Required Readings

Ed news highlights, Trump budget, fewer international applicants, general ed, and more: Required Readings, 03.16.17

For those interested in more general education news roundups, NPR is now providing a weekly discussion of top stories. Here is the most recent version. The Atlantic is doing the same. Meanwhile, if you or the institution you work for is a subscriber to the Chronicle of Higher Ed, you can sign up for a daily briefing.

Speaking of whom, here are the Chronicle’s thoughts on what the new Administration’s budget proposal, released today, might mean for higher education. Not mentioned in this article is the elimination of the Institute for Museum and Library Services, a grant-funding agency that supports everything from STEM education to resource sharing consortia to the Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped.

A recent survey of U.S. colleges reports that 40% of respondents are seeing a decline in international applicants for Fall 2017. I couldn’t imagine why.

And could this be how we got to this point: Whatever happened to general education?

Looking for images to accompany your lecture materials? Try the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s digital collections, which were recently made open access for unrestricted re-use.

In more pleasant news, the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center won a major victory in Joplin, Missouri, regarding public school field trips to a Christian sports ministry.

h/t to the Skepchick mothership for bringing this to our attention: Housekeepers vs Harvard

The University of California system is developing a plan to limit out-of-state enrollment.

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Librarienne is a university librarian who sees her professional mission as teaching the masses how to separate the wheat from the chaff in today's expanding universe of information, that everything you read requires a critical eye, and how to properly use apostrophes.

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