Visiting scholar Laura Grindstaff of the Annenberg School for Communication discusses cheerleading as a sport.
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A survey conducted by the Annenberg Public Policy Center is featured.
Joan Goodman of the Graduate School of Education is interviewed about her research on charter schools.
Dan Rader of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on the Resilience Project.
According Wealth-X and UBS Billionaire Census 2014, Penn tops the list of billionaire undergraduate alumni.
Peter Cappelli of the Wharton School discusses the nature of the training in the IBM program.
Ezekiel Emanuel of the Perelman School of Medicine and the Wharton School explains his desired lifespan.
Vijay Kumar and the GRASP Lab of the School of Engineering and Applied Science are featured for working with flying robots.
Noteworthy in Higher Education
Men who stay silent when their buddies assault women are about to get an earful, thanks to a national public-service campaign that President Obama and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. will announce on Friday. It’s called “It’s On Us,” and the "us" actually stands for everyone on a campus who can take steps to prevent sexual assault. But the campaign, which is being joined by student leaders at about 200 colleges, is urging men in particular to step in when threats of violence occur. Everyone should commit to creating an environment, "be it a dorm room, a party, a bar or club, or the greater college campus," the White House said in a statement on Friday, "where sexual assault is unacceptable and survivors are supported."
The pings arrive at all hours of the day. The latest email sounded off at 3:11 a.m. A text message trailed behind a minute later. They cover thunderstorms, tests, and warnings that, on at least two occasions this summer, posed "no immediate health or safety threat." But the emails and text alerts that the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s department of public safety sends to Lindsey R. Faraone’s iPhone all have one thing in common. They’re not read.
In recent weeks, a gaggle of news outlets, including The Chronicle, have reported on and responded to William Deresiewicz’s book Excellent Sheep, the author’s latest and lengthy lament on the inadequacies of an Ivy League degree. While Mr. Deresiewicz may be right—he argues that Ivy graduates are “anxious, timid, and lost, with little intellectual curiosity and a stunted sense of purpose”—the amount of attention given to his book and the eight Ivy League colleges seems more than a little disproportionate to the overall role of those institutions in higher education.
Late last month, police responded to a noise complaint at an off-campus residence near Texas Tech University. Among the party-goers celebrating the start of a new school year was Dalton Debrick, a freshman rushing with the Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity. The police would return just a few hours later to find his body. The freshman died of alcohol poisoning 24 hours before his first day of college. “Dalton was a good kid with a very bright future helping others," his family said in a statement. "He was still discovering himself, but he said he wanted to work with kids somehow. He talked about coaching or even youth ministry. What we know is that none of those possible futures will happen because he died because no one cared enough to stop it or take care of him."
The old model that colleges used to recruit, through mass mailings to promising students and selective visits to key high schools, is giving way to sophisticated matchmaking tools of technology. On Thursday morning, the National Association for College Admission Counseling opened an exhibit hall here at its 70th convention that points the way to the future of recruiting. Vendors offered admission officers and high school counselors a number of tools to help them fill college classes or provide information to help students navigate a bewildering market.
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