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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 …

Past Time for Colleges to Get on Board With Efforts to Assess Teaching

To the Editor:

I applaud Philip Stark’s efforts and indeed all efforts to apply more scholarly and rigorous assessment to teaching (“How One Professor Is Trying to Paint a Richer Portrait of Effective Teaching,The Chronicle, June 16). However, we’ve been hearing about initiatives of this kind now for nearly two decades, including such efforts as the Peer Review of Teaching course portfolio project (not to be confused with teaching portfolios, which do something worthwhile but different). But…

Don’t Forget Political Voice and Influence of Regional Publics

To the Editor:

Your feature “Where Does the Regional State University Go From Here?” (The Chronicle, May 22) was timely, important, and resonated with me. Three years ago, I served as interim chancellor at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, part of the University of Wisconsin System. Coming from the flagship Madison campus, this experience profoundly impacted me and changed how I see higher education to this day. I second the considerations on enrollment anxiety, in a perfect storm of demog…

Koch Influence on George Mason’s Law and Econ Center Overstated

To the Editor:

The main part of your article, “How George Mason U. Became Koch’s Academic Darling” (The Chronicle, May 13), dealt with naming the George Mason School of Law after Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, but included criticisms of the judicial-education programs run by the Law and Economics Center, suggesting political bias because the programs are supported by the Koch brothers. As someone who has lectured in these programs for almost 30 years, I would like to respond.

In all the t…

Op-Ed on Copyright Case Was Misleading

To the Editor:

I felt compelled to write to you after reading Pam Samuelson’s recent op-ed related to the GSU case, “Colleges Shouldn’t Have to Deal With Copyright Monitoring,” (The Chronicle, May 17). There is some stretching of the truth in parts of the piece that risk both unhelpfully inflaming the already heated rhetoric and obscuring the (admittedly complicated) issues around the case. I wanted to highlight the passages of concern, especially since certain points are simply inaccurate. To w…

What, Exactly, Was ‘Sweeping’ About the Changes at Baylor?

To the Editor:

There is a major disconnect between the heading of your news posting — “‘Fundamental Failure’ on Sexual Assaults Brings Sweeping Change at Baylor” (The Chronicle, May 27) — and the content of the article. Was the president terminated for his role in the debacle? No. You wrote: “He is also expected to remain a tenured member of the law-school faculty and earn the full base salary that he is currently paid. Baylor’s 2014 report to the IRS lists that amount as $611,654.”

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True Reason Campus Group Wouldn’t Co-Sponsor Conference on Rape

To the Editor:

Your article, “As Consent Rules Change, Big Questions Come to Surface” (The Chronicle, May 18), was balanced and timely. As organizer of the conference on which you reported, I would only make one correction: The Center for Women’s and Gender Studies declined to co-sponsor the conference not “because of a disagreement over how the speakers and topics would be selected,” but because, as the center’s director wrote, of “the nature of our constituency and the fact that we will not ha…

Real Threat to Research Access Is Stagnation of Public Funding

To the Editor:

Michael Satlow’s commentary, “Academic Publishing: Toward a New Model” (The Chronicle, May 18), proposed that the web could “transform academic publishing” by delegating peer review to professional societies. Like other scientists, I share his hopes for greatly widened accessibility of the scholarly literature, for lowered publishing costs and for improved research collaboration. But as a former leader of a scientific society deeply engaged in publishing and peer review, I que…

Worth Noting That Program for Riskiest Students Is Open to All Races

To the Editor:

One might get the impression from your article, “2 Colleges Build Better ‘Bridge’ to Ph.D.s for Minority Students” (The Chronicle, May 27), that the program discussed is open only to underrepresented minority students, but it is important for readers to know that this is not the case. According to the program’s executive director: “All students can apply. All races/ethnicities are represented in the program.”

That’s as it should be, and kudos to those running the program for rec…