15 mars 2015

Pi Day of the Century

HomeBy Kaitlin Mulhere. Math’s annual day in the headlines is approaching, and this year, the spotlight is extra exact. That’s because Saturday is the most accurate Pi Day of the entire 21st century.  
Pi Day is celebrated every March 14 in honor of the mathematical constant pi. The number, which rounds to 3.14, represents the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. Read more...

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Wanting More Say

HomeBy Colleen Flaherty. Do most presidents really want a bigger role in faculty hiring and tenure decisions? Inside Higher Ed’s annual Survey of College and University Presidents suggests they do. And some of them are playing a larger role than faculty leaders might find reasonable. Ten percent of private college presidents, for example, say they've blocked the hire of scholars whose views they strongly disagreed with. While those findings didn't shock shared governance experts, some were uncomfortable with presidential sentiments. Read more...

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Beyond the Backlash

HomeBy Carl Straumsheim. Not only will journal editors for the International Studies Association continue to be free to blog, but last year’s debate about the professional value of blogging has spawned an initiative within the organization to explore how online media can benefit scholars in the field. Read more...

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'How Did You Get Here?'

HomeBy Scott Jaschik. The students profiled in How Did You Get Here? Students With Disabilities and Their Journeys to Harvard (Harvard Education Press) had much to overcome. They faced a range of disabilities and also attitudes of some who demeaned them and suggested that they wouldn't amount to much. The book is based on interviews with the students about how they persevered, and how they think about Harvard University and their futures. Read more...

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Feds’ Debt Collector Drama

HomeBy Michael Stratford. Two of the debt collection companies that the U.S. Department of Education earlier this month accused of misleading borrowers could potentially continue to collect defaulted loans on the department’s behalf under a different contract. Read more...

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'Bill of Rights' for Student Borrowers

HomeBy Michael Stratford. The Obama administration announced Tuesday that it plans to create a centralized complaint system for federal student loan borrowers as well as a single Web site where they can manage their loan payments. Read more...

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GTD for academics: The mindset and the precepts

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/castingoutnines-45.pngBy Robert Talbert. Like many of you, I have a lot going on both in my professional as well as my personal life. Also like many of you, I am pretty committed to finding and maintaining a healthy work/life balance so that I can get maximum enjoyment out of both life and work. More...

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Don’t Divide Teaching and Research

By . We excel, in the research university, at preparing our students to do world-class research — everywhere except the classrooms in which they teach. From the beginning we insist that Ph.D. applicants explain their research plans. When they arrive we put them through their paces in methodology classes, carefully taking apart their ideas of what they want to accomplish and introducing them to the hard work of gathering data, performing analyses, testing and retesting hypotheses, and exploring all possible outcomes. More...

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Teaching While Black

By . “There will never be a nigger SAE … You can hang him from a tree, but they will never sign with me … There will never be a nigger SAE.”
That vile chant has reverberated in my head throughout these last couple of days. More...

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The Chilling Effect of Mandatory Reporting of Sexual Assault

By . Imagine that you are a college freshman who has summoned the courage to seek advice from a trusted professor. But when you review the course syllabus you find a warning, in bold type, that your professor is required to report the content of any conversation that might indicate the occurrence of sexual violence, or any kind of gender discrimination, on campus. More...

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