INSIDE HIGHER ED -- Insider Update
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   November 2017
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Welcome to your November 2017 Insider Update -- the newsletter for readers of Inside Higher Ed. Once a month we send a quick rundown on what's happening at Inside Higher Ed: events, accomplishments and a bit of fun.


An apparent dichotomy sparked lots of e-mail forwards in May. Dan Berrett’s article about a new survey finding that fine arts grads do better in the job market than one might think was our most e-mailed story, but Kevin Kiley’s coverage of a new study out of Georgetown U finding big income disparities depending on college major -- with engineering and business topping the salary charts -- was a close second. Dan’s story on the erosion of quality of life many faculty members are feeling was our most-read story last month. Readers posted the most to Scott Jaschik’s very brief article about a study finding that Democratic professors appear to be "more egalitarian" than their Republican counterparts when it comes to grading. And they’re off!


June gets under way in Vancouver with the annual conference of NAFSA: Association of International Educators. Elizabeth Redden will be providing news coverage and special University of Venus blog posts.

Allie Grasgreen will be in Phoenix from June 1-3 where she'll be covering the annual meeting of the American College Health Association.

Scott Jaschik travels to his home town of Rochester, N.Y., on June 9 for a speech to the New York Association for College Admission Counseling (NYACAC).

Also on June 9, Doug Lederman is speaking at the annual members meeting of Eduventures in Boston.

Scott is speaking on a panel on the press and faculty issues on June 10 at the American Association of University Professors meeting here in D.C.

On June 16, Scott heads farther north for the Worldviews Conference taking place in Toronto, Canada. Inside Higher Ed is a co-organizer of this international conference on higher education and the media. Learn more at

Doug flies to Indianapolis on June 23 for a speech at the CollegeSource users conference.

Libby Nelson will be in San  Francisco June 25-28 covering the annual conference of the National Association of College and University Attorneys.

Scott finishes the month in London, where he’ll be moderating a panel at Wealth Creation & Human Flourishing, a National Conversations event sponsored by Indiana Wesleyan University about how to balance markets and morality in the 21st-century global economy.

Closer to home, Scott, Doug, and some of our writing team will participate in the 2011 College Media Conference being co-hosted by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) here in D.C. June 29-July 1.

STAFF NEWS: Inside Higher Ed warmly welcomes Fiona Wright as our new display advertising account manager. Fiona has 18 years of experience in media sales. She’s worked in radio and cable television advertising and as a media director for an advertising agency. Fiona holds a bachelor’s degree in corporate communications and a master’s in publication design management -- both from the University of Baltimore. We’re thrilled to have her on the team.

VISITING INSIDE HIGHER ED: Just a reminder that Inside Higher Ed has moved. Our new address is 1015 18th Street, NW, Suite 1100, Washington, D.C. 20036. Last month's visitors included delegations from the University of Pennsylvania, Apollo Group, Wake Forest University, California Independent Colleges, University of Connecticut, Southern Education Foundation and University of Kentucky Press. Give us a call at 202-659-9208 or drop a note to Scott at or Doug at to schedule a visit.


When the economy nosedived in the fall of 2008, many colleges created or enhanced retirement incentives, seeing them as one strategy to deal with a rapidly changing fiscal environment. Now, with the downturn approaching its third anniversary, many colleges are looking at their second or third rounds of retirement incentives and evaluating the success of previous efforts.

On Wednesday, June 22 at 1 p.m. Eastern, Inside Higher Ed presents Retirement Incentives and Higher Ed, a one-hour audio conference featuring Valerie Martin Conley, an Ohio University faculty member who is a leading expert in the field. Professor Conley will explore the current issues facing colleges and the academic employees who might consider retirement with the right incentives.

The program is ideal for human resources, academic affairs, finance and administration, and legal affairs officers as well as deans and department heads. Click here to register or for more information about this low-cost audio conference.


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