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American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) 2009-10 Fellowship Competitions Announced
ACLS is a federation of learned societies in the humanities of which the NCTE College Forum is a member. Each year (even in tough times) ACLS makes available fellowship awards for advanced scholarship/research in the humanities. Visit the ACLS Competition website for further information on the large variety of fellowship awards that are currently accepting applications. These fellowships are available to individuals ranging from graduate students to full-tenure professors.

A Rescue Plan for College Composition and High-School English
Michael B. Prince proposes to save writing instruction from the cult of critical thinking and the jargon of rhetoric.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 27, 2009

Help From the House
Largest of Democrat-sponsored spending bills, reflecting favoring of social programs seen as shortchanged during Bush years, would lift funds for NIH, Pell and AmeriCorps.
Inside Higher Ed, July 27, 2009

National Educational Technology Plan
At the ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) conference this week, ISTE and the Department of Education held a series of meetings week to invite public comment on what needs to be included in the new national educational technology plan. Visit their website,, for information and to submit comments about the plan (anyone can participate in the online discussion).

Measuring the Dreaded 'P' Word 
Report seeks to gauge productivity of states' public college systems, based on market value of credentials they produce. Florida and Colorado will like the approach; Alaska and Delaware, probably not so much.
Inside Higher Ed, July 17, 2009

History Is Scholarship; It's Also Literature
Before we can educate graduate students about good writing, we may have to re-educate their professors.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 17, 2009

Federal Cooperation
Education and Labor Departments, often at odds with one another, assure Senate subcommittee of their willingness to work together on reform of Workforce Investment Act.
Inside Higher Ed, July 17, 2009

Online and Interpersonal
Research and pilot testing by professors at the University of Westminster suggest that online feedback loops can improve communication on student assessments.
Inside Higher Ed, July 17, 2009

How Obama's $12-Billion Plan Could Change 2-Year Colleges
After the dazzle fades from the president's proposal to spend an unprecedented $12-billion to improve programs, courses, and facilities at community college, many questions will remain. The Chronicle takes an in-depth look at how the plan might play out.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 17, 2009

The Obama Plan
Community college leaders praise its unprecedented attention and many campus leaders say the $12 billion could be crucial. Others warn not to view the president's agenda as a panacea.
Inside Higher Ed, July 15, 2009

Obama's Plan for Community Colleges Raises Hopes and Questions
The president drew on the experiences of people at Macomb Community College, near Detroit, to argue his case that Washington needs to give serious attention to community colleges.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 15, 2009

Digital -- and Financially Viable
Report documents that some online scholarly projects have found revenue streams.
Inside Higher Ed, July 15, 2009

Obama to Propose Graduation Goal and $12-Billion in Programs for 2-Year Colleges
The president will call on the nation's community colleges today to produce five million more graduates by the year 2020 and will propose spending $12-billion over 10 years to improve programs, courses, and facilities at two-year institutions.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 14, 2009

How Ph.D. Programs Will Be Judged
National Research Council releases long-awaited methodology for still-awaited rankings. Is the system too complicated?
Inside Higher Ed, July 10, 2009

It's Tough Out There for New Ph.D.'s, but Some Colleges Give Them a Leg Up
On one campus, a "boot camp" prepares candidates for job interviews. On another, they can join a postdoctoral fellowship program. Those are among the ways universities prepare new doctoral students for life after graduation.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 10, 2009

They Thought Globally, but Now Colleges Push Online Programs Locally
Colleges experiment with "local online" classes to compete with national for-profit universities.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 10, 2009

Education Dept. Releases Updated Classification Codes for Academic Programs
The U.S. Department of Education today released a new version of its Classification of Instructional Programs, the first revision of the codes for academic areas of instruction in a decade.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 8, 2009

Most Graduating Seniors Will Attend the Kind of College They Prefer, Survey Finds
Most graduating high-school seniors will attend the kind of college they said they preferred, according to a survey released today by Maguire Associates.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 8, 2009

Q&A: Martha J. Kanter, Under Secretary of Education
The newest official in the Education Department went to Paris to share the American community-college model with the world at a Unesco conference.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 8, 2009

Cell Phones Used to Deliver Course Content
eCampus News, July 6, 2009

Online-Education Study Reaffirms Value of Good Teaching, Experts Say
A recent Education Department report backs up scholars' views that effective instructional methods are what help students succeed, in any medium.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 2, 2009

Say Hello to Underachieving
The New York Times, July 2, 2009

Expert Panels Named in Common-Standards
The National Governors Association (NGA) and the Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) have named panels to write college and career-ready standards for grades K-12 in math and reading and to review state versions of these standards.
Education Week, July 1, 2009

NECC Airs Ideas about Best Ed-Tech Practices
Education Week, July 1, 2009

Assessing Accountability
According to a report by Education Sector, only 38 states have systems in place to measure college students' learning outcomes.
Inside HigherEd, July 1, 2009

Community Colleges See Demand Spike, Funding Slip
The Washington Post, July 1, 2009

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