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Current Educational Psychology and Higher Education News

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Campus News | April 14, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting health, recovery, and celebration at UNLV.

Campus News | March 11, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting the experts and events at UNLV.

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Business and Community | February 5, 2021

Nevada Institute on Teaching and Educator Preparation finds home at UNLV and in the community.

Campus News | February 3, 2021

A collection of news stories from the new year highlighting the experts and events at UNLV.

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Campus News | January 25, 2021

Online master’s program for School of Nursing ranks 7th overall and College of Education earns highest-ever placement at 35th; Liberal Arts’ online bachelor’s in psychology debuts at 26th. 

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People | January 4, 2021

Great places are made of great people. Here are a few who made the news in 2020.

Educational Psychology and Higher Education In The News

Fast Company
April 29, 2021

Growing up, it was common in my region of the United States to use the word “guys” with the second person plural, as in: “How are you guys?” I didn’t think twice about using it until I learned the history of the word “guy” and considered what it meant when used for groups that included women and nonbinary people.

April 6, 2021

A series of CarMax advertisements featuring WNBA superstar Sue Bird, which recently went viral on social media, uses humor and misdirection to elevate female athletes who have faced decades of underrepresentation in media. Bird’s accomplishments on the court put her among the best players to ever play professional basketball.

April 6, 2021

The list of well-wishers was long and prominent when Kim Ng signed her contract with the Miami Marlins. She was particularly proud of an ex-first lady, a tennis legend and a former presidential candidate.

Fox News
March 31, 2021

Teachers unions had a greater effect on school reopening plans than COVID-19 hospitalizations, a new report examining unions in 250 large, urban school districts found.

Washington Examiner
March 31, 2021

Teachers unions have often demanded lower community spreads of the coronavirus before they are willing to return teachers to the classroom.

The News Republic
March 8, 2021

Last month in Chicago, after months of heated negotiations, the teachers union and Chicago Public Schools emerged with one of the most detailed school reopening agreements in the nation. Brad Marianno, an education policy professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, who has been studying these agreements since last spring, called it the most comprehensive he’s seen, citing its inclusion of things like testing protocols, measures that might lead to reclosing schools, and vaccination commitments. Among other things, the union succeeded in negotiating accommodations for hundreds more members at higher risk of Covid-19 complications, or who serve as the primary caregiver for someone at higher risk, than the district had originally agreed to accommodate.

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Recent Educational Psychology and Higher Education Accomplishments

April 21, 2021
Juanita Hinojosa and Federick Ngo (both Educational Psychology & Higher Education) presented a forthcoming paper, "Supporting Undocumented Community College Students" at the annual conference of the Council for the Study of Community Colleges. In this paper, they discuss policies and practices in higher education that can support undocumented...
April 13, 2021
Jacob D. Skousen (Educational Psychology and Higher Education) with a colleague, Spencer C. Weiler, and graduate students Brianna Pesci and Adam Johnson at Brigham Young University, presented at the annual National Education Finance Academy Conference. Their presentation, "Reflections from the Principal's Office: Leadership Lessons Learned from...
April 9, 2021
Jacob Skousen and Ellianna Rodriguez (both Educational Psychology and Higher Education) presented at the 11th annual National Education Finance Academy Conference. Their presentation, "The Subtle Structure of Inequity: School Fees," included an analysis of publicly accessible data from 10 school districts in Nevada. Through the use of descriptive...
April 7, 2021
Kristine Jan C. Espinoza (Educational Psychology and Higher Education) co-authored a recent publication, "AANAPISIs in Context and Practice: Strategies for Serving Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Students," in the About Campus special issue on Asian American and Native American Pacific-Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISI)  The full list...
March 31, 2021
Bradley Marianno (Educational Psychology and Higher Education) published "A Negotiated Disadvantage? California Collective Bargaining Agreements and Achievement Gaps" in the journal Educational Researcher. 
March 26, 2021
Bradley Marianno (Educational Psychology and Higher Education) published an editorial, "Teachers’ Unions: Scapegoats or Bad-faith Actors in COVID-19 School Reopening Decisions?" for the Brookings Institute Brown Center on Education Education Policy "Chalkbeat" blog. The editorial overviews his recent research on teachers' unions and school...