Welcome to your August 2015 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.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Our most e-mailed (and most viewed) story in July was an interview with Benjamin Ginsberg, the David Bernstein Professor of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University and author of The Fall of the Faculty: The Rise of the All-Administrative University and Why It Matters (Oxford University Press). Professor Ginsberg's polemic takes stock of what ails higher education and finds a single, unifying cause: the growth of administration. The story sparked a wave of comments (can't imagine why), but an even more passionate string of comments resulted from an essay by Peter Boghossian, a philosophy instructor at Portland State University. Professor Boghossian asks bluntly if faculty should challenge students' beliefs.
INSIDE HIGHER ED NEWS
NEW ON THE SITE: The sky has not fallen -- but pieces of it could soon be hitting a campus near you. That is one way of summing up the findings of Inside Higher Ed's first-ever Survey of College and University Business Officers, released July 6, 2011. The survey, the
second of a series in which Inside Higher Ed is gauging the views of key higher education constituents, reveals a surprisingly upbeat assessment of the financial state of American college campuses (especially private nonprofit ones), as seen through the eyes of their
chief finance and business officials, 606 of whom responded to the survey. Click to read coverage of the survey or to download the complete report.
OUT AND ABOUT
On August 19th, Scott Jaschik speaks to the faculty and staff of Hudson Community College (New Jersey) on broad issues in higher education and how they relate to the institution.
Scott will jump from New Jersey to Las Vegas, where he'll be joined by Serena Golden and Fiona Wright, for the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, taking place August 20-23.
STAFF NEWS: Inside Higher Ed says farewell to marketing assistant Sarah Craft, who's heading to The University of Alabama to pursue a graduate degree in... marketing! Also taking leave of Inside Higher Ed is Lori Holtz. Our display
advertisers know Lori as the person who makes our ad system work. She'll be doing the same for the Washington City Paper here in D.C.
We're pleased to welcome Sharon Salang, who joined Inside Higher Ed as a recruitment advertising assistant in July. Sharon graduated from Virginia Tech in 2007 with a B.A. in communications and minors in Spanish and sociology. Before joining Inside Higher Ed, Sharon was a TV advertising sales assistant.
VISITING INSIDE HIGHER ED: Last month's visitors, who braved the Washington heat, included delegations from Pima Community College, University of Southern California, the Teagle Foundation, Bentley University, Coker College, the National Council on Teacher
Quality and a group of Methodist colleges and universities. 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 email@example.com or Doug at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a visit.
AUDIO CONFERENCE: Colleges will face a new federal requirement this fall – having in place “net price calculators” to help prospective students and their families figure out how much they are likely to pay to enroll. The idea is that students and their families will have a better idea of their real, out-of-pocket expenses, which at many institutions seem to have little relationship to the sticker price. On Friday, August 26 at 2 p.m. Eastern, Inside Higher Ed presents Using Net Price Calculators to Talk to Students, an audio conference with Peter S. Bryant, an expert on recruitment and enrollment issues, who will present an overview of net price calculators and offer advice on how colleges can best use them to inform students and families, and to attract applicants. The program is ideal for admissions, financial aid, enrollment management, student affairs or marketing officers. Click here to register or for more information about this low-cost audio conference.
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FROM THE PUBLISHER
From our July 22 Quick Takes, an item of interest to those who recruit international faculty:
"Ruling: Online Ads Sufficient in Hiring Non-U.S. Residents as Academics
An appeals board of the U.S. Department of Labor this week issued a ruling backing the right of the University of Texas at Brownsville to use online advertising to show that it had attempted to recruit an American for a position for which it wanted authority to hire a
non-citizen. An FAQ from the agency's Office of Foreign Labor Certification has long said that an employer must use a print advertisement for such purposes.
But the Labor Department's Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals ruled that the regulations on this subject do not require a print ad, so the FAQ cannot be relied on. Further, the board found that the official who rejected Brownsville's request to be certified based on
an online ad offered "no rationale or explanation as to why an electronic national professional journal is somehow inadequate." Full disclosure: The ad that Brownsville fought to get certified ran in Inside Higher Ed, which as an online publication stands to benefit from the ruling because some institutions may now decide to advertise online some positions that they had been advertising in print."
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