News Roundup: Higher Education Leaders on What 2018 Will Bring

Higher education leaders reveal their perspectives on the college landscape in the coming year, and instructors offer resources for finishing the semester on the right foot.

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Voice of Colleges and Higher Ed Experts
Higher education leaders offer perspectives on and hopes for the college landscape in the coming year. Ideas include creating meaningful career development experiences and fostering an environment that encourages the exchange of divergent ideas. (University Business)

Top Podcast Episodes and Recommended Resources in 2017
Bonni Stachowiak shares the most downloaded Teaching in Higher Ed podcast episodes from the year, naming her discussion with Stephen Brookfield on racial identity in the classroom as a conversation that particularly challenged her. She also lists some of the most-purchased teaching resources her guests have recommended in 2017. (Teaching in Higher Ed)

OPINION: Want to Help College Students With Special Needs to Succeed? First, Stop Saying ‘Disadvantage’
Peter Eden, president of Landmark College, an institution “designed for students who learn and achieve differently,” calls for the higher education community to recognize the talents and perspectives neurodiverse individuals can bring as students, workers, and agents of change. (The Hechinger Report)

Ending the Semester 
This compilation of resources for closing out the semester on a high note includes advice on grading with comments that help students learn, organizing teaching materials, and cutting back the to-do list during break. (ProfHacker)

Framing ‘Failure’ as a Necessary Educational Experience
Students can lose confidence when failure is not recognized as an important aspect of the learning experience. So noted educators convening at Columbia University’s Teachers College for a recent conference entitled “The Success of Failure.” During one panel, Xiaodong Lin described how pointing to “struggle stories” of accomplished individuals like Albert Einstein helps students realize that success is within reach. (Education Dive)

Partner News

Rutgers University-Newark, Miami Dade College, and Arizona State University: U.S. College & University Leaders Launch Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration To Advocate for Dreamers (Rutgers University-Newark)

University of Southern Mississippi: Mississippi Public Universities improve retention rates through focused efforts (Mississippi State University)

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