Texas State U. Police Investigate Threatening Pro-Trump Fliers
By Shannon Najmabadi
The Texas State University police are investigating controversial fliers posted on the San Marcos campus by self-identified vigilantes and alleged supporters of President-elect Donald J. Trump, according to the Austin American-Statesman.
The fliers call for the arrest and torture of “deviant university leaders” who talk about “Diversity Garbage” in the wake of Mr. Trump’s election this week as president. They also suggest forming “tar & feather vigilante squads.”
Muslim Students Are Reportedly Attacked on Campuses in Wake of Election
By Nadia Dreid
A Muslim woman at San Jose State University was knocked to the ground on Tuesday after someone approached her from behind and attempted to yank off her hijab with enough force to choke her and make her lose her balance, according to the NBC affiliate KNTV.
Since then, reports have emerged of at least three other Muslim students being assaulted on or near colleges campuses on Wednesday, following the news that Donald J. Trump had won the U.S. presidential election.
Rigor, Faculty Rights, Completion
By Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed
Colorado, like many states, wants to increase the number of community college students who transfer to four-year colleges and universities and earn bachelor's degrees.
To encourage such transfers, the state has designated some community college courses as Guaranteed Transfer Pathways courses, meaning that anyone who earns a C-minus or higher is assured of transfer credit at Colorado public colleges and universities. A major complaint of community college students who transfer is that the institutions at which they enroll don't grant credit for many of their community college courses. Programs like Guaranteed Transfer Pathways are designed to deal with that issue.
$20 Million Gift: an Investment in the Liberal Arts
UT Austin College of Liberal Arts
Bobby Patton Jr. enjoyed matching wits with some of the university’s top professors when he was a Plan II Honors student back in the early 1980s, but after two years in the program he switched his major to business administration, perhaps thinking he needed a more career-oriented education.
What he didn’t realize at the time was that Plan II was preparing him for a career, and a very successful one as an investor in oil and gas, ranching, insurance, and even major league sports when he became part owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2012.
Zero Correlation Between Evaluations and Learning
By Colleen Flaherty, Inside Higher Ed
A number of studies suggest that student evaluations of teaching are unreliable due to various kinds of biases against instructors. (Here’s one addressing gender.) Yet conventional wisdom remains that students learn best from highly rated instructors; tenure cases have even hinged on it.
What if the data backing up conventional wisdom were off? A new study suggests that past analyses linking student achievement to high student teaching evaluation ratings are flawed, a mere “artifact of small sample sized studies and publication bias.”
Dan Patrick Again Targeting In-State Tuition For Undocumented Students
By Julián Aguilar, The Texas Tribune
The program affects only about 2 percent of Texas college students, but getting rid of in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants will be a priority for Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick when lawmakers convene next year.
Passed with near-unanimous consent in 2001, the policy allows non-citizens, including some undocumented immigrants, to pay in-state tuition rates at public colleges if they can prove they’ve been Texas residents for at least three years and graduated from a high school or received a GED. They must also sign an affidavit promising to pursue a path to permanent legal status if one becomes available.