Here’s what caught my eye today…10/30/13

On the National Front (via @libbyanelson):

HAPPY ALL HALLOW’S EVE EVE? Good morning and welcome to Morning Education. I’ve joked about going as “rising college costs” for a terrifying Halloween costume (I’d wear a mortarboard, a graduation gown covered in student loan bills, and a giant version of one of the charts from this recent College Board report:

NEW MEMBER FOR EDUCATION AND THE WORKFORCE: Rep. Mark Pocan, a first-term Democrat from Wisconsin’s second district, replaces Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., who’s off to the Energy and Commerce Committee. (If you need bonus points in Congressional musical chairs trivia: Yarmuth replaced Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., who went to the Senate to replace John Kerry.) Pocan has already been active on education issues – he introduced a bill in September to allow student loan borrowers to refinance at a lower interest rate. “From preserving access to a high quality college education, to strengthening job training programs, to protecting our workers, I will use my position on this important committee to advocate for the vital interests of our working families and students in south central Wisconsin,” Pocan said in a statement.

COLLEGE RATINGS CONVERSATIONS: The Education Department will hold four hearings in November on President Obama’s plan to rate colleges: Nov. 6 at Cal State-Dominguez Hills; Nov. 13 at George Mason University in Arlington, Va.; Nov. 15 at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa; and Nov. 21 at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, La. The Federal Register notice:

DUNCAN EXPOUNDS ON ED TECH: Education Secretary Arne Duncan joined Edu All-Stars for a podcast Tuesday afternoon to push education technology, saying that if we don’t provide high-speed Internet access across the board, disparities in learning will only increase. The E-Rate program needs an overhaul and the stakes are high. “It’s a huge chance to do the right thing here,” he said. Duncan also said we’ve got to stop spending money on textbooks that are “literally obsolete the day you buy them.” The transition from print to digital needs to happen ASAP. And he pleaded the fifth when asked if he could beat President Barack Obama on the basketball court. Check out the podcast:

‘SWIRLING’ STUDENTS CAN BENEFIT : An increasing number of college students don’t take a linear path to a degree, but jump among a number of campuses to cobble together their course schedule. Indeed, an estimated 11 percent of students enroll in more than one college during the same academic term. Conventional wisdom says that all the campus-hopping should make it harder for students to stay on track. But a new study published in the journal of the American Educational Research Association suggests that co-enrolling in multiple colleges at once can actually boost students’ chances of staying in school and attaining a degree. The effect holds for students who start out at both two-year and four-year colleges. Read the study here:

TODAY IN NEW YORK: The Second Circuit Court of Appeals hears an appeal in Authors Guild v. HathiTrust Digital Library. The Authors Guild argued that a digital preservation effort created by several research universities infringed on authors’ rights and went beyond the scope of fair use. They lost the case a year ago. Read the American Council on Education’s amicus brief:

Extra credit: Ranking the college ranking rankings. The Atlantic:

State University System

FAMU 800-Bed Dorm On Schedule For Completion By Summer 2014
…The six-story 244,722-square-foot building is projected to cost $37.4 million and is slated for completion next summer…

How High Will the Seas Rise?
Clean Energy News (blog)
This post is part two of a blog series on sea level rise, being released concurrent with the new IPCC climate report, Florida  Atlantic University’s Sea Level Rise Summit in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Oct. 16 – 17, and the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy’s landfall on Oct. 29. See the first post on the basic mechanisms and impacts of sea level rise here…

FAU autism center provides instruction for teens in social and conversation skills
BOCA RATON, Fla – Sitting around a table in a conference room at Florida Atlantic University‘s Boca Raton campus, a group of students are under the watchful eye of instructors…

Gift to Chaplin School will support the new Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator
The Wine Spectator Scholarship Foundation will donate $1 million to Florida International University’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management…

Plaza on University’s tenant target: A mini Walmart
Orlando Business Journal (blog)
The now-emerging Plaza on University project near the University of Central Florida has its sights set on bringing a new concept to the area from one of the …

See inside: Newest student-housing project near UCF
Orlando Business Journal (blog)
If the idea of going back to college never appealed to you, a new luxury mixed-use project underway near the University of Central Florida might change your …

PolitiJax: Shutdown hurt consumer confidence
Florida Times-Union
 confidence fell sharply in October, exacerbated by the federal shutdown and the debt ceiling debate in Congress, according to a University of Florida report.

Law school hangout has closed; Wilbert’s was an institution
Gainesville Sun
Wilbert’s owner Steve Langston poses outside the iconic convenience store located across from the University of Florida Law School Tuesday, October 29, 2013.

UF president reprimands frat for racial slur
University of Florida fraternity has been reprimanded by the school’s president for what he called a “hateful incident” directed at a black female student…

Florida Supreme Court sets Dec. 5 date for medical marijuana 
Orlando Sentinel (blog)
 does not lead to an increase in teen marijuana use, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainseville.

State College System

How Hillsborough Community College Is Advising Students About Remedial Classes
StateImpact Florida
Most students at Florida’s community colleges now have a choice about whether they want to take the state’s college placement test and any remedial reading, writing and math courses they might require…Hillsborough Community College has given its advisers a sort-of flow chart to run through with students. The outline asks new students for their high school transcripts and returning students for their college records and then proceeds from there…

Boo at the Zoo on Halloween at Santa Fe College
Gainesville Sun
Boo at the Zoo will be held from 3-7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo, 3000 NW 83rd …

Independent Colleges and Universities

Chase ends near Eckerd College
MyFox Tampa Bay
A police chase came to an end this afternoon near Eckerd College with four suspects in custody…

Embry-Riddle STEM Trains Future Aviation Workforce
Flying Magazine
Members of tomorrow’s aviation workforce are getting a leg up on their future careers, thanks to Embry-Riddle Worldwide’s Science, Technology, Engineering …

Free Help for Low-Income Vets with Wills, Advanced Directives
Legal experts from Stetson University College of Law, the St. Petersburg Bar Foundation and the Community Law Program are offering free assistance with …

College Traditions: Miami
The University of Miami has been setting trends in college football for decades. takes a closer look at how “The U” took the nation by storm…

Woman in boating accident gets first-ever treatment to rebuild torn
Weeks later, University of Miami and Jackson doctors performed a first-of-its-kind procedure that could break ground in the area of nerve repair.

Yip Yap: Noted and Quoted FLHE Voices from Around the Web

Reed: Marine council pushes fixes for Indian River
Florida Today
Long before the Indian River Lagoon’s current crisis, a group founded by scientists from the Florida Institute of Technology began working to protect Brevard’s …

Kirk: Embracing Military Culture in Higher Education
Huffington Post (blog)
For more than 40 years, Saint Leo University has been serving active-duty members of the military, reservists, veterans and their families.

Schram: Could dyslexia be a ‘desirable’ disability?
The Republic
I’d first heard the notion propounded (in slightly different words) in a Class of 2007 graduation address at the University of Tampa.

Nassau Community College won’t launch new presidential search
In 2009, the school hired Donald Astrab from Brevard Community Collegein Florida. Astrab was on the job for 30 months and got two votes of no-confidence …

Cobb Receives Excellence In Education Award
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA — Dr. Kathy Cobb, the eLearning Provost at Eastern Florida State College, has received the Thomas E. Gamble Excellence in …

Generalized majors give flexibility
The News-Press
“The best-prepared students are those who are able to leverage their skill sets,” said John Meyer, dean of business and technology at Edison State College.

City to support park effort
St. Augustine Record
Casey Welch Ph.D, a professor at Flagler College, spoke for the project and said a national designation could bring “widespread and measurable” advantages …

Fla. College Allegedly Discriminates Against Gay Student for
Abdul Asquith, a senior at Florida Atlantic University, says he was turned away on Wednesday when he wanted to check out a school laptop from the college’s …

Max Planck has created 118 jobs, county officials say
Palm Beach Post
David Fitzpatrick, the Max Planck’s Scientific Director and CEO, said partnerships with the Scripps Research Institute and Florida Atlantic University have 

Goldberg leads new Hillel
The last school year was a turbulent one for Hillel of Broward and Palm Beach, which has its offices on the Florida Atlantic University campus in Boca Raton.

FAU honors youngest-ever grad
While most students her age were learning the basics of geometry, Edith Stern was tackling advanced calculus courses — at Florida Atlantic University.

Poet Richard Blanco Headlines Sanibel Island Writers Conference
Florida Gulf Coast University hosts the eighth annual Sanibel Island Writers Conference beginning Nov. 7. We recently caught up with conference headliner…

Why Do Leaves Turn Different Colors?
“The color of a leaf is subtractive, like crayons on a piece of paper,” says David Lee, formerly of Florida International University, who has studied leaf color since …

Floridians’ consumer confidence drops to 2-year low
 over the government,” said economics professor Jorge Salazar-Carrillo, who directs the Center of Economic Research at Florida International University.

Michael Joseph, president and CEO of Hospital Corporation of America East Florida
Q: Why are you and Nova Southeastern University proposing a 100-bed hospital at the Davie campus? A: George Hanbury (president and CEO of NSU) and I 

Husband gets 30 years in death of SPC professor
The 65-year-old St. Petersburg College professor died instantly. Jurors heard a 911 call Osterhoudt made that night.

Local historian looks at the unlikely story of Orlando’s emergence
Orlando Weekly
…Earlier this month, The History Press published Orlando, Florida: A Brief History, written by University of Central Florida history professor and former Orlando magazine editor and publisher Jim Clark, who moved here in 1975 as a young journalist to work for the Orlando Sentinel. Tracking the very first settlers through to the three hurricanes of 2004, Clark offers a glimpse of the interlocking threads that made Orlando what it is today…

Fox News Dismisses Top Economists On Impact Of GOP-Led 
Opposing Views
“We’re falling down a fiscal flight of stairs and we’re bouncing from one step to the next, one crisis to the next,” Sean Snaith, an economist at the University of Central Florida, told USA Today

Will Weatherford, Florida House Speaker, talks at UF
Gainesville Sun
At the age of 33, Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, said he feels closer to the students at the University of Florida than most of his colleagues in the Florida Legislature…

University of Florida Fort Pierce professor promoted
FORT PIERCE — Faculty member Patrick Chris Wilson has been promoted to the position of professor at the University of Florida after a rigorous evaluation …

Miami Beach mayoral candidate accused of trying to silence critics
Caroline Mala Corbin, a professor at the University of Miami law school, said that “a common misconception about the First Amendment is that it applies to …

Trial resumes in Fla. slaying of Redskins’ Taylor
The South Florida Times
Taylor was a Pro Bowl safety who also starred at the University of Miami

Releases and Web Stories

CEAM welcomes experimental filmmaker Josh Gibson
ReadMedia (press release)
AUGUSTINE, FL (10/29/2013)(readMedia)– The Crisp-Ellert Art Museum and the Flagler College Department of Art and Design are pleased to welcome …

HealthMEDX Implements INTERACT™ to Reduce Re 
PR Web (press release)
HealthMEDX, the leading LTPAC EMR, has licensed from Florida Atlantic University the right to incorporate the INTERACT™ Tools into the HealthMEDX Vision …

Gulf Coast State College Opens Advanced Technology Center 
PR Web (press release)
Gulf Coast State College, in Panama City, Florida, has just opened its Advanced Technology Center (ATC) – one of the most sophisticated learning centers in 

Children’s Obesity Fund Supports University of Florida’s Anti-Obesity …
PR Web (press release)
The Children’s Obesity Fund announces its support of the University of Florida Health Jacksonville’s Children’s Health Habits Integrated for Life program, which …