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Hello. Articles on our site this week explored an online course provider whose quality is raising questions, the political and policy landscape for institutional accreditation, and the controversial hiring of a university president with no academic administrative experience. That and more below. Enjoy.

Sep 05 2015

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Critics blame accreditation for many of the (often conflicting) problems they see in higher education. But the agencies will likely endure, in large part because any replacement would give the feds much more power.
Iowa Board of Regents on Thursday unanimously votes to appoint former IBM senior vice president Bruce Harreld as Iowa’s next president -- despite outspoken criticism by professors.
A changing presidential search process and a nontraditional finalist are causing widespread faculty concern at U of Iowa.
Inside Higher Ed explores JumpCourse, an online education platform, after a former professor finds that a course lacks rigor and sophisticated sense of its subject matter -- even as the American Council on Education vouches for its quality.
Deal between New York attorney general, the university and its critics will change governance and could lead in a few years to the end of tuition.
U of Kentucky did survey in which 80 percent of the student body participated and the definition of sexual assault was much more narrow than that used elsewhere. The finding: a significant number, but far lower than on other campuses, reporting assaults.
Outsourced counseling designed as an employee benefit helps low-income students succeed in college, the Dell Scholars Program finds, and colleges may be following suit.
U of Central Florida is using lecture-capture technology to enroll more students than can fit in its classrooms. But is a live stream a sufficient replacement for a face-to-face lecture?
New books set out agendas for both professors and students on how to change the experience and career paths.
Washington State U overrules instructor, and says she may not have "blanket" bans on use of certain words or phrases, or punish those who violate such bans with lower grades or failure.

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Lanny Arvan shares the lessons he picked up from intense discussions with three international students.
Brian Goedde explains how he came to embrace online learning for a form of teaching known for its in-person experience.
All too familiar: a disturbed loner wins posthumous recognition by mixing mass murder and mass media. Scott McLemee consults an Italian theorist's reflections on the problem.
Garrison Walters offers colleges and their leaders some things to think about as they weigh presidential perks. To wit, rationalization is the road to ruin, and if you really want art, buy it yourself. You can afford it.
K. Jamie Rogers says critics have misunderstood proposed changes in engineering accrediting standards, and that the possible shifts are still being modified.
Daniel F. Sullivan tried out one of the new alternative providers of online education -- and emerged horrified that the courses have been recommended for credit.

Career Advice (View all)

Tapping into her favorite movie lines, K. Johnson Bowles offers advice for the new administrator.
Christopher Schaberg and Mark Yakich offer advice for those starting off their careers, or just another academic year.
A college leader can gain not only new knowledge but important perspective, writes Michael J. Sorrell.

Blog U (View all)

One grad student reflects on learning to step away from her work.
1 day 11 hours
Academics and families, ugly buildings, spending shifts and a fresh start.
1 day 11 hours
The challenges of collaborating on a long and complicated Word document using a Chromebook.
1 day 11 hours
At the start of new semester, it's time to share three neat tools that might be useful for class projects.
1 day 12 hours
What happened when my laptop failed
1 day 14 hours
A work ethic to admire.  
1 day 14 hours
Reclaim the true meanings of these terms to avoid power dynamics and politics.
2 days 5 hours

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