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   April 2018
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Welcome to your April 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.


Allie Grasgreen's provocatively titled article, "Career Services Must Die," topped the page-view charts in May. (Andy Chan, whose quote provided the title, acknowledges that he didn't mean die, exactly, but transform.) Ry Rivard's story on a plan from the Georgia Institute of Technology to offer a $7,000 online master’s degree to 10,000 new students over the next three years without hiring much more than a handful of new instructors also garnered lots of readers (and lots of sharing). Many readers were drawn to Libby Nelson's thoughtful piece on new standards for K-12 education, which haven't gotten much attention from colleges, but could have long-lasting effects on placement tests, remediation and freshman year curriculums. But the most heated debate in the comments section was reserved for Scott Jaschik's story about a physics and astronomy class at Ball State that some feel has crossed a line from being about science to being about Christianity.

We've just published the June edition of our cartoon caption contest. Click here to add your suggestions for this month's cartoon, and cast a vote for our last contest.

BOOK WITH BUZZ -- Despite two generations of work by feminist literary critics, a study indicates that new books by men get disproportionate attention from reviewers. Scott McLemee reports from the literary battlefront. Click here to read the essay (as well as all of Inside Higher Ed's books coverage).


NEW ON THE SITE -- On May 30, Inside Higher Ed's editors, Scott Jaschik and Doug Lederman, fielded questions from more than 500 participants in a lively webinar on the latest developments and issues surrounding massive open online courses. To watch the webinar (which was held in conjunction with the recent release of The MOOC Moment, a collection of articles and essays about MOOCs), click here.

OUT AND ABOUT -- Scott Jaschik will be in Rochester, N.Y., for a speech to admissions officers of the State University of New York System on June 12.

June 19-21, Scott will be in Toronto for the Worldviews Conference on Media and Higher Education (Inside Higher Ed is a media sponsor of the event). Scott will be moderating panels on international rankings and on media depictions of student protests.

Scott and Doug will be appearing at a panel in Washington on June 28 at the College Media Conference organized by the Council of Independent Colleges and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities for campus media professionals. And Inside Higher Ed staffers are also looking forward to a visit from conference attendees for a discussion at our offices earlier that week.

STAFF NEWS -- Inside Higher Ed is saying goodbye to Raisa M. Andrzheychik, our senior accountant, who's been with us since 2010.

Welcome to Inside Higher Ed's new summer reporting intern, Lauren Ingeno. Lauren just graduated with degrees in English and journalism from Penn State. She was education reporter for The Daily Collegian; she has been one of USA Today's campus stringers, and she has interned for The Philadelphia Inquirer and WHYY.

Check out Inside Higher Ed's Libby Nelson on NPR's Diane Rehm Show. On June 3 Libby participated in a panel discussion of the battle over student loan rates currently taking place on Capitol Hill.

And congratulations to Inside Higher Ed's web developer Juan Risso who won a slot at last month's Google I/O conference (the annual developer-focused conference held by Google in San Francisco, CA). Check out Juan's winning app by clicking here. (Inside Higher Ed's Juan Risso models his Google Glass, left.)

RECENT VISITORS -- We welcomed lots of interesting visitors to the Inside Higher Ed offices in May, including delegations from Harvard University Press, Pearson, Eastern Michigan University, St. John's College, Misericordia University, University of Delaware, Duke Kunshan University, Wilson College, and the American University of Nigeria. We're always happy to host higher education leaders in our D.C. offices. Contact Scott at or Doug at to plan a visit.


Helping Students with Learning Disabilities Succeed

An Inside Higher Ed webinar

June 17, 2 p.m. Eastern

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More and more students with learning disabilities are arriving at all kinds of colleges, and these students’ needs raise education and legal issues for educators. On Monday, June 17, Inside Higher Ed presents a webinar with Brent E. Betit, senior vice president of Landmark College (an institution founded in 1984 specifically to serve students with learning disabilities) and Dr. Manju Banerjee, vice president and  director of the Landmark College Institute for Research and Training, national experts on best practices for serving these students.

This webinar is ideal for academic affairs officers, student affairs officers, disability services officers, legal affairs staff and senior leadership. The webinar costs $199 and will consist of a 30-minute presentation and a 30-minute question period. There is no conference call required for this event -- the entire presentation, including audio, is delivered via the web. You may gather as many colleagues as you like to view the webinar via one monitor, but only one login per registration will be allowed. This event will be captioned for the deaf and hard of hearing by SpeechText Access. 

Enter the discount code JUNE2013 at checkout and we'll take $25 off your registration fee. Click to register.


Free webinar from Academic Partnerships

Game Elements for Learning (GE4L)

June 26, 1 p.m. Central

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What if you could build a course as a game, using native LMS features? What exactly are game elements for learning? How can the elements be applied to teaching? Do they add value to learning?

To answer these questions, Academic Partnerships Faculty eCommons presents a micro-MOOC, Game Elements for Learning (GE4L). Kicking things off is a free live webinar, hosted by Kenneth C. (Casey) Green of The Campus Computing Project, who will moderate a lively conversation with Dr. Gerol Petruzella, Coordinator of Academic Technology at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. Dr. Petruzella will discuss his experience designing, building, and teaching an introductory philosophy course as "Dungeons & Discourse," a quest-based role-playing game.

This webinar is part of a professional development micro-MOOC, Game Elements for Learning (GE4L). GE4L introduces participants to game elements for teaching and learning through sharing, game elements, discussion, and participation in self-selected methods. For more information about the micro-MOOC, click here. The Game Elements for Learning (GE4L) webinar is a presentation of Academic Partnerships and is not an Inside Higher Ed editorial offering.


Education Abroad: Best Practices in Health and Safety

An Inside Higher Ed webinar

Now available for download

On May 23, Inside Higher Ed presented Education Abroad: Best Practices in Health and Safety, a webinar with Stacey R. Bolton Tsantir, the chair of the Health and Safety Subcommittee of NAFSA: Association of International Educators. Stacey provided a pithy and compelling overview of best practices for colleges, including those based on the Interassociational Good Practices and the Forum on Education Abroad Standards. And she responded to pointed questions on topics like:

  • What to do about students who are underage drinkers in the US, but legal in the country they’re visiting
  • How to deal with study abroad faculty who request to bring along spouses or even dependent children
  • How to make decisions about study abroad in places that are experiencing violence – and how to help students and families gauge risk

The webinar is ideal for international education/study abroad officers; student affairs administrators; health officers; legal and liability officers. The download costs $125, but enter the code MAY2013 at checkout and receive a $25 discount. 

Click to download Education Abroad now.



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