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Syracuse Law School's New Hybrid J.D.: 75% Online, 25% Residential/Externships

Following up on last week's post, ABA Approves Online JDs At Syracuse, Southwestern: Inside Higher Ed, Syracuse Law Gains Approval for (Mostly) Online J.D.: Syracuse University College of Law has won approval from the American Bar Association's accreditation division to offer a J.D. program in which roughly two-thirds of the...

The Uncertain Landscape For Online Legal Education

Inside Higher Ed, The Uncertain Landscape for Online Legal Education: In late 2013, the American Bar Association gave a private nonprofit law school in Minnesota permission to create a part-time Juris Doctor program that blended online courses heavily with face-to-face instruction. The question Inside Higher Ed posed in our article...

Grad Students Abandoning Election Victories

Inside Higher Ed is reporting on three different graduate student election certification efforts being abandoned in recent days. Following the NLRB's 2016 Columbia University decision, there was a surge of organizing activity for private-school grad students. However, with the new...

How To Reduce Faculty Duties So They Can Do Their Best Work, Not Simply More Work

Inside Higher Ed, Less Is More: Harvey Mudd College has a problem. Over time it’s developed a “more is more” culture around faculty work that isn’t, well, working. Lisa Sullivan, dean of the faculty, wants that to change, she said Thursday at the annual meeting of the Association of American...

Gender Bias In Economics Textbooks

Following up on my previous posts: Women Economists Face A 'Toxic' Work Environment (Aug. 22, 2017) NY Times: Women Force A Reckoning Over Bias In Economics (Jan. 12, 2018) Inside Higher Ed, Gender Bias, by the Numbers: New study says economics textbooks underrepresent women in both real-life and imagined examples...

Law Schools Are Under The Microscope

Inside Higher Ed, Law Schools Under the Microscope: The ABA has publicly posted reports on the accreditation status of more than 5 percent of the law schools it approves in the last 18 months, providing a window into the continued aftereffects of the law school bubble.... Cooley Law School’s...

Weekly Legal Education Roundup

ABA Journal, North Carolina Central, Arizona Summit Found Out of Compliance With ABA Accreditation Standards Carissa Byrne Hessick (North Carolina), Towards a Series of Academic Norms for #Lawprof Twitter Inside Higher Ed, Posttenure Benchwarmers Howard E. Katz (Cleveland State), What Law School Curriculum Committees Can Learn from Architecture Schools Law.com,ABA...

'Dancing Backwards In High Heels': Study Finds Students Set Higher Standards For Female Profs

Inside Higher Ed, 'Dancing Backwards in High Heels': Study Finds Female Professors Experience More Work Demands and Special Favor Requests, Particularly From Academically "Entitled" Students: Numerous studies have found that female professors shoulder a disproportionate amount of service work compared to their male peers. Research also suggests that students hold...

Why Do Male Ph.D. Candidates Publish More Than Females At The Same Institution?

Inside Higher Ed, Why Do Male Ph.D. Candidates Publish More Than Women At The Same Institution?: Numerous studies have found that men in the sciences publish at higher rates than women. But the designs of some of those studies make it difficult to isolate the possible origins of that gap....

Faculty Do Not 'Swing For The Fences' In Their Research After Tenure

Inside Higher Ed, New Study of Economics Professors' Research Effort and Impact Says They're Not Exactly "Swinging for the Fences" After Getting Tenure: Malaise, slump, deadwood — there are lots of words for what supposedly happens to professors’ research outputs after tenure. A forthcoming study in the Journal of Economic...

Sexual Harassment At Annual Academic Meetings

Inside Higher Ed, Harassment at Annual Meetings: A "sizable" minority of women and a smaller but still notable share of men have experienced harassment or other inappropriate behavior at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, according to a survey of members that the association has just released....

A Looming Asteroid For Law Schools: Proposed $28,500 Annual Loan Cap

Cassandra Burke Robertson (Case Western), A Looming Asteroid for Law Schools: My last post focused on proposed aggregate debt caps for federal loans. But as a recent article from Inside Higher Ed points out, a more immediate problem for educational institutions and their students may be the Prosper Act's proposed...

'World Literature' in the US

An interesting piece by Norton Anthology of World Literature-general editor Martin Puchner at Inside Higher Ed, Learning From World Literature in the South. Fascinating to learn that: Our next lesson came when we learned where the anthology would be taught: world literature was a North American phenomenon. Show More Summary

A New, More Affordable Way to Read My Favorite Textbook

From Inside Higher Ed : The new offer, called Cengage Unlimited, will give students access to more than 20,000 Cengage products across 70 disciplines and 675 course areas for $119.99 a semester.

Calls For Tougher Oversight Of Florida Coastal Law School

Following up on my previous post, Florida Coastal Responds To ABA's Finding Of Noncompliance With Accreditation Standards: 'Our 1L Entering Credentials Exceed 23 Other Law Schools': Inside Higher Ed, Calls for Tougher Oversight of For-Profit Law School: Observers say the apparent issues at Florida Coastal are reason for regulators, including...

In Finance We Call This a “Death Spiral”: Law School Won’t Admit New Students. Inside Higher Ed is …

In Finance We Call This a “Death Spiral”: Law School Won’t Admit New Students. Inside Higher Ed is reporting that Valparaiso University  announced Thursday that its law school would no longer admit new students. The law school is more than 130 years old, but it has been struggling to enroll enough students to function. Only 29 new […]

Ohio State Accuses 83 Students Of Cheating Through GroupMe Messaging App

Inside Higher Ed, Cheating Without Intent: News dropped this month that Ohio State University charged scores of students with cheating in a business course taken in the spring, saying that 83 students used the messaging app GroupMe for “unauthorized collaboration on graded assignments.” “Students are welcome to use social media...

Republicans Are Laser-Targeting Enemies in Their Tax Bill

Inside Higher Ed runs down the impact of the Republican tax bill on colleges and universities: The plan would impose a 1.4 percent excise tax on college endowments at private universities….double the standard individual tax deduction,...Show More Summary

Vivisectors Unite!

A friend sent me a new example of the seeming endless stream self-serving pro-vivisection propaganda. (More Institutional Support for Animal Research Is Needed. Opinion. Mar Sanchez. Inside Higher Ed. October 19, 2017.) At first, itShow More Summary

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