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American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) 2009-10 Fellowship Competitions Announced
ACLS is a federation of learned societies in the humanities of which the NCTE College Forum is a member. Each year (even in tough times) ACLS makes available fellowship awards for advanced scholarship/research in the humanities. Visit the ACLS Competition website for further information on the large variety of fellowship awards that are currently accepting applications. These fellowships are available to individuals ranging from graduate students to full-tenure professors.

The Almanac of Higher Education 2009-2010
This annual report features national and state-by-state data on colleges and universities, and their students, finances, and faculty and staff members, as well as regional profiles of the issues facing academe across the country.  
The Chronicle of Higher Education

States' Focus on Public Colleges Collides With Budget Reality
For states in the Pacific West, an exceptional reliance on public colleges and a steady erosion of state support has made higher education unusually vulnerable to the recession.  
The Chronicle of Higher Education, August 24, 2009

Gender, Majors and Money
Why do men earn more than women? Educational choices could be a key factor, raising questions about what colleges should do to promote economic equity, study finds.
Inside Higher Ed, August 10, 2009

Former U.S. Senator Pushes Colleges to Make Students Better Citizens
Bob Graham talks with The Chronicle about colleges' apparent retreat from teaching the skills of democratic life.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, August 6,2009

Taking Notes Beyond the Classroom
Influx of note sharing Web sites that allow students to upload and download class notes has raised questions, but also helped to increase access to higher education.
Inside Higher Ed, August 5, 2009

Will Higher Education Ever Change as It Should? (Commentary)
For true reform, writes Robert Zemsky, we need a process that will change most, if not all, institutions simultaneously -- a dislodging event.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, August 3, 2009

California's Higher Education System Could Face Decline
The state's budget cuts to the three-tiered system -- UC, Cal State, and community colleges -- may threaten the system's world-class reputation and the future of a generation of students.
Los Angeles Times, July 31, 2009

A Mission Not to Accomplish
President Obama's call for more Americans to earn college degrees may not be the best way to improve the economy, writes Michael Rizzo.
Inside Higher Ed Views, July 28, 2009

A Rescue Plan for College Composition and High-School English
Michael B. Prince proposes to save writing instruction from the cult of critical thinking and the jargon of rhetoric.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 27, 2009

Help From the House
Largest of Democrat-sponsored spending bills, reflecting favoring of social programs seen as shortchanged during Bush years, would lift funds for NIH, Pell and AmeriCorps.
Inside Higher Ed, July 27, 2009

National Educational Technology Plan
At the ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) conference this week, ISTE and the Department of Education held a series of meetings week to invite public comment on what needs to be included in the new national educational technology plan. Visit their website,, for information and to submit comments about the plan (anyone can participate in the online discussion).

Measuring the Dreaded 'P' Word 
Report seeks to gauge productivity of states' public college systems, based on market value of credentials they produce. Florida and Colorado will like the approach; Alaska and Delaware, probably not so much.
Inside Higher Ed, July 17, 2009

History Is Scholarship; It's Also Literature
Before we can educate graduate students about good writing, we may have to re-educate their professors.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 17, 2009

Federal Cooperation
Education and Labor Departments, often at odds with one another, assure Senate subcommittee of their willingness to work together on reform of Workforce Investment Act.
Inside Higher Ed, July 17, 2009

Online and Interpersonal
Research and pilot testing by professors at the University of Westminster suggest that online feedback loops can improve communication on student assessments.
Inside Higher Ed, July 17, 2009

How Obama's $12-Billion Plan Could Change 2-Year Colleges
After the dazzle fades from the president's proposal to spend an unprecedented $12-billion to improve programs, courses, and facilities at community college, many questions will remain. The Chronicle takes an in-depth look at how the plan might play out.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 17, 2009

The Obama Plan
Community college leaders praise its unprecedented attention and many campus leaders say the $12 billion could be crucial. Others warn not to view the president's agenda as a panacea.
Inside Higher Ed, July 15, 2009

Obama's Plan for Community Colleges Raises Hopes and Questions
The president drew on the experiences of people at Macomb Community College, near Detroit, to argue his case that Washington needs to give serious attention to community colleges.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 15, 2009

Digital -- and Financially Viable
Report documents that some online scholarly projects have found revenue streams.
Inside Higher Ed, July 15, 2009

Obama to Propose Graduation Goal and $12-Billion in Programs for 2-Year Colleges
The president will call on the nation's community colleges today to produce five million more graduates by the year 2020 and will propose spending $12-billion over 10 years to improve programs, courses, and facilities at two-year institutions.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 14, 2009

How Ph.D. Programs Will Be Judged
National Research Council releases long-awaited methodology for still-awaited rankings. Is the system too complicated?
Inside Higher Ed, July 10, 2009

It's Tough Out There for New Ph.D.'s, but Some Colleges Give Them a Leg Up
On one campus, a "boot camp" prepares candidates for job interviews. On another, they can join a postdoctoral fellowship program. Those are among the ways universities prepare new doctoral students for life after graduation.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 10, 2009

They Thought Globally, but Now Colleges Push Online Programs Locally
Colleges experiment with "local online" classes to compete with national for-profit universities.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 10, 2009

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