Welcome to your December 2016 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
Inside Higher Ed unveiled a complete site redesign on October 20. The new site will speed up delivery of information, give us more flexibility in how we present features and illustrations, and simplify the process of posting and finding jobs.
We received lots of comments and questions (lots) and have made a number of refinements. Here's a quick rundown on the most frequently noted concerns:
Quick Takes -- You don't have to click each one individually. There is a "view all" link at the bottom of the list of each day's Quick Takes.
Comments -- You don't have to give us your real name to comment -- the system does require an email address, however that email address is not made public, only the name you provide. And the older comments are now back with the stories that inspired them!
RSS feeds -- If your RSS feed of a favorite blog or feature was disrupted, sign up again using the links on the site. All RSS feeds should now be working.
Searching for jobs -- You can include multiple job categories, job types or locations in your search by holding down your control key. You can exclude a term from your keyword search by putting a minus sign in front of it (so "history -medieval" will return postings that contain the word history but exclude any that also contain the word medieval).
Comments, questions, suggestions or problems with the editorial side of the Inside Higher Ed site can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. For thoughts on the jobs service, contact email@example.com. We like to think of Inside Higher Ed as a community and that means we want to hear from you.
And while the new look and features of our site are very exciting, Inside Higher Ed is still all about content. Last month's most viewed story was Kevin Kiley's article about Smith College's "Futures Initiative," a report that looks at possible changes not only to the financial model of the institution, but also the types of students the college attracts, ways it can move beyond the residential campus model, and how it goes about delivering instruction. Steve Kolowich's story on Patron-Driven Acquisition, a model of e-book licensing that aims to relieve library purchasing agents from spending thousands on books nobody will end up reading, was our most shared last month. And the comments flew about Kaustuv Basu's article about a failed tenure bid that raises questions about how negative evaluations play into the career trajectory of affected professors and whether students today will accept teaching approaches such as the Socratic method.
INSIDE HIGHER ED NEWS
Inside Higher Ed's Kathlene Collins (left) with Chris Hennessey of the League for Innovation at the association's STEMTech conference in Indianapolis last month.
NEW ON THE SITE
Inside Higher Ed is delighted to introduce three terrific new blogs.
College Ready Writing -- a blog about education, higher ed, teaching, and trying to re-imagine education is provided -- is a project of Lee Bissette, a former University of Venus blogger. Lee writes "about teaching ... about writing ... about balancing work/life ... generally about higher education."
Blogger Audrey Watters' Hack (Higher) Education will -- as she does -- traverse both the worlds of academia and the worlds of "hackers" (or at least the worlds of technology companies, both established and upstart).
And Minor Details offers insights on the college completion agenda, higher education policy, and institutional performance, from James T. Minor of the Southern Education Foundation.
OUT AND ABOUT
Kathlene Collins and Doug Lederman started the month in St. Petersburg Beach, Florida, for the Council of Independent Colleges annual Chief Academic Officers Institute which took place November 5-7.
Scott Jaschik was in Los Angeles November 4-5 for the Education Writers of America's higher education seminar.
Laura McFarland and Todd Thompson traveled to Chicago for the American Marketing Association's Higher Education Symposium November 6-8.
Scott is spoke on new media and social media at the Washington Institute of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) on Nov. 7, and on a panel on scrutiny and public image of community colleges at the AACC's Council for Resource Development on Nov. 10.
Scott travels to Montreal for the annual conference of the American Anthropological Association happening November 16-20.
Doug heads to Charlotte, North Carolina, November 17-19 for the annual conference of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE).
A delegation of university leaders from around the world, on a visit to Inside Higher Ed arranged by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
NEWS AND NOTES
Inside Higher Ed's office will be closed Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25 in observance of Thanksgiving. No daily news updates will be published those days.
October visitors to the Inside Higher Ed offices included Ursinus College, NASPA, University of the People, Hertz Foundation, Starfish, NESSE, Education Sector, Kaplan, Eduventures, University of Texas at Austin, the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, Wheelock College and Drake University. We're always happy to host higher education leaders in our DC offices. Contact Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org or Doug at email@example.com for information.
On Wednesday, November 16, at 1 p.m. Eastern, Inside Higher Ed will present Students and the "Digital Shoreline," an audio conference on how technological and demographic forces are pressuring colleges to change. Roger McHaney, author of The New Digital Shoreline: How Web 2.0 and Millennials Are Revolutionizing Higher Education, will review the specific changes in technology that have the greatest impact on college education today, as well as the impact for colleges of enrolling students who are more tech-savvy than ever before.
Sign up or find out more about this low cost event here.
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