Notes & Coffee: April 9-15

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Faculty salaries up 3% - “Average salaries for full-time continuing faculty members increased by 3 percent this year over last, according to the American Association of University Professors’ Annual Report on the Economic Status of the Profession: 2017-18. That amounts to about 1 percent, adjusting for inflation, the association notes with a cheeky reference point: presidents of institutions that participate in the AAUP’s annual study make 4.78 times more, on average, than their full-time professors. More than 1,000 institutions representing 378,865 full-time faculty members responded to the AAUP’s Faculty Compensation Survey, from which the new report is derived. The average full professor salary this year was $104,820. Associate professors earned $81,274 in salary, on average, and assistant professors were paid $70,791. Lecturers earned $56,712, on average and instructors earned $59,400.”

Blended is best - “The most bullish proponents of online learning have argued for years that the modality can lead to better outcomes for students, lower costs for institutions and more access for underrepresented minority groups. Authors of a study released today say their work supports that view. “Making Digital Learning Work,” a wide-ranging new report from the Arizona State University Foundation and the Boston Consulting Group, offers six case studies of prominent online offerings and concludes that strategic digital learning initiatives can pay off for students and institutional planners alike -- if they commit to proper steps such as building infrastructure and engaging faculty members."  

Confronting the opioid crisis - “Nurses are on the front lines of the opioid epidemic. As the first faces many patients see, nurses have the opportunity to identify individuals who are addicted, and they can also save lives by administering naloxone, an "opioid antagonist" that reverses the effects of an overdose. But many nursing colleges are only relatively recently adding programs about preventing and treating opioid addiction. Deborah Finnell, associate professor in the department of acute and chronic care at Johns Hopkins University's School of Nursing, said that since she arrived at Hopkins about five years ago, she’s made a concerted effort to push for more instruction on substance use, which she said is lacking in nursing programs across the country. Finnell co-authored a report published by Nurse Educator last year that said nursing programs lacked curricula on substance use disorders, and offered ways to remedy this problem.” 

Report illustrates vulnerability of first-generation college students - “The unspoken liability for most first-generation college students is a lack of resources, and with that financial challenge are the cultural and economic resources that impede these students from even considering college. Arizona State University is one example of how institutions directly reach out to parents to help them understand how college helps to advance earning potential and why students should not be pressured to forego college in order to help with household financial support. A new study from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) shows that students whose parents did not attend college are 19% less likely themselves to finish college than students whose parents have some college experience.”

Forum advocates for enhanced Hispanic higher education legislation – “The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) convened educators and thought leaders from Hispanic Serving Institutions to advance the organization’s legislative agenda during the 23rd Annual National Capitol Forum on Hispanic Higher Education. Conversations throughout the forum focused on ways to increase Hispanic representation in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics sector, advocacy suggestions for the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA) and other efforts to increase federal investment in Hispanic higher education and HSIs” 

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Federal student loan politics go local

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