Journalists About College Affordability," along with reporters from The Wall Street Journal and the Associated Press.

Scott, Serena Golden and Carl Straumsheim travel to Chicago January 9-12 for the 129th Annual MLA Convention. Stop by booth 146 in the MLA exhibit hall to meet our reporters, editors and bloggers, find out how Inside Higher Ed can help your academic career — and enter our drawing for a $200 university press shopping spree. And don't miss our presentation in the MLA Exhibit Hall Theater on Friday, January 10 at 11:35 a.m. Get job-hunting advice from Alicia Peaker of GradHacker and Cheryl Ball of the column "Get a Job!"

Allie Grasgreen heads to San Diego January 15-18 for the NCAA convention.

Scott will be speaking at "Defining Merit: The Nexus of Mission, Excellence and Diversity," a conference of the University of Southern California Center for Enrollment Research, Policy and Practice, January 15-27.

On Friday, January 17, Doug Lederman will participate in a press panel at the Higher Education Leadership Conference sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education.

Scott Jaschik, Laura McFarland, Rick Plotkin and others will travel a couple of Metro stops to participate in the AAC&U annual conference taking place here in Washington, D.C. January 22-25. On Saturday, January 25 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Scott will participate in "What Do CAOs Think? A Dialogue About Inside Higher Ed Survey Findings," a session moderated by Debra Humphreys, vice president for policy and public engagement at AAC&U and featuring Rhona Free, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Eastern Connecticut State University.

Scott will be speaking January 29 in New York City at the PreparedU Project conference, organized by Bentley University.

RECENT VISITORS -- December visitors included Piedmont College, University of Vermont, Grinnell College, Carnegie Mellon University, Ithaca College, and New Jersey City University. We're always happy to host higher education leaders in our D.C. offices. Contact Scott at or Doug at to plan a visit.

NEW TO OUR STAFF -- Inside Higher Ed welcomed a new reporting intern this month. Andrea Watson has reported and written for the Chicago Defender, JET magazine, The Chicago Reporter, and NBC Chicago. She has a master's degree in journalism from Columbia College Chicago and an English degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

SERVICE NOTE -- Inside Higher Ed's offices will be closed on Monday, January 20 in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.


Meningitis webinarMeningitis on Campus: Getting Students Vaccinated

An Inside Higher Ed webinar

January 21, 3 p.m. Eastern

College students, like others who live in close quarters, have always faced the risk of meningitis. This fall, outbreaks at Princeton University and the University of California at Santa Barbara have scared students, parents and officials at the universities involved and elsewhere.

On Tuesday, January 21 at 3 p.m. Eastern, Inside Higher Ed presents Meningitis on Campus: Getting Students Vaccinated, a one-hour webinar with Lynn Bozof, president of the National Meningitis Association. Ms. Bozof will explore policies and plans colleges should have in place to prevent a meningitis outbreak, and will focus on how to convince students and parents of the need for students to be vaccinated.

Click to register or for more information.

This event will be captioned for the deaf and hard of hearing by CaptionAccess.

Enter the discount code JAN2014 at checkout and get $25 off your registration fee.


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Tenure-Track Faculty Positions in Interdisciplinary Research in Data Science


The University of Rochester has made data science the centerpiece of its 5-year strategic plan, committing to 20 new faculty lines in diverse areas, a new building, and the establishment of the Institute for Data Science. We are currently seeking applicants for tenure track positions in interdisciplinary research areas within data science. This search complements department-specific searches in data science currently under way. (see posting)

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