INSIDE HIGHER ED -- Insider Update
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Welcome to your May 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.


Steve Kolowich's coverage of Antioch's new contract with Coursera was our most-viewed story last month. One of the first instances of a third-party institution buying permission to incorporate a MOOC into its curriculum -- and awarding credit for the MOOC -- in an effort to lower the full cost of a degree for students, the deal is also a first step for Coursera and its partners toward developing a revenue stream from licensing its courses.

Kevin Kiley's thorough reporting on a more concerted effort emerging to make the case for liberal arts education drew nearly as many readers. Several groups are working to start winning the "message war about the purpose of a college education, what a good education looks like and how education should fit into the fabric of the nation."

And the comments poured in on Colleen Flaherty's article about a community college that's cutting adjunct hours to avoid Affordable Care Act costs.

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NEW ON THE SITE -- "Higher Ed Mash Up" is the new blog from William H. Weitzer, senior fellow at the Spencer Foundation. After completing his Ph.D. in Environmental Psychology, he has served for thirty years in administrative positions at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Wesleyan University, and Fairfield University. Check out the blog for commentary about the advantages when colleges and universities blend the liberal arts and professional training. "A musical 'mash up' blends two (or more) pieces of music to make a new, synchronized song. A higher ed 'mash up' produces students who are career ready and prepared for life."

STAFF NEWS: Welcome to new reporter Colleen Flaherty, who will be covering faculty issues. Prior to joining Inside Higher Ed last month, Colleen was military editor at The Killeen Daily Herald, outside Fort Hood, Texas. She also has covered government and land use issues for newspapers in her home state of Connecticut. After graduating from McGill University in Montreal in 2005 with a degree in English literature, Colleen taught English and English as a second language in public schools in the Bronx, N.Y. She earned her M.S.Ed. from Lehman College of the City University of New York in 2008.

And welcome back to Elizabeth Redden, who filed occasional stories for Inside Higher Ed while completing an MFA at Columbia University. She's now relocated to Delaware and will be filing more stories, focusing on international higher education. We're thrilled to have more of her contributions.

OUT AND ABOUT -- Colleen Flaherty will be New Orleans January 3-6, covering the 127th annual meeting of the American Historical Association.

Scott Jaschik, Steve Kolowich and Serena Golden will start 2013 in Boston for the 128th Annual Convention of the Modern Language Association. Join them in the MLA Exhibit Hall Theater on Friday, January 4, at 1:30 p.m. and get job hunting advice from Inside Higher Ed bloggers and columnists. Among the topics up for discussion: differences between writing and literature searches, applying to community colleges, and issues facing women in academe. And stop by Booth 304 to enter our drawing for a shopping spree from Inside Higher Ed and NYU Press, Harvard University Press or MIT Press (three winners will be drawn).

On Saturday, January 5, Scott gives a talk at the College Board Colloqium, in Clearwater Beach, Florida.

Doug Lederman will be in attendance at the Council of Independent Colleges 2013 Presidents Institute taking place January 4-7 in Palm Harbor, Florida.

And on January 10, Inside Higher Ed will be the media partner of the HigherEdTECH summit, part of the glitzy Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Inside Higher Ed editors, reporters and bloggers (Doug Lederman, Steve Kolowich, and Audrey Watters) will be participating in the event, which features high-profile speakers such as the former New York City schools chief Joel Klein, Harvard's Larry Summers, and Walt Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal. Find out more here.

RECENT VISITORS -- We hosted visitors last month from Grenoble Ecole de Management, Notre Dame de Namur University, Susquehanna University, Vassar College, College of the Holy Cross, University of South Carolina, ETS, and Harvard University Press. 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 Monday, December 24, Tuesday, December 25 and Tuesday, January 1. Barring something really noteworthy taking place, no Daily News Update e-mail will be published from December 24 to January 1 -- we'll resume your daily fix on January 2, 2013. (If a deal is reached to avoid the fiscal cliff, we'll be telling you how higher ed will be affected. And we'll also fill you in instantly on the implications if no deal is reached by the New Year's deadline.)



MOOCs for the Rest of Us

January 22, 2 p.m. Eastern

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Massive open online courses (MOOCs) have become the talk of academe, with many colleges and universities debating whether they should start them or join one of the consortiums offering the courses. But what of colleges that don’t plan to offer their own MOOCs? Are there ways they can use MOOCs or MOOC-like approaches to enhance their curriculums in ways that are consistent with their institutional missions?

On Tuesday, January 22 at 2 p.m. Eastern, Inside Higher Ed presents a webinar featuring W. Joseph King, executive director of the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (as well as vice president for innovation at Southwestern University) and Michael Nanfito, associate director of NITLE, who will discuss:

  • How to determine the role of online education at institutions of differing missions and finances.
  • Why MOOC ideas can be applied to offerings that are not massive or open.
  • Examples of programs that apply MOOC-like approaches for liberal arts colleges, regional state universities or other kinds of institutions.
  • How to set up new online collaborative programs with other institutions.
  • How to engage faculty members in the planning and execution of these ideas.

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. The program will be captioned for the deaf and hard of hearing by StreamText Access.

This program is ideal for senior administrators, academic affairs officials, enrollment management officers, deans, and distance education and academic computing administrators.

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Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC), a dynamic institution with more than 13,000 credit students is the largest community college in Massachusetts. It is also one of the most diverse institutions of higher education in New England, with 63% students of color and international students from more than 95 countries. (see posting)

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