INSIDE HIGHER ED -- Insider Update
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   February 2018
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Welcome to your February 2018 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.


Our most-e-mailed story in June was Dan Berrett's profile of RPI professor George Plopper, who has changed his teaching and made assessment part of the learning process -- for both himself and his students. More than 400 readers found Professor Plopper's experience worth sharing with colleagues. But there's nothing like a frontal assault to get people reading and commenting. Dan's interview with Naomi Schaefer Riley, author of The Faculty Lounges and Other Reasons Why You Won't Get the College Education You Paid For (Ivan R. Dee), topped the most-viewed chart and not only garnered more comments than any other story in June, but it's one of the top ten most-debated stories of the year to date.



Doug Lederman, Kevin Kiley and Laura McFarland fly to Tampa, Florida, for the annual conference of the National Association of College and University Business Officers, taking place July 9-12.

On July 11, Scott Jaschik will be in Chicago for the CASE Summit for Advancement Leaders where he'll be moderating a discussion among university presidents titled "The State of U.S. Higher Ed: Presidential Perspectives."

Libby Nelson heads to Boston on July 17 to cover the annual meeting of NASFAA, the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators.

Scott will be in Sunny Isles, Florida, for the Achieving the Dream and Developmental Education Initiative State Policy Meeting happening July 26.

On July 29, Scott is speaking at eduTweetup Boston 2011, a gathering of higher education, technology and social media leaders at an "unconference" -- it will be held in a bar and all are welcome.

STAFF NEWS: Inside Higher Ed says farewell to David Moltz, who's departing to take a position with CASE (Council for the Advancement and Support of Education), helping the organization expand its work in the community college sector.  David was no doubt an excellent candidate for that job, given his expertise on community colleges -- expertise that has so benefited our readers over the last three years.

We're also pleased to announce that intern Kevin Kiley will be joining the staff permanently as a reporter covering higher education leadership and finance issues. Kevin's been doing terrific work since coming on board in April.

And welcome to our new reporting intern, Derek Quizon. Derek has previously been an intern at The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Arizona Republic. He attended Loyola University Chicago and Estrella Mountain Community College before graduating from Arizona State University, where he majored in political science and was a reporter and editor for the State Press, the student paper.

VISITING INSIDE HIGHER ED: Last month's visitors included delegations from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Princeton University Press, Hampshire College, the University of Texas at El Paso, New York University Press, the University of Melbourne, and West Virginia University. Inside Higher Ed is located at 1015 18th Street, NW, Suite 1100, Washington, DC 20036. Give us a call at 202-659-9208 or drop a note to Scott at or Doug at to schedule a visit.



In an era of increased pressure to produce more college graduates, some institutions are gaining a better understanding of their challenges and adopting new policies by examining the classes where the greatest numbers of students fail. At noon Eastern on July 29, Inside Higher Ed presents Learning from Failures, a one-hour audio conference featuring Kay M. McClenney, director of the Community College Survey of Student Engagement. Ms. McClenney will discuss the kinds of questions to ask about courses with high failure rates and the kinds of policy changes and practices that some colleges have adopted based on the answers. The program is ideal for deans, department heads, academic affairs officers, institutional researchers and student affairs officers. Click here to register or for more information about this low-cost audio conference.


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We get lots of questions about writing effective job postings. Check this space for the ad that catches our eye each month. This month Lee College (Texas) gives its HR department a shout out:

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The Human Resources Office deals with one of the College’s most important assets – its employees. Lee College is committed to attracting, developing, and retaining a highly qualified workforce to support our mission of excellence in education. For those who are employed at Lee College, there’s more to the College than work. We offer excellent employee benefits, and besides educating students, it is a center of learning and culture for faculty, staff, and the community. (see posting)

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