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   June 2018
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Welcome to your June 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.


The story that got the most attention last month was Scott Jaschik's reporting from the MLA on ideas for radically changing Ph.D. programs. Under discussion: ending the norm of producing a "proto-book," embracing digital formats, shaming committee members into doing work, and halving the 9-year average for doctorate completion. Allie Grasgreen's coverage of criminal charges recently filed in the case of a UCLA lab accident that resulted in the death of a research assistant was widely read and forwarded. Libby Nelson's story on President Obama's proposal to use campus-based financial aid programs to reward colleges that limit increases in net price and punish those that do not prompted a flurry of comments and sharing across social networks. And Hack (Higher) Education blogger Audrey Watters' Five Predictions for Higher Ed Technology inspired much debate.


Inside Higher Ed's David Mundy prepares to hand out copies of our 2011-2012 Survey of Chief Academic Officers at the annual meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities here in DC last month.

OUT AND ABOUT: Doug Lederman travels to Connecticut for a talk at the University of New Haven on February 20 and a meeting with public relations officers from Connecticut colleges on February 21.

STAFF NEWS: Rick Plotkin has been promoted to Senior Director, College and University Relations. Congratulations, Rick!

QUICK NOTES: With a couple of big meetings taking place in DC last month, Inside Higher Ed hosted lots of visitors. Susan Resnick Pierce, author of the recently published On Being Presidential (the first book published under the Inside Higher Ed imprint from Jossey-Bass), stopped in for lunch. Others gracing our conference room included folks from Otterbein University, Centenary College (NJ), the Southern Education Foundation, Biola University, the SUNY system, University of Akron, Wake Forest University, North Park University, Sewanee,  Whittier College, the Center for Community College Student Engagement, Meredith College, the Associated Colleges of the Midwest, Kenyon College, and Emerson College. We're always happy to host higher education leaders in our DC offices. Contact Scott at scott, or Doug at to plan a visit.

And a service note - the Inside Higher Ed offices will be closed on Monday, February 20, in observance of Presidents Day. We'll still have news coverage that day, however, so don't hesitate to alert editors and reporters of news that happens over the weekend and on Presidents Day with a note to


Two opportunities to give “join the conversation” a more literal interpretation this month with interactive events on the state of academic affairs.

FREE WEBINAR -- February 15

First, on February 15 we’re presenting a free Webinar on the results of our 2011-2012 provosts survey. More than 1,000 chief academic officers, from all kinds of institutions, responded to a slate of provocative questions about academic rigor on their campuses, assessment and accountability, the impact of the economy on the academic core of their institutions, and the changes they’d make if the proverbial magic wand was proffered.

Inside Higher Ed’s Scott Jaschik will talk with Lawrence G. Abele, director of the Institute for Academic Leadership at Florida State University (where he was provost from 1994-2010, a 16-year tenure that is highly unusual for the position) about the survey results and the state of academic affairs in a free Webinar on Wednesday, February 15 at 1 p.m. Click here to register.


While something of a “Lake Woebegon” effect was apparent in the CAOs’ responses to questions about academic rigor (“it’s a problem overall, but our institution is great!”), one area of endeavor that received poor grades from many provosts was preparing students to be good citizens.

A new report, A Crucible Moment, is the latest to argue that civic education is lacking in the experience of most American college students. On February 22 at 3:30 EST, Inside Higher Ed presents  Restoring Civic Education, an audio conference featuring Caryn McTighe Musil, Senior Vice President at the Association of American Colleges and Universities, who played a key role in preparing the report.  Ms. Musil will discuss how colleges can evaluate opportunities to add civic education to their programs. (The ideas in the report and this presentation will be applicable to all kinds of colleges, public and private, two-year and four-year, liberal arts and professionally oriented.) Learn more  by clicking here.



How to write a great job ad

A job posting is a letter to the person you want to hire. Grab attention with a strong statement about why a great candidate should be interested. It's easy!

1)    Start by selling the job
              - a compelling title
              - why your great hire wants the job

2)    Use candidate-focused language:
              - “To succeed in this role, you’ll need…” not “Qualifications:”
              - “You’ll have the opportunity to…” not “Responsibilities:”
              - “If this sounds like the job for you…” not “Application Procedures:”

3)    Show a little personality – your model should be online dating, not online tax filing.

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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, Anne Arundel Community College articulates an inspiring mission:

Faculty Positions

Anne Arundel Community College

Bring your passion for teaching to Anne Arundel Community College and become part of a 50-year long tradition of inspiring others. With learning as its central mission, Anne Arundel Community College has responded to the needs of a diverse community for the past 50 years by offering high quality, affordable, and accessible learning opportunities.  (see posting)

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