Week in Review: October 19, 2018

What’s new this week: Grinnell College professors George Barlow and Barbara Trish examine the similarities between 1968 and 2018 with athletes changing the conversation around racism in a piece for The Washington Post. There’s a newfound enthusiasm for women’s colleges, and Scripps College Vice President for Enrollment Victoria Romero weighs in on why that is in this Chronicle of Higher Education article. This week on Inside Higher Ed’s Call to Action blog, don’t miss a post on putting shared governance to work for better outcomes. What … Read more…

Call to Action: Q&A with Christopher Intagliata, senior producer at Science Friday

In my latest entry on Inside Higher Ed’s Call to Action blog, I interviewed Christopher Intagliata, senior producer at Science Friday. Intagliata is responsible for helping to choose and shape stories for the popular podcast and radio show Science Friday, distributed by WNYC Studios. He discussed with me what’s different about pitching a podcast, how to prep your professors for podcasts and even shared some his favorite podcasts. Read the entire piece on Inside Higher Ed. Are you a communications professional who would like to write for Call … Read more…

Week in Review: October 12, 2018

What’s new this week: In a thoughtful essay for Salon, Grinnell College Professor Ross Haenfler reflects on how the Kavanaugh hearings highlight our aggressively misogynistic culture One in five students who enroll in a college or university drop out, but a growing number of institutions are engaging and training faculty to try to change that, including Carthage College. Read more on faculty and early alert teams in this Hechinger Report piece, which also ran in The Washington Post. Carthage was also featured in this Chronicle … Read more…

Week in Review: October 5, 2018

What’s new this week: The Chronicle of Higher Educationhighlighted a piece from Grinnell College President Raynard Kington on making a home in rural Iowa in its Academe Today newsletter this week. On The Academic Minute, Professor Angela Dassow of Carthage College explains how she monitors wolf populations in a less invasive, less traditional way—by using their individual howls. Her clip also was included as a Quick Take on Inside Higher Ed. Carthage College Professor Jennifer Madden talks about the capstone trip that her Design and Innovation … Read more…

The Next Stage of FAFSA: A Review of the New App

When news broke this summer that the Education Department was releasing a mobile app in which students and parents could fill out FAFSA forms, I was a bit wary. I believe certain tasks, namely those that involve a lot of typing, irrefutably are done more easily on a machine with a proper keyboard. Of course, FAFSA has evolved quite a bit since I used my bulky Gateway to fill out my forms some years ago. And of course, when I was in high school, smartphones … Read more…

Week in Review: September 28, 2018

What’s new this week:  In the wake of last Thursday’s shooting at a Maryland Rite Aid warehouse, this Baltimore Sun article on the rarity of female and transgendered male mass shooters highlights expertise from Longwood University Professor Virginia Beard. President Raynard Kington of Grinnell College shares his thoughts on some important topics this week. In a special report on geographic diversity for The Chronicle of Higher Education, President Kington reflects on his experience moving from D.C. to rural Iowa and how he found a home in Grinnell. … Read more…

Week in Review: September 21, 2018

What’s new this week: Congratulations to the University of Dayton for successfully hosting the first Ohio gubernatorial debate earlier this week.  This Christian Science Monitor article highlights liberal arts colleges that are appealing to students with “purposeful work” and includes thoughts from Mark Peltz, dean of careers, life, and service at Grinnell College. Be sure to check out WGBH’s Perspectives in Higher Education poll, released earlier this week, for the latest on what Americans think of the challenges facing higher ed. This week on Inside Higher Ed’s Call … Read more…

Week in Review: September 14, 2018

What’s new this week: This week, the annual college rankings from U.S. News & World Report dropped to mixed reviews and claims of a greater consideration of social mobility. But Washington Monthly has been focusing on the public good in its rankings for years. Be sure to check out the latest mention in an article for Inside Higher Ed, a feature in The Atlantic, as well as a special interview on Press Pool with Julie Mason for a discussion with Washington Monthly’s Editor in Chief Paul Glastris on … Read more…

Week in Review: September 7, 2018

What’s new this week: In a Washington Post op-ed, Grinnell College Professor Barbara Trish makes a powerful call to end unpaid Capitol hill positions. Professor Ralph Savarese of Grinnell College shares his experience of reading fiction with Temple Grandin and misconceptions about autism and literature in a piece for Salon. Carthage College Professor Kevin Crosby talks Marsbees—tiny robots designed to explore Mars—with Scholastic’s The New York Times Upfront news magazine. A few Farmer School of Business professors took a faculty field trip to Silicon Valley for tech immersion. … Read more…

Week in Review: August 30, 2018

What’s new this week: On Monday the Washington Monthly released its 2018 Best College Guide, which received widespread coverage, including Education Dive, Tri-State, Fox 5 San Diego, Fox 26 KMPH Fresno News, ABC 23 Bakersfield, Times-Herald, Richmond Register, and The Advocate. The Chronicle of Higher Education also featured the Washington Monthly College Guide in its Daily Brief newsletter on August 27. EWA Radio interviewed Washington Monthly contributing editor Anne Kim about “higher ed deserts” and innovative approaches to creating solutions and “oases” for students. The interview also highlights … Read more…