What Provosts Think – 2016 Version

The 2016 Inside Higher Ed Survey of Chief Academic Officers  presents the musings of 539 provosts or chief academic officers.

“At a time of intense pressure on academic leaders, provosts are worried about the future of liberal arts education — not just at liberal arts colleges, but at all institutions that provide general education to students.

They have real doubts about their budget situations, some new MOOC-inspired forms of higher education and the ability to preserve academic integrity when pursuing big-time athletics.” (Intro)

The full report is available with free registration.

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Thousands of Criminal Justice Datasets

The Hall of Justice project from the Sunlight Foundation has aggregated criminal justice statistics from NGO, federal, state, and municipal authorities and has presented them in an interactive format. Thousands of datasets are in this most valuable resource for United States statistics, many of them buried within the bureaucratic layers of government. Want statistics on women offenders – over 1000 separate statistical compilations are available; looking for women as victims –  try any of the 612 publications reports indexed under that term. This important tool should be the place of first resort when looking for authoritative data in criminal justice.

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Tri-State Area School Closings/Delays for Friday, February 5, 2016

Please come here for listings for Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York. Here is an updated list for New Jersey.

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NJ PARCC Scores Released by School District

This interactive feature from NJ Spotlight (one of our favorite New Jersey-centric websites), allows breakdowns by county, district, grade, and text. Here are the original data tables from the state; they include subgroupings not available in the interactive presentation. Compare these figures to the aggregate state scores.

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EdTech Reports – January 2015

Bridging the digital divide in the EU (European Parliamentary Research Service); K-12 Online Learning (special issue of Online Learning); Top Ten IT Issues for 2016 (EDUCAUSE); 2016 NMC Technology Outlook for Chinese K-12 Education (New Media Consortium); World Development Report 2016: Digital Dividends (World Bank); and ETC Press (“entertainment technologies”).


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National Security Reports – January 2016

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Online Primary Sources for American History: Diplomatic Correspondence of the Confederacy

This two-volume work – A compilation of the messages and papers of the confederacy : including the diplomatic correspondence, 1861-1865 – contains both messages of President Jefferson Davis as well as diplomatic letters along with biographies of the Confederate secretaries of state.

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