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Meningitis strikes 3 U.S. college campuses in recent weeks

Meningitis has surfaced on three U.S. college campuses in the last few weeks, infecting four students and blamed for the death of a university employee, Inside Higher Ed reported. Continue reading ? The post Meningitis strikes 3 U.S. college campuses in recent weeks appeared first on PBS NewsHour.

Does Diversity Look Different At A Christian University?

Inside Higher Ed, Divided Over Diversity: Did Baylor U's new provost step down over faculty objections to his diversity initiative, in particular his plan to hire a chief diversity officer? Does diversity look different at a Christian university? Baylor University has had its fair share of administrative turnover in recent...

Activists of the Imagination: On English as a Department, Division, Discipline

Earlier this month, just back from a marvelous and productive MLA Convention in Austin, Texas, I started to write a post in response to an Inside Higher Ed article on "Selling the English Major", which discusses ways English departments are dealing with the national decline in enrollments in the major. Show More Summary

Are Academics Disproportionately Gay?

Inside Higher Ed, Are Academics Disproportionately Gay?: Academic work is often solitary, but succeeding in the professoriate arguably requires social acumen. So is that why gay men and women are disproportionately represented among academics? A new study investigating the phenomenon of “occupational segregation” argues that certain jobs -- including that...

Student Evaluations As Windows Into Gender Bias

Inside Higher Ed, Bias Against Female Instructors: There’s mounting evidence suggesting that student evaluations of teaching are unreliable. But are these evaluations, commonly referred to as SET, so bad that they’re actually better at gauging students’ gender bias and grade expectations than they are at measuring teaching effectiveness? A new...

Drown the Bunnies

This article originally appeared in Inside Higher Ed.

Teaching Evaluations as Windows Into Gender Bias

Teaching Evaluations as Windows Into Gender Bias From Inside Higher Ed: There’s mounting evidence suggesting that student evaluations of teaching are unreliable. But are these evaluations, commonly referred to as SET, so bad that they’re actually better at gauging students’ gender bias and grade expectations than they … Continue reading ? Feminist Law Professors

Job Prospects Are Bleak For Most Humanities PhDs, But Demand For Economists Is Surging

Inside Higher Ed, Humanities Job Woes: Market looks tight and getting worse for job seekers in English, foreign languages, history and philosophy. But a major social science field -- economics -- is doing a lot of hiring. Business Insider, There Are a Lot of Job Openings for Economists with PhDs:...

The Secret Lives of Ph.D. Committees 

This article originally appeared in Inside Higher Ed.

B is for Beauty Bias

January 6, 2016 Posted by Jay Livingston The headlines make it pretty clear.Attractive Students Get Higher Grades, Researchers SayThat’s from Newsweek. Slate copied Scott Jaschik’s piece, “Graded on Looks,” at Inside Higher Ed and gave...Show More Summary

White and Asian Professors Need Not Apply

This article originally appeared in Inside Higher Ed.

Rutgers Faculty Rebels Against Use Of Metrics To Assess Scholarly Performance

Inside Higher Ed, Refusing to Be Evaluated by a Formula: Rutgers faculty members, citing philosophical concerns and errors, are pushing back against the use of Academic Analytics to evaluate their productivity. With the advent of Google Scholar and other metrics for faculty productivity, advancing one’s career as a professor is...

Appeasing the Ones Who Feed You

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Should Colleges Grant Waivers Of Minimum Teaching Loads To 50% Of The Faculty?

Inside Higher Ed, Too Many teaching Waivers?: From Wisconsin to Iowa, it’s become somewhat typical for state legislators to question to the productivity and general usefulness of faculty members at public institutions. Their current campus climate troubles notwithstanding, the University of Missouri System and the University of Missouri at Columbia...

The Never-Ending Trigger-Warning Debate

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The Average College In America Offers A 48% Discount

Inside Higher Ed, Discount Much?: Is a high discount rate a guaranteed trouble sign for colleges? Not necessarily, experts say -- sometimes colleges can leverage discounts to increase revenue, at least if they are increasing enrollment. But maintaining very high discount rates can be a risky strategy and an indicator...

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