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Miércoles, Feb. 26, 2020

The email sparked panic. “Effective immediately, the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine is temporarily halting the appointment of visiting scientists,” wrote a medical-school administrator to the neurology department last fall.

Miércoles, Feb. 26, 2020

On a Sunday in May 2014, 140 students from 49 countries, some in hijabs, some with hair tinted purple to match their graduation robes, walked across the stage to collect the first diplomas awarded at New York University Abu Dhabi.

Former President Bill Clinton was the keynote speaker. But the day really belonged to John E. Sexton, NYU’s president. He greeted every student – many of whom he knew from the 14,000-mile round trip he made from New York every other week to teach – with a fist bump or a hug.

Miércoles, Feb. 26, 2020

Michael Bloomberg topped The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s new rankings of the 50 donors who gave the most to charitable causes in the past year largely because of his giving to higher education. The rankings, released on Tuesday, show that five donors gave $1 billion or more to charitable causes last year.

Colleges are major beneficiaries of the 50 donors who gave the most. In 2019, 30 higher-education institutions received $4.7 billion from the Philanthropy 50 donors. That’s a significant share of the $15.8 billion donated by people on the list.

Miércoles, Feb. 26, 2020

When things are bad enough, everybody knows. Programs have been closed or neglected; enrollments have declined; a hiring freeze has been imposed; pessimism permeates the campus. While all of that is true of institutions on the brink of collapse, what about those not yet in such dire straits? How can a college monitor its fitness so that it can head off serious trouble — or plan for the inevitable? Our answer is a risk score that quantifies institutional health.

Miércoles, Feb. 26, 2020

I’m not Goldie Blumenstyk. I’m Scott Carlson, also a senior writer at The Chronicle of Higher Education. Goldie has been away on assignment, so in this issue you’ll see what I’ve been thinking about this week.

Internships can ease the path from college to career — but they often don’t.

Miércoles, Feb. 26, 2020

In the summer of 1917, a group of university students in Munich invited Max Weber to launch a lecture series on “intellectual work as a vocation” with a talk about the scholar’s work. He was, in a way, an odd choice. Fifty-three at the time, Weber hadn’t held an academic job in over a decade. His career had begun promisingly, but in 1899 he suffered a nervous breakdown and gave up his position as a professor of economics at the University of Heidelberg. Supported by the inheritance of his wife, Marianne, he spent years going from clinic to clinic in search of relief.

Miércoles, Feb. 26, 2020

London is a sophisticated global city; the engine of United Kingdom economic growth and a hub of culture and innovation in everything from fashion to financial technology. Host to 90 colleges and universities, London is also a city struggling with longstanding social problems including inequality, a lack of affordable housing, air pollution, and crime.

Miércoles, Feb. 26, 2020

Coventry University is making bold moves into international higher education, signing two agreements since Christmas to open new branch campuses.

One, on a purpose-built campus in Casablanca, Morocco, will provide teacher training and courses in business and science and technology in partnership with Morocco’s Superior Institution of Science and Technology (SIST). The other, in Wrocław, Poland, will occupy two floors of a new office complex and initially offer undergraduate degrees in digital technology, business management and cybersecurity.

Jueves, Feb. 13, 2020

SILVER SPRING, Md. — Towson University student Christelle Etienne isn’t whiling away these long, lazy days of summer lounging by the pool or hanging out with friends from high school.

Instead, she’s sitting in a classroom at Montgomery College taking classes in anatomy and physiology.

A pre-nursing and foreign language major with a double minor, Etienne is hoping the extra work will keep her on schedule to earn her bachelor’s degree.

[The Washington Post]

This story also appeared in The Washington Post

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Jueves, Feb. 13, 2020

Last year alone, more than 900,000 low-income students who applied for and were found eligible for state financial aid for college never received it, because states ran out of money, according to a new analysis of state data by The Hechinger Report.

The number is likely much higher — many states don’t keep track of the number of eligible students they turn away, even though they acknowledge that they have run out of money before all eligible students have been served.

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