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   February 2018
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Welcome to your February 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.


Doug Lederman's story on the recently released National Black Male College Achievement Study received an overwhelming response. The study analyzes a cohort of 219 black men (at a range of institutional types) who meet rigorous criteria that define them as "achievers," to understand both how and why they succeeded in college, and what campus leaders and others might do to help others follow in their footsteps.

Mitch Smith -- our reporting intern -- drew tons of readers with a story on Rice University's plan to offer free course materials for five common introductory classes. There was also much comment on Mitch's story about a pair of bills being considered by the Arizona legislature, one that would punish college instructors whose speech or actions would violate broadcast obscenity standards and another bill designed to protect conservative faculty members from discrimination in getting hired or tenured.

And Libby Nelson's coverage of President Obama's plan for higher education, which could be a key plank of his re-election campaign this year, sparked a lively discussion in the comments section.


It's official! More than 1,000,000 unique visitors found something to read, share or discuss on Inside Higher Ed in February. Thanks to all our readers, writers, advertisers and job seekers for getting us to this thrilling milestone (and giving us an excuse for cake).

NEW ON THE SITE -- Inside Higher Ed's 2012 Survey of College and University Presidents was published this morning. Read our coverage of the survey and download the complete data tables and analysis by clicking here. More than 1,002 college and university presidents from every kind of institution (pubic, private and for-profit) responded to questions about the 2012 election, college sports scandals, budget cuts, assessment and more. The survey was conducted in collaboration with Inside Higher Ed's senior research consultant, Kenneth (Casey) Green, founding director of The Campus Computing Project, and made possible by the generous financial support of Hobsons, Datatel+SGHE, InsideTrack and Pearson

OUT AND ABOUT -- Doug Lederman, Kevin Kiley, Todd Thompson and Bill Baird will be at the annual conference of the American Council on Education March 10-13 in Los Angeles. Stop by our exhibit for a copy of the 2012 Survey of College and University Presidents, hot off the presses. You can also join Doug and Inside Higher Ed's senior researcher Casey Green for a breakfast discussion of the survey results at 7 a.m. on Monday, March 12, in Salon 1 of the Diamond Ballroom at the JW Marriott Hotel.

Scott Jaschik, Laura McFarland and Deborah Harris travel to London for Going Global, the British Council's conference on internationalizing higher education. Scott will participate in a panel titled "Global Higher Education in the Media: Spin or Reality?" on Monday, March 15.

Todd Thompson will be representing Inside Higher Ed at the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources Western Region conference in Sacramento, March 13-20.

Juan Risso heads to Denver March 19--23 where he'll be attending DrupalCon, the "official conference of the Drupal community," of which Inside Higher Ed is a proud member.

On March 29, Scott is speaking on a media panel at the ENGINE Conference, a meeting of public affairs leaders of engineering schools, in New York City. He'll stay in town to moderate a series of panels at the TIAA-CREF Institute on March 30.

And at the start of April, Doug is speaking at the Higher Learning Commission conference in Chicago on the 1st and then heads to New York to speak at the annual conference of the National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions on the 3rd.

RECENT VISITORS -- Lots of interesting guests sat down with Inside Higher Ed reporters and editors in February, including visitors from Indiana Wesleyan, Gordon College, MIT Press, Cambridge University, Lasell College, Frostburg State University, Excelsior College, Ohio State, the California Community Colleges, North Iowa Area Community College, the New Jersey Council of County Colleges, Acadiana, the University of Texas System, APSCU, Fidelis, the University of Maryland System, Altius, Baylor University, Young Invincibles, and California State University. We're always happy to host higher education leaders in our DC offices. Contact Scott at or Doug at to plan a visit.



Inside Higher Ed's 2012 Survey of College and University Presidents

Thursday, March 22, 2012, 2 p.m. Eastern

Nearly 70 percent of college and university presidents believe that the past year's sports scandals have damaged all of higher education and that institutions spend way too much on intercollegiate athletics -- but barely a quarter say their own campuses are susceptible to such scandals or overspend on sports.

Roughly two-thirds of public and private college presidents say they plan to vote for President Obama in November, and roughly 1 in 10 believe the Republican candidates for the presidency have laid out a helpful vision for higher education. (For-profit-college leaders beg to differ on both counts.)

Those are among the highlights of Inside Higher Ed's 2012 survey of college presidents published today. Join Inside Higher Ed editor Doug Lederman and a panel of presidents who participated in the survey as they discuss the findings in a free Webinar, March 22 at 2 p.m. Eastern. Click here to register.


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