Hispanics surpass blacks in college enrollment

Hispanics surpassed blacks in 2010 to become the second-largest racial or ethnic group of young adults in America’s colleges, according to a new analysis of Census Bureau data, the Washington Post reports. The number of Hispanic college students ages 18 to 24 rose by a remarkable 24 percent in one year, to 1.8 million, according to a report released Thursday by the Pew Hispanic Center. The federal Current Population Survey found 7.7 million white college students in that age group, 1.7 million black students and 800,000 Asian Americans…

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East Coast universities freaking out over the hurricane

As pretty much the entire Eastern Seaboard declared states of emergency in advance of Hurricane Irene, universities have also started changing around their plans as the storm chugs up from the Bahamas, the Atlantic Wire reports. This weekend was to be the move-in date for colleges up and down the coast, but it’s hard to carry that mini-fridge up the stairs with category-four winds whipping glass shards into your face. So a lot of universities are delaying move-in day or, in a move that will not bode well for last-minute types, bringing it forward a day or two…

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Georgia profs offer course to undocumented immigrants

As college students return to campus in Georgia, a new state policy has closed the doors of the five most competitive state schools to illegal immigrants, but a group of professors has found a way to offer those students a taste of what they’ve been denied, the Huffington Post reports. The five University of Georgia professors have started a program they’re calling Freedom University. They’re offering to teach a rigorous seminar course once a week meant to mirror courses taught at the most competitive schools and aimed at students who have graduated from high school but can’t go to one of those top schools because of the new policy…

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Elmhurst College’s sexual orientation application question first in the nation

Elmhurst College, a private liberal arts school located in the western suburbs of Chicago, this week released a new undergraduate application [PDF] for its 2012-2013 academic year including a reportedly historic question: “Would you consider yourself to be a member of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered) community?” reports the Huffington Post. The question is the first of its kind according to Campus Pride, a national advocacy group working to foster more LGBT-inclusive college settings, whose executive director Shane Windmeyer described the move as “a distinct and unique paradigm shift in higher education” in a statement Tuesday…

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Chegg moves beyond textbook rentals

Chegg allows students to read books online while they wait for their hardcopy books.

Online textbook rental company Chegg wants college students to visit its website all year round, not just in the hectic first few days of every semester.

Chegg.com announced Aug. 18 a major expansion of its website that will not only add more eTextbooks, but also integrate other digital content such as homework help, professor ratings, and a study guide marketplace.

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Since its founding in 2007, Chegg has grown to become the largest textbook rental service in the United States. But with competitors such as BookRenter, Campus Book Rentals, and college bookstores nipping at its heels, Chegg has rapidly expanded its menu of digital services over the past year.

Chegg purchased a host of smaller companies: CourseRank, which allows students to share class and professor ratings; Notehall, where students can buy and sell study guides; and Cramster and Student of Fortune, which provide online homework help in different formats.

The popular website’s redesign created a self-dubbed “social education platform” by integrating these new services into a centralized location.

Chegg seeks to become an educational platform for college students in the way that Facebook is a social platform and LinkedIn is a professional platform, said Chegg CEO and President Dan Rosensweig.

Rosensweig said he hopes to give students a “My Chegg” page through which students can search professor reviews, schedule classes, compare purchase and rental costs of textbooks, ask homework questions, and even sell their old notes.

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Jobs resigns as Apple CEO; educators ponder his ed-tech legacy

Jobs' presentations became famous as he rolled out Apple's newest mobile technology.

Though Steve Jobs wasn’t at Apple’s helm during the twelve years the company established itself as the leader in educational technology in the 1980s and 90s, it was his vision that brought computing into the education mainstream, ed-tech leaders say.

“For those of us who began our careers in education in the mid-70s, Steve Jobs, along with Steve Wozniak, brought to life the first glimpses of what would become educational technology,” said Jim Hirsch, associate superintendent for academic and technology services at the Plano, Texas, Independent School District. “From the first Apple IIs that came with 4K of memory and stored programs on cassette tapes, the promise of what could be illuminated the glimmer of our teachers’ imagination.”

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In the hours following the news that Jobs had resigned as CEO of Apple Inc., educators and ed-tech leaders reflected on his legacy in educational technology—and analysts debated what the move will mean for Apple’s future.

Jobs, the mind behind the iPhone, iPad, and other devices that turned Apple into one of the world’s most powerful companies, resigned as CEO on Aug. 24, saying he no longer can handle the job but will continue to play a role in leading the company.

The move appears to be the result of an unspecified medical condition for which he took an indefinite leave from his post in January. Apple’s chief operating officer, Tim Cook, has been named CEO to replace him.

In a letter addressed to Apple’s board and the “Apple community,” Jobs said he “always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.”

Jobs’ health has long been a concern for Apple investors who see him as an industry oracle who seems to know what consumers want long before they do. After his announcement, Apple stock quickly fell 5.4 percent in after-hours trading.

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Academia Rebels Against the Presumption of Guilt for Men

Academia Rebels Against the Presumption of Guilt for Men

Stop Abusive and Violent Environments is calling on the U.S. Department of Education to rescind a controversial directive. The new DED rule forces persons to abandon their due process rights to get an education. Such persons are considered “guilty until proven innocent” whenever an on-campus sexual accusation occurs.

On April 4, the DED Office of Civil Rights instructed every university that accepts federal funds to use a “preponderance (51%) of evidence” standard in evaluating allegations of sexual offense, including rape. An accuser only needs to ‘tip the scales’ for a professor or student to be found “guilty.”

But the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) is now objecting. The group wants sexual accusations to be judged by a higher standard than traffic courts use for parking tickets.

On June 27, Gregory Scholtz, AAUP’s Director of the Department of Academic Freedom, Tenure, and Governance wrote to DED to protest the “lower standard of proof” that threatens “academic freedom and tenure.”

Then on August 18, AAUP’s Chair of the Committee on Women expressed concern about the “potential for accusations, even false ones, to ruin a faculty member’s career.” Backlash from two separate units of the AAUP is remarkable. Their recognition of false accusations is extraordinary.

“People lie for many reasons including revenge and shame; people also make mistakes. This is why courts presume an accused to be innocent and place the burden of proof on the accuser,” explains SAVE spokesman Phil Cook. “Hard evidence and due process are all the more important in sexual cases that often devolve to ‘he said, she said.'”

As a result of the DED directive, campuses are already beginning to reverse the presumption of innocence. Based on questionable data, men are assumed to be predators and women are said to “never lie” about issues like rape. By lowering the standards of justice, the OCR is encouraging false accusations.

SAVE applauds the AAUP for its courage in demanding the OCR rescind its April 4th mandate. SAVE urges college student parents to contact the Department of Education to demand for due process for all.

The SAVE letter to the Department of Education can be seen here: http://www.saveservices.org/wp-content/uploads/OCRLetter.pdf. SAVE is a national victim advocacy organization working for evidence-based solutions to domestic violence.

CONTACT: Wendy McElroy, +1-301-801-0608, wmcelroy@saveservices.org

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Jones International University Names Dr. Milton Goldberg Chairman of the Board of Trustees

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Jones International University Names Dr. Milton Goldberg
Chairman of the Board of Trustees

DENVER, Colo., (August 24, 2011) — Jones International University® (JIU) today announced the appointment of Dr. Milton Goldberg as Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Dr. Goldberg has over 30 years of experience in education and is a recognized leader, consultant and speaker on education policy, research and practice. As Chairman of the Board of Trustees, he will lead a group of distinguished members in advising and providing independent guidance to the university.

“Dr. Goldberg has a vast and stellar background across the entire spectrum of education,” said the University’s Chancellor, Glenn R. Jones. “He has been on our Board since 2003 and we have had the advantage of his profound insights over the years. We are indeed fortunate to have him as our Chairman.”

Dr. Goldberg has held several leadership positions within the education system and as an advisor on education policy. From 2002 to 2005, he served as a Distinguished Senior Fellow with the Education Commission of the States (ECS) where he advised the president of ECS on education policy and legislation. Prior to that position, Dr. Goldberg was the executive vice president of the National Alliance of Business, an organization of business leaders dedicated to the improvement of American education. During that time (1999 – 2000) he was also a member of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

From 1975 to 1995, Dr. Goldberg held various leadership positions in the U.S. Department of Education. In 1983 he was the executive director of the National Commission on Excellence in Education, which issued the landmark report, A Nation at Risk—a report generally credited with starting the nation-wide education reform movement. He then served as director of the Office of Research in 1989, where he was instrumental in the development of the national education goals for President George H. W. Bush’s education summit with the governors, and also served as executive director of the National Education Commission on Time and Learning which released the report, Prisoners of Time, exploring ways to improve student learning in and out of school.

Dr. Goldberg has served on the boards of the National Center for Adult Literacy at the University of Pennsylvania and the George Lucas Education Foundation. He is also a member of the boards of the Albert Shanker Institute and the National Center on Time and Learning. Most recently Dr. Goldberg worked with the Mott Foundation to promote links between schools and quality after-school programs.

Dr. Goldberg began his career as a teacher and administrator with the Philadelphia Public Schools. Additionally he taught in the education department at Temple University and was co-author of the state-accredited undergraduate and graduate education programs at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia. He received his B.A. and M.A. in English literature and his Doctorate in Education from Temple University.

About Jones International University®, Ltd. (JIU®)

As the pioneer in online education, Jones International University, offers an unparalleled online educational experience that provides essential tools and strategies for career starters, career changers, and career advancers around the globe. JIU offers an array of online undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees and professional certificate programs in the fields of business administration, education, and business communication and employs some of the greatest minds from many of the world’s leading universities.

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Colleges offer hidden savings to students

Though tuitions are rising and government budgets for education programs have been slashed, there are still deals to be had at colleges across the country, U.S. News reports. With a little digging, students and parents may be able to uncover savings that will ease the financial burden of higher education, sometimes by thousands of dollars. Colleges nationwide are implementing initiatives such as these to ease some costs of the college experience: 1. Save on tuition: Little-known ways to save on tuition exist for students and families willing to hunt for the benefits…

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