Inside Higher Ed's annual Academic Performance Tournament bracket, in which -- for the seventh consecutive year -- we determine the tournament winner based on each team's scores in the classroom rather than on the court, created our own bit of March Madness. The bracket, assembled this year by Allie Grasgreen, was our most viewed story in March. In an interesting twist, Kansas -- the winner of the Academic Performance Tournament -- made it to the final of the actual tournament.The winner of the women's tournament, Baylor University, went out early in our first ever Women's Academic Tournament bracket.
Kaustuv Basu's coverage of the issues raised by a viral video of a student losing control in the classroom was much viewed and sparked a thoughtful discussion of how faculty should deal with such disruptions. But it was Kaustuv's story about a recent Washington Post op ed -- David Levy's essay decrying the inappropriately cushy lives of college faculty -- that, perhaps predictably, drew the most comments.
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Inside Higher Ed's Todd Thompson with Sharyn Abernatha, Assistant VP for Staff Human Resources at California State University at Chico, winner of Inside Higher Ed's prize drawing at the CUPA-HR Western Region conference last month.
OUT AND ABOUT -- Rick Plotkin started April in beautiful Savannah, GA, for the Southern Region conference of the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR).
Scott Jaschik heads to Knoxville, TN, on April 10 for a speech at the Appalachian College Association. On the 12th Scott will be moderating a panel of college presidents at a conference at Wake Forest University called "Rethinking Success: From Liberal Arts to Careers in the 21st Century."
Scott heads to Orlando, FL, along with Paul Fain and Daryl Anderson for the 92nd annual convention of the American Association of Community Colleges taking place April 21-24. Scott will be participating in a session titled Dealing with Scrutiny: The Press, the Public, and Community Colleges on Sunday, April 22, at 9:15 a.m. in the Crystal Ballroom-Salon L (Orlando World Center Marriott).
Laura McFarland and Sharon Salang travel to Philadelphia, PA, April 22-24 for the Eastern Region conference of CUPA-HR.
On April 24, Doug Lederman 'is speaking to a Strategy and Competition in Higher Education course at Harvard University.
Doug speaks on a panel at a meeting of the Public Relations Society of America's Counselors to Higher Education Senior Summit here in Washington, D.C, on April 27.
Also on the 27th, Scott will be in Austin, TX, where he'll deliver a speech at the annual conference of the National Association of Graduate Admissions Professionals.
INSIDE HIGHER ED NEWS -- Education Writers Association, the only professional organization for members of the news media who specialize in education, each year “recognizes excellence on the education beat across multiple media through its National Awards for Education Reporting.” We’re very pleased to announce that Inside Higher Ed’s blog University of Venus won second place in the "community blog" category of this year’s contest.
Alex Galarza, a doctoral student at Michigan State University and co-editor of Inside Higher Ed's Grad Hacker blog, has been awarded a Fulbright to spend nine months in Argentina for his research on soccer clubs there. He will be doing archival investigation, collecting oral history interviews and conducting ethnographic fieldwork in Buenos Aires.
In a posting on March 27, Inside Higher Ed blogger Lee Bessette declared April 2 the Day of HigherEd (hashtag #dayofhighered), asking people in higher ed to write about what they do all day and why it matters. The idea was to produce a "counter-narrative" to critiques such as that Washington Post op-ed mentioned above. In addition to inspiring posts from several other Inside Higher Ed bloggers, the call to action sparked an amazing outpouring via Twitter.
RECENT VISITORS -- Lots of interesting guests sat down with Inside Higher Ed reporters and editors in March, including the inestimable Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, as well as visitors from American University of Beirut, AASCU, Middlebury College, Kettering University, University of Connecticut, Duke University, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Creative Commons, Inigral, Central College, New Mexico State University, Ohio Wesleyan University, and Ohio State 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 to plan a visit.
Freeman Hrabowski (right), president of University of Maryland Baltimore County, meets with editors and reporters at the Inside Higher Ed offices last month.
Best Practices in Evaluations -- an Inside Higher Ed audio conference
Employee evaluations challenge many managers – and those in higher education regularly worry about how to give appropriate guidance to all employees, building careers where possible and addressing problems that come up. Poorly done reviews can hurt morale, create legal problems and leave problems unresolved. On Monday April 16, at 1 p.m. Eastern, Kathleen Rinehart, general counsel at Saint Xavier University in Chicago and a national expert on employment issues, will present an audio conference on effective evaluations.
The audio conference will consist of a 30-minute presentation and a 30-minute question period. Click here for additional information or to register. The Best Practices in Evaluations audio conference costs $199 for a single telephone line; listen yourself or with a group around a conference table. Register early -- through Tuesday, April 3 -- and the cost is only $149. Click to register.
On April 17 at 4 p.m. Eastern, catch Inside Higher Ed’s senior research consultant (and publisher of the Campus Computing Project) Casey Green moderating a webinar from Echo360 titled NAVIGATING THE CHALLENGES OF BLENDED LEARNING: Best Practices to Chart Your Course for Adoption. Whether you’re responsible for your institution’s blended learning strategy, deploying a lecture capture solution to support that strategy, or using a blended learning model in teaching – you know that the process can be challenging. However, the path to implementation and adoption can be less daunting if you’re equipped with the right resources! Learn from institutions that have paved the way and successfully incorporated campus-wide blended learning technology to the benefit of faculty, students and administration. Join Janette Burke, Director, Resources, Monash University Library, and Alan Greenberg, Senior Analyst and Partner, Wainhouse Research, as they explore best practices for charting a course to blended learning adoption. The content of this webinar is produced by Echo360 and is not an Inside Higher Ed editorial offering. Click here to register.
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