INSIDE HIGHER ED -- Insider Update
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   October 2015
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Welcome to your October 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.


Our most viral story in November (and we mean that in a good way) was Steve Kolowich's portrait of Central Michigan U. professor Mike Garvey's efforts to "excise the lecture from the classroom and blow it to smithereens." (That was meant in a good way, too.) Libby Nelson's article about the Occupy movement's proposal to stop paying back student loans clearly struck a nerve, and drew the most comments in November. Most viewed? That was Elizabeth Murphy's article about an unofficial marketing website for Oberlin College that's just bleeping awesome.


Inside Higher Ed's Todd Thompson (left) takes care of business in Chicago for the American Marketing Association's Higher Education Symposium last month.

NEW ON THE SITE -- Inside Higher Ed is delighted to welcome GradHacker, a blog from GradHacker and MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters and Social Sciences Online. Here's how co-editors Katy Meyers and Alex Galarza introduced the blog in their first post: As grad students, we are expected to get perfect grades, teach, publish, apply for grants, and somehow find time to work on our dissertations. Many of us balance these demands with our roles as parents, spouses, and significant others. Trapped between the worlds of students and faculty, we face a number of unique challenges. Gradhacker was created in the spirit of drawing support from our fellow graduate students.

OUT AND ABOUT -- Scott Jaschik started the month at the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools annual conference in Orlando, Florida, where he gave a talk on Inside HIgher Ed's 2011 surveys of college and university presidents and admissions directors.

Doug Lederman spoke to a class on higher education and the news media at Duke University on December 8.

The new year begins with Doug Lederman traveling to Marco Island, Florida, January 4-7 for the Council of Independent Colleges 2012 Presidents Institute where he is moderating the meeting's closing plenary.

Scott Jaschik and Serena Golden will be attending the Modern Language Association's annual convention in Seattle, January 5-8. On Thursday, January 5, Scott is participating in a panel discussion titled Making a Case for the Humanities: Advocacy and Audience.


STAFF NEWS -- Congratulations to Inside Higher Ed's VP of Finance, Mark Yucha, and his wife Fiona on the birth of their son last month.

MILESTONES -- Inside Higher Ed now has more than 20,000 Twitter followers (plus thousands more for our specialized Tweets -- see the Be an Insider section below for links to all our Twittering). Congratulations to Serena Golden, our Tweeter of Record. And in further numeric excitement, Inside Higher Ed is now sending our news by e-mail (daily and weekly) to more than 100,000 subscribers. Thanks to all our readers for making 2011 a banner year.

SERVICE NOTE -- Inside Higher Ed's offices will be closed December 23, December 26 and January 2. We will publish our Daily News Update e-mail through December 23, and then take a one-week hiatus. The Daily News Updates will recommence on Tuesday, January 3.

November visitors to the Inside Higher Ed offices included AAC&U, ACE, Beloit College, Manchester Community College, Chicago City Colleges, the Gates Foundation, Alma College, Harvard University Press, Pine Manor College,  AAU, Pomona College, and Metropolitan State University. We're always happy to host higher education leaders in our DC offices. Contact Scott at or Doug at for information.


Inside Higher Ed offers a growing catalog of outstanding audio presentations by experts in a wide range of higher education topics. Recent programs included:

Attracting and Graduating More Adult Students -- Pamela Tate, the president of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, and Cathy Brigham, director of academic programs for, explore how colleges can recruit older students and make them welcome on their campuses. Presented December 7, 2011.

Students and the "Digital Shoreline" -- Roger McHaney, author of The New Digital Shoreline: How Web 2.0 and Millennials Are Revolutionizing Higher Education, reviews 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. Presented November 16, 2011.

Selling Liberal Education to Students and Parents -- Rick Davis, associate provost for undergraduate education at George Mason University, discusses the common misconceptions parents and students have about general education, the dangers of leaving these questions and doubts unanswered or unchallenged, and how to answer – or defuse -- the “Will it help me/my son or daughter get a job?” questions. Presented September 27, 2011.

Using Net Price Calculators to Talk to Students -- Peter S. Bryant, an expert on recruitment and enrollment issues, presents an overview of net price calculators and offers advice on how colleges can best use them to inform students and families, and to attract applicants. Presented August 26, 2011.

Click here to browse the complete list of available programs and get ordering information.


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