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For-credit MOOC at MIT

As reported in Inside Higher Ed, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s catalog of publicly available massively open online courses is typically marketed to non-MIT learners. Last fall, however, the university offered the MOOC version of a popular class to on-campus students, for credit, in an attempt to help students facing scheduling issues.

Meaning of Purdue-Kaplan Deal

In April Purdue University announced its acquisition of the for-profit Kaplan University -- a bold move, made bolder still by the partnership’s “Morrill Project” moniker.

Colleges award tenure

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Common ways that scholars have effectively shaped their careers (essay)

Aimee LaPointe Terosky explores some common themes among educators who have navigated and shaped their careers in meaningful ways.

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Anti-Turnitin manifesto calls for resistance to some technology in digital age

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Essay argues the age of big data is the time for professors to reconsider their reliance on the anti-plagiarism business.

Minnesota State Moorhead Settles Age Bias Suit

A former professor of women’s and gender studies at Minnesota State University at Moorhead who accused the university of age discrimination has settled with the institution for $150,000, WDAY-ABC reported. Claudia Murphy, the professor, taught at Moorhead off the tenure track for six years. She said in a lawsuit that the university used a requirement for a Ph.D. in women’s and gender studies -- which was not widely offered anywhere until 1995 -- to exclude her from another position within the program in 2015. She was soon terminated. Murphy, then 63, received her Ph.D. in philosophy and had taught women’s studies for two decades. The person hired for the position Murphy wanted reportedly received her Ph.D. in 2015.

“While my separation from [the university] and its aftermath has been one of the most difficult experiences of my life, I am relieved to put it behind me and hope that I have brought attention to the important issue of age discrimination for an aging work force and in the field of women and gender studies in particular,” Murphy said in a statement through her attorneys.

The university said in its own statement that it strongly denies Murphy’s allegations yet is “pleased that we were able to reach a settlement that brought this dispute to a close.”

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AAUP debate centers on whether U Illinois has done enough to atone for the Steven Salaita case and prevent another

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AAUP, with some dissent, lifts censure of Illinois over Salaita case. Spalding U and Community College of Aurora are added for what association sees as violations of academic freedom.

Provost with an unconventional background describes her graduate school experience (essay)

Terri E. Givens describes the joys and satisfactions of her first year of graduate school.

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Women's College Scholars Ask Mills Not to Cut Philosophy

With the future of Mills College’s philosophy department threatened, more than two dozen philosophers from other women’s colleges are asking Mills to abandon a plan to lay off two tenured professors and shutter the unit.

“Philosophy is the backbone of a liberal arts education, and the decision to eliminate your philosophy program is flatly inconsistent with your academic mission,” they wrote in an open letter to Elizabeth Hillman, Mills’s president. Philosophy departments play a “pivotal” role at women’s colleges, in particular, they said, since philosophy “remains a male-dominated field, and women’s colleges are uniquely positioned to bring new voices to the discipline.”

Moreover, today’s political climate is one in which “truth and reason are under assault, with particularly adverse consequences for women, people of color, and others who have been the subject of systematic injustice,” the letter says. Philosophy, meanwhile, “teaches students powerful skills that will enhance their ability to make a difference in the world, and women have an essential role to play in that mission. The dismissal of philosophy thus impoverishes both your students and our society.”

Mills says the cuts, among others, are necessary to eliminate a $9.1 million deficit and declared “financial emergency.” A formal vote on the issue is expected this month by the college's Board of Trustees.

The open letter includes signatures from professors at Barnard, Bryn Mawr, Mount Holyoke, Smith and Wellesley Colleges, including department chairs from Barnard, Smith and Wellesley.

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Top Hat introduces Marketplace

Top Hat, a provider of student engagement applications, announced today the release of Marketplace, a platform that company officials say offers instructors highly customizable free and low-cost digital and interactive educational content. In Marketplace, instructors can select a free or fee-based digital textbook or take parts of books and other materials to create their own course materials.

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