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University leaders say they need to improve communication on science with public

Research university leaders see wake-up call in data on sharp partisan divide on higher education and deep cuts proposed by Trump.

How to find mentors and be a good one yourself (essay)

What sustains faculty members are relationships with others, write Jennifer Lundquist and Joya Misra, who outline how to identify mentors and how to be a better one yourself.

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OpenStax Pairs Course Content and Learning Platform

As reported in Inside Higher Ed, OpenStax, the free textbook publisher based at Rice University, is expanding beyond books.

The publisher on Monday launched Tutor Beta, an online learning platform. Initially available in three courses -- biology, physics and sociology -- this fall, OpenStax plans to expand it across all the subject areas in which it publishes content.

New Tech Service for Student Success Management

As reported in Inside Higher Ed, EAB, a research and technology services company, says the time is right for an enterprise-level “student success management system,” or SSMS. EAB has coined -- and trademarked -- the term SSMS, and said it intends to compete in a m

Google Reportedly Funds Friendly Academics

Google funds academic researchers to help sway opinion and public policy, The Wall Street Journal reported. Over the past decade, the search engine has reportedly financed hundreds of research papers to help fight regulation that could harm it, via stipends of $5,000 to $400,000. Some researchers share their papers prior to publication, allowing Google to make suggestions, according to thousands of pages of emails obtained by the Journal through open-records requests to more than a dozen institutions.

The professors in question don’t always disclose Google’s backing, according to the Journal. Paul Heald, a professor of law at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, for example, reportedly pitched a paper on copyrights to Google and received $18,830 to fund it, yet the 2012 publication made no mention of the relationship. “Oh, wow. No, I didn’t. That’s really bad,” Heald reportedly told the Journal, saying that the money did not influence his findings, and that Google gave him no conditions. “That’s purely oversight.”

Google also pitched academic papers with working titles and abstracts to willing academic authors, a former employee for the company told the newspaper. Google told the Journal that it has always “maintained strong relations with universities and research institutes, and [has] always valued their independence and integrity. … We’re happy to support academic researchers across computer science and policy topics, including copyright, free expression and surveillance, and to help amplify voices that support the principles of an open internet.”

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Author discusses ideas in his new book, 'The Toxic University'

Author discusses his new book, which argues that politicians and “zombie leadership” in higher education are destroying academic values.

Inside Digital Learning: 7 Guidelines for Online Course Development

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U of Michigan tests automated text-analysis tool

As reported in Inside Higher Ed, high-enrollment courses often lead professors to assign multiple-choice quizzes, as more complicated forms of assessment dramatically increase the time they take to grade.

7 guidelines for effective teaching online

Four authors of books about online course development offer guidelines for engaging learners in distance education courses.

Texas System's chief innovation officer to become provost at Western Governors

After two decades at traditional universities experimenting with new approaches to learning, a leader in the field shifts to an institution with innovation at its core.

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