06 avril 2015

Presidents in Indiana Decry 'Religious Freedom' Law

HomeThe presidents of three universities in Indiana issued statements over the weekend criticizing Indiana's new "religious freedom" law, which state lawmakers say is needed to protect religious freedom but is viewed by many as license for businesses to discriminate against L.G.B.T. people. Read more...

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An Illinois Community College's Approach to Free Tuition

HomeHarper College, in Illinois, on Sunday unveiled a program to provide two years of free tuition to high school graduates in its district. The program has some requirements: students may miss only limited numbers of days in high school, must graduate on time and must perform community service. Read more...

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In a First, Non-Norwegian to Lead Norwegian University

HomeAn American, Curt Rice (right), was last week named rector of Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences. Rice is the first non-Norwegian selected to lead a Norwegian university. Rice has been an administrator and faculty member at the University of Tromso, in Norway, and has been active in efforts to recruit women into academe, particularly in science fields. Read more...

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Faculty Propose Sweet Briar Shift Focus to STEM

HomeTwenty-plus faculty members and alumnae of Sweet Briar College announced Thursday that they want to keep the institution alive but shift its focus to science, mathematics and technology. The plan would have the college focus on STEM, with seven majors in those fields. The college would remain a women's institution and thus become the only one to focus on STEM. Read more...

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Failing Fast? Fail Better!

HomeBy Kenneth Womack and Nichola D. Gutgold. Mentoring faculty on the tenure track is challenging under any circumstances. And helping them to succeed under that age-old trifecta of promotion and tenure requirements -- the three variously unequal cells of teaching, research and service -- can be one of the academy’s most convoluted navigations. Read more...

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In Defense of Curmudgeons

HomeBy Terry O'Banion. Curmudgeons prosper in every sector of higher education. And every seasoned faculty member and administrator can identify at least one curmudgeon at their institution. Read more...

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Policies and Conversation

HomeBy E. Gordon Gee. The issue of sexual violence on college and university campuses has been a metaphorical bomb dropped on the reputation of American higher education. A bomb that has been ticking and counting down for decades, and has now reached the point of explosion and complete catastrophe. Read more...

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'Hitchcock à la Carte'

HomeBy Scott McLemee. During a late and tense scene in Hitchcock (2012) -- the biopic with Anthony Hopkins in the title role, centering on the troubled making of Psycho -- we see the director’s agent suggest one way to avert the disaster of being stuck with a film that neither the studio nor the censor will approve: edit it to run as a two-part episode of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents," his successful and lucrative television series. Read more...

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Will Ratings Displace Accreditation?

HomeBy Judith S. Eaton. With all the extensive consultation about the Postsecondary Institutions Ratings System during the past 18 months, all the meetings and the many conversations, we know almost nothing about its likely impact on accreditation, our all-important effort by colleges, universities and accrediting organizations working together to define, judge and improve academic quality. Read more...

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STEM, not STEAM

HomeBy Gary S. May. The last few years have brought a call from some quarters to update the STEM acronym -- for science, technology, engineering and mathematics -- to STEAM, with the A standing for arts. On the surface, such a move seems harmless. What’s another letter, right? But in my view, STEM should stay just as it is, because education policy has yet to fully embrace the concept it represents -- and that concept is more important than ever. Read more...

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