Some of the News Fit to Print
ABOUT HIGHER ED
SEQUESTER CUTS HIT NEEDY COLLEGE STUDENTS
WASHINGTON — A coalition of universities and college professionals is asserting the automatic budget cuts could end up costing some students hundreds of dollars a year. The 77-member Student Aid Alliance says the cost could total as much as $876 a year in new fees, fewer work-study hours and reduced grants for students receiving federal aid. The group is urging students to contact lawmakers and urge them to reverse the cuts. The article is in the Huffington Post.
UNIVERSITY PRESIDENTS SAY IMMIGRATION REFORM NEEDED TO BOOST INNOVATION
Three university presidents from Arizona State University, Cornell University and Miami Dade College are urging their counterparts at other American universities and colleges to hold events next month that highlight the importance of immigration reform. In an open letter sent Tuesday to more than 1,200 university officials, the three university presidents said the current U.S. immigration system forces talented foreign graduates with degrees in technical fields — science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) — back to their home countries to compete against the United States. The officials also argue that many foreign-born students that came to the U.S. with their families are not able to attend college because they are undocumented, which keeps qualified students out of universities and poses a risk to American innovation. The article is from The Hill.
ADJUNCTS ON FILE
New Jersey’s community colleges will this year consolidate how they hire and train non-tenure-track instructors, but some adjuncts are concerned the program will make it more difficult to find teaching opportunities in the state.The initiative, scheduled to launch this summer or fall, will go live as a Web portal that connects aspiring adjuncts with community colleges searching for qualified instructors. In addition to simply serving as a job board, the website will allow adjuncts to post their profiles, making their fields of study visible to New Jersey’s 19 community colleges. The article is in Inside Higher Ed.
STUDY AIMS TO EVALUATE TECH-RELATED TEACHER PD
As technology is integrated into teacher professional development in new and different ways, researchers are working to answer a key question: What approaches featuring digital tools work best? A research project on professional development in the 103,000-student Memphis school system in Tennessee is working toward some answers. The initiative is evaluating two different technology-related methods of professional development to see which may have the more significant impact on student achievement. The article is in Education Week.