In today’s Academic Minute, David Lentz of the University of Cincinnati reveals how a volcanic eruption has increased our knowledge of everyday life among the Maya. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.
In today’s Academic Minute, Donald Stewart of the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry explains why he went looking for a new species of fish in a library. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.
The University of Colorado Board of Regents voted Thursday to conduct a campus survey on whether there is discrimination based on political perspectives, particularly at the flagship Boulder campus, The Denver Post reported. Regents said that there was insufficient political diversity on the faculty, and that this could lead to discrimination against students based on political perspectives. Faculty leaders have said that there is no evidence of bias against students. The survey is expected to cost at least $40,000.
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges notified officials at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Thursday that the university will not be put on probation or warned over academic irregularities in the university's Department of African and Afro-American Studies that came to light last year. Instead, the university will be monitored over the next year to ensure that it follows through on plans to "make whole" the degrees of individuals who took the classes where the irregularities occurred.
The campaign aims to reduce faculty turnover, increase productivity and engagement among faculty, and to develop means for baby boomer faculty to remain involved in institutional life upon retirement (ACE noted this is particularly important given the “looming wave” of baby boomer retirements) through more flexible work models.
Ten presidents and chancellors already have signed on to the campaign as founding partners. They are:
John J. DeGioia, Georgetown University
Mildred García, California State University at Fullerton
Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, University of Maryland at Baltimore County
Linda P.B. Katehi, University of California at Davis
Renu Khator, University of Houston System chancellor and University of Houston president
In today’s Academic Minute, Vasileios Lampos of the University of Sheffield reveals what detailed analysis of a period literature says about the spirit of the age. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.