Diverse Issues in Higher Education: College Promise Launches Searchable Nationwide Database for Promise Programs

Diverse Issues In Higher Education: College Promise Launches Searchable Nationwide Database for Promise Programs. “The tool, MyPromise, has information about the more than 350 local and state Promise programs in the U.S., including funding levels, eligibility requirements, and number of semesters the Promise covers. The tool offers an interactive map and a comparison tool.”

Arizona State University: The importance of parents when starting college during a pandemic

Arizona State University: The importance of parents when starting college during a pandemic. “A new study has shown that parent-child relationships protected students who started college in the midst of the pandemic from alcohol misuse and mental health problems. The study followed 425 first-year students who started college in the fall 2020 semester, a time when many classes were still offered remotely and social distancing impacted extracurricular activities. Nearly half of the participants reported mental health struggles, alcohol use or a combination of both.”

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: Equitable Value Explorer is a Gamechanger in Understanding Postsecondary Value

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: Equitable Value Explorer is a Gamechanger in Understanding Postsecondary Value. “Institutional leaders and policymakers need to ‘know their numbers’ and have reliable, transparent, and accessible data that show the return on investment in education after high school…. This week, as part of that work, a new, innovative diagnostic tool called the Equitable Value Explorer is being released that puts the commission’s approach to defining, measuring, and acting on the definition of value into effect. This new tool – which captures earnings outcomes for students at more than 4,000 colleges and universities – allows institutions to better understand whether their students are getting ahead, simply getting by, or even falling behind.”

Masks required and fewer parties (allegedly): What college will look like this fall (Washington Post)

Washington Post: Masks required and fewer parties (allegedly): What college will look like this fall. “As more colleges and universities announce how and when they will resume operations — following the abrupt shutdowns of March — most are making clear that students will share in the duty of protecting classmates, faculty and staff from a contagious disease that has killed more than 100,000 Americans.”

The Scientist: North American Universities Increasingly Cancel Publisher Packages

The Scientist: North American Universities Increasingly Cancel Publisher Packages. “Tomorrow (June 12), Florida State University will head into negotiations with the publisher Elsevier to see how it can resolve a pricing issue. Back in April, FSU announced that it would not renew a so-called ‘big deal’ with Elsevier in 2019, due to its ‘high and ever-increasing cost,’ and would instead subscribe to a subset of the most-needed journals. The university’s move represents the latest example of academic libraries walking away from these comprehensive and expensive subscriptions, which include all or most of a publisher’s catalog, and instead signing up for a la carte titles.”

CNET: Google wants to make searching for college less of a headache

CNET: Google wants to make searching for college less of a headache. “Google rolled out a new feature Tuesday designed to make it easier for prospective students to search for that perfect college. The feature pulls together college information scattered online into one place. When you search for a four-year US college, it’ll highlight information about the college’s admission rate, cost, graduation rate, average cost after student aid is applied, and other data that could help you make a choice.”

FIRE: FIRE launches database of college leaders’ statements on free speech, due process

FIRE: FIRE launches database of college leaders’ statements on free speech, due process. “Each day, higher education leaders are quoted in the media articulating their institutions’ positions on guest speakers, academic freedom, speech policies, due process, and more. Some institutions live up to their responsibilities and promises; others don’t. FIRE’s goal in compiling this Leader Statement Database is to provide you a record of these positions.” I had a concern about this because FIRE has been accused of conservative bias (and I have no interest in any bias, be it left, right, sideways, or backwards.) But I reviewed the database and it’s sourced, direct quotes. So I’m including it.)

Select/All: The Future of College Is Facebook Meme Groups

Select/All: The Future of College Is Facebook Meme Groups. “…shedding some well-needed light on the origins of the elite collegiate meme craze does not fully explain the bizarre nature of these groups’ sustained popularity. Why do so many students flock to these dedicated groups to share such oddly specific memes publicly when more well-established platforms like Tumblr, Twitter, or Reddit exist? … I reached out to a number of the admins and moderators of some of the most popular collegiate meme groups to see if they had any insights. And to be honest, I wasn’t expecting much — clear logic and memes don’t exactly go together — but, surprisingly, nearly every response I got mentioned a similar trend.” This is one of those articles that I wish I could just grab your sleeve and drag you towards. It starts off with a discussion of Martin Shkreli’s apparently endless amounts of […]