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   May 2017
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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.


Our best-read story last month was Allie Grasgreen's article on a new report from the Association of American Colleges and Universities and the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems which argues that concerns about the value of a liberal arts degree “are unfounded and should be put to rest.” Ry Rivard's story about the new Alabama State University president’s contract that comes with strings attached -- to her love life -- garnered lots of readers and comments. And comments streamed in for Colleen Flaherty's coverage of a new report from the House Education and the Workforce Committee, which concludes that it's time for Congress to pay attention to the abuse of adjunct faculty members, and the way their poor working conditions impact not only them, but their students.

And don't forget to submit your ideas for a caption for February's Inside Higher Ed Cartoon Caption Contest -- vote on your favorite nominated captions from last month, and find news about the winner of our January contest.


NEW ON THE SITE -- Inside Higher Ed's 2014 Survey of College and University Chief Academic Officers explored the views of provosts on the state of their campus finances, MOOCs, competency-based education and much more.The survey was conducted in conjunction with researchers from Gallup and made possible in part by advertising from Deltak, the Education Advisory Board, Pearson and Jenzabar. Read our analysis of the survey findings, and view video of Scott Jaschik's lively webinar discussion here.

Key Issues for Business Schools -- Business schools face numerous challenges as they navigate the changes going on in American higher education and the global economy. This compilation of news articles and opinion essays, the latest in Inside Higher Ed’s series of booklets on hot issues in higher education, provides an overview of some of these issues – and the ways that business schools and their leaders are responding. Click to download the booklet.

STAFF NEWS -- Congratulations to Inside Higher Ed blogger, John Griswold (The Education of Oronte Churm) on his new book, Pirates You Don’t Know, and Other Adventures in the Examined Life (University of Georgia Press). Bob Shacochis, author of The Woman Who Lost Her Soul, says “I generally feel indifference for books about writing by writers or anybody. But this one I unabashedly love, embrace, scribble in, underline, copy, quote out loud to my wife. I say without reservation, John Griswold is one of the best essayists inhabiting this land.”

OUT AND ABOUT -- Doug Lederman and Rick Plotkin start the month in San Diego for the Winter Academic Affairs Meeting of AASCU.

On February 6, Scott Jaschik will be part of a panel on "What MOOCs Can Teach Us" at the Association of American Publishers' Professional and Scholarly Publishing annual meeting. On February 18, Scott will be returning to the topic of MOOCs, as a panelist on a discussion of MOOCs and international education at the annual meeting of the Association of International Education Administrators. Both events take place here in Washington, DC.

SERVICE NOTE -- Inside Higher Ed's offices will be closed on February 17 in observance of Presidents' Day. We will publish our Daily News Update as usual that day.


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This event is presented by Adobe and is not an Inside Higher Ed editorial offering.



Key Issues for Business Schools

February 27, 2 p.m. Eastern

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Inside Higher Ed editors Scott Jaschik and Doug Lederman discuss the challenges business schools face as they navigate the changes going on in American higher education and the global economy.

Inside Higher Ed’s “Key Issues for Business Schools” webinar is made possible with the support of ETS, the makers of the GRE® revised General Test and the ETS® Major Field Tests, which help business schools worldwide.


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