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Appeals court upholds blogging-related expulsion of student from nursing school

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Appeals court upholds U. of Louisville's dismissal of a nursing student for what she shared about a patient, and backs university view that this was an academic, not disciplinary, action.

Interview with author of new book on English as the lingua franca of science

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New book argues that English has become the global language of science -- and that, on balance, it's a good thing.

San Jose students protest failure of university to punish faculty member who admitted to touching a female student

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After learning that a faculty member at San Jose State was found by the university to have inappropriately touched a student, many want to know why he's still teaching.

Essay urges professors to do a better job of talking about what they do

Running 'Round the Ivory Tower

Amid so much change in higher education, Terri E. Givens writes that just as faculty critique questionable ideas, they also need to do more to share how they are using new strategies and experimenting to improve teaching and research.

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Washington U. in St. Louis Will Stop Using Cats in Medical Training

Washington University in St. Louis has agreed to stop using cats in medical training, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. The university has used cats to teach medical students how to place a tube in an infant's throat. Animal-rights groups have been focusing on Washington University, saying that most other medical schools have replaced the use of cats with mannequins. The former television host Bob Barker, a longtime animal rights advocate, in April said he would pay for the mannequins if the university would stop using cats.

Kalamazoo College Makes It More Difficult to Earn a 4.0

Kalamazoo College has changed the way it calculates grade-point averages so that only an A, not an A- as has been the case, is worth a 4.0, MLive reported. An A- will be worth only 3.67.  In another change, there will be separate vales for grades of B+, B and B- (3.33, 3.0 and 2.67, respectively). Previously, all three B grades were worth 3.0. Officials said that the college made the change not out of concerns about grade inflation, but to help students applying to graduate schools. Some graduate schools were recalculating Kalamazoo G.P.A.s because its prior system is not widely used.

 

Study finds students don't learn more from charismatic lecturers

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Study finds that students learn little more from great lectures than bad ones.

The Pulse podcast discusses use of Citrix tools in higher education

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This month's edition of the Pulse podcast features an interview with Max James, national sales manager for education at Citrix, which provides GoToMeeting, GoToWebinar, and other web conferencing tools.

Colleges start new academic programs

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Study documents use of technology in sociology courses

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Departments are offering online courses and making use of new tools for teaching, survey finds.

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