Since the Taliban suspended the rights of Afghan women to pursue higher education last month, many American higher education institutions and leaders have decried the ban. Becker said he hopes to see more American institutions take steps to help the women recently deprived of higher education. Regional universities like AUW and AUCA are often easier alternatives for Afghan women than U.S. higher education institutions, since they’re closer and student visas are more readily available. “One of [our Afghan women students] wrote me an email after she was admitted where she said, ‘I’d rather die than stop my studies,’” Reshef said. But Afghan women may be unable to access even open-source classes if the government is monitoring their internet use.
Indian academics have criticized a proposal by a parliamentary committee that could see Hindi replace English as the language of instruction for some university courses. While the recent proposal does support using local, official regional languages besides Hindi, such as Tamil and Bangla, academics raised other concerns. They worried that moving the mode of instruction from English could hurt Indian universities’ ability to attract international talent, given its role as the lingua franca of academe. While she acknowledged that English language education has a colonial origin in India, she was unconvinced this was sufficient reason to stop using it. It is a language of global and wider communication,” she said, adding, “Getting rid of the language English would not be an act of decolonization but insularity.”3 months ago Inside Higher Ed
Recent issues at Yale Law School are back in the spotlight after a conservative judge called on his peers to abstain from hiring Yale Law graduates as clerks because of free speech concerns. (Ho and Branch will reportedly get a chance to raise their concerns about free speech at Yale directly at the university. Yale Law School has not directly responded to or publicly addressed calls to eschew graduates for clerkships. However, with the controversy still fresh, administrators released a statement last week addressing free speech issues and their commitment to advancing free expression. Blackman suggested that the lack of consequences indicates that Yale Law School doesn’t take such disruptions seriously.3 months ago Inside Higher Ed
The vast majority—85 percent—of college students and recent grads surveyed believe that people pursuing their type of career need at least one internship experience. That’s all according to an August Student Voice survey of 2,116 students conducted by Inside Higher Ed and College Pulse with support from Kaplan. Kaplan provides funding and insights to support Inside Higher Ed’s coverage of student polling data from College Pulse. The below infographic answers three questions about internship transportation and support needs, plus shares how some colleges are helping students navigate commute hurdles. More coverage of the Student Voice survey: What Students Want and Get From Internships.3 months ago Inside Higher Ed
The ballot measure, known as Proposition 308, is the result of years of grassroots organizing and backed by a broad coalition of business groups, politicians and immigration advocacy organizations. The ballot measure needs a majority of votes to pass. A district survey conducted over the summer found that six in 10 voters would support the bond measure. Another big-ticket bond measure is on the ballot in Travis County, Tex. The Cerritos Community College District’s $425 million bond measure would fund similar projects, including the construction of several new buildings.3 months ago Inside Higher Ed
Kenneth Stern, director of the Center for the Study of Hate at Bard College in New York, said Gonzaga University, a Catholic institution in Washington State, was the academic “mother ship” of hate studies. Its Center for the Study of Hate, founded in 1998, produces a journal and hosts an international conference on the topic. “There’s a lot of stuff about hatred, but it’s all siloed.” He sees the initiative at UCLA and similar efforts across the country as part of a positive shift. “Part of our study is about how complicated hate can become, especially when it’s connected with science or an ostensibly rational discourse,” he said. He wants to explore with scholars in other fields “what are the species of hate or the different types of hate?3 months ago Inside Higher Ed
Cassandra Simon, an associate professor of social work at the University of Alabama, has never attended a university football game in her 22 years working there. She was put off by the penultimate lyric in the university’s fight song: “You’re Dixie’s football pride.”The fight song, “Yea Alabama!” is largely associated with the Crimson Tide, one of the most successful football programs in NCAA history. “Thus, we recognize that the use of the term ‘Dixie’ in the fight song is reflective of those times and was not written to send a direct message to Black Americans today. A ‘Woke Agenda’Not everyone on campus is enthusiastic about updating the fight song. “The word Dixie has nothing to do with racism.3 months ago Inside Higher Ed
A new Free Application for Federal Student Aid is less than a year away, and colleges and universities are already planning for the expected overhaul of federal student aid. To help with that effort, the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators created a modeling tool and is planning to release a white paper this week with seven case studies that show how the changes affect student aid eligibility. For the most part, student aid eligibility is not expected to change that much, but the case studies show some of the instances in which eligibility would change. NASFAA’s case studies build off previous studies that detailed how the FAFSA simplification would change student aid eligibility. Desjean said financial aid administrators can use the case studies as a guide for using NASFAA’s modeling tool and analyzing their own institutional data.3 months ago Inside Higher Ed