INSIDE HIGHER ED -- Insider Update
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   May 2018
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Welcome to your May 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.


The Supreme Court may have ruled on affirmative action (or not, depending on your point of view), but the top stories on Inside Higher Ed last month stuck a little closer to home. Colleen Flaherty's article about the new book Do Babies Matter? Gender and Family in the Ivory Tower, just out from Rutgers University Press, garnered more readers than any other story we published last month. Lauren Ingeno's article about an evolutionary psychology professor who sparked an uproar by tweeting that overweight students are not cut out for Ph.D. programs sparked the most comments in June. And Paul Fain's coverage of a new law in Florida that allows community college students to decide to skip remediation and enroll directly in credit-bearing courses -- even if college advisers or placement tests say they have remedial needs -- was much shared and discussed.

BOOK WITH BUZZ -- Despite numerous books, studies, conferences and informal discussion, many women in academe view their profession as either indifferent or outright hostile to motherhood. A new collection of essays, Mothers in Academia (Columbia University Press), is the latest to explore these issues. Click here to read Scott Jaschik's interview with the editors (as well as all of Inside Higher Ed's books coverage).


OUT AND ABOUT -- Doug Lederman and Samantha Smith will be in Indianapolis July 13-16 for the annual meeting of the National Association of College and University Business Officers. On Tuesday, July 16 at 8:30 a.m., Doug will present a session titled Preparing for the Future: The Chief Business Officer's Evolution along with Marta Perez Drake of NACUBO and other guests. He’ll be sharing results from Inside Higher Ed’s 2013 Survey of College and University Business Officers, to be released later this month.

On July 14, Scott Jaschik will speak at the summer meeting of the Council of Graduate Schools in San Juan, Puerto Rico,

Scott travels to Omaha, NE, July 18-19 for the Gallup Education Conference: Aiming at Career and Life Wellbeing. Scott will moderate several panels.

STAFF NEWS -- Inside Higher Ed is saying goodbye to reporter Libby Nelson, who is joining the staff of Politico where she'll be writing about education.

RECENT VISITORS -- June brought many visitors to the Inside Higher Ed offices, including guests from Nyack College, St. Edward's University, Bryant University, ETS, Morgan State University, Cooper Union, University of Virginia, Colorado State University Global Campus, and a delegation of campus media professionals in town for the College Media Conference. We're always happy to host higher education leaders in our D.C. offices. Contact Scott at or Doug at to plan a visit.

SERVICE NOTE -- Inside Higher Ed's offices will be closed on Thursday, July 4. We will not publish a Daily News Update e-mail that day.


Race, Class, and the Fisher Ruling -- The implications of a new study of class-based affirmative action.

An Inside Higher Ed webinar

July 22, 1 p.m. Eastern

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On July 22 at 1 p.m. Eastern, Inside Higher Ed presents Race, Class, and the Fisher Ruling -- a webinar on the implications of a new study of class-based affirmative action at the University of Colorado at Boulder that suggests that – under certain circumstances – a class-based approach might yield equal or greater levels of class and racial diversity. Featuring Matthew N. Gaertner of Pearson's Center for College and Career Success and Melissa Hart, associate professor of law and director of the Byron R. White Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder, the webinar is ideal for admissions officers and leaders, diversity officers, legal affairs staff, and senior administrators.

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.

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Enter the code JULY2013 at checkout and receive a $25 discount on your registration.


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