The Chronicle of Higher Education | Commentary http://chronicle.com/section/Commentary/44/ Opinion & Ideas :: Commentary Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:59:48 EDT <![CDATA[In the Courts, an Imperfect Solution to Segregation’s Long Shadow]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/145865/ http://chronicle.com/article/In-the-Courts-an-Imperfect/145865/ Systems with a history of de jure segregation should confront the past and take charge of the changes necessary to bring the systems into compliance with the Constitution.

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Mon, 14 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[The Moral Panic in Literary Studies]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/145757/ http://chronicle.com/article/The-Moral-Panic-in-Literary/145757/ English departments that embrace a 1950s-era curricular paradigm are worried, and rightly so, as the comp-rhet crowd makes its mark.

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Mon, 07 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[College Is Still for Creating Citizens]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/145759/ http://chronicle.com/article/College-Is-Still-for-Creating/145759/ Higher education should go beyond preparing students for the workplace, say two educators at Oberlin.

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Mon, 07 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Bringing the Locker Room Into the Classroom]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/145761/ http://chronicle.com/article/Bringing-the-Locker-Room-Into/145761/ Watching a good coach at work opened one professor’s eyes to a new way of teaching.

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Mon, 07 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Restructuring Might Succeed Where Regulation Flounders]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/145613/ http://chronicle.com/article/Restructuring-Might-Succeed/145613/ States' corporate laws might be more effective than embattled federal regulations at focusing for-profit colleges on student success.

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Mon, 31 Mar 2014 00:00:01 EDT
<![CDATA[Don’t Rob the Social Sciences of Peer Review and Public Dollars]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/145611/ http://chronicle.com/article/Don-t-Rob-the-Social/145611/ A proposed bill threatens to dismantle behavioral research in the United States.

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Mon, 31 Mar 2014 00:00:01 EDT
<![CDATA[To Reach the New Market for Education, Colleges Have Some Learning to Do]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/145499/ http://chronicle.com/article/To-Reach-the-New-Market-for/145499/ Colleges still think of higher education as something that happens at one time in a person’s life, in one place.

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Mon, 24 Mar 2014 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Trouble Recruiting Top Faculty? Promote Collaboration]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/145495/ http://chronicle.com/article/Trouble-Recruiting-Top/145495/ A university leader explains how his public institution hires scholars away from highly ranked private colleges.

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Mon, 24 Mar 2014 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Colleges Should Step Up for Gay Athletes]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/145493/ http://chronicle.com/article/Colleges-Should-Step-Up-for/145493/ It is time for every athletic department to make sure all players feel safe.

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Mon, 24 Mar 2014 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[How Endowment Hoarding Hurts Universities]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/145343/ http://chronicle.com/article/How-Endowment-Hoarding-Hurts/145343/ During the recent recession, most endowments took a beating, but new research suggests that leaders adjusted payouts to make themselves look good.

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Mon, 17 Mar 2014 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[A Cost-Control Lesson From an Unlikely Source]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/145321/ http://chronicle.com/article/A-Cost-Control-Lesson-From-an/145321/ Higher education faces some of the same challenges as health care in cutting costs while keeping quality.

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Mon, 17 Mar 2014 00:00:01 EDT
<![CDATA[Why President Obama’s Rankings Are a Good Place to Start]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/145243/ http://chronicle.com/article/Why-President-Obama-s/145243/ Their mere existence would be enough to alter institutional reputations and administrative actions.

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Mon, 10 Mar 2014 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Crying About Student Debt? What Else Are They Spending On?]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/145239/ http://chronicle.com/article/Crying-About-Student-Debt-/145239/ The shiny cars that fill student lots are a poor investment when compared with a degree.

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Mon, 10 Mar 2014 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Who Knew? Arts Education Fuels the Economy]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/145217/ http://chronicle.com/article/Who-Knew-Arts-Education-Fuels/145217/ New figures from the federal government point to a value beyond cultural enrichment.

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Mon, 10 Mar 2014 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[The Dear Departed: Reflections on Presidential Transitions]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/145027/ http://chronicle.com/article/The-Dear-Departed-Reflections/145027/ What makes for a good passing of the baton? Just as important, what about a change that’s less than happy for the new leader, the old one, or everyone on the campus?

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Mon, 03 Mar 2014 00:01:00 EST
<![CDATA[For College Presidents, the Interview Never Ends]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/145035/ http://chronicle.com/article/For-College-Presidents-the/145035/ Even after a new leader has arrived on the campus, she is constantly put to the test.

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Mon, 03 Mar 2014 00:01:00 EST
<![CDATA[In Diversity Gap at Michigan Flagship, Signs of a Lost Public Mission]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/145057/ http://chronicle.com/article/In-Diversity-Gap-at-Michigan/145057/ The scramble for students who "pay full freight" is aggravating society’s race and class inequities.

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Mon, 03 Mar 2014 00:01:00 EST
<![CDATA[College-Rating Systems: One Size Cannot Fit All]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/144917/ http://chronicle.com/article/College-Rating-Systems-One/144917/ President Obama wants to make higher education accountable for the federal financial aid it gets. But colleges, in all their variety, must define their own values.

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Mon, 24 Feb 2014 00:01:00 EST
<![CDATA[To Understand Science, Study History]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/144947/ http://chronicle.com/article/To-Understand-Science-Study/144947/ The things we think of as inherent are, in fact, social and historical constructions, often with complicated and unpleasant roots.

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Mon, 24 Feb 2014 00:01:00 EST
<![CDATA[Colleges Need Free Speech More Than Trademarks]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/144907/ http://chronicle.com/article/Colleges-Need-Free-Speech-More/144907/ When colleges claim exclusive rights to certain phrases, like "first-year experience," they threaten the public-serving soul of nonprofit higher education.

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Mon, 24 Feb 2014 00:01:00 EST
<![CDATA[Competency-Based Degrees: Coming Soon to a Campus Near You]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/144769/ http://chronicle.com/article/Competency-Based-Degrees-/144769/ For the increasing number of students who seek value and industry-relevant skill sets, this model will prove awfully enticing.

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Mon, 17 Feb 2014 00:01:00 EST
<![CDATA[From Tennessee, a Solution for Mission Creep]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/144771/ http://chronicle.com/article/From-Tennessee-a-Solution-for/144771/ The state simply ties all taxpayer dollars for regional public universities to institutional outcomes, such as credit completion and graduation rate.

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Mon, 17 Feb 2014 00:01:00 EST
<![CDATA[A Liberal-Arts College That Gets It Right]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/144651/ http://chronicle.com/article/A-Liberal-Arts-College-That/144651/ At some institutions, the tradition of thoughtful, life-changing scholarship is being preserved. But for how much longer?

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Mon, 10 Feb 2014 00:00:01 EST
<![CDATA[Keep the ‘Research,’ Ditch the ‘Paper’]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/144653/ http://chronicle.com/article/Keep-the-Research-Ditch/144653/ Let’s react to Rebecca Schuman’s provocation in Slate by accepting her challenge to stop wasting our students’ time, and our own.

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Mon, 10 Feb 2014 00:00:01 EST
<![CDATA[As Law Schools Struggle, Diversity Offers Opportunities]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/144631/ http://chronicle.com/article/As-Law-Schools-Struggle/144631/ Legal education may be challenged, but therein lies possibility.

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Mon, 10 Feb 2014 00:00:01 EST
<![CDATA[Why We All Have a Stake in the Common Core Standards]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/144347/ http://chronicle.com/article/Why-We-All-Have-a-Stake-in-the/144347/ Professors must become watchdogs of how the new educational criteria are carried out.

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Mon, 03 Feb 2014 00:00:01 EST