The Chronicle of Higher Education | Commentary http://chronicle.com/section/Commentary/44/ Opinion & Ideas :: Commentary Fri, 31 Oct 2014 23:16:18 EDT <![CDATA[A Billion-Dollar Problem]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/149725/ http://chronicle.com/article/A-Billion-Dollar-Problem/149725/ Getting more high-ability, low-income students to apply to selective institutions won’t help unless colleges collectively agree to provide more need-based financial aid.

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Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:20:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Service Academies, Too, Should Have to Publicly Report Sexual Assaults]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/149705/ http://chronicle.com/article/Service-Academies-Too-Should/149705/ Students at the five military institutions will remain at risk until the government puts their academies under the Clery Act, just as civilian colleges are.

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Wed, 29 Oct 2014 14:35:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Guns on Campus Have Already Curtailed Free Speech]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/149663/ http://chronicle.com/article/Guns-on-Campus-Have-Already/149663/ A feminist speaker’s decision to cancel her appearance at Utah State University is one of the first clear examples of how laws allowing concealed weapons can thwart academic freedom and First Amendment rights.

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Mon, 27 Oct 2014 13:15:49 EDT
<![CDATA['Yes Means Yes' Isn't the Answer]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/149639/ http://chronicle.com/article/Yes-Means-Yes-Isnt-the/149639/ New legislation in California implies that campus sexual assaults are merely the result of misunderstandings. The law is a distraction that will not reduce the problem.

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Mon, 27 Oct 2014 00:00:01 EDT
<![CDATA[Higher-Ed Reform or Drinking Game? You Decide.]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/149507/ http://chronicle.com/article/Higher-Ed-Reform-or-Drinking/149507/ The effort to standardize assessments of student learning is less about improving education than it is about pedagogical politics and the rise of managerial power in academe.

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Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[To Save the Humanities, Change the Narrative]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/149513/ http://chronicle.com/article/To-Save-the-Humanities-Change/149513/ Whether there’s actually a crisis is debatable. Let’s say there’s not, and work together to prove it.

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Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Wikipedia, a Professor's Best Friend]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/149337/ http://chronicle.com/article/Wikipedia-a-Professors-Best/149337/ The crowdsourced encyclopedia is scorned in academe when it ought to be embraced for classroom use.

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Mon, 13 Oct 2014 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[For Safety's Sake, Get Rid of Campus Cops]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/149275/ http://chronicle.com/article/For-Safetys-Sake-Get-Rid-of-/149275/ Divested of criminal-justice obligations, colleges could focus, as they should, on safety and security.

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Wed, 08 Oct 2014 14:42:09 EDT
<![CDATA[Stymied on the Cusp of College]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/149213/ http://chronicle.com/article/Stymied-on-the-Cusp-of-College/149213/ Plenty of well-prepared students are pulled off the path just before what should be their freshman year. Colleges can lend them a hand.

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Mon, 06 Oct 2014 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Pay-for-Success Financing]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/149217/ http://chronicle.com/article/Pay-for-Success-Financing/149217/ England and New York City have experimented with the outcome-focused model. Could it benefit America's low-income college students?

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Mon, 06 Oct 2014 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[MOOC U: The Revolution Isn't Over]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/149039/ http://chronicle.com/article/MOOC-U-The-Revolution-Isnt/149039/ But it’s time for the primary players to assess their role in the academic ecosystem.

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Mon, 29 Sep 2014 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Despite Athletic Excesses, the Academic Mission Prevails]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/149031/ http://chronicle.com/article/Despite-Athletic-Excesses-the/149031/ A display of academic might at one conference's headquarters is a refreshing surprise in today’s commercialized athletic world.

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Mon, 29 Sep 2014 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[After Illinois’s Administrative Fiasco, Questions Remain]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148853/ http://chronicle.com/article/After-Illinois-s/148853/ For instance, can a university claim to subscribe to principles of academic freedom and then ignore them?

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Thu, 18 Sep 2014 05:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Divestiture Is Nothing but a Distraction]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148789/ http://chronicle.com/article/Divestiture-Is-Nothing-but-a/148789/ To do something about climate change, now is the time to move beyond symbolism and create a movement driven by young people.

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Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[In Sexual-Misconduct Cases, Hear the Facts]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148783/ http://chronicle.com/article/In-Sexual-Misconduct-Cases/148783/ Efforts to punish offenders must be balanced by an equally passionate commitment to disciplined, impartial fact-finding.

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Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[A New Obstacle for Students With Disabilities]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148795/ http://chronicle.com/article/A-New-Obstacle-for-Students/148795/ By opposing a reauthorization provision that would establish equal access to technology, the American Council on Education is turning its back on students who need help the most.

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Fri, 12 Sep 2014 12:30:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Let's Ask More of Our Students—and of Ourselves]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148559/ http://chronicle.com/article/Lets-Ask-More-of-Our/148559/ As educators, we need to start making our own plans to improve academic standards.

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Tue, 02 Sep 2014 05:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[You Don't Need a Search Firm to Hire a President]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148525/ http://chronicle.com/article/You-Dont-Need-a-Search-Firm/148525/ Contrary to what high-priced consultants tell you, your ideal candidate isn’t that hard to find.

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Mon, 01 Sep 2014 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[On the Immense Good Fortune of Higher Education]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148541/ http://chronicle.com/article/On-the-Immense-Good-Fortune-/148541/ In his last Think Tank column, Kevin Carey says that colleges are what great societies build. That means colleges have a lot to live up to.

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Mon, 01 Sep 2014 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Don't Let Adjunct Bashing Go Unchallenged]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148551/ http://chronicle.com/article/Dont-Let-Adjunct-Bashing-Go/148551/ A recent posting, which featured an ugly attack on a deceased adjunct, highlights the need to fight the self-congratulatory mythology of tenure.

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Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:49:50 EDT
<![CDATA[Why August Is the Cruelest Month]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148501/ http://chronicle.com/article/Why-August-Is-the-Cruelest/148501/ A history professor tries to maintain perspective while tracking the anemic enrollment figures for his fall course.

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Thu, 28 Aug 2014 05:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Colleges Could Narrow the Income Gap on Campuses]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148453/ http://chronicle.com/article/Colleges-Could-Narrow-the/148453/ A plan at St. Mary’s College of Maryland would permanently cap the growing ratio between top and bottom earners.

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Mon, 25 Aug 2014 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Today's Lesson: Life in the Classroom Before Cellphones]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148423/ http://chronicle.com/article/Todays-Lesson-Life-in-the/148423/ A professor bribes her students not to use them during class, and everybody enjoys the results.

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Mon, 25 Aug 2014 00:00:01 EDT
<![CDATA[How Do We Get Our Students to Become Cops?]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148447/ http://chronicle.com/article/How-Do-We-Get-Our-Students-to/148447/ History, social science, empathy. Complex problem solving, critical thinking, curiosity. That’s what we teach our students, and what police forces need.

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Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:22:46 EDT
<![CDATA[Mending the Marriage Between Colleges and the Military]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148369/ http://chronicle.com/article/Mending-the-Marriage-Between/148369/ Given the amount of money paid to elite universities for officers’ executive-education programs, they should be worth more than a line on a résumé.

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Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:00:01 EDT
<![CDATA[The Case for Undergraduate Law Degrees]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148371/ http://chronicle.com/article/The-Case-for-Undergraduate-Law/148371/ Limiting legal education to graduate students has contributed to the mystification of the law across society.

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Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:00:01 EDT