Katherina Rosqueta of the School of Social Policy & Practice’s Center for High Impact Philanthropy says, “At the end of the day, the only way to measure if you’ve made a meaningful difference is talking to the people you’re trying to help.”
Penn Daily News Service | Oct 22, 2014
Penn in the News
Penn’s Ebola plan is discussed, and President Amy Gutmann is quoted.
The Museum is featured for a new partnership with Philadelphia schools.
Jonathan Moreno of the Perelman School of Medicine and the School or Arts & Sciences discusses his new book.
Steven Joffe of the Perelman School of Medicine is quoted about research ethics.
Scott Barry Kaufman of the School of Arts & Sciences writes about the creativity of people with ADHD.
Noteworthy in Higher Education
When Treon Harris, the starting quarterback for the University of Florida’s football team, was accused of sexual assault this month, the university did something unusual: It announced the accusation publicly the very next day. Colleges are not known for being open to sharing information about sexual assaults or anything else involving the bad behavior of students. Such matters, they often say, are cloaked by a federal law—the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, which prohibits educational institutions from releasing "education records" that reveal the identity of an individual student.
The University of Arkansas System in March approved the creation of a fully online institution that would spring from the system’s pool of talent and resources. Seven months later, some of the other institutions in the system are balking at the idea of footing the bill for what may become a direct competitor. eVersity is part of a statewide effort to increase the number of Arkansans with college degrees. Following its anticipated launch in October 2015, the online institution will market itself to adult learners who at one point started college and completed a handful of credits but left before they could earn a degree.
Many universities have begun to tighten restrictions on travel to the countries hit hardest by the Ebola epidemic, even for professors doing humanitarian work. But settling on a policy represents a delicate balance for administrators, especially at universities with graduate schools of public health and medicine. Outbreaks such as those in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the most affected countries, offer a rare chance for faculty members and graduate students to serve and learn. But universities face pressure to show they are guarding against spreading the disease in the United States.
Nearly a quarter of respondents to a new survey of NCAA colleges said their institutions do not have a formal process for educating athletes about the danger of head injuries. The findings, published on Tuesday in The American Journal of Sports Medicine, suggest that dozens of institutions may not be in compliance with the concussion policy set forth by the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The NCAA’s policy requires colleges to have a concussion-management plan, along with a process for educating players about the signs and symptoms of head injuries. There are no penalties for noncompliance.
Of all the events likely to set off a fully fledged student riot of car tipping, broken signs, and open street fires, the Pumpkin Festival in Keene, N.H., would probably not top many lists.
Yet that is precisely what happened Saturday night as an event famous for setting a world record last year with 30,581 lit jack-o'lanterns turned into a wild scene that ended in pepper spray, tear gas, and dozens of arrests. The riot comes as some experts note a change in student riots. Long past are the days when they were mostly protests or expressions of student discontent. In recent years, it seems, many students just see them as a fun part of the college experience.
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