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Jan. 28, 2016

Good morning! For those in the path of Winter Storm Jonas, we hope your campuses are dug out and classes are back in session. This week, higher education news making headlines include a closer look at post-recession funding, a debate over free tuition as policy, and a look at how one professor is preparing undergraduates in the humanities for the job market.

Plus, catch the latest news on ACUE’s The Q Blog, including articles about a diversity push at Rutgers University–Newark and a video featuring expert Tom Angelo.

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News in brief
The latest higher education news and opinions.

A new course at Southwestern University aims to connect the skills needed to analyze contemporary fiction to skills needed for an increasingly competitive job market. (Chronicle of Higher Education)


An adjunct professor from North Carolina State University offers three ways to hold students in a “flipped classroom” model accountable for doing pre-class work and coming to class prepared. (Faculty Focus)


Experts debate the merits of offering students tuition-free access to public colleges. (New York Times)


The publishing giant Pearson announced it will cut 10% of its workforce due to falling higher-education enrollments in the United States. (Wall Street Journal – Paywall)


Two professors write that a good first step toward providing college educators with more instructional support is for institutions to encourage faculty to work with mentors, coaches, and colleagues to continually reflect on their own practice of teaching. (Inside Higher Ed)

Faculty members have embraced the Twitter hastag #realacademicbios to offer to a more intimate glimpse at their professional lives. (Inside Higher Ed)


College provosts have big doubts about the latest MOOC-inspired models and real concerns about their budget situations and dealing with them. But they’re ultimately feeling good about the academic health of their institutions, according to a survey of over 500 chief academic officers. (Inside Higher Ed)


Frankenstein and The Canterbury Tales are the most taught works of fiction in higher education, according to data from a new project that tracked curricula at colleges and universities over the past 15 years. (Quartz)


A new study suggests that student evaluations of professors are biased against women, although the findings have drawn criticism from some academics. (NPR)


The use of devices in the classroom for non-class purposes is on the rise, according to a new study. (Inside Higher Ed)


There is a slow but steady increase in higher education funding as states recover from the recession, according to a new report. (Inside Higher Ed)
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Dr. Jerome Williams, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost of Rutgers University—Newark, discusses diversity and inclusion at RU-N and on college campuses today. 


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