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80% of Provosts Favor Civility as Factor in Faculty Hiring and Tenure Decisions

Inside Higher Ed, 2015 Survey of Chief Academic Officers: A majority of provosts are concerned about declining faculty civility in American higher education. And a large majority of provosts believe that civility is a legitimate criterion in hiring and evaluating faculty members. Generally, the provosts are confident that faculty members...

Lowering the Bar: Law Schools Are Increasingly Admitting Students Who Are Unlikely to Pass the Bar Exam

Inside Higher Ed, Lowering the Bar: As the number of students going to law school drops dramatically, law schools are increasingly competing for students with lower undergraduate grades and LSAT scores. Thomas M. Cooley Law School – the largest law school in the country – is known for admitting students...

Evening Report for January 15, 2015

A for-profit college investor takes a controlling stake in the Inside Higher Ed website. “A built-in conflict is unavoidable,” notes one observer. (huffingtonpost.com) Poynter’s Tampa Bay Times is selling its downtown St. Petersburg offices to pay off a $28 million loan. Show More Summary

Rosy Job Scenario for Econ Profs

Inside Higher Ed, Econ Jobs Are Up: The start of the calendar year is a big time for gatherings of academics, and reports about the state of the job markets in various disciplines. New data on economists continue a trend of better news for the social sciences than for the...

Marquette Suspends Tenured Professor for Blogging, Orders Him Off Campus

Inside Higher Ed, Suspended for Blogging: Marquette University has suspended with pay and barred from campus the tenured professor who criticized a graduate student instructor in a personal blog, pending an investigation into his conduct. John McAdams, an associate professor of political science at Marquette, last month wrote a controversial...

The Medical School as Hereditary Plutocracy - Retiring Board Chair Sanford Weill of Cornell Weill Medical School Names His Own Daughter as New Chair

As I have written before, sometimes you just could not have made this stuff up.The Retiring Board Chairman Appoints His Own Daughter to Succeed Him The most even handed reporting on this story was in Inside Higher Ed,Leadership of the...Show More Summary

Ph.D.s Rising, Jobs Falling

Inside Higher Ed, Doctorates Up, Career Prospects Not: Universities are awarding doctoral degrees at an accelerating pace, despite the fact that the career prospects of those who receive their Ph.D.s appear to be worsening.... American universities awarded 52,760 doctorates in 2013, up 3.5 percent from nearly 50,977 in 2012...

Gender Bias in Student Evaluations of Professors: Yeah, We Knew That

Gender Bias in Student Evaluations of Professors: Yeah, We Knew That From Inside Higher Ed, this report about a new study involving gender bias in student evaluations of their professors: College students’ assessments of their instructors’...Show More Summary

Closing The Law School Gender Gap: 'Gender Inequality In Grading Is Sensitive to Pedagogy'

Inside Higher Ed, Closing the Law School Gender Gap: Reducing class size and shaking up grading systems could help close the gender gap in professional schools, suggests new research in the Journal of Legal Studies [A Natural Experiment in Law]. Authors Daniel Ho and [Vice Dean] Mark Kelman, both professors...

English professor suspended 9 months for unfriendly body language, sighing, and using irony

3 months agoNews : The Raw Story

An English professor who was suspended for sighing, unfriendly body language, and using irony was reinstated after the administration’s charges against him were dropped, Inside Higher Ed reports. The head of the University of Warwick’s English department, Catherine Bates, had accused...

Should Law Schools Consolidate Multiple Sections of a Course to Save Money, Free Up Faculty Time?

Inside Higher Ed, A New Metric: It’s hard to raise much excitement over a chart, but a recent one that breaks down how colleges can reduce the number of sections they teach and reduce faculty time while educating the same number of students might be getting there. But not all...

U.S. News to Issue Global University Rankings

Inside Higher Ed, 'U.S. News' to Issue New Global University Rankings: U.S. News and World Report has announced that it will release its first global ranking of universities on Oct. 28. U.S. News plans to publish a global ranking of the top 500 universities across 49 countries, as well as...

Do Professors Have a Right to Be Told Why They Have Been Denied Tenure?

Inside Higher Ed, Right to Know Why Not: Some 28 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, $1.4 million in research funding and strong evaluations along the way – but still no tenure. The only thing more disturbing to Dylan Kesler, an assistant professor of wildlife sciences at the University of Missouri at...

Conservatives outraged after college rescinds invitation to George Will over offensive rape column

4 months agoNews : The Raw Story

Conservatives are furious that Scripps College rescinded an invitation to conservative columnist George F. Will for a lecture series designed to expose students to conservative opinions. According to Inside Higher Ed’s Scott Jaschik, Will had been invited to the women’s liberal arts...

Headline of the Day: 'UMass to Review Policy on Students as Confidential Drug Informants'

4 months agoNews : Reason

That eyebrow-raiser comes from Inside Higher Ed, which provided a brief synopsis of a very curious program at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. University police apparently caught a student, "Logan," selling LSD in a club a year ago. Show More Summary

Another scholar cancels at U of Illinois, saying school doesn’t ‘protect faculty from donors’

From Inside Higher Ed: Steve Cicala, an assistant professor of economics at the University of Chicago, says he has canceled the lecture he was scheduled to deliver to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s College of Business next month. In a letter to Illinois Chancellor Phyllis Wise, Cicala calls Wise’s stated reasons for pulling controversial scholar

9 college freshmen dead in alcohol-related incidents in first weeks of new school year

4 months agoNews : The Raw Story

According to a report by Inside Higher Ed, nine college freshmen have already died alcohol-related deaths at campuses across the United States in the first few weeks of the new school year. Tucker Brantly Arnold, an incoming freshman at Texas Tech, died after fatally crashing his pickup truck on...

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Following up on yesterday's post, 2015 U.S. News College Rankings: Inside Higher Ed, Measuring What? New York Times, Top Colleges That Enroll Rich, Middle Class and Poor New York Times, The Most Economically Diverse Top Colleges (methodology) Niche, 2015 Niche College Rankings The Onion, 2014 University Rankings

Should Universities Profit From Vodka Jell-O Shots Consumed by Their Students?

Inside Higher Ed, Jell-O Shots: University-Approved?: Last month -- just in time for a new season of college football -- Kraft Foods released a new line of Jell-O molds in the shapes of various university logos. Four of the "jiggler mold kits" were unveiled last year, but products for 16...

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