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Faculty Members Must Play Their Part in Keeping Teaching Costs Under Control

Colleges are exploiting advances in analytical modeling to engage professors in discussions of teaching cost in relation to quality.

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Law and Engineering Should Share Curriculum

The two disciplines seem so different that their students may be reluctant to learn from one another. But the future depends on their doing so.

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Stop Students Who Cheat Before They Become Cheating Professors

Colleges that don’t confront academic dishonesty dilute the value of education and embolden future deception.

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A Moment of Clarity on the Role of Technology in Teaching  

A recent report from MIT about online education argues that the right way to use technology is to help professors do what they already do, but better.

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For More Economic Diversity, Fix Income Inequality

The widening gap is making it more difficult for colleges to recruit students from disadvantaged families.

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Guns and Learning Don’t Mix

A college professor in Georgia, where concealed weapons are about to be allowed on campuses, sees them as a fatal distraction.

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The Educational Power of Discomfort

Our fragile students need to be exposed to difficult realities.

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How America’s Best Idea Can Be Colleges’ Best Opportunity

Hands-on. Interdisciplinary. Cultural. Experiential. National parks can provide everything today’s students are looking for.

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Are Financially Desperate Law Schools Using a ‘Reverse Robin Hood Scheme’ to Stay Afloat?

Making disadvantaged students subsidize the attendance of their more privileged peers is as regressive as it is indefensible.

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In Darwinian World of Performance-Based Funding, the Neediest Students Are the Losers

Colleges and policy makers should focus on funding models that add value instead of focusing on outcomes devoid of human context.

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Understanding the Origins of Ed-Tech Snake Oil

Product marketers are on the far end of a game of telephone that often starts with research findings that are both nuanced and provisional.

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Why Theater Majors Are Vital in the Digital Age

As technology and machines consume more and more of life, perhaps theater can help us remember what it means to act like a human being.

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Why I Quit Yale Basketball at the Top of My Game

Coaches and administrators should be challenging college athletics’ culture of misogyny, racism, and social injustice.

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The Humanities Must Engage Global Grand Challenges

Scientists need humanists to persuade a skeptical public that the well-being of our planet is at stake.

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Why I’m Sticking to My ‘Noncompliant’ Learning Outcomes

How could an apparently minor disagreement over wording on a syllabus escalate so far, so fast?

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On Providing Learning Support for the Students You Actually Have

A recent essay misconstrued my comments on what colleges owe their students, especially those who are most vulnerable.

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New U.S. Visa Policy Puts Security Too Far Above Scientific Progress

The visa difficulties of a British expert in tropical parasitology show that American policy makers must find a way for scientists to travel to the United States as freely as they do elsewhere.

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The Odd Couple: How Ed Tech Must Support Vastly Different Types of Professors  

Understanding the needs, interests, and technical proficiency of faculty members before jumping into features and solutions is an important way to improve the process.

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Stop Blaming Colleges for Higher Education’s Unaffordability

The real culprits are wealth inequality and the political leaders who allowed it to become so extreme.

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Stop Worrying About Guns in the Classroom. They’re Already Here.

People who fear the prospect of legal, concealed weapons on campuses are being just as irrational as those who refuse to leave the house unarmed.