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EduDemic: The Visual Guide To Facebook Reporting & How College Financial Aid Works


Posted: 30 Jun 2012 11:00 AM PDT
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Ever wonder what happens when you report something as "spam" on facebook? Of course you have. Well, wonder no more.

Posted: 30 Jun 2012 06:00 AM PDT
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Financial aid is not an easy puzzle to solve, and a few facts seem to contribute to that complexity. But this infographic can help.


Journal of Blacks in Higher Education: Honorary Degrees Awarded to Blacks in 2012 From the Nation’s Highest-Ranked Universities

Honorary Degrees Awarded to Blacks in 2012 From the Nation’s Highest-Ranked Universities

June 26, 2012

This spring the nation’s 30 highest-ranked national universities awarded 22 honorary degrees to African Americans and other Black scholars. A year ago, this same group of universities awarded 21 honorary degrees to Blacks. (Several of the nation’s highest-ranking universities, including Stanford, Berkeley, UCLA, Cornell, and the University of Virginia, do not award honorary degrees on a regular basis, if at all.)

Brown University and the University of Pennsylvania each awarded honorary degrees to three Black scholars this spring. Congressman John Lewis of Georgia received honorary degrees from three high-ranking universities this year.

With the addition of 16 honorary degrees awarded to Blacks from the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges (See JBHE post here.), all told the nation’s highest-ranked colleges and universities awarded 38 honorary degrees to Blacks this spring. This compares to 34 honorary degrees awarded to Blacks in 2011.

Here are this year’s honorands from the nation’s highest-ranked universities.

Brown University

Viola Davis is an actress of the stage, television, and film. She received an academy award nomination for her role in The Help and has won two Tony Awards. A native of South Carolina, she grew up in Rhode Island and is a graduate of Rhode Island College.

Ruth Simmons recently stepped down as president of Brown University. She has served in that post since 2001. Previously, she was president of Smith College. Dr. Simmons will remain on the Brown University faculty.

John Lewis is a U.S. Congressman from Georgia. Democratic leader in the House Nancy Pelosi has called him “the conscience of the U.S. Congress.”

Columbia University

Muhal Richard Abrams is a jazz musician and composer. A native of Chicago, he taught himself how to play the piano.

Duke University

Darryl Hunt is the founder of Darryl Hunt Project for Freedom and Justice, which provides assistance to individuals who have been wrongfully incarcerated. Hunt was convicted of rape and murder in 1984 and spent 19 years in prison. New DNA evidence exonerated him in 2004.

Emory University

Camille Billops is a celebrated sculptor and printmaker. Together with her husband, she assembled a vast an archive of African American cultural materials that they have donated to the Robert W. Woodruff Library at Emory University.

Benjamin Carson is professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery, and pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. In 1987 he was the first surgeon to perform a successful separation of craniopagus twins joined at the back of the head.

Georgetown University

Kayla Henderson is the chancellor of the Washington, D.C., public school system. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Georgetown University.

John A. Payton, who died earlier this year, was awarded a posthumous honorary degree. He was a prominent civil rights attorney who was director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund.

Harvard University

K. Anthony Appiah is the Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor Of Philosophy and the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University. He joined the Princeton faculty in 2002 after previously teaching at Harvard. He holds bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. degrees from Cambridge University.

John Lewis, the son of sharecroppers, is a veteran of the civil rights movement having participated in the Freedom Rides, the March on Washington, and the Bloody Sunday voting rights march in Selma, Alabama.

Princeton University

Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, recorded her first album at age 18 and has recorded 223 albums in a career spanning more than 50 years.

Tufts University

Cecillia Ibeabuchi, a native of Nigeria, is clinic manager of Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program’s busy downtown medical clinic.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Branford Marsalis, a jazz musician, composer, and bandleader, has taught at Michigan State University, San Francisco State University, and North Carolina Central University.

University of Notre Dame

Jude Banatte is the director of programming for Catholic Relief Services in Haiti. He played an instrumental role in recovery efforts following the 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti.

Wilton Gregory is archbishop and head of the Archdiocese of Atlanta. He was educated at Loyola University and St. Mary of the Lake Seminary.

University of Pennsylvania

Anna Deavere Smith is an actress, author, and playwright who brings together art and social commentary to create a unique form of “documentary theater”.

Geoffrey Canada is president and CEO of the Harlem’s Children’s Zone, which serves more than 11,000 children in Central Harlem, providing a comprehensive range of educational, social, and medical services.

John Lewis organized sit-ins at segregated lunch counters in Nashville as a student at American Baptist College. In 1963 he was named chair of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. In 1981 he was elected to the city council in Atlanta and has served in the U.S. Congress since 1987.

Wake Forest University

Willie E. May is the associate director for laboratory programs at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Washington University

Donald Suggs is an oral surgeon and publisher of the St. Louis American, one of the largest African Americans newspapers in the nation. Born in East Chicago, Indiana, Dr. Suggs earned a bachelor’s degree and a doctorate of dental surgery from Indiana University.

Yale University

William Julius Wilson, one of the nation’s leading urban sociologists, is the Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor at Harvard University. Before coming to Harvard in 1996 he taught at the University of Chicago for nearly a quarter century.


Inside Higher Ed Free Webinar – “Conflicted: Faculty and Online Education” survey results


Conflicted: Faculty and Online Education, 2012
A new
study from Inside Higher Ed and the Babson Survey Research Group
Tuesday, July 10, 1 p.m. EDT
Faculty members are far less excited by, and more fearful of, the recent growth of online education than are academic technology administrators. But professors are hardly the luddites many still assume them to be, and their estimation of online education quality stands to rise as the technology improves and more professors get firsthand experience with the medium.
Those are among the findings of "Conflicted: Faculty and Online Education, 2012," a study conducted by Inside Higher Ed and the Babson Survey Research Group. On Tuesday, July 10 at 1 p.m. EDT, Inside Higher Ed editor Scott Jaschik will discuss the findings with Joshua Kim, director of learning and technology, Master of Health Care Delivery Science program, Dartmouth College, and blogger at Inside Higher Ed; Steve Kolowich, technology reporter at Inside Higher Ed; and Jeff Seaman, co-director, Babson Survey Research Group.
Conflicted: Faculty and Online Education, 2012” was made possible in part by the generous financial support of CourseSmart, Hobsons, Pearson and Sonic Foundry. Your registration information will be shared with these companies.
We hope you can participate in this important discussion.
Kathlene Collins
Inside Higher Ed



Research-Focused HBCU’s Should Pay Attention to Fayetteville State U.

July 2, 2012, 12:42 pm

According to a 2008 report by the Congressional Research Service, many HBCU’s face difficulty competing for federal research dollars with other research universities. Federal trend data reveal that research-performing HBCU’s have not shared proportionately in the distribution of federal research and development (R&D) dollars going to colleges and universities. Although funding to HBCU’s has increased in the past 10 years in absolute terms, it remains only a small fraction of the total awarded to all U.S. colleges and universities. Moreover, the report noted that among HBCU’s, funding was unevenly distributed (much like it is among majority institutions). Funding for non-HBCU’s also is concentrated at selected institutions. For example, in FY2005, the top 10 HBCU’s (in terms of receipt of federal R&D support to HBCU’s) accounted for approximately 52.7 percent of total federal R&D support, and the top 20 HBCU’s accounted for approximately 72 percent of total R&D support. This trend leaves 85 HBCU’s, many that would benefit greatly from R&D dollars, without funding.

One of the main reasons why HBCU’s have difficulty securing federal grants is that they often lack the infrastructure for securing them as well as the infrastructure for maintaining them. Managing larger federal grants takes an inordinate amount of work. Most HBCU’s have very few staff members in the grant writing and management area. In addition, faculty members have heavy teaching and advising responsibilities.

Despite some of these challenges, Fayetteville State University is gearing up to secure federal dollars and become a Center for Excellence with its Center for Defense and Homeland Security and their approach is a model for other HBCU’s. First, the center, which is directed by Curtis Charles, is interdisciplinary in its approach, bringing together 22 of the institution’s top faculty members that focus on issues of national security. With this approach, the institution is able to garner buy-in across the institution for the center. Second, with the center, Chancellor James Anderson is set on preparing the next generation of individuals working in national security and well as emergency management. Third, Fayetteville State put a business model in place and hired personnel that have great success in both securing and managing large federal grants. Fourth, the institution has created partnerships with industry, including faculty mentorship programs, student workstudy opportunities, and co-applying for grants. Fifth, the center has both an internal and external advisory board. The internal board cuts across the various schools and provides institutional buy in for the center’s ideas. The external board is made up of key leaders in industry, higher education, and government. Sixth, the institution is engaging its alumni in the center and nurturing their support. And lastly, the institution is bringing together faculty research, industry, undergraduate research, and K-12 outreach in one endeavor, making Fayetteville State a strong contender to garner federal support for their center.

Although many of the approaches being used by Fayetteville State are commonplace at large research universities, they are not at HBCU’s. FSU has one of the most comprehensive approaches in place and other research-focused HBCU’s should pay attention.


Academic Impressions Comprehensive Copyright Conference - Last chance to register!

July 18 - 20, 2012 :: La Jolla, CA
It's not too late to sign up! Register today to reserve your spot.

Copyright law is constantly evolving – stay on top of the changes by attending our comprehensive copyright conference.
The accessibility of information on the Internet has changed the way faculty and students use information, forcing institutions to revisit copyright and intellectual property issues. Meanwhile, institutions are addressing the ownership of works, including scholarly books and articles, teaching materials, and more, as campuses recognize the potential for additional income from commercializing online courses.
The accessibility of information on the Internet has changed the way faculty and students use information, forcing institutions to revisit copyright and intellectual property issues. Meanwhile, institutions are addressing the ownership of works, including scholarly books and articles, teaching materials, and more, as campuses recognize the potential for additional income from commercializing online courses.
Program Brochure (pdf) | Pricing & Registration | Agenda

Join our panel of expert instructors in La Jolla to:
  • Examine fair use and its application
  • Examine ownership and authorship of copyright, how ownership and authorship may vary and change, and the legal rights of owners and authors
  • Explore how digitizing a work may exceed the parameters of fair use and what policies and procedures should be considered to facilitate availability of digital material to students
  • Identify key tenets of the TEACH Act and practical advice for implementing it on campus
  • Explore the use of digital rights management (DRM) to mitigate risk
There is also an optional post-conference workshop titled Contract Formation and Negotiation.
View the complete agenda.

Before the conference, you’ll receive readings from copyright law summary and relevant statutes and regulation so that you can familiarize yourself with copyright and IP policies. You’ll leave the conference with a collection of resources – copyright checklists, case scenarios, and resource lists – to help expand your understanding of copyright and IP issues.

Register for this event online or call 720.488.6800. Register three people from your institution and the fourth can attend for free.
Questions? Call us to determine if this event is right for you. This conference has been approved for CLE credit.


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AAUP Newsletter: It's not too late to register for the Summer Institute!

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Dear Colleague,
You only have until July 4 to register for the AAUP Summer Institute! Join us in downtown Chicago July 26–29 for the premier program for developing the faculty voice on campus.
Register today at:

Talk to faculty members who have attended, and they’ll tell you the value of this four-day series of skills-building workshops and issue-based seminars. Learn how to analyze your institution’s finances in the face of administrators’ claims about financial crisis. Become an expert on faculty handbooks and shared governance. Work with experienced teachers on your negotiating skills or the development of your contract language. Explore the most pressing academic issues today, from diversity in the faculty to academic freedom at religious institutions to the future of the professoriate itself. Get the skills you need to organize your colleagues, whether it be on your own campus or across your state. Find out how to use social media as part of your chapter’s media program. Learn how to run issue-based campaigns step by step, from choosing the right message to planning a demonstration to creating the most striking visuals.
Take a look at the full program here:
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Last but not least, don’t forget how much fun it is to attend Summer Institute. When you’re not enjoying the Chicago labor history tour or the planned excursion to the Second City comedy show, you’ll be sure to enjoy the company of other faculty advocates in a place as entertaining as downtown Chicago.
Registration closes July 4. For more information, visit the Summer Institute web page (linked above) or contact Christopher Simeone at
Hope to see you in Chicago!
-Rudy Fichtenbaum
AAUP President

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