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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 weeks 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

2 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Conservatives are furious that Scripps College rescinded an invitation to conservative columnist George F. Will for a lecture series designed to expose students to conservative opinions.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'

2 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

2 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...

Prof Tells Students: Don't Email Me

Inside Higher Ed, Don't Email Me: A Salem College faculty member last semester took an uncompromising approach to curbing syllabus and inbox bloat: Why not ban most student emails? “For years, student emails have been an assault on professors, sometimes with inappropriate informality, sometimes just simply not understanding that professors...

College is an Irony-Free Zone: "So you want to date a T.A." Edition

3 months agoNews : Reason

Via he great site Inside Higher Ed comes word of a campus controversy at Canada's Western University in Ontario. As part of its "Frosh Special Issue 2014," the student publication The Gazette published an article titled "So you want to date a teaching assistant?" It features such advice as: 1. Do your research. Facebook stalk and get to know your TA. Show More Summary

Salaita’s hire set off fundraising alarm at U of Illinois, per emails to chancellor

Inside Higher Ed’s Scott Jascik today reports a disturbing development in the Steven Salaita firing case at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Phyllis Wise, the university’s chancellor, was lobbied by 70 pro-Israel folks, including donors, who were upset by Salaita’s comments on twitter about Gaza. The school’s fundraisers were alarmed and sought a meeting with

Salaita’s hire set off fundraising alarm at U of Illinois, per emails to chancellor

A multiple donor of $100,000+ gifts suspended giving to University of Illinois when it was poised to hire outspoken Palestinian-American Steven Salaita, according to emails obtained by Inside Higher Ed. Fundraisers at the school sought a meeting with the chancellor. Salaita was fired.

George Washington Tells Faculty Not to Inform Students of Cheaper Textbook Alternatives to Protect Campus Bookstore, Then Relents

Inside Higher Ed, Don't Shop Online: Faculty members at George Washington University are once again free to tell students they can save money by buying their textbooks online, after the university initially urged professors to stop pointing students to sources other than the campus bookstore. In a letter dated July...

LinkedIn Law School Rankings?

Inside Higher Ed, The New Rankings?: LinkedIn is one of several players in a growing market: the business of aggregating data about career outcomes for prospective college students. Rankings still dominate conversations about which colleges are best, to the chagrin of many college presidents. But a number of companies are...

The Cause of Higher Tenure Rates for Men: Productivity or Sexism?

Inside Higher Ed, Productivity or Sexism?: In discussions about the gender gap among tenured professors at research universities, there is little dispute that there are far more men than women with tenure in most disciplines. But why? Many have speculated that men are outperforming women in research, which is particularly...

Yes, Steven Salaita Was Fired, And No, It’s Not Defensible

Via Corey Robin, Inside Higher Ed has an essay by current opponent of academic freedom Cary Nelson giving an extended defense of the firing of Steven Salita, along with a counterpoint from current supporter of academic freedom John K. Wilson.  It’s a close call which one ultimately makes the stronger case against the firing, and that’s […]

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