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18 janvier 2015

California Budget Plan Tops $1B for Community Colleges

HomeCalifornia Governor Jerry Brown’s higher ed budget plan for the next year would give give a chunk of new money to community colleges. The proposal released late last week also, as expected, threaten the four-year University of California system if it goes ahead with a plan to raise tuition by up to 5 percent each of the next five years. Read more...
18 janvier 2015

Obama Proposes New Technical Training Fund

HomeIn addition to its tuition-free community college plan, the White House on Friday released a proposal for a new technical job-training fund. The new money would build on a similar $2-billion workforce grant program aimed at two-year colleges, which expired last year. Read more...
18 janvier 2015

Reach Out to Your Program Officer

HomeBy Russell Olwell. Each day, individual faculty members and teams ask themselves whether to contact an agency with a key question about a grant. In the case of an application, it may be about what is allowable spending for a budget, or whether an idea fits within the program RFP. For an existing grant, staff may have a budget shift or evaluation question in their mind. Read more...
18 janvier 2015

The Only Resolution You Need

HomeBy Kerry Ann Rockquemore. Most of the emails I’ve received in the last two weeks have been from tenure-track faculty members who are finding themselves exhausted so you’re not alone. In fact, lots of new faculty members are coming to the conclusion that waiting for large blocks of uninterrupted time for their writing is an ineffective strategy (because no such blocks materialized). Read more...
18 janvier 2015

Don’t Follow Your Passion

HomeBy Stephanie K. Eberle. I begin my Career Counseling Theory and Practice class at the University of San Francisco with this famous soliloquy from Shakespeare’s Macbeth:

To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools

The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury
Signifying nothing. (Act 5, Scene 5, lines 17-28)

It is the perfect beginning to what, at its essence, is a class about meaning, self-expression, and purpose. Read more...
18 janvier 2015

The Four Ages of a Professor

HomeBy James VanOosting. Shakespeare penned All the world’s a stage / And all the men and women merely players for Jaques, that greatest of cynics among all the characters in all his plays. Touchstone may be the Clown in As You Like It, but Jaques is the fool. He opines that every man enacts seven roles throughout a lifetime: infant, student, lover, soldier, justice, pantaloon, and second childishness, followed by oblivion. Read more...
18 janvier 2015

Black Colleges Matter

HomeBy C. Rob Shorette II. Headlines announce, “Historically Black Colleges are Becoming More White,” “diversification” is affecting HBCUs and ask “White Students At Black Colleges: What Does it Mean for HBCUs?” Clearly, many journalists think that historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) are becoming “less black.” Questions are being raised about the implications — positive, negative, or otherwise — for these longstanding institutions. That’s the great news. Read more...
18 janvier 2015

From Lulz to Lawmaking

HomeBy Scott McLemee. The author, now a research scientist at the Information School at the University of Washington, spent several years monitoring and in some cases participating in a number of online communities which, though non-political, sometimes engaged in political discussion. Read more...
18 janvier 2015

There is No (Tuition-)Free Lunch

HomeBy Arthur M. Hauptman. President Obama has jumped on the bandwagon, which started in Tennessee, of making community college tuition-free. This latest proposal is his most recent effort to increase the prominence of the federal government in higher education. Read more...
18 janvier 2015

Socrates Untenured

HomeBy Robert Frodeman and Adam Briggle. In 1917 John Dewey published “The Need for a Recovery of Philosophy.” The essay consists of a reflection on the role of philosophy in early 20th century American life, expressing Dewey’s concern that philosophy had become antiquated, “sidetracked from the main currents of contemporary life,” too much the domain of professionals and adepts. Read more...
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