25 septembre 2018

100 and 200 Level Courses

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/large/public/confessions_of_a_community_college_dean_blog_header.jpgBy Matt Reed. Are 200-level courses more rigorous than 100 level?
There's a recurring debate on my campus about mandating a certain number of 200 level classes for a degree.  Advocates tend to frame the argument around academic rigor. 200 level classes are more rigorous than 100, the argument goes, so we should require some 200 levels in every program to ensure that students are appropriately challenged. More...

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Conditional Acceptance, as Seen from Here

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/large/public/confessions_of_a_community_college_dean_blog_header.jpgBy Matt Reed. I was struck, in reading the recent Hechinger Report piece on conditional acceptance, at how negatively it was portrayed. Within the frame of reference they used, it’s understandable, but I can attest that it looks very different from here. More...

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Thoughts on the Washington Monthly College Guide

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/large/public/confessions_of_a_community_college_dean_blog_header.jpgBy Matt Reed. When I taught writing, I told the students that they needed to consider the intended audience. Were they writing for children, for educated adults, or for specialists in a field? Factors like those would affect the choices a good writer would make. More...

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“What Would Help?”

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/large/public/confessions_of_a_community_college_dean_blog_header.jpgBy Matt Reed. More thoughts on rankings.
Every so often, I have one of those conversations in which an initial misunderstanding inadvertently lays the groundwork for a good exchange. More...

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The Last First Day

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/large/public/confessions_of_a_community_college_dean_blog_header.jpgBy Matt Reed. The Boy starts his senior year of high school this week. More...

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Seeing What Isn’t There

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/large/public/confessions_of_a_community_college_dean_blog_header.jpgBy Matt Reed. Like most colleges, mine has a pretty robust process for developing and vetting new program proposals. The process starts in existing academic departments, with faculty there proposing something. It moves to the divisional level, then through Academic Council (similar to a curriculum committee), and then to the collegewide governance body for ratification. More...

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In Defense of Free Parking

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/large/public/confessions_of_a_community_college_dean_blog_header.jpgBy Matt Reed. My college has free parking, which is not common among public colleges. It’s facing some long-term budget issues, as I may have mentioned once or twice.  Every so often, someone suggests charging for parking. More...

Posté par pcassuto à 22:53 - - Permalien [#]

Fresh Eyes

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/large/public/confessions_of_a_community_college_dean_blog_header.jpgBy Matt Reed. As part of the first week of classes, we had our regular opening reception for adjunct faculty. It’s a combination of a social gathering, an orientation, and an awards ceremony. I sat at a table with someone who teaches in the Homeland Security program, having recently retired from the field. More...

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The Attention Problem

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/large/public/confessions_of_a_community_college_dean_blog_header.jpgBy Matt Reed. “Why don’t they see it?”
Melinda Karp’s article about colleges struggling to move from reform proposals to actual implementation struck a chord with me. I’ve been in the “why don’t they see it?” position enough times to have obsessed about this for a while. More...

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Income Share Agreements for Undocumented Students

HomeBy Paul Fain. Colorado Mountain College today announced the creation of an income-share agreement fund aimed at undocumented students and others who are not eligible to receive federal financial aid, including Dreamers, or students who are eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. More...

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