Week in Review: August 10, 2018

What’s new this week: David Gowler, chair of religion at Oxford College of Emory University, discusses Howard Thurman’s impact beyond being an influence on Martin Luther King Jr. in an Academic Minute, which also ran on Inside Higher Ed. Scripps professor Stacey Wood continues to get pick up on her Conversation piece about why people fall for scams. Most recently it ran on BBC News. A new certificate program in social entrepreneurship and aging at the Farmer School of Business was highlighted in The Hechinger … Read more…

Week in Review: August 3, 2018

What’s new this week: Grinnell College Professor Mark Montgomery weighs in on why international adoptions have declined in the U.S. for this NPR Morning Edition interview. The Conversation article on Carthage College Professor Angela Dassow’s research identifying individual gray wolves by their howls also ran in Salon this week. This University Business roundup on tools and tactics for strengthening faculty-student relationships on campus includes expertise from Mike Latham, vice president for academic affairs and dean at Grinnell College and Rachel Annunziato, professor and associate dean of strategic initiatives at Fordham University. … Read more…

A Short Read on Longform

I have mentioned once or twice that I can get a bit news-weary and overwhelmed by the endless cycle of information constantly barraging us. Don’t get me wrong, many of my strategies for taking a break, unplugging, and combating news fatigue are still working. (Seriously, I will never turn alerts back on. One of the best things I’ve ever done.) But, even limiting my morning news consumption sources and logging off Twitter sometimes doesn’t help because the news stays with me. And at that point, I … Read more…

Week in Review: July 27, 2018

What’s new this week: In an essay for Motherly, Longwood University Professor Catherine Franssen explains why respecting the individuality of our children and fostering their emotional intelligence helps to make them better adults. Professor Stacey Wood of Scripps College shares her latest research on why people fall for scams in a piece for The Conversation. It also ran in The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, and the PhillyVoice. Professor Catherine Bagwell of Oxford College at Emory University weighs in on how parents can … Read more…

Start Thinking About Midterm Election Experts Now

After nearly 12 years in public relations, I still miss my days in the television newsroom during election season, especially on election night. The excitement, the blaring noises of 10 competing televisions, the late night pizza, and my favorite part – being able to declare a state red or blue. While it was a highlight, it was also very nerve-racking (the feeling you get when you are about to hit send on an email to the entire campus).  While, midterm elections aren’t the big show, … Read more…

Week in Review: July 20, 2018

What’s new this week: Carthage College Professor Sara Jensen explains why she teaches math through knitting in this essay for The Conversation, which also ran in The Los Angeles Times and Smithsonian. Julie Maher, RN and clinical nursing instructor at Carthage College, weighs in on myths about managing labor pains during childbirth for U.S. News & World Report. Farmer School of Business Professor Geoff Zoeckler shares his expertise on corporate empathy in an Entertainment Weekly article on the show changes at ABC after the Roseanne Barr … Read more…

What’s At Stake When Colleges Game the Rankings

When I first read this story about data-tampering by Temple University’s Fox School of Business, my reaction was disappointment. That’s settled into a healthy, seething anger. An independent law firm has held former Dean Moshe Porat responsible for falsifying GPAs, percentage of admitted applicants who took the GMAT, student debt figures and more in order to secure a high U.S. News & World Reportranking for years. Purposefully submitting manipulated data to a rankings platform is one of the most offensive ways an institution can deceive prospective … Read more…

Week in Review: July 13, 2018

What’s new this week: Climate change should not be blamed for the battle between Nigerian farmers and herders, says Grinnell College Professor Leif Brottem. Read his Salon piece on why the altercations instead highlight the toxic and violent politics in the country. Laura Stratton, director of admission at Scrips College, weighed in on three common college essay topics in this U.S. News & World Report article. Fordham University Professor Boris Heersink shares his thoughts on Trump’s opportunity to reshape the Supreme Court and Justice Kennedy’s legacy in … Read more…

The Costly Downside to Ditching AP

Does getting rid of AP courses help or hurt students? A recent Washington Post article about private D.C. schools ditching Advanced Placement courses highlights the power of data in the argument. The College Board, the organization that oversees AP, really nailed its statement in the article by including strong, relevant data that gave me pause. Even for elite schools with affluent families, the potential for saving money on college cannot be easily dismissed. Typically, when a move is made to consider the whole student, not just a … Read more…

Week in Review: July 6, 2018

What’s new this week: According to Longwood University professor Catherine Franssen, there’s a scientific reason why some people risk their lives for a selfie. Read more in her Salon piece. This week on Inside Higher Ed’s Call to Action blog, be sure to read a post on how to better understand your institution’s visibility chasm. What we’ve been talking about: Kristine shares what she learned during her first time truly unplugging during vacation and why it’s important for even those who work with media to take a … Read more…