Scholars Do, in Fact, Agree on Basics of Plagiarism

To the Editor:

In “Everybody’s Talking About Plagiarism. What Is It Exactly?,” the article states, “Scholars tend to disagree on what plagiarism is and how to distinguish it from paraphrasing.” I disagree. We necessarily build on and reinterpret other scholars’ work, which means that norms for citation and attribution are the fulcrum on which our collective and individual efforts balance. In peer-reviewed publications and talks we must take care to distinguish our own contributions from those of…

Funding Model Supported in Essay Does Not Preserve Public Good

To the Editor:

In his essay “Flagships Must Create New Models to Preserve the Public Good,” Nicholas Dirks, chancellor of the University of California at Berkeley, calls for a new “funding model” that sells education at higher prices, and builds public-private ventures. The model is neither new nor preserves the public good. It hides reality and subverts the university.

I agree with Chancellor Dirks, we do need a new model, but one in which the administration is accountable to those — deans, f…

Article on Bias in Police Shootings Misconstrued Research Findings

To the Editor,

It is refreshing to read an informed article that encourages the use of actual data in charged issues such as the current controversy over racial bias in police shootings. In “‘One Trigger Finger for Whites and Another for Blacks’: What the Research Says,” (The Chronicle, July 8), you makes a commendable effort in a very brief article to outline some of the difficulties inherent in relying upon current research, which contributes to the current unfortunate situation where writers …

No Need for Trump to Specify He Attended Wharton as an Undergrad

To the Editor:

I really enjoyed your article on Trump’s educational history (“Trump: The College Years,The Chronicle, July 3). I found it a great exploration of how his indifference to institutional prestige has likely been deep seated for most of his life.

However, I have to disagree with one minor assertion you made about three quarters into the piece:

“In public speeches and tweets, Mr. Trump often notes that he “went to Wharton,” leaving vague the fact that he earned a bachelor’s degree …

Combatting Sexual Harassment Doesn’t Make One a Vigilante

To the Editor:

As a senior female faculty member in a male-dominated field not discussed in the article “To Avoid More Scandals, Cautious Departments Swap Drinking for Hiking,” (The Chronicle, July 3) I was disturbed by some of the language used to describe the substantive efforts of faculty to combat sexual harassment and sexual assault in their fields.

Philosopher Janice Dowell is referred to as “a vigilante of sorts” for using the power available to her to discourage an editor from reward…

For Sterling College, in Vermont, Rural Location Is a Benefit

To the Editor:

As the President of Sterling College, one of the “isolated” colleges mentioned in the article “Small, Rural Colleges Grapple with Their Geography” (The Chronicle, June 24), I wish to offer a different perspective on the central premise of the piece. For Sterling College, our rural location is an essential element of our mission and curriculum, not something to be overcome.

Sterling College students, studying at Vermont’s only college of environmental stewardship, want to be a pa…

Will Colleges Now Have to Let Students Self-Identify as a Different Race?

To the Editor:

I have read a number of the articles over the last few months pertaining to race/diversity and LBGT issues — particularly in North Carolina — and I just now read “Race-Conscious Admissions Policies Just Got Easier to Defend” (The Chronicle, June 23).  Unless I missed it, it seems that you and others have thus far missed a larger story that may well have a massive impact — intended or not — on the way genetic characteristics are handled on campus.  Start with the recent direc…

UC Campuses Do, in Fact, Provide Emergency-Preparedness Training

To the Editor:

I wanted to take a moment to comment on your article, “Scared and Unprepared, UCLA Students Improvised a Lockdown Response” (The Chronicle, June 3.)  As a campus emergency manager in the University of California system, I can tell you that each of the 10 campuses that are a part of the UC system offer some sort of emergency preparedness and/or active shooter training. The largest hurdle we all face is getting students, staff, and faculty to show up for the training. It’s out there…

No Surprise That Tech Companies Think Colleges Should Adapt

To the Editor:

In “Google’s ‘Education Evangelist’: Students Are Changing Faster Than Colleges” (The Chronicle, April 6), the interviewee, Mr. Casap, uttered a lot of the breathless paeans to futurism that we often hear, but we must always remember that the college-age population, being early adults, are somewhat susceptible to manipulation by forces that wish to extract economic value from them. These often take the form of attractive gadgets that, to the young person, come to seem absolutely r…

Student Voices Need to Be Heard in Teacher Evaluations

To the Editor:

I agree with many of the points Dr. Stark makes related to the need for institutions to have a system in place for evaluating teaching effectiveness that incorporates a variety of measures, such as quality of course design, student products (e.g., creations, projects, papers), ratings by trained peers, teaching portfolios, and so forth (“How One Professor Is Trying to Paint a Richer Portrait of Effective Teaching,The Chronicle, June 16).

I would argue, however, that in order to …