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Jan. 21, 2016

This week, the top headlines in higher education include a national push to change college admissions policies, a detailed education plan from a presidential nominee, and new Pell grants from the Obama administration. 

Also, dive into the ACUE Community Forums by reviewing some of the hottest topics. 

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The latest higher education news and opinions.

The Obama administration announced a plan to increase the number of Pell grants distributed to students who need financial assistance in order to improve college completion rates. (Washington Post)

A professor gets focused on the semester ahead by picking three words to plan his time and classes: Learn, Experiment, Create. What are yours? (ProfHacker

Low-income students who transfer from community colleges to four-year colleges are less likely to get a degree than are their wealthier peers, a new report shows. But in a sign of hope, their success varies dramatically by state and by college. (Hechinger Report)

The portion of tenured faculty has dropped to 30 percent and continues to shrink, down from nearly 60 percent in 1975. (Education Dive)

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is pressuring public university presidents to show lofty employment results for psychology majors, one of the state’s most popular areas of study. (Inside Higher Ed)

Republican presidential nominee Jeb Bush released a detailed education plan that includes replacing the current federal loan system and changing the way families can save for college. (Washington Post)

A group of top colleges and universities have endorsed a report that calls for major changes to student admissions, including placing less of an emphasis on standardized test scores and more carefully examining extracurricular activities. (USA Today)

New York Times Columnist Frank Bruni writes that he has a "thrilling sense" that the report is a sign that bigger changes to equity and access in higher education could soon follow. (New York Times

"How to ruin a date with an academic in five words" is a trending hashtag on social media, and there are plenty of funny responses. (Wired Campus

In college towns across the United States, upscale housing is cropping up to appeal to young faculty who want to live near campus. (New York Times)

A teaching center director encourages others to talk about the basics before discussing teaching excellence. (Higher Ed Professor)

Heard in the Forums
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“One way I communicate learning outcomes is on the syllabus in the form of a chart that lists the assignments in columns and learning outcomes in rows; an ‘X’ marks the intersecting cell where an assignment is designed for students to work toward their achievement of a specific outcome. When I introduce activities and assignments, I refer back to this chart so students know which outcomes they align with.”

Read more in the "How do you communicate learning outcomes to your students?" topic. 

"With classes of up to 40 students, it can work well to make a set of flashcards. My university provides a roster with photos of each student and I print out a copy and make a set of flashcards for myself. If flashcards work for you, you may be able to make this method work to memorize even more names!”  

Read more in the "Learning Names!" topic. 

“This semester, I’m in a normal stadium-style classroom, but would like to add some of the active learning practices I used last semester. I’m still working on the logistics but would love to hear how others incorporate active learning in a regular (large) classroom.”

Read more in the "
New Year's Teaching Resolutions" topic.

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