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Study finds female professors experience more work demands and special favor requests, particularly from academically entitled students

Study finds female professors experience more work demands and special favor requests, particularly from academically "entitled" students.

Finding OER remains challenging, but solutions abound

Faculty members struggle to find open educational resources or even understand what they are -- but solutions are bubbling up.

Proposal to classify video game addiction as 'disease' divides academics

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The World Health Organization is considering classifying video game addiction as a disease. Academics are divided over whether that’s a good idea.

New presidents or provosts: Austin Fisher Hopkinsville Kuyper Pulaski St. Kate Tusculum UNC Washington

  • Robert Blouin, dean of the Eshelman School of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been selected as provost and executive vice chancellor there.
  • Patrice DiQuinzio, interim provost and dean of the college at Washington College, in Maryland, has been named to the job on a permanent basis.

Robots help distance students seamlessly join classrooms at Michigan State

At Michigan State, some online students embody robots to populate face-to-face classrooms, helping bridge the distance gap with their on-campus counterparts.

Inadequate Career Training in Washington State

Washington State has an inadequate system of career and technical education, the state's auditor said in a newly released report.

The Seattle Times reported on the auditor's findings, which include a recommendation for high-enrollment community college courses in career education to more closely align with in-demand occupational areas. The report also encourages more dual-enrollment pathways between high school and college.

"Many mid-level-skill jobs, in industries as diverse as robotics, carpentry and medical technology, pay well and require no more than two years of education from a community or technical college," the report found. "However, Washington employers report being unable to fill many such jobs."

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As federal aid policy heats up, student groups see blueprint in fight over tax bill

A furious campaign by graduate students to kill a GOP tax proposal could be a blueprint for upcoming legislative battles in Washington.

Does your institution really need a new LMS?

Colleges and universities should avoid “shiny new object syndrome” when considering if they need to move to a new learning management system, writes Sasha Thackaberry.

Strada Acquires Adult Learning Group

Strada Education Network has acquired the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), a nonprofit organization that has long focused on prior learning assessment and other ways for adult students to earn college credit for their knowledge and experience.

The former USA Funds, a nonprofit student loan guarantee agency, rebranded as Strada last year. The move was part of a multiyear restructuring in which the group has focused on college completion and success. In addition to its philanthropic work, Strada, which is based in Indianapolis, has purchased several organizations that work on college completion, including InsideTrack, DXtera Institute, Education at Work, Roadtrip Nation and Student Connections.

"They're really trying something new here," said Pam Tate, CAEL's president and CEO, of Strada's approach to philanthropy.

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Fired President Blames Blackmail

Kelle Stephens was fired this week as president of Dixie Technical College, in Utah, and she says she is the victim of a blackmail scheme by a disgruntled former employee, The Salt Lake Tribune reported. The board of the Utah System of Technical Colleges voted, 6 to 5, to fire Stephens and has not given a reason why. Stephens said that a former employee made audio recordings that were edited to make it appear, falsely, she had engaged in discriminatory behavior. Stephens also says the recordings were sent to legislators, who reportedly said they would cut the college's budget if Stephens remained in office.

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