The Chronicle of Higher Education | Commentary http://chronicle.com/section/Commentary/44/ Opinion & Ideas :: Commentary Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:19:06 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, 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[Offensive Letter Justifies Oppressive System That Hurts Both Faculty and Students]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148551/ http://chronicle.com/article/Offensive-Letter-Justifies/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
<![CDATA[Could the Government End the Mess in College Sports?]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148407/ http://chronicle.com/article/Could-the-Government-End-the/148407/ The Obama administration should establish a presidential commission to bring comprehensive reform to amateur athletics.

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Fri, 15 Aug 2014 14:25:38 EDT
<![CDATA[Let's Clarify Authorship on Scientific Papers]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148287/ http://chronicle.com/article/Lets-Clarify-Authorship-on/148287/ For reasons that are social as much as scientific, lists of "authors" and "contributors" have grown long and muddled.

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Mon, 11 Aug 2014 00:56:19 EDT
<![CDATA[An Opportunity to Redefine College Sports]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148347/ http://chronicle.com/article/An-Opportunity-to-Redefine/148347/ As colleges and the NCAA deal with the challenges ahead, Cedric W. Dempsey and David Welch Suggs Jr. hope that education doesn’t come in second.

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Sun, 10 Aug 2014 19:58:00 EDT
<![CDATA[The Value of Admitting What We Don't Know]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147983/ http://chronicle.com/article/The-Value-of-Admitting-What-We/147983/ If professors are willing to listen, we can learn important lessons from our students.

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Mon, 04 Aug 2014 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Intellectual Property: Valuable to Every Discipline]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147985/ http://chronicle.com/article/Intellectual-Property-/147985/ Colleges owe it to their students to offer at least a foundational awareness of IP.

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Mon, 04 Aug 2014 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Location, Location, Location. Urban Hot Spots Are the Place to Be.]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147931/ http://chronicle.com/article/Location-Location-Location-/147931/ Colleges can’t simply hang a "For Sale" sign and move on, but they can provide their students with attractive out-of-classroom opportunities.

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Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Why We Said Goodbye to Fossil-Fuel Investments]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147929/ http://chronicle.com/article/Why-We-Said-Goodbye-to/147929/ A Pitzer College trustee shares his committee’s responses to a few common objections to divestment.

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Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:01:00 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