Academic Leadership

Incubating 21st Century Healthcare Professionals

Here we are at a coffee shop in South Boston, commiserating over the latest higher education buzz. Boston, a place that hosts 50 colleges and universities, is the kind of college town that often drives national higher learning megatrends. The talk here is about President Obama taking aim at at student debt load, gainful employment, and health care.  For Obama, “The question isn’t how we can afford to focus on healthcare. The question is how we can afford not to…because in order to fix our economic crisis and rebuild our middle class, we need to fix our healthcare system, too.”

People Watch

During his nine-year tenure as senior vice president for advancement at Oklahoma Christian University, John deSteiguer contributed to reaching a record $110 million in donor giving. He’ll put this experience, and his previous experience at Northeastern State University (Okla.), to use as OC’s new president, effective in June. He succeeds Mike O’Neal, president since 2002.

Future Trends in Higher Education Board Governance

An unprecedented and powerful confluence of forces—political, economic, public policy, regulatory, technological, and consumer choice—will drastically reshape the landscape of higher education governance in coming years. These forces will cause a seismic shift in governance and accountability for American colleges and universities. Board members will need additional skills and competencies for leading their institutions through the more treacherous terrain of a new governance world.

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Pearson Higher Education Announces Major Investment in Nursing Education with Readypoint™ Nursing

Pearson Higher Education today announced a major investment in nursing education with the launch of Readypoint™ Nursing. Readypoint Nursing is the first program to fully integrate learning with assessment to help ensure students are prepared not only for professional licensure but to launch their careers and practice nursing.

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More Problems For Dickinson State U: Inflated Grades, Fee Policies Now Under Scrutiny

Dickinson State University is out of compliance with numerous policies, according to the results of a performance audit conducted by the Office of the North Dakota Auditor released Friday. It also possibly inflated grades. The report gave recommendations for improvement, but no consequences for noncompliance.

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Lawsuit May Determine Status Of Course Syllabi At U of Wisconsin Schools As Public Or Exempt

A pending lawsuit against the University of Wisconsin System may determine whether professors must disclose their course syllabi under the state's Open Records Law or whether the material is exempt under copyright law.

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80-Plus Programs Considered For Elimination At U of Northern Iowa

Nearly 80 academic programs at the University of Northern Iowa would either be eliminated or dramatically restructured under a proposal being discussed by administrators and faculty members, information obtained by The Des Moines Register shows.

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At UTEP, Success Is Not All About Graduation Rates

In the farthest corner of West Texas — nestled between the Franklin Mountains and the United States-Mexico border, hundreds of miles from any other public university in the state — the University of Texas at El Paso and its fortress-like buildings occupy one of the state’s most exotic campus settings.

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