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October 6, 2014

The expulsion of an Israeli journalist from an academic conference at a Palestinian university has set off a debate over academic freedom in Palestinian higher education, the Associated Press reported. The journalist in question -- Amira Hass -- wrote of being told by professors at Birzeit University that there were university rules barring Israelis like her from being there. Further, Hass wrote that one person told her she should leave for her own safety,  and she then did.

The comments from Hass are notable as her journalism regularly documents mistreatment by Israel of Palestinians, and she writes for Haaretz, a leading Israeli newspaper that is regularly criticized by hard-liners for its criticism of the Israeli government. Many in Israel are writing that if someone like Hass is kicked out of an event at Birzeit, then Palestinian universities are judging people by their nationality, not their views. Birzeit issued a statement that it "regrets the lamentable incident involving the apparent exclusion of Hass." The statement explained: "The university community takes pride in observing the academic boycott of Israel. However, this boycott applies to institutions, not individuals, let alone individuals who have distinguished themselves by being on the side of justice and humanity, as has journalist Hass."

 

 

October 6, 2014

President Obama on Friday announced 10 recipients of the National Medal of Science, the nation's highest honor in science.

The winners are:

  • Bruce Alberts, University of California at San Francisco
  • Robert Axelrod, University of Michigan
  • May Berenbaum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • David Blackwell, University of California at Berkeley (awarded posthumously)
  • Alexandre J. Chorin, University of California at Berkeley
  • Thomas Kailath, Stanford University, CA
  • Judith P. Klinman, University of California at Berkeley
  • Jerrold Meinwald, Cornell University
  • Burton Richter, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University
  • Sean C. Solomon, Columbia University

More information and links on the winners may be found here.

 

October 6, 2014

Kaplan University is today unveiling a new "Open College" that is designed to let adult students earn a bachelor of science in professional studies by combining credits they've previously accumulated through prior learning with academic credit they earn taking open courses offered by Kaplan and other providers. [email protected], as the fledgling institution is called, is the newest entrant in the hunt to create a $10,000 bachelor's degree. In Open College's case, such a goal could be attainable through its mix of prior learning, open courses, and Kaplan-provided assessments to help fill in gaps in learners' accumulated credits.

October 6, 2014

Cornell University will today announce a plan to expand off-campus "engaged" learning, in which students interact directly -- all over the world -- with different communities, The New York Times reported. The engagement will be through new courses, and by 2025 the university plans to have all students take one or more of such courses. The new program is being financed by a $50 million gift being announced today from the Einhorn Family Charitable Trust, plus $100 million in other gifts.

 

October 6, 2014

Adjunct professors at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco and Oakland voted 181 to 113 to form a union affiliated with Service Employees International Union, they announced this weekend. Adjuncts at Mills College and San Francisco Art Institute also have formed unions as part of SEIU's Adjunct Action campaign in recent months. SEIU says it now represents 21,000 adjuncts nationwide. “Now we look ahead to addressing faculty working conditions and student learning conditions — the basis of our institution,” Carol Manahan, a senior adjunct professor of critical studies, said in a news release. Melanie Corn, provost, said in an email to faculty staff that the administration remains "committed to collaborating with the entire [college] community to ensure that the educational experience for our students is our highest priority."

October 6, 2014

Emory University officials are condemning and investigating swastikas that were found painted on the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity house early Sunday, Business Insider reported. The fraternity is historically Jewish.

 

October 6, 2014

On "This Week," Inside Higher Ed's free weekly news podcast, Editor Scott Jaschik and the moderator Casey Green were joined by a diverse panel of Educause annual meeting attendees to assess the conference: Dartmouth College's Joshua Kim, the Oakland University CIO Theresa Rowe, and Montgomery County Community College President Karen Stout. To receive notification of new podcasts, sign up here.

October 6, 2014

A new British Council report forecasting trends in mobility at the graduate (or post-graduate) level through 2024 projects that China and India will continue to fuel growth in the number of outbound graduate students, and that the average annual rate of growth in the number of outbound students from India will exceed that of China. "For destination markets, this [India] is likely to be the real opportunity for inbound student growth over the next decade," the report states.

Other countries that are forecasted to experience high rates of growth in the number of outbound graduate students include Nigeria, Indonesia, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia. The report also predicts that the U.S. will remain the No. 1 destination country for internationally mobile master’s and Ph.D. students in 2024, followed by the United Kingdom, Germany, and Australia. 

October 6, 2014

We're not entirely sure what statement (if any) is being made here, but many at Ohio University are talking about how the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity created a parody of the Chi Omega recruitment video on campus.

The sorority's video:

The fraternity's video:

October 6, 2014

In today's Academic Minute, Kathryn Heinze, an assistant professor of sport management at the University of Michigan, shows the potential of philanthropy when a National Football League franchise focuses on the community. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.

 

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