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Thursday, January 6, 2011 - 3:00am

States that have adopted the Common Core Standards have taken limited steps so far to connect the high school standards to college curriculums or higher education admissions requirements, says a report today from the Center on Education Policy. "Just seven states plan to align first-year undergraduate core curriculum with the standards, while 26 states did not know if this change would be implemented, and three said it would not," says the report.

Thursday, January 6, 2011 - 3:00am
  • CHEA 2011 Annual Conference and International Seminar, Council for Higher Education Accreditation, Jan. 24-27, Washington, D.C.
  • ACCU Annual Meeting, Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, Jan. 29-31, Washington, D.C.
  • Institutionalizing Undergraduate Research, Council on Undergraduate Research, Feb. 6-8, Deland, Fla.
  • National Legislative Summit, Association of Community College Trustees, Feb. 13-16, Washington, D.C.
  • Annual Meeting, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Feb. 17-21, Washington, D.C.
  • 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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    Thursday, January 6, 2011 - 3:00am

    In today's Academic Minute, Corey Angst of the University of Notre Dame explains how uses of the iPad are evolving and becoming increasingly effective in higher education. Find out more about The Academic Minute here.

    Thursday, January 6, 2011 - 3:00am

    A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld Narragansett, Rhode Island's controversial policy of placing orange stickers on the front doors of houses deemed a nuisance by the police -- generally houses of University of Rhode Island students, many of whom have criticized the public sanction, The Providence Journal reported. The appeals court said that no civil liberties issues were raised by the stickers.

    Wednesday, January 5, 2011 - 3:00am

    The American Sociological Association, which recently announced that it couldn't meet in Chicago as planned this summer due to labor strife, has found a new home for its next annual meeting: Caesars Palace, in Las Vegas. While disciplinary meetings may not typically flock to meeting sites known for gambling, Ceasars meets a key requirement: it is a union hotel where contracts are in effect until 2012. The sociologists will gather in Vegas August 20-23.

    Wednesday, January 5, 2011 - 3:00am

    A veteran of the Iraq war whose essay about killing led officials at the Community College of Baltimore County to say he needed a psychological evaluation to remain as a student says that he no longer wants to do so, The Baltimore Sun reported. Charles Whittington, the veteran, said that he met the requirements, but that college officials say he has not done enough. College officials said that they were clear all along on what he needed to do. At this point, the former student said he's decided not to return to the college. The essay described his focus on killing enemy soldiers -- and some advocates for veterans have argued that the college over-reacted to the entire situation.

    Wednesday, January 5, 2011 - 3:00am

    In today's Academic Minute, Paul Janensch of Quinnipiac University examines the benefits communities hope to receive when they grant tax breaks to filmmakers. Find out more about The Academic Minute here.

    Wednesday, January 5, 2011 - 3:00am

    A state panel on Tuesday recommended that Rutgers University and the academic units of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey be merged, reviving a proposal that has periodically surfaced in the state, The Star-Ledger reported. Generally, the panel recommends an enhanced role for Rutgers in the state and greater efforts to keep the best New Jersey high school students in the state for college. The task force, which was headed by former Gov. Tom Kean, presented a broad range of recommendations about public higher education in New Jersey. Its report can be found here.

    Wednesday, January 5, 2011 - 3:00am

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday upheld injunctions issued by a lower court that would allow a blind law school graduate to use assistive technology software when taking the bar exam. The decision is the latest on the question of what accommodations people with disabilities are entitled to when taking state licensing exams for various professions.

    Tuesday, January 4, 2011 - 3:00am

    Arkansas is the latest state in which pro-gun advocates are seeking to make it possible to carry weapons on campuses. Arkansas Carry is seeking legislative support for a bill to override a 2003 attorney general's opinion that colleges and universities could legally ban concealed weapons from their campuses -- even weapons held by permit holders -- if the institutions posted signs to that effect, Arkansas News reported. While state law does refer to some entities having this right to ban weapons, Arkansas Carry says that the reference is meant to cover private businesses, not colleges and universities.

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