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Inside Higher Ed Weekly News Update | September 27, 2016
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Hello. Articles on our site this week examined whether efforts to increase faculty diversity can work without merely raiding other colleges, a study exploring the correlation (or lack thereof) between student evaluations and learning, and the results of our annual survey of admissions officers. That and more below. Enjoy.

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Highlights: fewer colleges meeting targets for this year, a higher bar for Asians, skepticism about new standardized writing tests and a new application, mixed feelings on Hillary Clinton’s college plan and applicants’ criminal records.
New study adds to evidence that student reviews of professors have limited validity.
Data show that students who earn C's in foundational courses are much less likely to graduate. As a result, U of Arizona may require some C students to repeat a course.
Responding to sharp criticism, regional accrediting agencies will focus extra attention on institutions with below-average performance.
Gender-based discrimination in the academic workplace isn’t always overt, but the “shrapnel” of small indignities stays with you. That’s the premise of a new book on this kind of bias, and how to alleviate it.
U of Tennessee investigates professor and popular conservative blogger for tweeting that drivers should "run down" protesters in North Carolina.
GOP candidate vows to work with Congress to push wealthy colleges and universities to spend more on students. Move comes as top endowments report losses.

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Well-meaning administrators and faculty members have put processes into place that show little awareness of the hurdles students confront, says Bridget Burns.
Three major experiences shape student motivation to stay in college and graduate, writes Vincent Tinto.
As we consider which aspects of racism we in higher education can most effectively address, we need to make our institutions ideal places for cultivating the sociological imagination, writes Judith Shapiro.
Proponents of digital badges and alternative credentials have valuable goals, writes Colin Mathews, but are pushing a universal language of credentialing that is unnecessary and unfair.
In each of two new novels, Loner and Diary of an Oxygen Thief, it is the narrator's attitude that sticks with the reader more than the events recounted, writes Scott McLemee.

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Everything changed when my best friend immediately found tenure-track employment while I struggled to finish a dissertation that seemed increasingly like a waste of time, writes Patricia Grisafi.
Is it acceptable to be our “authentic selves” in a job search? Paula Di Rita Wishart gives some advice.
Faculty member Betsy Lucal now strongly urges any student who will listen to reconsider their plans to earn a Ph.D.
In a hypothetical case study, Barbara McFadden Allen, Robin Kaler and Ruth Watkins give advice to leaders who have to reconsider the directions in which they are heading.
In changing times, our campuses need not only individual leaders but also a collective environment of leadership, writes Judith S. White.

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Lofty (yet unsubstantiated) claims of “high-quality teaching” or graduates who “go on to start amazing careers in a variety of well-known companies” don’t cut it for international prospects. Real evidence is needed.
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An interview with instructional designer Kes Schroer.
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Thinking about our research soundscapes.
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There's good reasons why C students in intro courses are less likely to graduate.
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An opportunity for community colleges.  
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The South African higher education sector has been in paralysis for a while and now engulfed in student protests.
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