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Statewide online community college proposed in California, but reactions vary

California legislators mull governor's proposal to create new virtual community college. Aspects of the ambitious plan remain to be worked out, and it's unclear whether it will work.

Border Patrol Arrests Professor on Harboring Charge

Scott Daniel Warren, an environmental studies instructor at Arizona State University, was arrested in southern Arizona last week on a federal harboring charge. The arrest came just hours after No More Deaths, an aid group for which Warren volunteers, released footage of Border Patrol agents kicking over water bottles left for migrants, the Associated Press reported. A university spokesperson said that Warren was not acting in his capacity as an instructor at the time of the arrest and that it believes he’ll be able to keep teaching his online course, as planned. Border Patrol agents arrested Warren after watching a building where two immigrants were given food, water, beds and clothes.

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Academics must transcend the inclination toward autonomy and engage more in service projects (opinion)

Our institutions and higher education in general will suffer if we fail to recognize our common enterprise and transcend our inclination toward autonomy, argues Elizabeth A. Lehfeldt.

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Advice on video job interviews (opinion)

While a video format -- such as Skype, Zoom, Google Hangouts and the like -- can make the job-interview process convenient for both the candidate and search committee members, candidates should carefully consider certain aspects of it, writes Ramon B. Goings.

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Tarrant County College suspends astronomy instructor who talked about the Koran in class in the dark

Tarrant County College suspends astronomy instructor after he talked about the Koran in class in the dark, his face covered by a scarf.

Professor Charged With Attempted Murder

A Harper College psychology professor is facing charges of attempted murder and assault on a peace officer after firing shots at a rest stop off Interstate 80 near Atalissa, Iowa, on Jan. 11, according to a report by the Chicago Tribune.

Charles Johnston is also accused of firing five more rounds at drivers at a Cedar County BP gas station after leaving the rest stop, driving west and taking another exit on I-80, the Tribune reported. Johnston then engaged in a shootout with police officers before being arrested.

No one was injured during the shootings.

Johnston, who has worked at Harper College since 1996, was recently absent from the college without securing an approved leave. Johnston has been barred from the university following his arrest. The college's website indicated that Johnston taught three courses at Harper during the fall 2017 semester, but he is not listed on the 2018 spring schedule, according to the Tribune.

Johnston was in the custody of the Cedar County Sheriff's department as of Friday's Tribune report, as his $1 million cash bond remained outstanding.

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A description of various campus resources that offer career support (opinion)

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Katharyn L. Stober describes some helpful resources on your campus that you may be overlooking.

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How race shapes the narrative about motherhood in academe (opinion)

Trenita B. Childers explores how race shapes the narrative about motherhood in the academy.

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Lever Press gets ready to publish first digital scholarship books

Despite slow start, open-access digital scholarship publisher expects to publish first works this year.

Leaks in the Biomedical Research Faculty Pipeline

A new study by Vanderbilt University researchers published in PLOS ONE finds two points of significant loss for underrepresented minorities in the basic biomedical research faculty pipeline: during undergraduate studies and in transition from postdoctoral fellowships to tenure-track faculty positions at medical schools.

The paper, based on data from the National Science Foundation’s Survey of Earned Doctorates and Survey of Doctoral Recipients, among other sources, attributes the first leak to relatively high rates of attrition among underrepresented minorities during their undergraduate training. Reasons for the second leak are less clear, according to the study, but could include climate concerns among underrepresented minorities considering faculty careers. Still, the paper suggests that institutions committed to increasing diversity at the faculty level will “need to focus their attention on the contributing factors to stages where major losses occur.”

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