The Chronicle of Higher Education | Commentary http://chronicle.com/section/Commentary/44/ Opinion & Ideas :: Commentary Sat, 26 Jul 2014 06:26:53 EDT <![CDATA[To Fight Grade Inflation in the Humanities, Add Context]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147793/ http://chronicle.com/article/To-Fight-Grade-Inflation-in/147793/ To preserve the integrity of humanistic studies, colleges should push back against grading creep. A new effort at the University of North Carolina shows a way.

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Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:55:00 EDT
<![CDATA[The 'Best and Brightest' Aren’t Always Obvious]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147795/ http://chronicle.com/article/The-BestBrightest/147795/ If higher education does not broaden its scope, we will continue to exclude many students whose stories are not well represented by traditional academic measurement.

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Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:55:00 EDT
<![CDATA[For Colleges, 'Free' Is About Much More Than Money]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147675/ http://chronicle.com/article/For-Colleges-Free-Is-About/147675/ Cooper Union’s decision to charge tuition changes the culture of the institution.

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Mon, 14 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[How E-Reading Threatens Learning in the Humanities]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147661/ http://chronicle.com/article/How-E-Reading-Threatens/147661/ Screens, particularly those on devices with Internet connections, undermine our encounters with meaty texts.

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Mon, 14 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Texas Makes an Appalling Mess of Education ‘Reform’]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147561/ http://chronicle.com/article/Texas-Makes-an-Appalling-Mess/147561/ The struggles at the University of Texas at Austin are the latest flash point in a wider clash of views over the purpose of public universities.

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Wed, 09 Jul 2014 04:56:10 EDT
<![CDATA[At Sea in a Deluge of Data]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147477/ http://chronicle.com/article/At-Sea-in-a-Deluge-of-Data/147477/ Skill in finding useful information and a sense of what to trust will prove essential in the 21st-century workplace. Librarians can play a crucial role in training students accordingly.

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Mon, 07 Jul 2014 05:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[A Presidential Spouse Gets Back in the Game]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147495/ http://chronicle.com/article/A-Presidential-Spouse-Gets/147495/ By informally helping students with their communication skills, he found a useful, under-the-radar way to be involved on the campus. It’s a pleasure to pitch in.

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Mon, 07 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[The Great Accreditation Farce]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147425/ http://chronicle.com/article/The-Great-Accreditation-Farce/147425/ Certifying religious colleges that honor faith over academic freedom makes a mockery of whatever academic and intellectual standards the process is supposed to uphold.

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Mon, 30 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Restructure the Humanities Ph.D.]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147203/ http://chronicle.com/article/Restructure-the-Humanities/147203/ Rethinking the genre of the dissertation—not just as monograph but as digital exposition—would be a key first step. It would also produce more technologically savvy Ph.D.’s.

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Mon, 23 Jun 2014 05:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Lowering Law-School Tuition Benefits Everyone, Not Just the Students]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147215/ http://chronicle.com/article/Lowering-Law-School-Tuition/147215/ One institution is taking an unusual approach, its dean writes: doing more and charging less.

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Mon, 23 Jun 2014 05:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[The Overworked Bachelor's Degree Needs a Makeover]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147105/ http://chronicle.com/article/The-Overworked-Bachelors/147105/ We should offer more flexibility in when, where, and how students acquire it.

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Mon, 16 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Presidents, Do Right by Athletes and Adjuncts]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147103/ http://chronicle.com/article/Presidents-Do-Right-by/147103/ Higher education’s leaders can keep trying to excuse shabby workplace practices, but that’s beneath them and their duties to their institutions.

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Mon, 16 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Students' College Dreams Can't Wait]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147041/ http://chronicle.com/article/Students-College-Dreams-Cant/147041/ The president of the United Negro College Fund responds to critics who say his group should have rejected a $25-million gift from the Koch brothers.

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Wed, 11 Jun 2014 14:40:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Use the Common Core. Use It Widely. Use It Well.]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147007/ http://chronicle.com/article/Use-the-Common-Core-Use-It/147007/ It’s time for higher education to refocus the conversation where it belongs: on improving the preparation of students for the world that awaits them after high school.

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Tue, 10 Jun 2014 12:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[On Getting in the Way and Avoiding Cynicism: Excerpts From Graduation Speeches]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/146931/ http://chronicle.com/article/On-Getting-in-the-Way-and/146931/ Speakers advise new graduates at Ursinus College, Columbia University, and elsewhere.

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Mon, 09 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Pell Grant Increases Mean Little if Washington Acts Alone]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/146933/ http://chronicle.com/article/Pell-Grant-Increases-Mean/146933/ If states and colleges can’t keep tuition down, the poorest students will still be drowning in debt.

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Mon, 09 Jun 2014 00:00:01 EDT
<![CDATA[Higher Education's Missing Faculty Voices]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/146871/ http://chronicle.com/article/Higher-Educations-Missing/146871/ Amid all the talk of college reforms, faculty members are rarely mentioned. They should be a key part of the conversation.

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Mon, 02 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Better Ways to Battle the Silent Epidemic on Campuses]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/146861/ http://chronicle.com/article/Better-Ways-to-Battle-the/146861/ Mandatory screening for mental illness could help many students who might not otherwise seek treatment.

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Mon, 02 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Never Teach a Class Outdoors and Other Key Lessons I Have Learned]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/146863/ http://chronicle.com/article/Never-Teach-a-Class-Outdoors/146863/ A historian presents his academic Decalogue.

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Mon, 02 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Why the Disciplines Still Matter]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/146777/ http://chronicle.com/article/Why-the-Disciplines-Still/146777/ The intellectual breakthroughs needed to tackle major social problems are most likely to be produced not by generalists but by a diverse array of specialists.

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Tue, 27 May 2014 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA['Friendly Faculty': the Quiet Danger to Athletics Programs]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/146775/ http://chronicle.com/article/Friendly-Faculty-the-Quiet/146775/ Sometimes it’s professors, not coaches, who chip away at academic integrity in silly, indefensible efforts to help athletes with coursework.

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Tue, 27 May 2014 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[College Sports, Enriched by Loyal Tribes of Suckers]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/146639/ http://chronicle.com/article/College-Sports-Enriched-by/146639/ The fans passionately fuel a cash-drenched, morally bankrupt enterprise that grinds up the very same athletes they desperately wish to commune with, but never will.

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Mon, 19 May 2014 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Think College Costs Too Much? Thank the Government.]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/146641/ http://chronicle.com/article/Think-College-Costs-Too-Much-/146641/ The number of administrators hired to meet federal requirements is part of the problem.

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Mon, 19 May 2014 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Staff Salaries Aren’t the MLA’s Real Problem]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/146663/ http://chronicle.com/article/Staff-Salaries-Aren-t-the/146663/ Its leaders are paid a lot, but that would be OK if they were doing what they should for contingent faculty members.

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Mon, 19 May 2014 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Trust the Education Department With a Student Database? Not Likely.]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/146463/ http://chronicle.com/article/Trust-the-Education-Department/146463/ The agency has yet to show that it puts integrity of data and educational excellence ahead of other objectives.

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Mon, 12 May 2014 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Athletics and Academics Can Be a Winning Partnership]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/146467/ http://chronicle.com/article/AthleticsAcademics-Can-Be/146467/ The extent to which athletes’ academic abilities and successes are representative of the student body as a whole is a priority higher than numbers on the scoreboard.

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Mon, 12 May 2014 00:01:00 EDT