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   November 2015
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Welcome to your November 2015 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.


Maybe it's election fatigue, but presidential politics didn't top the charts on Inside Higher Ed in October. Scott Jaschik's story on a Stanford professor who went public about attacks she received over her work on mathematics education garnered a huge amount of attention -- the professor's story raises the question of the difference between "responsible disagreement and academic bullying." Scott also wrote about a prominent researcher’s Facebook post calling women at a neuroscience conference “unattractive,” and lamenting lack of "super model types," which set off debate about sexism in science. And readers took time out to suggest captions for our latest cartoon.


Serena Golden interviews the editors of Occupying the Academy: Just How Important Is Diversity Work in Higher Education? (Rowman & Littlefield) who argue that "the Obama era was revealed as but another flashpoint in the continuing struggle for social justice." Click here to read Serena's interview (as well as all Inside Higher Ed's books coverage).


Now available for advance order -- Dean Dad, the book! In January Jossey-Bass will publish the second book under the Inside Higher Ed imprint: Confessions of a Community College Administrator features an expansion by Dean Dad of the ideas in his popular blog, "Confessions of a Community College Dean." Jossey-Bass calls it a "timely book" that offers "realistic advice on how to handle the challenges -- current and future -- that such leaders must grapple with." Click here to pre-order. And check out Confessions of a Community College Dean on November 13, when Dean Dad will at long last reveal his identity ...

Inside Higher Ed's presentation of our 2012 Survey of College and University Admissions Directors (right) was a big hit at last month's annual meeting of the National Association for College Admission Counseling -- "standing room only" doesn't begin to describe it. Joining Scott Jaschik for the panel were several leading experts on admissions -- David Hawkins from NACAC, Andrew Flagel from Brandeis University and Fran Cubberley from Delaware County Community College.

And congratulations to Alexia Rosari, associate director for undergraduate and graduate recruitment at Berklee College of Music who won Inside Higher Ed's prize drawing at NACAC.

NEW ON THE SITE -- Inside Higher Ed is pleased to welcome two new blogs. Just Visiting is a blog by John Warner, author of Funny Man, on teaching, writing and never knowing when you're going to be asked to leave. Sounding Board offers analysis and advice on questions and issues of individual ethics and institutional integrity, from Jane Robbins.

(Left) Editors Scott Jaschik and Doug Lederman brief grad students studying higher education policy in programs at University of South Carolina and University of North Texas during a visit to our offices last month.

STAFF NEWS -- Congratulations to Todd Thompson on the birth of his daughter, Jenna Nicole.

OUT AND ABOUT -- Scott Jaschik started the month in Indianapolis for a meeting of the Education Writers Association.

Kathlene Collins and Kevin Kiley visited San Antonio, Texas, November 4-6 for the Council of Independent Colleges' annual Chief Academic Officers Institute.

Scott, Laura McFarland and Bill Baird, along with Inside Higher Ed bloggers Josh Kim, Eric Stoller and Casey Green, are in Denver for the annual EDUCAUSE conference on higher education technology, taking place November 6-9.

Kathlene's back on the road along with David Mundy on November 10 for a trip to New Orleans for the American Marketing Association's Higher Education Marketing Symposium.

Doug heads to Las Vegas on November 15 for the annual conference of the Association for the Study of Higher Education.

RECENT VISITORS -- We hosted visitors last month from Northern Arizona University, the Gates Foundation, Empire State University, Boston University and Colgate University. We're always happy to host higher education leaders in our DC offices. Contact Scott at or Doug at to plan a visit.

SERVICE NOTE -- The Inside Higher Ed offices will be closed Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23 in observance of Thanksgiving. Barring something really noteworthy taking place, no Daily News Update e-mail will be published on those days.



Shortening the Path to Success: How One Community College Reduces Time Spent in Developmental Education

Wednesday, November 14, 2 p.m. Eastern

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Cerritos College, a community college in Los Angeles County with approximately 23,000 credit students, was faced with two problems: entering students were unprepared for college-level courses and those who needed basic skills courses were being turned away due to the lack of course availability. Bryan Reece, Dean of Student Success and Institutional Effectiveness at Cerritos College, talks with Inside Higher Ed technology blogger (and founder of the Campus Computing Project) Casey Green about the solutions he and his team devised enabling Cerritos to reduce the time students spend in developmental education.

Join this FREE Webinar to learn more from Bryan Reece and Cerrritos College. Click here to REGISTER NOW.

The content of this webinar is produced by Pearson and is not an Inside Higher Ed editorial offering.



Supporting Department Chairs

November 28, 1 p.m. Eastern

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People don’t become academics because they aspire to be department chairs, but every department needs one – and perhaps never more than in these economically challenging times. Many chairs complain that they receive no training and no support – even as senior administrators frequently fault chairs for not doing enough.

On Wednesday, November 28, at 1 p.m. Eastern, Inside Higher Ed presents a webinar focused not on blaming chairs, but on supporting them. Experts from The IDEA Center, which provides a range of training and evaluation programs for chairs, will explain:

  • An overview of how to provide support for chairs.
  • How to guide chairs in evaluating faculty performance.
  • How to help chairs learn to deal with conflict and difficult personalities in their departments.

The webinar includes a 30-minute presentation and a 30-minute question period. The presentation is entirely via the web -- you will not be required to dial in to a conference call. You may gather colleagues to view the webinar on one monitor, but only one login per registration will be allowed.

This program is ideal for: chairs, provosts, deans, human resources officials, academic affairs officers, faculty members who might want to become chairs.



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