New presidents or provosts: Chicago School Dickinson Elmira Sage St. Joseph's SIUE Sonoma Stevenson Wright York

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  • Christopher Ames, provost at Shepherd University, in West Virginia, has been selected as president at the Sage Colleges, in New York.
  • Donald R. Boomgaarden, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at the University of Scranton, in Pennsylvania, has been chosen as president of St. Joseph's College, in New York.

Experts react to Harvard-2U online certificate agreement

Online program management advocates applaud as Harvard and 2U work to create an online business analytics certificate program. Others worry about corporate encroachment on teaching and learning.

Georgia Tech plans extension of undergraduate online computer science course

University uses model from closely observed master’s in computer science on undergraduates for first time, finds notable success and sees path to shaving a year or more off in-person instruction.

Robin DeRosa's OER pedagogical endeavor

Until 2014, Robin DeRosa had never heard of open educational resources. Now she’s about to publish her second free open textbook.

University System of Georgia sex-assault policies step away from Obama rules

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Georgia’s state higher education board votes to pull the most serious investigations to the central office, a shift that angers many advocates for assault victims, who already believe the new policies are out of line with federal law.

Flak Attack on Campus Carry

Texas’s divisive campus carry law took effect last week on community college campuses, one year after it was adopted at public universities. Charles K. Smith, an instructor of geography at San Antonio College, marked the occasion by teaching in a flak jacket and helmet. "It definitely makes me feel uneasy that there are more firearms on campus than there really should be," Smith to The military-style gear “was just a statement on how I felt,” he said.

San Antonio College instructor Charles K. Smith, in helmet and flak jacket.

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Smith, whose photo was taken and posted online by a student, said he’s seen occasional fistfights during his 10 years on campus, but never a gun. The new law, which allows licensed gun owners age 21 and over to carry concealed weapons on campus -- including into classrooms -- “increases the chances of something happening,” Smith said. “Used to, when they got mad at me, they had to go home to get the gun and had time to cool off. Now they will have it with them.”

Students for Concealed Carry, a national advocacy group, said in a statement that there has been no report of injury, death or assault at any four-year Texas campus within the last year. The group also pushed for the removal of university regulations that continue to “circumvent” the law.

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Study: OPMs could hurt colleges' financial stability, student data

As reported in Inside Higher Ed, the Century Foundation, which describes itself as a "progressive, nonpartisan think tank" aimed at reducing inequality, released a report Monday warning about public and private institutions' arrangements with online program management companies -- and the risk they might pose to the nature of public higher education.

Harvard teams up with 2U for online certificate program

As reported in Inside Higher Ed, Harvard University announced Monday that three of its schools will create a new business analytics certificate program with 2U, the online program management company. The certificate program will teach students how to leverage data and analytics to drive business growth through a collaboration between 2U and professors at the Harvard Business School, the John A.

Maine college adds competency-based degree

As reported in Inside Higher Ed, the University of Maine at Presque Isle has created an online, competency-based degree aimed at adult students. The university's new bachelor's degree in business administration has a flat tuition rate of $2,000 per semester, which is less than half the standard rate for in-state students. It includes a focus on students' previous college learning and work experience, which can be counted toward the degree.

Are digital natives more tech savvy than their older instructors?

A report argues that those born after 1984 aren’t inherently better versed in technology. The author who coined the term “digital native” disagrees.


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