There Exist Proven Approaches to Non-Academic Student Support

To the Editor:

I would like to praise your article, “Meet Higher Education’s Newest Players: ‘Education Sherpas’” (The Chronicle, August 16), for pointing to the positive impact of providing non-academic student support to help learners navigate the complexities of the educational process. As the leading organization of student-support professionals, NASPA has long recognized the critical importance of offering students professional, non-academic support to help them define their long-term goals…

How Schools of Social Work Can Improve Outcomes for Minorities

To the Editor:

I am an assistant professor of social welfare at the University at Albany SUNY. I am an Asian American and identify strongly as a minority scholar, teacher, and social worker. I believe the racial fault lines discussed in “Leaked Faculty Letters Expose Racial Fault Lines at Smith’s Social-Work School” (The Chronicle, August 18) are not unique to any one social-work program or school. Success for any individual student is never guaranteed. However, the discrepancy for minority stud…

To Improve Relations Among Diverse Students, Make Them Interact

To the Editor:

One of your articles recently highlighted the efforts by a college to include a course on diversity in the core curriculum (“The Liberal Arts in the Real World,The Chronicle, August 8). While this is a laudable effort, I do not know if just talking about diversity in a classroom will improve relations among diverse groups of students.

My suggestion is that colleges and universities should offer one-credit “multicultural experienceship” courses that require all students to in…

Maryland, Too, Has Viable Alternative to ‘Free’ College

To the Editor:

I read with interest and enthusiasm SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher’s recent commentary, “Free College? The U.S. Should Look at State Models That Are Already Working” (The Chronicle, August 16). Finding realistic, timely answers to the problems of student-loan debt and college affordability is going to take much more than throwing “free” around as a viable solution, and Chancellor Zimpher’s examples of SUNY’s proactive models are an excellent start.

Here in Maryland, the newly launc…

Article Misses True Arguments Against Corporatization of Academe

To the Editor:

In reference to “What a University Can Learn From Wegmans” (The Chronicle, July 24), I’m not going to repeat the arguments about the problems caused by the “corporatization” of the American university. These can be found in plenty elsewhere. However, the idea that “corporate thinking undermines the altruistic values of academe” has nothing to do with the arguments against corporatization; that is, it’s a straw man, and authors who argue in favor of corporate influence on universit…

More Concerns About Clinton’s ‘Free College’ Plan

To the Editors:

I enjoyed your article, “How Clinton’s ‘Free College’ Could Cause a Cascade of Problems,” (The Chronicle, July 27). I addition to the points you made, a couple of things came to mind thinking about Clinton’s free education plan. Firstly, as a college instructor, I am concerned about the psychological impact of “free education” to the seriousness with which students will take their education. If there is no monetary cost associated to education on the student’s part throug…

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 …