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Parry, Marc – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
The e-mail drill was one of numerous mind-training exercises in a unique class designed to raise students' awareness about how they use their digital tools. Colleges have experimented with short-term social-media blackouts in the past. But Ms. Hill's course, "Information and Contemplation," goes way further. Participants scrutinize their…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Internet, Electronic Mail, Consciousness Raising
Schmidt, Peter – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
The author reports on the ruling of a divided appellate court that held that the state law unconstitutionally made it harder for minorities to seek preferences than for other groups. The court struck down a voter-passed ban on the use of race-conscious admissions by Michigan's public colleges, holding that the measure had unconstitutionally put…
Descriptors: Court Litigation, Federal Courts, Constitutional Law, State Legislation
Howard, Jennifer – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
The battle over public access to federally financed research is heating up again. The basic question is this: When taxpayers help pay for scholarly research, should those taxpayers get to see the results in the form of free access to the resulting journal articles? Actions in Washington this month highlight how far from settled the question is,…
Descriptors: Access to Information, Public Agencies, Journal Articles, Federal Aid
Troop, Don – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Western Michigan University is building an innovative program to make welcome those students who were raised in foster care and to help them earn their diplomas without having to shoplift or trespass over the holidays. Many of the students have comfortable apartments on the campus, and a hall was kept open over the holiday break for dorm residents…
Descriptors: Family Programs, Foster Care, Welfare Services, Welfare Recipients
Wilson, Robin – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
The Jones Theatre at Washington State University is getting a $500,000 face-lift this summer. A construction crew has already ripped out its 500 orange and blue seats and is replacing them with new ones covered in a wine-colored fabric. The theater's walls are being painted a light beige, and a new set of black velour curtains will grace the…
Descriptors: Operating Expenses, College Faculty, Program Termination, Job Layoff
Fischer, Karin – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
This article describes how a university tackled some of the basic challenges of internationalizing its campuses. The University of Washington created the Global Support Project, a one-stop shop for faculty and staff members doing research or running programs abroad. The project is run by senior administrators but relies on designated go-to people…
Descriptors: International Schools, Cross Cultural Training, Program Descriptions, Global Approach
Keller, Josh – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
In nearly two decades as a community-college leader, Martha J. Kanter has earned acclaim for a strong record helping disabled and low-income students graduate from college and for her bold efforts to overhaul curricula to help more students master basic skills. Kanter has made such a mark as chancellor of the Foothill-De Anza Community College…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Profiles, Change Agents, Educational Administration
Hebel, Sara – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
The author interviews Muriel A. Howard, president of the State University of New York College at Buffalo, who is set to become the first black leader of any of the "big six" higher-education associations in Washington. She was named last week as the new president of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. Ms. Howard,…
Descriptors: Leadership Styles, Presidents, Profiles, Professional Associations
Dotinga, Randy – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2008
Tags such as the radio-frequency identifications or RFIDs are devices that make it possible for individuals to be tracked and their location reported back to a database. The devices--chips with radio antennas--emit signals, and tracking them reveals the movement of people or things. Many stores use the technology to catch shoplifters at exits. To…
Descriptors: Experiments, Privacy, Electromechanical Technology, State Universities
Supiano, Beckie – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2008
This article describes how Whitworth University has made personal essays about applicants' faith a key part of its hiring process. Faculty members are required by the university to explain in written personal statement what they believe and how it affects their academic work. Whitworth officials think this process provides them with a better…
Descriptors: Teacher Selection, College Faculty, Church Related Colleges, Christianity
McMurtrie, Beth; Fischer, Karin – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2008
What does it take to run an international-education office? A detailed understanding of obtuse federal regulations, the ability to recruit foreign students on a shoestring budget, and a talent for creating study-abroad programs that are both academically rigorous and highly popular. That was the message in dozens of sessions last week at the…
Descriptors: Conferences (Gatherings), Foreign Students, Study Abroad, Position Papers
Weggel, Anna – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2007
The Dream Project, which started in 2004, pairs students at the University of Washington with first-generation and low-income students in six Seattle high schools. The program teaches undergraduates at the university about higher-education policy at the same time that they help disadvantaged high-school students apply to college. The college…
Descriptors: First Generation College Students, High School Students, Low Income, Justice
Monaghan, Peter – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2007
Shawn Brixey's "Altimira" is a decidedly strange work of art--so strange that he has not, to date, put it on public display. He turns on a device, housed in a basketball-size glass chamber, and it converts rapidly pulsating radio signals emanating from pulsars--collapsed stars that spin violently, sweeping their poles like lighthouses…
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Computer Graphics, Information Technology
Van Der Werf, Martin – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2007
This article presents the "U.S. News" ranking profiles of four colleges, namely: (1) Smith College; (2) Washington University in St. Louis; (3) Colorado State University at Fort Collins; and (4) Whitman College. Smith College was in the top 10 of the nation's liberal-arts colleges, or just outside it, almost since the "U.S.…
Descriptors: Profiles, Private Colleges, State Universities, Educational Quality
Schmidt, Peter – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2007
This article reports on a U.S. Supreme Court decision that struck down two voluntary school-integration plans in a 5-to-4 ruling issued last week. Its decision left solidly intact its precedents dealing with affirmative action in higher education. Rather than signaling any clear desire to revisit its past decisions on race-conscious admissions…
Descriptors: Affirmative Action, Court Litigation, School Desegregation, Racial Integration
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