10 août 2014

Net Neutrality Redux

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/law.jpg?itok=7sode5LvBy Tracy Mitrano. The discussion – and misunderstandings – that continue to roil over net neutrality suggests that it is time for another blog on the subject. I have not changed my mind much since I wrote about it before the Commissioner’s vote recently.
But since teaching the issue this summer, for which I assigned Susan Crawford’s book, Captive Audience, and watching the discussion fairly closely, I have deepened my grasp on some of the operative issues. Read more...

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Online Mentoring

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/large/public/confessions_of_a_community_college_dean_blog_header.jpgBMatt Reed. Lately I’m enamored of an idea, and I’m wondering if someone has already done it and either shown how to do it, or how not to.
Does anyone have experience with a peer mentoring system for online students?
I’m thinking here of something very different from academic advising or achievement coaching. Read more...

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Transfer IS Workforce

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/large/public/confessions_of_a_community_college_dean_blog_header.jpgBMatt Reed. “Is that a transfer program or a workforce program?”  “Yes.”
I often hear references -- both on campus and off campus -- to the two major missions of community colleges: transfer and workforce.  In typical usage, the former refers to the gen ed and liberal arts classes intended for students who move on for bachelor’s degrees and higher, and the latter refers to the courses of study that are supposed to be employable with a two-year degree or less. Read more...

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Battlefield Decisions

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/large/public/confessions_of_a_community_college_dean_blog_header.jpgBMatt Reed. Every August, this happens. It’s time to start making decisions about which sections are likely to enroll enough students to run, and which need to be cancelled.
If you’ve never been in on a meeting like that, you may picture it something like this:
Dr. Evil (stroking cat): Prof. Doe really loves this class, but he looked at me cross-eyed once. Screw him! Bwa-ha-ha-ha-ha!
Group: SCREW HIM!  (maniacal laughter ensues, punctuated by flashes of lightning)
The truth is more pedestrian.

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Aid Administrators Back Federal Student Unit Record

HomeThe main group representing student aid administrators has backed a proposal to create a federal database that tracks student progress through higher education and into the workforce.
The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators announced Wednesday that it now supports a “limited” student-unit record system because it would provide more accurate and comprehensive data than the government’s current collection of information, which leaves out transfer and nontraditional students, for example. “As higher education policy is increasingly focused on student success, completion, and outcomes, including the recent negotiations over gainful employment regulations, it becomes increasingly critical to have robust data that gives an accurate picture,” the group said in a report. Read more...

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When Friends Leave

HomeBy Nate Kreuter. At the end of my first year of graduate school, a friend -- almost out of the blue -- told me, “When I met you, I thought to myself, ‘Ugh, that guy and I are not going to get along at all.’ But look at us now, we’re friends!”
In an admittedly strange way, I think it may be one of the nicest things one of my fellow graduate students ever said to me. Read more...

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Do the Job You Were Hired to Do

HomeBy Chuck Rybak. When I started on the tenure track, I was highly susceptible to bad advice because I simply didn't have enough knowledge and understanding of the complicated structures I was working in. There is a lot of bad advice out there for tenure-track faculty, much of it coming from people who think they understand a person's assigned professional duties better than the job-holders themselves. Sure, there are times when this may be true, but these instances are few. More importantly, bad advice can get people fired or denied tenure. Read more...

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Just Distribution

HomeBy Elizabeth H. Simmons. One of the most enjoyable parts of academic leadership is the chance to give people good news: they will be receiving the conference invitation, increased salary, or research grant they have requested.  But since invitations, raise dollars, and grant funds tend to be limited commodities, hard choices have usually preceded the happy announcement. Read more...

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Undocumented Students as Students

HomeBy Alexandra W. Logue and Samuel L. Shrank. Are we missing out on an opportunity to enhance the supply of people in the United States who are prepared for careers that require higher education? Should we encourage the presence of undocumented immigrants in that pool?
Discussion about who has the right to come to the United States and what they are entitled to after arrival has been ongoing since our country’s founding. Read more...

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Talking Heads at the Dinner Party

HomeBy Scott McLemee. As discussed here last week, Anna M. Young’s book Prophets, Gurus, and Pundits: Rhetorical Styles and Public Engagement (Southern Illinois University Press) is a recent addition to the literature on the opportunities and the burdens summed up in that slightly redundant expression “public intellectual.” The author is an associate professor of communication at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, and her approach to the topic comes from the oldest body of communications theory and practice: rhetoric. Read more...

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