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   October 2015
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Welcome to your October 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.


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT -- September's most popular story was Scott Jaschik's coverage of a major study finding that new students at Northwestern University learn more when their instructors are off the tenure track than when they're tenure-track professors. (A Views essay by Edward Kazarian offered a critique of the study.) Many readers found it a sad irony that in the same month we published Colleen Flaherty's article on a newspaper column about an adjunct instructor who died sick, alone and penniless. The column went viral as adjuncts across the country reported seeing something tragically familiar in her story. Colleen's faculty beat was chock full of great material as the academic year got under way -- stories included a professor's offer to help "students of color only"; a professor's (possibly overly) candid blog post titled "If You Want To Be My Student"; and a professor suspended from teaching after making anti-Republican remarks to a class. Ry Rivard's article on several prestigious liberal arts colleges whose credit ratings have been downgraded or assigned a negative outlook by Moody’s Investors Service also topped the charts last month (we'll assume it wasn't just the schadenfreude).

Inside Higher Ed's Cartoon Caption Contest celebrates its first birthday today, with the publication of a new cartoon, a chance to vote on your favorite nominated captions from last month, and news about the winner of our August contest.

BOOK WITH BUZZ -- When students are able to grasp the subject matter, James M. Lang believes, they have little motivation to cheat. Click here to read Serena Golden's interview with the author of Cheating Lessons: Learning From Academic Dishonesty (Harvard University Press) as well as all of Inside Higher Ed's books coverage.


NEW ON THE SITE -- "Accreditation and Student Learning" is a collection of news and opinion articles -- in print-on-demand format -- about the effort by colleges and accreditors to measure learning outcomes. Download the booklet here. On September 25, Inside Higher Ed's editors led a lively discussion on these issues in a free webinar. You can view the webinar here. The Accreditation and Student Learning booklet and webinar were made possible in part by the support of Educational Testing Service.

Inside Higher Ed's 2013 Survey of College and University Admissions Officers explored the views of campus enrollment leaders on such topics as affirmative action, the role of commission-based agents in recruiting international students, and how they are judged in their jobs. The survey was conducted in conjunction with researchers from Gallup. A copy of the survey report can be downloaded here. The Inside Higher Ed survey of admissions directors was made possible in part by advertising from Hobsons, ELS, Jenzabar and CUnet.

OUT AND ABOUT -- On October 4, Scott Jaschik speaks at the ACE Spectrum Leadership Program -- which seeks to diversify the senior leadership ranks of American colleges and universities -- in Orlando.

Doug Lederman moderates an October 6 session at the annual meeting of the Eastern Association of College and University Business Officers in Baltimore, and moderates a panel on October 8 at the annual meeting of the Presidents' Forum in Washington, D.C.

Doug Lederman travels to New Orleans October 13-14 for a talk at the Distance Education Training Council fall workshop.

Daryl Anderson heads to Newport Beach, CA, October 15-18 for the annual meeting of the Association of Chief Human Resource Officers (ACHRO) of the California Community College System.

Inside Higher Ed will have a terrific team at the annual conference of EDUCAUSE, taking place October 15-18 in Anaheim, Calif. Scott Jaschik, Laura McFarland, Carl Straumsheim and Bill Baird will be on hand to discuss this year's survey of faculty attitudes on technology. And on Thursday, October 17 at 1:30 PM, Scott will participate on a panel titled Evaluating the Impact of Educational Analytics in Meeting Room 207C of the Anaheim Convention Center.

Laura travels again at the end of the month -- this time to Las Vegas for the annual conference of the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) taking place October 27-29. She'll be joined there by Doug Lederman, Daryl Anderson and Sharon Salang. On Tuesday, October 29 at 11 a.m., Doug presents the results of Inside Higher Ed’s 2013 Survey of College and University Human Resources Officers along with Sabrina Ellis, vice president for human resources at George Washington University. The session will cover what CHROs think about their institutions’ HR policies, strategies and approaches; the role of HR administrators at their institutions; and the state of the HR profession in higher education.

RECENT VISITORS -- The weather cooled off, but the activity heated up in DC in September. Visitors to the Inside Higher Ed offices included leaders from George Mason University, University of Pittsburgh, Trinity College (DC), Rowman & LIttlefield, Wabash College, Bowie State University, Clark Atlanta University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and University of California at Berkeley. We're always happy to host higher education leaders in our D.C. offices. Contact Scott at or Doug at to plan a visit.









The 2013 Survey of College and University Admissions Directors

On October 10 at 1 p.m. Eastern, join Inside Higher Ed editor Scott Jaschik for a review of the findings of our 2013 Survey of College and University Admissions Directors, conducted with Gallup.

Scott will lead a discussion of the survey highlights, including:

  • concerns about meeting enrollment goals
  • responses (or lack thereof) to the Supreme Court ruling on affirmative action
  • addressing concerns about private students loans and "gapping"
  • paying commissions to international agents
  • misreporting of admissions data for rankings ("we don't do it, but everyone else does")

Add your questions and comments to the discussion, and suggest topics for next year's survey.  It's sure to be a lively event.


Read up before you join the conversation. You can find Inside Higher Ed's coverage of the survey, as well as a link to download the complete survey report, by clicking here.

The 2013 Inside Higher Ed Survey of College and University Admissions Directors was made possible in part by the support of CUnet, ELS, Jenzabar and Hobsons. Your registration information will be shared with the companies.









A free webinar featuring Michelle Pacansky-Brock, presented by Academic Partnerships Faculty eCommons

October 9, 3 p.m. Eastern

Humans are social beings and learning is a social process. Both require interaction and connection to flourish. Do these factors undermine the effectiveness of an online class or strengthen it? In our digital, mobile society are discussion forums still the most effective tool for student-student interactions? In this webinar, Michelle Pacansky-Brock -- noted online instructor, faculty development specialist and leader in the field of online education -- will share examples of what students identify as valuable characteristics of a "humanized" online class and identify key tips and strategies for harnessing the potential of emerging technologies to make your online class personal, meaningful, and memorable.


This webinar is part of a larger online professional development Micro-MOOC, Human Element: An Essential Online Course Component, being delivered via the Canvas Network. You can join the Micro-MOOC by clicking here

This webinar is a presentation of Academic Partnerships Faculty eCommons and is not an Inside Higher Ed editorial offering.


Inside Higher Ed introduces Diversity Profiles, a diversity recruiting strategy designed to help you do what most diversity outreach options don't -- connect with real people.

Inside Higher Ed’s Diversity Profiles help talented minority professionals answer their most pressing question: Do I want to work at this institution? A component of our popular Featured Employer pages, Diversity Profiles let great diversity candidates know about:

  • Your commitment to diversity
  • Key contacts who can provide real answers
  • Resources, activities and organizations that support diverse faculty and staff
  • Your community and culture

Presented in a well-crafted mini-site, your Diversity Profile is linked to every job you post on Inside Higher Ed. An eye-catching logo alerts job seekers that your institution has provided in-depth information for diversity candidates.

Special Offer -- For a limited time, purchase an annual unlimited posting plan complete with a Diversity Profile, and we’ll send a stand-alone e-mail to every registered user of the Inside Higher Ed job service with a link to your Featured Employer page. More than 30 percent of our credentials bank users self-identify as minorities -- your commitment to diversity will be communicated to exactly the candidates you want to reach. (Unlimited posting plan must be purchased by December 31, 2013.)

Click to learn more.


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Vice Chancellor for Education and Training

Eastern Iowa Community College District

Eastern Iowa Community Colleges are on the move, and we’re looking for the right person to take our education and training programs to the next level. (see posting)

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