‘At Capella University, Faculty Are Central to Our FlexPath Model’

To the Editor:

In an environment of innovation, there is understandable confusion and misunderstanding about new models. I want to address Steve Ward’s commentary “Higher-Ed Reform or Drinking Game? You Decide” (The Chronicle, October 20) and provide context around competency-based programs.

I disagree with the implication that competency-based education, particularly our FlexPath program, is a “low-faculty model.” At Capella University, faculty are central to our FlexPath model.

Adult students…

Percentage of Complaints About Collection Agencies Is ‘Miniscule’

To the Editor:

“Should the Education Dept. Start Collecting Its Own Debts?” (The Chronicle, October 8) included criticism of the Department of Education’s program for collecting defaulted student loans. Unfortunately, consumer advocates and some Members of Congress overlook important parts of the story.

The department contracts with private collection agencies to assist student and parent borrowers in rehabilitating and repaying their defaulted federal student loans. The collection agencies’ su…

Campus-Police System Works Well

To the Editor:

On behalf of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, I am compelled to respond to “For Safety’s Sake, Get Rid of Campus Cops” (The Chronicle, October 8). This opinion piece is inaccurate and misleading, and it does a disservice to the campus public-safety profession.

The authors claim that “No other American institution enjoys the power to create and maintain a police force.” The authority to grant arrest powers generally rests with the state Le…

Underrepresentation of Women in Elite Colleges Has Been Corrected

To the Editor:

“What Keeps Women Out of Elite Colleges? Their SAT Scores” (The Chronicle, October 2) cites research by Rob Bielby et al. arguing that women’s underrepresentation at elite colleges is driven by the focus these colleges place on the SAT coupled with gender gaps in SAT performance. This claim suffers from three basic problems: (1) highly selective colleges tend to emphasize other factors above test scores; (2) the authors’ data and methodology do not support causal inferences; a…

‘Adjunctism’ Goes Unrecognized By Its Practitioners

To the Editor:

“For Adjuncts, a Lot Is Riding on Student Evaluations” (Vitae, October 6) quotes from a letter saying that “A review of your course evaluations, coupled with concerns filed by students and other contributing faculty, resulted in the decision to remove your application from the liberal arts adjunct pool.”

The use of the term “adjunct pool” shows how language is used to control adjuncts and keep them in their place. Like the stenographer pools of an earlier era, it implies they are…

An Art College for Women Thrives in Philadelphia

To the Editor:

“Art Schools Work to Erase Image of Graduates as ‘Starving Artists’” (The Chronicle, September 22) touts the benefits of larger art schools, while characterizing smaller nonprofit art schools as challenged, fragile, and more likely to merge with larger institutions.

Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia, an Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design member school with roughly 500 undergraduate students, is one of those smaller colleges with a history of success….

How to Reduce Waiting in Counseling Centers

To the Editor:

“Seeking Help at a Campus Counseling Center? You May Have to Wait” (The Chronicle, October 10) brings about an awareness of the scarcity of counseling staffs at college campuses. As the article discusses some of the alternatives to combatting long waits to visit a counselor, I would like to also propose some alternatives that I have seen play out on different campuses. These alternatives may assist in reducing the wait time for students.

To accompany students who are in a crisis,…

College Police Departments Are More Accountable, Not Less

To the Editor:

The authors of “For Safety’s Sake, Get Rid of Campus Cops” (The Chronicle, October 8) are either completely ignorant about police departments in the United States or they have chosen to mislead their readers. California, Michigan, Florida, New Mexico, Ohio, and Texas, just to name a few, have autonomous police departments in their public schools. There are hospitals, airports, transit systems, and park districts that have autonomous police departments. The assertion that college c…

More Should Be Done to Help College-Bound Students

To the Editor:

There seems to be a disconnect with supporting college-bound students during the transition from high school to college. I would like to take the call to action made in “Stymied on the Cusp of College” (The Chronicle, October 6) further by also asking high schools to provide additional support to students and encouraging postsecondary institutions to identify new ways to support incoming students.

Oftentimes college counselors are tasked with supporting students through college ap…

Don’t Disband Campus Police Departments—Work With Them

To the Editor:

“For Safety’s Sake, Get Rid of Campus Cops” (The Chronicle, October 8) attempts to address the problem with college police departments. However, the issue the article is primarily addressing is that campus police departments are under the immediate, political influence of college administrators. Instead of disbanding all college police departments, maybe we should be discussing how to improve the relationship between college administrators and their respective campus police depart…