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November 19, 2018
One of the biggest changes from previous federal policy is that institutions would be responsible only for investigating misconduct that occurred within programs sanctioned by the college. Advocates for victims had warned this would leave students assaulted or harassed off-campus without recourse, although documents released by the department Friday emphasize that geography alone would not dictate whether misconduct falls under the purview of Title IX. The rule also would make colleges responsible for investigating cases when they have "actual knowledge" of misconduct, meaning a formal complaint is made to the proper officials on campus, a significant departure from Obama administration policies that required institutions to look into any misconduct that came to the attention of employees.
November 19, 2018
The release of proposed regulations for Title IX and campus assault, the federal law that prohibits sex and gender-based discrimination in public schools around the country, has caused growing concerns among higher education observers. The proposed regulations redefine sexual harassment under Title IX and set new standards for how schools should respond to sexual harassment reports and what it means for a student to report the misconduct. “Throughout this process, my focus was, is, and always will be on ensuring that every student can learn in a safe and nurturing environment,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. “That starts with having clear policies and fair processes that every student can rely on. Every survivor of sexual violence must be taken seriously, and every student accused of sexual misconduct must know that guilt is not predetermined.”
November 19, 2018
Groups that advocate for the accused have come out in support of the plan, while advocates for survivors of sexual assault say the regulations would discourage victims from reporting. And while the amended regulations are seen as friendly to institutions of higher education, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities said in a statement it expects schools will "far exceed what's minimally expected" in Title IX.
November 19, 2018
Last Sunday, Tech was recognized as a 2018 W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Engagement Scholarship Award recipient by the Association of Public Land-grant Universities, or APLU, at an annual meeting in New Orleans. As the winner of the Kellogg award, Tech was also named a finalist for a national award, the C. Peter Magrath Community Engagement Scholarship Award. Both awards are given by the APLU and the Engagement Scholarship Consortium with the support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and both recognize programs that demonstrate how colleges and universities have redesigned their learning, discovery and engagement missions to become even more involved with their communities.
November 16, 2018
Earlier this month, the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) launched a major initiative that deserves watching. It’s called Powered By Publics: Scaling Student Success. The project involves a national collaboration comprised of 130 public institutions that have committed to improving college access, closing student achievement gaps and dramatically increasing the number of undergraduate degrees that are awarded over the next decade.
November 16, 2018
Cleveland State University and Kent State University are part of a new initiative by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities aimed at better supporting students. The Powered by Publics: Scaling Student Success initiative was announced this week. About 130 public institutions and systems will be working in small clusters, with a goal to "improve college access, advance equity and increase college degrees awarded," a news release said. Some of the clusters are concentrated on geographic area, while others are focused on the type of schools involved or the issues they'll be examining. Cleveland State will be part of what's being called the urban cluster.
November 16, 2018
This semester, a professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte approached the university with a dilemma. He had been identified for an award in China, and he was unsure of whether he should take it, given the heightened geopolitical tensions, said Joan F. Lorden, the provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at Charlotte.
November 16, 2018
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Friday proposed a major overhaul to the way colleges and universities handle sexual misconduct complaints, adding protections for students accused of assault and harassment and narrowing which cases schools would be required to investigate. Her plan would scale back important Obama administration rules while adding mandates that could reshape the campus disciplinary systems that schools have developed over the past decade.
November 15, 2018
The Trump administration is breaking with 75 years of precedent by attempting to interfere in how science is practiced by the U.S. government, according to three experts who issued a dire warning to their profession in the journal Science on Thursday. The administration is empowering political staff to meddle with the scientific process by pushing through reforms disguised to look as though they boost transparency and integrity, the experts say. “It is tempting to conclude that recent proposals for reforming regulatory science are similar to what has occurred in the past,” they write. “They are not.” “People who are not scientists are telling us how scientific synthesis and analysis should be done,” says Wendy Wagner, a professor of law at the University of Texas at Austin and one of the authors of the paper. “We’re not even getting scientists’ best work. We’re tying scientists’ hands behind their back and not even giving them a shot.” “It’s a very dangerous place for science and public policy,” she told me. “Politics has gone to a place that should be off limits, and no one is noticing and calling them on that fact.”
November 15, 2018
A growing number of universities are trading notes on how to improve student success rates. And the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities wants to take this cross-institutional collaboration to the next level. Over the weekend the group released details on an ambitious project involving 130 universities and systems that have pledged to work together in 16 “clusters” to boost their student access and completion rates while also curbing equity gaps.