30 août 2015

Teaching 'Fun Home'

HomeBy Domenick Scudera. Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir Fun Home has received critical raves. A musical adaptation has become a Broadway smash. Despite these successes, some students in Duke University’s incoming class refused to read Fun Home when it was placed on their recommended summer reading list. Read more...

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Science Matters

HomeBy Adele Wolfson. An organic chemist I know tells her doctors that she is a professor of Southern literature whenever she is in the hospital. That’s because organic chemistry has come to symbolize all the irrelevant science hoops that premedical and medical students jump through on the way to becoming physicians. Read more...

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The Unemployment-Enrollment Link

HomeBy Nate Johnson. Employment and unemployment rates, much more than the number of high school graduates or other population trends -- which are important over time but very slow moving -- are the biggest factors driving enrollment for community colleges, for-profit colleges and some open-access four-year institutions. Read more...

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A Valid Question to Ask

HomeBy Pamela Brown. The Center for Community Alternatives’ report on the use of prospective students’ high school disciplinary behavior records in the college admissions review process exposes the wild, wild west that exists with high schools and their disciplinary policies. Both the school-by-school variations in reasons for suspending or expelling students and the differing methods for reporting such information understandably raise concerns about negative implications of the collection and use of such information. Read more...

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Learning to Adapt

HomeBy Paul Fain. Like most community colleges that enroll large numbers of low-income students, Essex County College has a serious graduation rate problem, with remedial math being a primary stumbling block. Read more...

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Responding to Free

HomeBy Ashley A. Smith. Community colleges across Tennessee are starting their academic year with many students who may have never thought they would attend an institution of higher learning, but who are taking advantage of the Tennessee Promise program, which offers them a free two-year college education. Read more...

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‘Free’ vs. ‘Affordable’

HomeBy Michael Stratford. Following a monthslong effort by liberal groups to push “debt-free college” -- and after President Obama’s call for free community college earlier this year -- leading Democratic presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders both now have proposals that would expand the role of the federal government in higher education. Read more...

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Presidential Personality

HomeBy Kellie Woodhouse. Imagine this scenario: a presidential search is underway at a college. A candidate visits campus and is perceived by a board member as being overly ambitious and narcissistic. The trustee is ready to cut the candidate from the short list, but a subsequent test reveals that while the candidate is ambitious, that ambition is reserved not necessarily for self but channeled into whatever organization he or she is affiliated with. Read more...

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Why Replication Matters

HomeBy Colleen Flaherty. Science is a process, not a product -- often a long one. And key to the process of organizing and creating knowledge is replication, or reproducing even the most credible-seeming results to help confirm their validity or to expose flaws in the work. Read more...

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Not So 'Fun Home'

HomeBy Colleen Flaherty. Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic has won numerous accolades and its stage adaptation swept this summer's Tony Awards. Read more...

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