Want Happier Professors? Try Being Nice
By Peter Schmidt, The Chronicle of Higher Education
When it comes to keeping tenured professors content in their jobs, you can catch more flies with honey than you can with big faculty-focused strategic initiatives, a new study suggests.
The study, based on survey data from more than 3,600 recently tenured associate professors at doctoral universities, found that their organizational commitment hinged far more on whether they believed they worked in a caring, supportive environment than on their sense that administrators had undertaken broad efforts to support the faculty.
Executive order on new visas.
The Chronicle of Higher Education
President Trump signed an executive order on Tuesday to target fraud and abuse in guest-worker programs and increase federal oversight of the H-1B visa program for highly skilled foreigners. Higher ed ranks as the third-largest industry sponsor of visa recipients. The order could have a major effect on American colleges' recruitment of students abroad, as policies that block foreign students' pathway to work in the United States after they graduate can weaken international enrollments. The order could worsen the bad news for colleges looking to recruit abroad since a recent global survey of prospective students found one in three was less likely to want to study in the United States because of the political climate. For more on what the order could mean for higher ed, read our Karin Fischer's story here.
TFA faculty member testifies as an invited expert witness, before Congress, regarding the Border Wall.
The Senate Homeland Security Committee held a hearing on the planning, designing, and cost of President Trump’s proposed fence for the U.S.-Mexico border. Former Customs and Border Protection Acting Commissioner David Aguilar talked about the use of technology as well as the effectiveness of expanding the wall on the southern border.
Video of hearing
Background on Senator McCaskill's (D-MO) opening statement may be found in this CNN article.
Will Texas universities face perfect storm of cuts?
The top three sources of revenue for Texas public universities are all being targeted for reductions or freezes by federal or state government leaders.
By Matthew Watkins
Higher education leaders entered the 2017 session of the Texas Legislature expecting some dark days. Two-and-a-half months in, they're now focused on warding off a perfect storm.
In addition to potential state funding cuts, which are being discussed like they're a virtual certainty in the Capitol, schools are staring down efforts to freeze tuition and slash federal funding for higher education. If all three happen, the universities' three biggest sources of money would be reduced or frozen for 2018.
What Trump’s Budget Outline Would Mean for Higher Ed
The Chronicle of Higher Education
President Trump laid out the spending priorities for his administration on Thursday, releasing a budget "blueprint" that includes a $9-billion cut for the U.S. Department of Education, more than 13 percent, as well as decreases at several agencies that provide money for academic research, such as the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. The administration’s outline also calls for eliminating the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The deep reductions in discretionary spending fall on nearly every executive agency, in order to offset more than $50 billion in increases for the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, and Veterans Affairs.
Here's Every Major Statement Trump and DeVos Have Made on Higher Ed
By Adam Harris, The Chronicle of Higher Education
On the campaign trail, Donald J. Trump discussed higher-education policy sparingly. That tendency has largely continued since his inauguration as President Trump, and appears to be shared by Betsy DeVos, the secretary of education.