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Education Department Picks Nontraditional Partners for Student Aid

The U.S. Department of Education has joined with eight nontraditional training programs to provide more students with federal student aid, says a department news release.

Students enrolled in the eight programs of the Educational Quality Through Innovation Partnerships will now be eligible for financial aid.

The department announced the pilot program in October 2015 to make nontraditional courses and programs more available to low-income students and to develop a way to measure student outcomes…


What Is a ‘Serious Academic’? Social-Media Critique Provokes a Backlash

“I’m a serious academic, not a professional Instagrammer,” read the headline of an anonymous article in The Guardian on Friday. Embracing social media, as many academics are encouraged to do, amounts to little more than a dog-and-pony show, the author writes, and is more about demonstrating an exaggerated enthusiasm than anything else.

“I do not — and should not — have to parade myself online to please my employer or to stake my claim as a good researcher,” the author writes. “Can’t we save th…


Oberlin Professor Is Placed on Leave Over Anti-Semitic Social-Media Posts

Oberlin College has placed Joy Karega, an assistant professor of rhetoric and composition, on paid leave as the faculty investigates her “professional fitness” after she posted anti-Semitic comments on social media, the college said in an email.

The college’s Board of Trustees in March condemned Ms. Karega’s posts, which claimed that “Israeli and Zionist Jews” caused the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and the Charlie Hedbo shooting, in Paris in 2015.

Oberlin said it would begin a “facu…


Happy 21st Birthday, Academe Today!

Chronicle subscribers received the first issue of Academe Today, The Chronicle’s daily newsletter, on this day in 1995. The newsletter, reproduced here, seems quite primitive by today’s standards.

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The email was available in plain text only, as relatively few people had access to the “World-Wide Web,” as it was then known, let alone email readers that could render HTML.

The newsletter’s content was limited to a few briefs about doings on Capitol Hill, a summary of an article in a once-prominen…


Education Dept. Proposes Rules to Clarify State Oversight of Online Courses

The U.S. Department of Education is proposing further regulations for online-education programs at colleges and universities, the department said in a news release on Friday.

The department’s new regulations, which follow rules that took effect last summer, would make state-authorization requirements, which vary by state, more clear for institutions that offer online courses.

Among the most notable changes, colleges that offer online courses would have to be authorized by each state in which the…


Everybody’s Talking About Plagiarism. What Is It, Exactly?

Plagiarism has long been one of the cardinal sins of academe. But on Tuesday it was on the lips of people nationwide, thanks to a seemingly unlikely source: the Republican National Convention.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump’s wife, Melania Trump, gave a speech that appeared to plagiarize parts of the speech Michelle Obama delivered when her husband was first nominated, at the 2008 Democratic National Convention, in Denver.

Academics, some of whom deal with plagia…


38 Community Colleges to Begin Replacing Textbooks With Free Educational Resources

Thirty-eight community colleges will take part in a new effort that involves replacing commercial textbooks with free educational materials. The open-educational-resources project, which is being coordinated by Achieving the Dream, a network for community-college reform, is expected to bring the free materials to at least 76,000 students in the next three years.

Proponents of open resources say that the use of the materials could save students as much as $1,300 in textbook costs per year, or abo…


Ohio State Accuses 85 Students of Cheating on Online Tests

At least 85 students at Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine have been accused of cheating on online take-home tests, The Columbus Dispatch reported on Tuesday.

The college began an investigation in February, and students have recently received their disciplinary sanctions. Punishments for cheating may range from a warning to dismissal, a statement from the university said.

Investigators looked at how long students took to complete certain tests and at students’ patterns of rig…


Thousands Mark Tiananmen Anniversary in Hong Kong, Minus Student Groups

The Associated Press is reporting that student groups dropped out of this year’s vigil in Hong Kong marking the 27th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, in which Chinese government troops killed hundreds of pro-democracy demonstrators, including students, in Beijing.

The vigil, which organizers said attracted 125,000 this year, annually commemorates the June 4, 1989, crackdown by the Chinese military against a student-led reform movement. The Hong Kong student groups that participated …


Judge Orders Release of Trump U. Sales ‘Playbooks’ and Other Documents

A federal judge in California overseeing a long-running class-action lawsuit against Donald Trump’s defunct Trump University ruled on Friday afternoon that 1,000 pages of internal company documents, including playbooks used by salespeople, must be released by June 2. The ruling came in response to a request filed by The Washington Post.

In his order, Judge Gonzalo P. Curiel of the U.S. District Court in San Diego said public interest in Mr. Trump as a presidential candidate justified release of…