Keeping up on higher education and Marcom trends is important for those of us working in university relations roles. I have started saving some of the stories that seem most relevant and/or interesting, archiving them here on marcommunique.com in a new series I call Higher Ed Highlights.
New editions of Higher Ed Highlights will be published as often as time permits. Let me know what you think.
MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS
“I have a great team at Columbia Chicago. It’s a great team mostly for reasons that have nothing to do with me, primarily because it’s made up of smart, talented, fun people who are committed to doing great work.
That said, building a strong culture requires a commitment. It requires intentionality. And it requires support from a leader, which is where I can contribute. Here are a few of the principles and practices we’ve developed to create and maintain a strong team culture.”
- 5 Reasons Brands Could Be the Next Victims of Fake News
- An emergency drill at a community college went very badly: It was reported to police as an active shooter on the Waubonsee Community College campus and a huge police response followed.
- The Pentagon Papers. WikiLeaks. The Dead Sea Scrolls. The Rosetta Stone. The Magna Carta. And now: It’s Lit: a guide to what teens think is cool.
- The readability of scientific abstracts is declining, according to the preliminary results of a major study.
OTHER BIG ISSUES
“When President Trump proposed a cut of nearly 20 percent in support for the National Institutes of Health, many wondered how the administration would even attempt to find such reductions. The answer emerged in the congressional testimony last week of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, who argued the government could save billions without hurting research by cutting back on the overhead reimbursements to colleges and universities.”
- Trump budget cuts could hit research universities hard, Moody’s warns
- Villanova safety officers removed three people who were disrupting a talk by Charles Murray, who then was able to complete his lecture.
- Students in Mississippi will no longer be able to receive multiple types of state grants under new rules approved by lawmakers seeking to close a budget gap.
- From concerns about student debt to legislative attacks on tenure, some have suggested there’s a crisis of public confidence in U.S. colleges and universities.
- Legislation to expand access to guns on college campuses was killed by its Senate sponsor Wednesday, after college officials railed against the effort.
- More than 500 college and university employees across the state are exercising their right to carry guns on public campuses since a new law allowing them to do so went into effect last July.
- How One Campus’s ‘Faculty Resistance’ Is Speaking Out Against Trump
- New study from the University of Texas at Austin suggests that the impostor phenomenon can affect various groups of minority students in different ways.
- United Educators reviewed 1,000 incidents of campus sexual assault and found that, in cases with litigation, the claims can cost institutions an average of $350,000.
- University of Montana President Sheila Stearns asked members of the campus community to tell positive stories about the flagship – and stop repeating negative ones.
- The sticker price of some universities can easily deter students, but new research argues that affordability is a far more nuanced matter than just the cost of tuition, fees, books, room and board.
What do you think of this series? Is it useful? Do you have suggestions for making it even better? Let me know.