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Inside Higher Ed Weekly News Update | December 07, 2016
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Hello. Articles on our site this week explored another campus attack and the role of law enforcement officers in those situations, the scrutiny college leaders face when they head into contentious terrain, and the dance that campuses are in as they try to navigate a path forward on students who are immigrants. That and more below.

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After killing of Wayne State officer and attack at Ohio State, campus police reflect on dangers of the job.
Trinity of Connecticut moves away from year-after-year freshmen enrollment gains and a controversial real estate purchase, aiming to be better and more diverse at a smaller size.
University presidents articulate specific commitments to support undocumented immigrant students, but in many cases eschew the term -- “sanctuary campus” -- preferred by activists.
New study suggests that training for department chairs is woefully inadequate at most institutions.
Focus on any single labor market metric to judge colleges’ outcomes will create flawed policy, but a mix of such measures can help evaluate institutions’ performance, scholarly study finds.

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In Exiled in America: Life on the Margins in a Residential Hotel, author Christopher P. Dum portrays not only inescapable squalor but also efforts to create order in seriously damaged lives, writes Scott McLemee.
In a democracy, students need to learn to live with a high tolerance for ambiguity, writes José Antonio Bowen.
We in higher education must embrace a new era in which people feel their opinions truly matter, argues Brandon Busteed.
The fact that the relationship between higher education institutions and their faculties can be like that of cities and their commuters illuminates the cultural problems on many campuses.
A better understanding of both individual and systemic racism can help us meet the looming challenge of uniting/reuniting our campuses and nation through respectful dialogue across difference, writes Ajay Nair.
Given adequate funding, higher education is capable of playing a much greater role in helping displaced people retain their dignity and contribute to the future, argues Richard Romano.
What is higher education’s version of the minimum viable product -- the smallest, simplest unit that meets the public’s needs? Developing it will be a key goal for college leaders over the next decade, Ryan Craig argues.
After the presidential election, how do faculty members most effectively teach students in a divisive climate? Shontavia Johnson and Jennifer Harvey provide concrete advice.
For quite a long while, American higher education has been adrift in a devolving eddy of self-pity while remaining largely silent on the great social issues of our times, argues Patricia McGuire.
The new federal authority over accreditation and the central focus on consumer protection will have drawbacks for accreditors, higher education and students, writes Judith Eaton.

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Becoming a department chair is difficult under the best of circumstances, but even more so during a tumultuous political moment. Kerry Ann Rockquemore offers some strategies for moving forward.
When we as professors step outside the regular habits of the classroom, we can make a difference in how students see themselves and approach their own learning, writes Esteban Loustaunau.
That person will have an outsize influence on your professionalization and career preparation, so you should chose them wisely, advises James M. Van Wyck.
Faculty members often seem to lack insight into how to write strong letters on their students’ behalf, writes Manya Whitaker, who offers 10 guidelines for improvement.
Shannon Craigo-Snell suggests ways that scholars, especially marginalized ones, can solicit strong letters of recommendation.
Students should be encouraged to think in terms of hypotheses rather than theses, and research questions or problems rather than their putative solutions when it comes to dissertation proposals, argues Heather Dubrow.

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