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February 21, 2018

The Jefferson Education Accelerator is to rebrand as the Jefferson Education Exchange, EdSurge reports.

The Jefferson Education Accelerator invested in and researched ed-tech tools but will now shift from working with companies to working directly with K-12 educators to help them implement new technologies.

Bart Epstein will remain president of the new organization.

February 21, 2018

Today on the Academic Minute, Sidsel Arnspang Pedersen, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Southern Denmark, explores whether you should ask your doctor about high blood pressure medication possibly being a risk factor for cancer. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.

February 20, 2018

Photo of Abraham LincolnThe New York Times marked Presidents' Day with a survey of the American Political Science Association’s Presidents and Executive Politics section, asking members to rank the presidents of the United States. Presidents Lincoln, Washington and Franklin Delano Roosevelt took the top three spots, as they did in the last survey, in 2014. But there were some notable changes. Presidents Clinton and Jackson fell out of the top 10, going down five and six spots, respectively. The Times speculates that Clinton's decline relates to a greater focus on his treatment of women, and that Jackson's relates to more awareness of his policies on Native Americans. President Obama joined the top 10 for the first time, moving up 10 spots to land at eight. President Trump was last, taking over a position that had been held by President Buchanan.

February 20, 2018

The Modern Language Association and the American Historical Association typically have their annual meetings around the same time each year, in different cities. In 2019, they’ll both take place from Jan. 3-6 in Chicago. To promote what they’re calling “interdisciplinary collaboration,” the associations will honor each other’s attendee badges. They’re also asking members to propose some dual sessions. James Grossman, executive director of the AHA, called the timing and location of the conferences a “fortunate coincidence.”

February 20, 2018

After initially defending an article on its news service against allegations of plagiarism, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers has removed the piece. “The Institute has received multiple expressions of concern regarding this article,” reads an editor’s note now in place of the article in question. “It has been withdrawn to allow further opportunity for review.”

IEEE’s The Institute posted a piece about the first computerized dating service last week, and critics soon said it did not sufficiently credit -- by name or in terms of proper citations -- the original research of Marie Hicks, an assistant professor of history at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. IEEE first responded by adding Hicks’s name to its article and saying that the piece complied with its editorial policy. Allegations of plagiarism did not subside, however, and IEEE removed the piece over the weekend.

February 20, 2018

Rhodes Scholarships, arguably the most prestigious scholarship program in the world for graduate study, have been awarded to students from an ever growing number of countries for study at the University of Oxford. But on Monday the Rhodes Trust announced that a new scholarship would be open to students from anywhere in the world. And this includes a country that has previously been excluded, Britain.

 

February 20, 2018

Many studies have shown that traditional-age, residential college students are no longer the norm in higher education. A study being released today builds on that by arguing that independent students (those without parental support) are the new majority. (Traditionally discussion of independent status has focused on those of traditional college age.) The report, by the Institute for Women's Policy Research, says that the independent framework needs more analysis. Such students are more likely to be women than men, the report says. Further, it notes that such students are, on average, 12 years older than traditional-age students. Most minority students are independent, the study says. Further, independent students tend to have more unmet financial need than do traditional-age students.

February 20, 2018

Today on the Academic Minute, Charlene Senn, a professor in the department of psychology at the University of Windsor, explores a new program aimed at doing just that. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.

February 19, 2018

Only 20 percent of law graduates and 23 percent of M.B.A. graduates said that their programs "prepared me well for life outside of graduate school," according to a new survey by Gallup. And only 23 percent of law graduates and 42 percent of M.B.A. graduates said that their programs were "worth the cost." Those who hold doctoral degrees, medical degrees and master of science and master of arts degrees all reported more favorably about whether their programs prepared them and were worth the cost.

The results are from a Gallup survey of more than 4,000 adults who received a postgraduate degree between 2000 and 2015.

February 19, 2018

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