• CHLOE 7: Centralization vs. Distribution of Online Student Services

    Blog: Learning InnovationThe report I’m drawing from and sharing around most enthusiastically this summer is the recently released CHLOE 7: Tracking Online Learning From Mainstream Acceptance to Universal Adoption. In a previous post, I highlighted the reported data on present and future instructional design capacity. In this post, I’d like to amplify the report’s findings on centralization vs. distribution of online student services (Figure 5) and offer some thoughts. No. 1: Figure 5 gives...

  • Innovating at Scale

    Blog: Higher Ed GammaColleges pay tribute to diversity yet largely offer a cookie-cutter approach to education. Go to most campuses, and a conventional, unimaginative, standardized approach to education is the norm: a college education consists of 60 or 120 credit hours, a 15-week-long semester, distribution requirements, a department-based major and three- or five-credit hour lecture, seminar and laboratory courses. Homogeneity and uniformity are generally the rule, not an education with...

  • Transfer Alumni Networks: Your Next Fundraising Focus

    Blog: Beyond TransferThe tumult of the pandemic, enrollment shakeups, concerns over tuition costs—all these factors have forced a significant shift in donor and alumni fundraising. Engagement needs to be more immediate and personal. Alumni and donors have more clarity on what is important to them. And underdeveloped donor bases are coming forward ready to give. Alumni giving and participation are potentially powerful yet underdeveloped tools for fundraising. Students who feel more connected to...

  • Big Ten Signs TV Contract for $1B a Year

    The Big Ten Conference has reached a seven-year contract for television rights for an average of at least $1 billion a year, The New York Times reported. This is the first time a college conference has secured a deal of that size. The conference made a deal with Fox for many of the key games. But the Big Ten also signed deals with CBS and NBC. ESPN, which has had a long relationship with the Big Ten, is not in the new deal. Less than 20 years ago, Big Ten universities were splitting less than...

  • Could UC Prevent UCLA From Joining Big Ten?

    Leaders of the University of California are discussing plans to use the system’s authority to prevent the University of California, Los Angeles, from leaving the Pac-12 athletic conference and joining the Big Ten, the Los Angeles Times reported. It has been widely assumed that UCLA has the right to leave because of a 1991 system policy that lets campus chancellors negotiate contracts, including those that involve intercollegiate athletics. But several members of the Board of Regents and a...

  • Hudson Valley Community College Allows Unvaccinated Students

    Hudson Valley Community College is allowing students to return to campus unvaccinated this fall despite a vaccine mandate set by the State University of New York system and required of all institutions in the system, the Times Union reported. “Vaccination does not prevent infection or transmission of the virus,” Louis Coplin, the college’s vice president of student affairs, wrote to the Times Union. “As one example, U.S. President Joe Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden have recently become...

  • Madera Community College Wins $1M From Lumina Foundation

    The Lumina Foundation announced Wednesday that Madera Community College in California won $1 million to bolster its marketing and community outreach and enroll more adult learners. The foundation called on two-year institutions to submit applications describing “their visions for transforming their brands” as part of the Million Dollar Community College Challenge, launched in February, according to a press release. Ten finalists were selected from among hundreds of applications in April and...

  • Seeking a Cure for Neurofibromatosis Type 2: Academic Minute

    Today on the Academic Minute, part of University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Week: Dr. Christine Thuyvan Dinh, associate professor of otolaryngology, otology, neurology and lateral skull base surgery, explores one of the diseases for which we’re still seeking a cure. Learn more about the Academic Minute here. Is this diversity newsletter?: Hide by line?: Disable left side advertisement?: Is this Career Advice newsletter?: Trending: Live Updates: liveupdates0

  • Professor Sues U of Oregon Employee Over Twitter Block

    A Portland State University professor is suing a University of Oregon employee who blocked him on Twitter, KCBY11 reported. Bruce Gilley, a political science professor, accused Tova Stabin, communications manager of the university's Division of Equity and Inclusion, of violating his First Amendment rights by blocking him on the division’s Twitter account. Stabin also manages the office’s social media accounts. The office posted a graphic in June as part of a series of posts that provided...

  • Vaccine Mandate Moves Simon Fraser Football Games to U.S.

    Two-plus years into the COVID-19 pandemic, the coronavirus continues to drive changes across the college sports world. Simon Fraser University, the NCAA’s only Canadian program, announced that it is moving four home football games to Washington State, citing vaccine requirements for crossing the border into Canada. Simon Fraser, which plays at the Division II level, will play four home games in Blaine, Wash., roughly 28 miles away from its Burnaby, British Columbia, campus. Simon Fraser will...

  • State Gag Order Bills Increase for Higher Ed

    State legislative proposals to restrict the freedom to teach and learn have increased by 250 percent in 2022 compared to last year, according to a report released today by PEN America, the free expression and literary organization. Most of the bills focus on K-12 education, but 39 percent of bills have targeted colleges and universities, compared with 30 percent last year. The bills generally focus on race and ban the teaching, for example, of critical race theory. But more bills would ban...

  • Dean Resigns Amid Claims He Lied About Academic Credentials

    Mario Enzler, dean of the business school at the University of St. Thomas, has resigned after faculty members accused Enzler of embellishing his résumé with false academic credentials. Enzler joined St. Thomas in 2020 after four years as a professor at the Catholic University of America. Enzler, who is from Italy and has a background in international banking, listed a bachelor’s degree from an institution that was in reality a high school and claimed a Ph.D. from an Italian university that does...