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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.

Going For Distance
Online education is now part of "fabric" of public universities, a new study finds. But teaching on the Web is a lot of work, and professors are not happy about lack of support from administrators.
Inside Higher Ed, August 31, 2009

The Almanac of Higher Education 2009-2010
This annual report features national and state-by-state data on colleges and universities, and their students, finances, and faculty and staff members, as well as regional profiles of the issues facing academe across the country.  
The Chronicle of Higher Education

Admissions Competition vs. Learning
It's harder to get into top colleges. But do long odds encourage students to learn more or game the system? Study finds minimal evidence of the former, and much of the latter.
Inside Higher Ed, August 25, 2009

Colleges Review 'Community'
Presidents, professors and students sound off on the pilot episode of NBC’s new, much debated sitcom about a 2-year college.
CCCC and TYCA members Sandie McGill Barnhouse and Howard Tinberg are quoted.
Inside Higher Ed, August 24, 2009

States' Focus on Public Colleges Collides With Budget Reality
For states in the Pacific West, an exceptional reliance on public colleges and a steady erosion of state support has made higher education unusually vulnerable to the recession.  
The Chronicle of Higher Education, August 24, 2009

Academy gives high-school students a head start on college
The Miami Herald, August 23, 2009

Reputation Without Rigor
Inside Higher Ed, August 19, 2009

Gender, Majors and Money
Why do men earn more than women? Educational choices could be a key factor, raising questions about what colleges should do to promote economic equity, study finds.
Inside Higher Ed, August 10, 2009

Former U.S. Senator Pushes Colleges to Make Students Better Citizens
Bob Graham talks with The Chronicle about colleges' apparent retreat from teaching the skills of democratic life.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, August 6,2009

Taking Notes Beyond the Classroom
Influx of note sharing Web sites that allow students to upload and download class notes has raised questions, but also helped to increase access to higher education.
Inside Higher Ed, August 5, 2009

Will Higher Education Ever Change as It Should? (Commentary)
For true reform, writes Robert Zemsky, we need a process that will change most, if not all, institutions simultaneously -- a dislodging event.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, August 3, 2009

California's Higher Education System Could Face Decline
The state's budget cuts to the three-tiered system -- UC, Cal State, and community colleges -- may threaten the system's world-class reputation and the future of a generation of students.
Los Angeles Times, July 31, 2009

A Mission Not to Accomplish
President Obama's call for more Americans to earn college degrees may not be the best way to improve the economy, writes Michael Rizzo.
Inside Higher Ed Views, July 28, 2009

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).

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