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   September 2017
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Welcome to your September 2017 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 drama at U.Va. kept readers riveted through June. From Scott Jaschik's first story about Teresa Sullivan's sudden departure from the presidency of the institution to Kevin Kiley's report on the Board of Visitors' reversal of its decision to let her go, the news from Charlottesville prompted passionate discussions among Inside Higher Ed readers. Scott's story about an open letter from Georgia Southern University professor David Dudley decrying dysfunction at his university also sparked much comment. And an anonymous Views essay on how colleges treat their diversity hires clearly touched a nerve -- it garnered more comments than any other story on the site last month.


A new book denounces competitive athletics as "a global plague." Scott McLemee pulls no punches. Click here to read Scott's column about the book (as well as all Inside Higher Ed's books coverage).


Faculty members are far less excited by, and more fearful of, the recent growth of online education than are academic technology administrators. But professors are hardly the luddites many still assume them to be, and their estimation of online education quality stands to rise as the technology improves and more professors get firsthand experience with the medium. Those are among the findings of Conflicted: Faculty and Online Education, 2012, a study conducted by Inside Higher Ed and the Babson Survey Research Group and published June 21. Download the survey report here. Conflicted: Faculty and Online Education, 2012 was made possible in part by the generous financial support of Deltak, CourseSmart, Pearson and Sonic Foundry.

NEW WORDS NEEDED -- Inside Higher Ed's popular higher education poetry magnets are in need of a vocabulary update. MOOC, blended, disruptive -- the language of higher ed is always evolving. Send your word suggestions for our faculty or administrative magnet (or be a change agent and contribute to both) to Include your name and address and we'll send you the new magnet hot off the press. Click here to see the current magnets. Single words or whole lists are welcome.

OUT AND ABOUT -- Scott Jaschik gets a welcome break from Washington's notorious summer weather with a trip to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, for a speech to the American Association of Community Colleges'  Presidents Academy Summer Institute on July 8.

Scott Jaschik and Kevin Kiley will participate in a meeting at Sewanee (Tennessee) on the future of liberal arts colleges happening July 15-16.

Libby Nelson travels to Chicago for the annual meeting of NASFAA, the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, taking place July 22-24.

Scott will be speaking at the Future Leaders Institute of the American Association of Community Colleges on July 25 in Houston.

On July 26, Doug Lederman speaks on a panel on student debt at the Campus Progress National Conference, here in DC.

On July 27, Scott will be speaking here in Washington, DC, at the New America Media program to help members of the ethnic media cover education issues.

And quite a crew will be trekking just beyond the Beltway for the annual conference of the National Association of College and University Business Officers, happening at National Harbor near Washington, DC, on July 28-31. At 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 31, Scott Jaschik and Doug Lederman will present a concurrent session titled "How CFOs See the World" at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center, National Harbor 12-13. Along with Gavin Leach of Northern Michigan University, Hossein Sadid of the University of Richmond and Marta Perez Drake of NACUBO, they'll analyze the results of Inside Higher Ed's annual survey of college and university business officers, examining the fiscal challenges and opportunities facing higher education. Stop by Exhibit Booth 1010 to chat with Scott and Doug, and meet Bill Baird, Laura McFarland, Daryl Anderson, Rick Plotkin, Todd Thompson and David Mundy.

RECENT VISITORS -- Lots of interesting guests sat down with Inside Higher Ed reporters and editors in June, including former education secretary (and current leader of the Institute for a Competitive Workforce) Margaret Spellings. Other visitors included ACE, Indiana University, Davidson College, St. Leo University, the American Association for Affirmative Action, the American Association of University Professors, University of Redlands, Lehigh University, the Mellon Foundation, Georgia State University, the SUNY system, NYU Press, GoingOn, Georgetown University and a lively group from the CIC College Media Conference. We're always happy to host higher education leaders in our DC offices. Contact Scott at or Doug at to plan a visit.



On Tuesday, July 10 at 1 p.m. EDT, Inside Higher Ed editor Scott Jaschik will discuss the findings of Conflicted: Faculty and Online Education, 2012 -- a study conducted by Inside Higher Ed and the Babson Survey Research Group -- in a free webinar. The conversation will include Joshua Kim, director of learning and technology, Master of Health Care Delivery Science program, Dartmouth College, and blogger at Inside Higher Ed; Steve Kolowich, technology reporter at Inside Higher Ed; and Jeff Seaman, co-director, Babson Survey Research Group.

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IMPORTANT NOTE: We've been thrilled by the level of interest in this webinar and hope to accommodate everyone who wishes to participate. Should the online meeting room reach capacity during the live event, you may receive a message letting you know we can't accept any more logins. We will be sending a link to a recording of the webinar to everyone who's registered.



On Thursday, July 19 at 1 p.m. EDT, Inside Higher Ed presents Dealing with Sexual Assault Allegations, a webinar with Scott A. Roberts, co-managing partner of Hirsch Roberts Weinstein LLP, in Boston, who will discuss how colleges and universities should handle sexual assault allegations. The legal environment may be changing, and institutions have faced criticisms from those who say they have been assaulted, from those accused, and from local police forces.

Mr. Roberts will provide an overview on such topics as:

  • The implications of a recent Education Department Office for Civil Rights letter to campuses on how they should review and revise their policies.
  • The significance of “burden of proof” standards.
  • Deciding whether to involve local police.
  • The recent Justice Department inquiry into the handling of allegations involving the University of Montana, and the impact that case could have on other colleges.
  • Common mistakes that colleges make – and ways to avoid them.

The webinar will feature a 30-minute presentation and a 30-minute question period. There is no conference call needed to participate in this webinar -- sound will be via the speakers on your computer.  Please note that while you may gather as many people as you like to watch the webinar on a single computer, your registration will only provide a single use-login.

Click here to register for this low cost event.


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