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Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 3:00am

Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Wednesday appointed 15 people to a new panel charged with helping two-year colleges comply with a new federal requirement that degree-granting institutions report on their completion or graduation rates. The reporting requirement was one of many included in the 2008 Higher Education Opportunity Act, and the law called for creating the Committee on Measures of Student Success to recognize the fact that traditional measures of completion and graduation do not work for many community colleges (and other institutions, for that matter), given the flow of students into and out of the institutions for financial and other reasons. The panel will be headed by Thomas Bailey, a professor of economics and education at Columbia University's Teachers College and head of its Community College Research Center. The panel's other members, and their affiliations, are:

  • Margarita Benitez, senior associate, Excelencia in Education
  • Wayne Burton, president, North Shore Community College
  • Kevin Carey, policy director, Education Sector
  • Alisa Federico Cunningham, vice president, Institute for Higher Education Policy
  • Jacob Fraire, assistant vice president for educational alliances, Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation
  • Isabel Friedman, student, University of Pennsylvania
  • Millie Garcia, president, California State University at Dominguez Hills
  • Sharon Kristovich, higher education consultant
  • Harold Levy, managing director, Palm Ventures; former chancellor of New York City Public Schools
  • Geri Palast, executive director, Campaign for Fiscal Equity
  • Patrick Perry, vice chancellor, California Community College System
  • Lashawn Richburg-Hayes, deputy director, MDRC
  • Linda Thor, chancellor, De Anza College
  • Belle Wheelan, president, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools' Commission on Colleges
Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 3:00am

A new study of more than 1,200 students who answered questions throughout four years at a mid-Atlantic university found that among those at age 20, 20 percent drove while intoxicated, and that 43 percent had been passengers in a car driven by someone who was intoxicated. The odds for either behavior were greater for male students, and went up at age 21. The latter finding, the paper says, could be an argument against the move to lower the drinking age. The study was conducted by Amelia M. Arria, director of the Center on Young Adult Health and Development at the University of Maryland School of Public Health, and results will appear in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010 - 3:00am

A study presented at this week's meeting of the Association for Institutional Research raises questions about what the Collegiate Learning Assessment is really measuring -- at least at one campus. The CLA has been adopted by many colleges to measure gains in students' critical thinking and other skills over the course of their undergraduate education -- with the test given to freshmen and seniors, to examine gains in various cohorts. Braden J. Hosch, director of institutional research at Central Connecticut State University, examined his institution's scores and found a correlation between the time students take on the test and their scores. He found that in a cohort in which students performed better, the average time spent on the test was 63 minutes, compared to 45 minutes in a year in which scores were lower. The finding could reinforce one criticism of the CLA: that because it is given to a small sample of students, who take it voluntarily, results may be skewed by how motivated students are to give their best effort.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010 - 3:00am

New Jersey's Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a former dean at Mercer County Community College, who is now 79, was the victim of illegal age discrimination when the college declined in 2005 to renew her appointment, The Star-Ledger reported. The college had cited her status as an "at will employee" and the fact that the former dean worked on a series of contracts, and that the last contract was simply not renewed. Rose Nini, the former dean, said that the then-president in 2004 made it clear he thought she was too old to be working. The court ruled that she was covered by the law. Nini and the college had earlier reached a settlement in the case, but the Supreme Court went ahead with its ruling.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010 - 3:00am

Illinois lawmakers continue to debate the state's system of allowing legislators to award scholarships to college students in their districts -- with little oversight over whether the awards benefit political allies or donors. The Chicago Tribune reported on how one lawmaker used his funds -- not even following the minimal rule that recipients live in his district. One lawmaker gave out $94,000 to the four children of a political supporter, with the students saying they lived in the legislator's district even though they lived elsewhere and neither of their parents lived in the district.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010 - 3:00am

Canada's government is boasting of great success in attracting top researchers from around the world to Canadian universities through a new program to promote research excellence. But many social scientists in the country are concerned about the lack of anyone from their disciplines being named to one of the special chairs, Maclean's reported.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010 - 3:00am
  • AAUP 96th Annual Meeting, American Association of University Professors, June 9-13, Washington.
  • AAUP 2010 Annual Meeting, Association of American University Presses, June 17-20, Salt Lake City.
  • 2010 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, American Society for Engineering Education, June 20-23, Louisville, Ky.
  • 2010 IAU International Conference, International Association of Universities and Mykolas Romeris University, June 25-26, Vilnius, Lithuania.
  • 2010 ACUHO-I Annual Conference & Exposition, Association of College and University Housing Officers-International, June 26-29, Austin, Tex.
  • Access, Equity and Diversity Summit and Annual Meeting, American Association for Affirmative Action, June 30-July 1, Raleigh, N.C.
  • SCUP Annual Conference 2010, Society for College and University Planning, July 10-14, Minneapolis.
  • These meetings, conferences, seminars and other events will be held in the coming weeks in and around higher education. They are among the many such that appear in our calendar on The Lists on Inside Higher Ed, which also includes a comprehensive catalog of job changes in higher education. This listing will appear as a regular feature in this space.

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    Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - 3:00am

    A national survey of college and university career centers has found near-unanimous agreement among officials that students who have had internships are at a significant advantage when they look for jobs. The survey, by Internships.com -- a Web site that lists internships -- also found some encouraging news for those seeking internships, in that two-thirds of career centers reported that they received more internship postings this year than last year. Many of those in the survey viewed as unrealistic new federal limits on unpaid internships. Many career center leaders view those positions as providing key opportunities -- even without cash -- for their students.

    Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - 3:00am

    College students today are not as empathetic as college students were in the 1980s and 1990s, according to an analysis by the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research. The study -- based on an analysis of student surveys over a 30-year period -- was presented last week at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science. Students were categorized based on how the responded to statements such as "I sometimes try to understand my friends better by imagining how things look from their perspective" or "I often have tender, concerned feelings for people less fortunate than me."

    Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - 3:00am

    Shaw University's national alumni association is calling on the historically black college's trustees to resign, The Raleigh News & Observer reported. The alumni say that the board has not done enough -- through leadership and donations -- to help the financially struggling university. The chairman of the board -- who said that he did not expect trustees to quit -- has failed to make scheduled payments on his $10 million pledge to Shaw.


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