21 décembre 2014

The Walking Dead in Higher Ed

HomeBy Geoff Irvine. Today, leaders of colleges and universities across the board, regardless of size or focus, are struggling to meaningfully demonstrate the true value of their institution for students, educators and the greater community because they can't really prove that students are learning. Read more...

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Short in Academe

HomeBy Katherine Aidala. I am a five-foot-tall female physicist. You hear a lot about the challenges facing women in physics. These are real, and the percentage of physics bachelor’s degrees earned by women has stagnated at just over 20 percent for more than a decade. Being a woman in physics can be hard, but being a short physicist seems even harder to me. Read more...

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Green-Eyed Monster

HomeBy Scott McLemee. Some years ago I met a woman who owned a large calico cat bearing a certain resemblance to Queen Victoria: stout, regal, disapproving. She had enjoyed her mistress’s undivided attention as a kitten; thesecond cat joining them a few years later proved easy to dominate. But the large male primate who began coming to the apartment on some evenings was another matter. I appeared incapable of taking a hint, and she was not amused. Read more...

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From Strength to Strength

HomeBy Judith Shapiro. It should not be controversial to believe that growing up involves becoming stronger, becoming better able to withstand whatever slings and arrows life throws at us and to pursue our goals even against difficult challenges. Surely the college years can and should play an important role in that growing-up process. Read more...

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Honesty About Academic Jobs

HomeBy Holly Else for Times Higher Education. Universities should have a “proper dialogue” with Ph.D. students from the start about the fact that they are “not walking into a job for life.”
That is the view of Dame Athene Donald, head of a Royal Society working group that has published new guidelines about doctoral candidate development. Read more...

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Easier Path to Cuba

HomeBy Elizabeth Redden. Wednesday’s announcement by the White House that the U.S. will re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba will have implications for further expanding academic travel to the island nation. Read more...

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Getting Accreditation Right

HomeBy Paul Fain. Linda Suskie knows the accreditation process. She has seen it from both sides during her four-decade career in higher education, which has included stints as a university administrator and as a vice president at a regional accrediting agency. Read more...

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One Course Without Pay

HomeBy Colleen Flaherty. When it comes to first-year writing courses, how many sections are too many for one instructor to teach? Full-time, non-tenure-track faculty members at Arizona State University say five per semester, and they’re protesting their department’s plan to increase their teaching load to that number (up from four) each term, starting next fall. They say they’re worried the service work they’ll give up in exchange for the extra course won’t be taken up by tenure-line faculty, and that they won’t be able to give needy students the same level of attention. Read more...

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'The History of American Higher Education'

HomeBy Scott Jaschik. American higher education today looks nothing like it did a few generations ago, let alone at the founding of the country. A new book, The History of American Higher Education: Learning and Culture From the Founding to World War II (Princeton University Press), explores how colleges evolved. The author is Roger L. Geiger, who is distinguished professor of higher education at Pennsylvania State University. Read more...

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'Day After Debt'

HomeBy Kaitlin Mulhere. Day After Debt: A Call for Student Loan Relief" is about the demand for higher education, the related growth in student debt and the pressures that puts on graduates. The exhibit opened last month at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University and is presented in cooperation with the art organization Protocinema. Read more...

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