11 novembre 2014

LGBTQ and Asexual, Too

HomeBy Kaitlin Mulhere. When Emily Johnston and some of her peers at Carleton College didn't see themselves reflected at the campus sexuality and gender center, they sought out an acronym revision. Instead of LGBTQ and an "A" for "ally," they asked, can that letter recognize students who are asexual? 
That was one year ago. Now, Johnston, a senior, is the president and co-founder of Asexuality Community and Education (ACE), which regularly draws 15 to 20 students to its meetings. And the campus center is actively working to expand its programs for asexual students. Read more...

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'Class Not Dismissed'

HomeBy Kaitlin Mulhere. Aveni is Russell Colgate Distinguished University Professor of Astronomy, Anthropology and Native American Studies at Colgate University, where he has taught since 1963. His experiences with college students and fellow academics during the past half-century are the backbone of Class Not Dismissed: Reflections on Undergraduate Education and Teaching the Liberal Arts (University Press of Colorado). Aveni writes on a wide range of topics, from his love of the lecture-style lesson to helping develop a core curriculum. Read more...

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#Gamergate and Games Research

HomeBy Carl Straumsheim. The Digital Games Research Association (DiGRA) is under attack by critics who say academe is colluding with the mainstream media to push a feminist agenda in video games.
The association, an international group of scholars and professionals in a variety of fields, is the latest group to be dragged into the ongoing Gamergate controversy, an uncontrollable social media campaign whose call for ethics in gaming journalism has been marred by anonymity-fueled misogyny. Read more...

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Open, but Undiscovered

HomeBy Carl Straumsheim. When faculty members choose which textbooks to assign to their students, they look for trusted names and a track record of quality -- not the price tag, a new survey suggests. While those priorities may stymie the growth and adoption of open educational resources (OER), the Babson Survey Research Group’s report on faculty members’ attitudes and opinions about those resources contains both “terrible” and “incredible” news for proponents of OER, depending on your interpretation. Read more...

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On Their Watch

HomeBy Ry Rivard. Inattentive college and university governing boards are putting American higher education at risk, according to a new set of guidelines for trustees issued today by the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges. Read more...

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Endowment Returns Up Again

HomeBy Ry Rivard. College endowment funds saw double-digit returns this year, but many are still just treading water over the past decade.  Endowments saw average market returns of 15.8 percent in the 2014 budget year, according to preliminary findings of a survey by Commonfund and the National Association of College and University Business Officers. Read more...

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Can instructors become unenrollable?

By Brian Mathews. Our Dean’s Advisory Council meetings are always enlightening. On Monday we held small group discussions on teaching and research practices. (Ralph Hall blogged about his experience.) I have enough material for several posts but today I am reflecting on the concept of faculty who could become unenrollable. More...

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Outreach is Empathy. Outreach is Entrepreneurship.

By Brian Mathews. I have a new paper to share with you: Engines For Change: Libraries as drivers of engagement. This essay is based on a keynote I gave at Entre Lib: Conference for Entrepreneurial Librarians back in May 2013. The theme of the conference was Social Entrepreneurship in Action. More...

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Notes to my sleep-deprived self

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/castingoutnines-45.pngBy Robert Talbert. Remember how earlier this semester I wrote that, despite the constant influx of projects and tasks that I am working on, I am really focusing on just four things: relationships, balance, simplicity, and kindness? Well, unsurprisingly it turns out that this is harder than it looks. More...

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A University Is a Social Force

By . When the president of a university is dragged from his bed in the middle of the night and shot point-blank in his garden by an elite squad of the national military, we must pause to ask why.
This month the Universidad Centroamericana in El Salvador, known as UCA, will be commemorating the 25th anniversary of the killings of eight people on its campus, including six Jesuit priests: the president, vice president, and leading faculty members. Universities—especially those of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities—will be sending delegations to San Salvador for a range of events to remember these martyrs. More...

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