More Colleges Than Ever Have Test-Optional Admissions Policies — and That’s a Good Thing
by Joseph Soares, from The Conversation
Back in the 1980s, nearly every college required applicants to submit SAT or ACT test scores, but attitudes toward test scores have changed since then. On Jan. 10, FairTest, a Boston-based organization that has been pushing back against America’s testing regime since 1985, announced that the number of colleges that are test-optional has now surpassed 1,000. Instead, many colleges and universities are using high school grades as a primary predictor of college academic performance.
When Tragedy Strikes: A Protocol for Responding to the Loss of a Student
by Bruce Harshbarger
The untimely death of any young person is a tragedy unlike any other. But on a college campus where most activities are pursued in the interest of preparing students for lives of achievement and significance, a student death has an especially jarring impact. Responding to such a loss frequently falls to staff in the Student Affairs division. If you are in a position to which this duty may fall, this guide may help prepare you for the most difficult task you'll face.
Use Your Wit to Engage Your Students
by Eileen Hoenigman Meyer
Earning a role at the head of a college classroom, is a tremendous accomplishment -- one that only stands to be furthered by positive interactions with your students. If you engage your students, your experience and theirs is likely to be more comfortable and productive. One way to engage them is to invite humor into your instructional routine. The key is to buy into the idea that humor is important in the classroom, to recognize how it can serve your learning community, and then to tap into the humor that’s already part of your personality.
Top HigherEdJobs Stories of 2017
by Winona Weindling
The stories published on HigherEdJobs in 2017 had a powerful impact on readers. The most popular articles garnered thousands of views and sparked lively discussion around a variety of issues related to higher education careers. These high-impact articles fell into the categories of job searching, career development, faculty and teaching, and higher education news and trends. 2017 also had standout blog posts by our Authors-in-Residence and popular Higher Ed Careers interviews. So, what articles made the “Best of 2017" list?
Executive Appointments for December 2017
by Leah Grubb
The following higher education appointments were announced in December 2017.
Higher Education Employment Increases in Q2 2017 But Not at Community Colleges
by Amanda Bucher
Employment in higher education increased 0.8 percent, or roughly 29,900 jobs, during the second quarter of 2017, according to a recent report from HigherEdJobs. This was the largest second quarter increase since Q2 2012 when it increased by essentially the same amount.
Report: Most Institutions Restrict Speech Protected by First Amendment
by Tiffany Pennamon, from Diverse: Issues in Higher Education
A new Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) report on the climate of free speech on college and university campuses reveals that despite 10 years of free speech victories in higher education, a majority of American institutions still restrict protected speech to a certain degree. Just 37 institutions received FIRE's highest rating, indicating that their policies do not “seriously imperil” speech or there are no known threats to students’ First Amendment rights at the campus.
You’re Not Going to Get Accepted into a Top University on Merit Alone
by Natasha Warikoo, from The Conversation
Students and government officials alike hope Harvard's admission files will yield clues about who gets in and why, but a Harvard researcher says their efforts will be in vain. She says both are unlikely to turn up any evidence of why some applicants make the cut and others don’t because their inquiries rest on the faulty assumptions of how admissions decisions are made.
Rekindle Your Passion for HR
by Matt Davis, from SHRM.org
Can you be in HR for more than 30 years and still be geeked about it? According to Steve Browne, SHRM-SCP, author of the best-selling "HR on Purpose!!: Developing Deliberate People Passion" (SHRM, 2017), the answer is an unequivocal "Yes, you can!!" In this interview, Browne shares advice for improving workplace culture, handling negative people and finding your tribe.
What Candidates Need to Know about Applicant Tracking Systems
by Andrew Hibel
Many colleges and universities use applicant tracking systems in their recruitment and hiring efforts. Understanding these systems is critical for hiring committees as well as for job seekers. In this month’s interview Heather Murray, director of Strategic Partnerships for Higher Education at PeopleAdmin, discusses the role of applicant tracking systems, how job seekers can best utilize these systems, and her work with PeopleAdmin.
DeVos Gives Commencement Speech amid Protests in Baltimore
by David McFadden, Associated Press
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was invited by University of Baltimore's President Kurt Schmoke to speak at the institution's graduation ceremony, but she was met with a mixture of applause and boos at the public university. Before the ceremony, several dozen demonstrators -- including faculty, LGBT activists, and students -- protested across the street and some turned their back in protest during the ceremony.
5 Ways the Proposed PROSPER Act Could Impact Students
by Dennis A. Kramer II and Christopher R. Marsicano, from The Conversation
For the first time in nearly a decade, the United States Congress is about to take up legislation to upgrade the Higher Education Act -- the federal law that governs how the federal government supports and regulates higher education institutions. The Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity through Education Reform, or PROSPER Act would change the way student financial aid is doled out and how student loans are paid back. Here's a closer look at the proposed legislation.
Talking about Controversial Topics at Work
by Daniel B. Griffith, J.D., SPHR, SHRM-SCP
You’ve heard the maxim: Never talk about politics and religion at work -- or racial tensions, Islamophobia, immigration, climate change, abortion, gun control, or any number of other controversial topics. However, without outlets for employees to engage in these conversations free from fear of adverse employment consequences, colleges and universities belie their commitments to developing a diverse, multicultural, and culturally competent workforce. Here's a look at the parameters to keep in mind when managing employee engagement in speech on controversial topics.
How to Correctly Answer the Most Important Interview Question
by Christopher D. Lee, Ph.D., SPHR
In nearly every interview, candidates are asked one of two questions that are intended to ascertain the most important information -- whether you truly want to work at the institution, on the work that is available, and are willing and able to work in a way that is consistent with the organization’s culture. The first version of the question is, “Tell us a little bit about you.” The second version is, “Why do you want this particular job?” So, how can you answer these questions correctly?
A Professor’s Report Card: End of Semester Self-Assessment as New Faculty
by Emily Allen Williams
As a new faculty member who's just completed their first semester, you have a lot to celebrate. However, as you prepare to submit final grades and departmental-required reports, don't forget to take the opportunity to evaluate your performance and identify areas for improvement. Self-assessment early in your career is critical for success. Here's a look at the questions you need to ask yourself for an effective self-assessment.
Transitioning to a New Job: A Guide for Introverts
by Eileen Hoenigman Meyer
Congratulations! Securing a new position is the end result of plenty of hard work. However, there's still more to be done. You've completed the interview process, negotiated a salary, accepted an offer, and resigned from your previous position, but now you're faced with the onboarding process, which is often a taxing experience, especially for introverts. So, what tips and tricks can help you navigate this transition, creating the boundaries you need to thrive?
The Future of the Pell Grants and the Potential Effects to the Federal Aid System
by Winona Weindling
Pell Grants, the primary source of federal aid for U.S. students, may be facing a $2.6 billion cut from the reserve funds, which would destabilize the long-term strength of the program. Representatives from the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) are urging lawmakers to preserve Pell Grant reserve funds, which are in place to protect students in the event that the program faces a funding shortfall.
Luxury Student Housing’s Heyday Has Passed
by Sarah Steimer, from The American Marketing Association
Luxury student housing may not appeal to Gen Z the way it lured millennials. This generation is already proving to be much different -- quite possibly to the detriment of luxury student housing. Colleges and universities will have to rethink their housing options and their marketing strategies to attract members of Gen Z, who are showing an affinity for old dorms with opportunity for personalization.
Jumpstart Your Job Search Over the Holidays
by Bruce Harshbarger
If you currently work in higher education or wish to be, the winter holidays are an optimal time to look for your next job opportunity and prepare your submissions -- especially when you need a break from all the seasonal commotion. Here are a few ways you can jumpstart your job search over the holiday break. If you invest some time in applying, networking, and honing your interview skills, you may find yourself a lot busier during the interviewing season.
Graduate Students Argue against Taxing Tuition Waivers
by Maria Danilova and Collin Binkley, Associated Press
Graduate students around the U.S. are staging campus walk-outs and lobbying Congress in an effort to keep their tuition waivers tax-free. The House tax bill approved in November would make the amount of the tuition waiver taxable, which would greatly increase the cost to attend graduate school. Schools support their students, arguing that the bill would prevent students from furthering their education and driving critical innovation and groundbreaking research.
Why the Liberal Arts are Important in our Techie World
by Scott Hartley
Every day there is a flurry of media coverage about machine automation and the latest industry to be taken over by artificial intelligence (AI). But how credible and imminent are these threats? What impact will AI really have on the workforce? Scott Hartley explains how AI and humans can work together -- and why training in both liberal arts and technical literacy will be critical.
Executive Appointments for November 2017
by Leah Grubb
The following higher education appointments were announced in November 2017.
A College without Departments or Majors: Making Inquiry-Based Learning Work
by Andrew Hibel
Bennington College is leading the way in inquiry-based learning, a process based on the belief that the deepest and most meaningful learning stems from and is driven by a student’s individual curiosity. Students design, curate, and build their own education. In this month’s interview, Dr. Isabel Roche shares her thoughts on inquiry-based learning, how it works at Bennington, and its effects on students, faculty, and the community.
Workplace Sexual Harassment: Me Too or Not Us?
by Christina M. Reger, Esq. & Robyn Forman Pollack, Esq., from SHRM.org
Sexual harassment cuts across all professional industries, as validated by the recent "me too" campaign. Incidents can be found in politics, law, education, corporate and blue-collar America, and Hollywood. Companies and institutions that take a "not us" attitude are setting themselves up for potential disaster. How an enterprise handles a complaint -- or even a whisper -- of sexual harassment has significant impact. So what are best practices for employers to follow?
How to Start Institutional and Classroom Change Today
by Cathy N. Davidson
Cathy N. Davidson argues that we need a “new education” for our era -- one that helps students take charge of the rampant financial, social, and political perils that a generation of virtually unchecked technological development has led to. She suggests that colleges and universities start by using inventory methods in faculty meetings and in the classroom, which disperse the power dynamics in a room and allow diverse and minoritized voices and perspectives to be heard.