06 juillet 2019

Sharing and Attention in the Academic Gig Economy

By Barbara Fister. Sharing openly is the future, but we need to think about how to do it right.
It struck me today that there is a parallel between the way Big Entertainment appears to have abandoned its attempt to extend copyright terms yet again and the way Big Academic Publishing is beginning to learn how to stop worrying and love open access. More...

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Bloopers and Expertise

By Barbara Fister. We hold a meeting at the end of the academic year where there’s only one thing on the agenda: what’s going on with our students as they try to make sense of information? We always have some assessment data to go over, but we also talk about how classes went and what we’ve seen at the reference desk. More...

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Other Than That...

By Matt Reed. On the idea that colleges should be liable for their students' loans.
It’s the sort of idea that sounds good if you assume that every college is affluent, every student graduates, recessions don’t exist, nobody ever transfers, everybody can afford to attend full-time and has no other economic obligations, everybody is fluent in English, and we have unit-record data for every student in the country. More...

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That First Life Preserver

By Matt Reed. What does a good first outreach to a struggling student look like?
I have a pretty good idea of what it shouldn’t look like. In my own freshman year of college, I was surrounded by affluent prep school graduates on a pretty campus in the middle of nowhere.  For reasons lost to the sands of time, I decided it would be a good idea to try to study Russian. More...

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Yes, But: Humanities at Community Colleges

By Matt Reed. Important trends.
The Community College Research Center (CCRC) just issued two reports on the state of the Humanities at community colleges in the U.S. One looks at the proportion of students who major in humanities, and also at the percentage of overall courses taken that fall under what the reports call “HLA” (humanities and liberal arts -- a serious misnomer, given that the liberal arts also include the social sciences, math, and the natural sciences, but whatever). The other looks at humanities course enrollment and performance as a predictor of degree completion, vertical transfer, and completion upon vertical transfer. More...

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Graduation, From a Different Perspective

By Matt Reed. ... as a parent.
Over the last twenty years, I’ve been to over 30 college graduation ceremonies, always in some sort of official role. More...

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In Which I Try to Decipher our First College Bill

By Matt Reed. So I received the first bill from UVA for The Boy. It covers his first semester.
As an object of interpretation, it’s remarkable. More...

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Friday Fragments - June 13, 2019

By Matt Reed. Provosts, debunking the idea of "administrative bloat," more.
The IHE piece on Thursday about treating provosts as COO’s, and as potential presidents, struck some chords with me. More...

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The Illusion of Solidity

By Matt Reed. The end of a college.
f you haven’t seen Brendan O’Malley’s piece on the closure of Newbury College, near Boston, it’s well worth reading. More...

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Creative Uses of Philanthropy

By Matt Reed. I say “constructively,” because most of us have heard stories of featherbedding, corruption, and “side door” admissions. That’s not the point at all. (Happily, community colleges have large enough front doors that side doors are unnecessary.) And I say “creative” because most of us are already familiar with scholarships and naming rights for buildings. More...

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