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   May 2018
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Welcome to your May 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.


It's January, and that means top ten lists. Inside Higher Ed's most commented stories of 2011 make for an interesting review of the year just passed - and perhaps a little foreshadowing of the year to come.

"How much are students actually learning in contemporary higher education? The answer for many undergraduates, we have concluded, is not much," write the authors of Academically Adrift. Scott Jaschik's profile of the book -- and the attendant brouhaha -- received more comments than any story we published in 2011.

Other stories that sparked extended (and sometimes passionate discussions):

Thanks to all who commented. We've enjoyed the conversation.




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."

Doug speaks at a regional economic summit held by Manchester Community College (CT) on January 13.

Scott speaks at the University of Southern California Center for Enrollment Research, Policy and Practice on January 13 and at the retreat of the Smith College Board of Trustees on January 19.

Todd Thompson travels to San Antonio for the Texas Higher Education Human Resource Association Winter Conference taking place January 22-24.

On January 25, Doug speaks at the annual conference of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation here in Washington, D.C.

Scott will lead a discussion of findings from Inside Higher Ed's survey of Chief Academic Officers (to be published later this month) at the annual meeting of the Association of American Colleges & Universities, taking place here in D.C. January 25-28. Also participating are Debra Humphreys, Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs at AAC&U, and Emile C. Netzhammer, III, Provost and Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs, Keene State University. David Mundy, Rick Plotkin and Todd Thompson will be distributing copies of the survey at Inside Higher Ed's table between sessions.


Inside Higher Ed is pleased to announce that Mitch Smith will join our staff as a reporting intern in January. Mitch is graduating this month from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln where he majored in journalism with a concentration in religious studies. He has worked most of this year at the local paper (where Inside Higher Ed reporter Libby Nelson's dad, by coincidence, is the editor), and he spent a month working alongside the New York Times's Nicholas Kristof in Africa in May 2010. Mitch has done several investigative projects (including one showing which presidents of Big Ten universities voted UNL out of the Association of American Universities, after voting it into the Big Ten). We look forward to having him join our editorial team.

December visitors to the Inside Higher Ed offices included Grinnell College, the University of Kentucky and the University of Missouri Press. We're always happy to host higher education leaders in our DC offices. Contact Scott at or Doug at for information.


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