09 juin 2014

True Confessions of a Chronically Ill PhD

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/Screen%20Shot%202011-12-12%20at%2012.29.48%20PM.png?itok=ITDqfJNPBy GradHacker. Chronically ill and graduate student do not have to be mutually exclusive identities, but unfortunately, they often are.  I know this from first-hand experience. During my first year of graduate school, as a Sociology PhD student, I was diagnosed with lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. Read more...

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The Evolving Curriculum: a Compendium of Articles

Home"The Evolving Curriculum -- Measuring Effectiveness of Change" is a compilation of articles and essays on efforts to reshape what and how colleges teach at a time of increased concern about how much students learn. The news and opinion articles -- collected in a print-on-demand booklet -- surveys the landscape of curricular development and learning assessment, examining trends and highlighting best practices. Download the booklet here. Read more...

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Study: MOOCs Won't Cannibalize M.B.A. Programs

HomeMassive open online courses don't pose a threat to M.B.A. programs -- in part because they target different student demographics, three University of Pennsylvania researchers claim in a new study. Analyzing student data collected from nine MOOCs offered by the Wharton School, the university's business school, the researchers found 78 percent of the more than 875,000 students resided outside the United States. Read more...

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Research Agenda for For-Profits

HomeThe University of Southern California's Pullias Center for Higher Education on Friday released a proposed research agenda on the for-profit sector. The five-page document grew out of a meeting the center hosted in April. The event featured five papers with different perspectives on for-profits, which sought to "move beyond hyperbole" by confronting the competing narratives about the sector. Read more...

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Obama Set to Expand Income-Based Repayment Program

HomePresident Obama will announce Monday that he plans to expand an income-based repayment program for federal student loan borrowers, The New York Times reported.
The administration plans to broaden eligibility for its Pay As You Earn program – which caps student loan payments at 10 percent of borrowers’ discretionary income and forgives any unpaid debt after 20 years – to include an estimated 5 million additional borrowers who have older loans, according to the Times.
Obama will also formally announce that the Education Department plans to renegotiate the contract it has with federal student loan servicers to include incentives for helping borrowers avoid default. Read more...

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A World Without Liberal Learning

HomeBy Michael Roth. “What would the United States look like if we really gave up on liberal education and opted only for specialized or vocational schools? Would that really be such a bad thing?”
The interviewer was trying to be provocative, since I’ve just written a book entitled Beyond The University: Why Liberal Education Matters. Read more...

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Winning Combination for Whom?

HomeBy Lauren Schudde. A recent Gallup-Purdue study on the relationship between student experiences in college and later job satisfaction concludes that what matters is not “where you go” but “how you do” college. According to the report, students who participate in what the authors term the “winning combination” -- research projects, extracurricular activities, internships and close relationships with faculty -- are more highly engaged in their jobs after college. What the authors fail to acknowledge, however, is the fact that how students “do” college is often governed by pre-existing inequalities that our higher education system does little to ameliorate. Read more...

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Unit Records, Risky and Wrong

HomeBy Bernard Fryshman. We have a propensity to draw conclusions from patterns, even when there is a lack of hard data. Thus, British soccer fans are rarely invited to join quiet lawn parties in retirement villages, and NFL football scouts have not added Rabbinical schools to their talent-search itineraries. Read more...

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The Classroom as Arcade

HomeBy Mary Flanagan. Telltale fast clicks of laptop arrow keys gave away my distracted student from 30 feet off. So engrossed was he in a 1980s role-playing game that he barely noticed when I leaned in to whisper how entirely inappropriate his behavior was during my digital humanities class at Dartmouth College. As a noted visiting technology and culture speaker held forth on participatory culture and Wikipedia — in which my students had expressed an avid interest — I was shocked as he and many others openly engaged with their Facebook pages. Read more...

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Reform Intro Economics

HomeBy Clark G. Ross. The teaching of introductory economics at the college level remains substantively unchanged from the college classroom of the 1950s, more than 60 years ago. The teaching of other introductory courses, from psychology to biology, has changed dramatically -- with new knowledge and, more importantly, new pedagogical techniques. Today's students are also very different, not accustomed to sitting through 50-minute lectures, taking detailed notes of material and techniques, the value of which has yet to be demonstrated to them. Read more...

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