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   June 2017
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Welcome to your June 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.


Our most-viewed article this month was Ry Rivard's piece on how some colleges are using FAFSA, the federal government's application form for student aid, to deny admissions and perhaps decrease financial aid awards. Colleen Flaherty wrote about a professor who flashes a T-shirt many of his colleagues might want to start sporting as well. The comments section lit up over Scott Jaschik's coverage of outrage over an email sent to an academic blogger and over the way Scientific American removed her post describing what happened.

Submit your ideas for a caption for November's Inside Higher Ed Cartoon Caption Contest -- vote on your favorite nominated captions from last month, and find news about the winner of our October contest.

BOOK WITH BUZZ -- Presidencies Derailed: Why University Leaders Fail and How to Prevent It (Johns Hopkins University Press) gives tips and tricks to boards, presidents and would-be presidents to avoid leadership disasters. Click to read Ry Rivard's interview with George Washington University President Emeritus Stephen Joel Trachtenberg -- one of the co-authors -- as well as all of Inside Higher Ed's books coverage.


NEW ON THE SITE --  Inside Higher Ed is pleased to launch its Career Advice Library. Readers have asked us for a better organization of all of our careers content, so they can sift through, in one easy place, all our pieces on writing cover letters, preparing for interviews, working at community colleges and many other subjects. Now all careers content is easy to find. We always want to do whatever we can for those on the job market. If you have other ideas for editorial content (or organization of content), please send them to

(Left) Doug Lederman and Laura McFarland celebrate a milestone -- 100,000 subscribers to Inside Higher Ed’s Daily News Update e-mail.

OUT AND ABOUT -- Scott Jaschik, Laura McFarland, Todd Thompson and Samantha Smith will head to Boston for the American Marketing Association's annual Symposium for the Marketing of Higher Education. Scott presents a session titled "The Public, Parents and Colleges" at 10:15 a.m. on Monday, November 11 in Simmons, 3rd floor.

Scott travels to Chicago on November 13 to speak at the annual Strategic Enrollment Management conference of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. He'll be presenting the results of our 2013 Survey of College and University Admissions Directors.

Scott will also be speaking this month at "Rethinking Higher Ed: Beyond the Buzzwords," the conference of the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (November 8 in Toronto), the Midwestern Higher Education Compact's Policy Summit (November 19 in Omaha), the Louisiana Board of Regents' "Creative Pathways for Modern Learners" conference (November 20 in Baton Rouge) and at the Municipal Analysts Group of New York (November 22 in New York City).

On November 11, Doug Lederman moderates a panel on accountability at the annual meeting of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities in Washington. 

On November 14, Serena Golden travels to St. Louis to attend the annual conference of the Association for the Study of Higher Education. Doug joins her there on the 15th.

Doug speaks on November 18 at the deans' conference of the American Dental Education Association in Savannah; he then travels to Lake Buena Vista, Fla., for the Sloan Consortium International Conference on Online Learning. On November 20 at 9 a.m., Doug moderates a session titled "The State of State Authorization: SARA and the Potential for a National Reciprocal Model." On the 21st at 10:45 a.m., he'll discuss the results of Inside Higher Ed's annual survey of faculty attitudes about technology.

STAFF NEWS -- Congratulations to tech reporter Carl Straumsheim on his marriage to Ryan Gever.

And kudos to Inside Higher Ed's Trish Sabino (right), who finished the New York Marathon in under four and a half hours. Her Inside Higher Ed T-shirt gave her an edge, no doubt.

RECENT VISITORS -- October visitors included folks from EDMC, Vanderbilt University, Fisher College, Austin College, American University of Iraq, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, National Student Clearinghouse, Emeriti, University of Kentucky Press, and the Teagle Foundation. 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 November 28 and 29 in observance of Thanksgiving. We won't be publishing our Daily News Update e-mail on those days.



2013 Survey of College and University Human Resources Officers

Inside Higher Ed's 2013 Survey of College and University Human Resources Officers, conducted in conjunction with researchers from Gallup, explored the views of chief human resources officers on wellness-related penalties, adjuncts and health care, and ignorance about retirement, among other topics.

On Nov. 13 at 2 p.m. EST, Inside Higher Ed will present a free webinar to discuss the results of the survey. Editor Doug Lederman will share and analyze the findings and answer readers' questions. To register for the webinar, please click here.

The Inside Higher Ed survey of chief HR officers was made possible in part with support from TIAA-CREF.


How Competency Education Is Changing Higher Ed

An Inside Higher Ed webinar

December 3, 2 p.m. EST

The traditional model of higher education is built on courses and credits and requirements tied to calendars and, ultimately, to “seat time,” or time in class. Increasingly though, policy-makers are calling for colleges to embrace competency-based education, in which students are awarded credit based on demonstration of knowledge and skills, not seat time. Some institutions have embraced the model and the Obama administration has encouraged more experimentation.

On Tuesday, December 3 at 2 p.m. Eastern, Inside Higher Ed presents a webinar – led by Patricia Lynott, an expert whose institution is a leader in the field – on how competency-based education could change many institutions, and not just those that build entire programs around it.


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.

Register now and enter code DEC2013 at checkout for a $25 discount off your registration fee.


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