The Chronicle of Higher Education | Commentary http://chronicle.com/section/Commentary/44/ Opinion & Ideas :: Commentary Thu, 27 Aug 2015 16:10:25 EDT <![CDATA[A Diversity of Viewpoints Is at the Heart of Learning]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/232437/ http://chronicle.com/article/A-Diversity-of-Viewpoints-Is/232437/ Students must be exposed to more than one side of a debate, or higher education as we know it is dead.

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Wed, 26 Aug 2015 04:55:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Does Assessment Make Colleges Better? Let Me Count the Ways]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/232461/ http://chronicle.com/article/Does-Assessment-Make-Colleges/232461/ Data on graduates, skills for the workplace, students who can talk about what they’ve learned — these are the results of asking colleges to measure what they do.

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Wed, 19 Aug 2015 04:55:01 EDT
<![CDATA[Does Assessment Make Colleges Better? Who Knows?]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/232371/ http://chronicle.com/article/Does-Assessment-Make-Colleges/232371/ Accreditors who are driving the push toward measuring outcomes need to provide evidence that it offers benefits commensurate with the expense that goes into it.

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Fri, 14 Aug 2015 00:00:01 EDT
<![CDATA[It’s Harder Now to Change Students’ Lives, but No Less Important]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/232037/ http://chronicle.com/article/It-s-Harder-Now-to-Change/232037/ The standardization and hand-holding that characterize today’s college classes can be the enemies of self-discovery.

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Wed, 12 Aug 2015 00:55:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Clinton Issues a Promising Proposal for Tuition Reform]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/232283/ http://chronicle.com/article/Clinton-Issues-a-Promising/232283/ The Democratic candidate’s plan is ambitious and politically palatable, but it would benefit from some fine-tuning.

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Mon, 10 Aug 2015 15:15:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Pell Grants for Prisoners: Good for Them, and for Everyone Else]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/232153/ http://chronicle.com/article/Pell-Grants-for-Prisoners-/232153/ The new program doesn’t take money away from financially needy college students, and helps recipients find a way back into society.

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Tue, 04 Aug 2015 12:36:12 EDT
<![CDATA[The Case Against More Guns on Campus]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/232093/ http://chronicle.com/article/The-Case-Against-More-Guns-on/232093/ Liberalized open- and concealed-carry policies do nothing to improve campus safety, the data show, and make the job of law enforcement more difficult.

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Mon, 03 Aug 2015 05:00:01 EDT
<![CDATA[This ‘Extra Credit’ Question Does No Credit to Fairness]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/231953/ http://chronicle.com/article/This-Extra-Credit-/231953/ A professor’s offer to raise the grade of students who demonstrated altruism on an exam went viral. But what’s the good of skewing test results?

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Tue, 28 Jul 2015 11:47:20 EDT
<![CDATA[The Feast Is Still Moveable]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/231647/ http://chronicle.com/article/The-Feast-Is-Still-Moveable/231647/ She had little in common with Hemingway. But they'd always have Paris.

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Mon, 27 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[How a New Report May Hasten the End of Racial Preferences in Admissions]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/231837/ http://chronicle.com/article/How-a-New-Report-May-Hasten/231837/ The ACE didn’t mean to undermine the case for affirmative action. But by showing how colleges can diversify without it, the group may have done just that.

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Thu, 23 Jul 2015 04:55:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Where’s the Outrage When Colleges Discriminate Against Students With Disabilities?]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/231799/ http://chronicle.com/article/Where-s-the-Outrage-When/231799/ While higher education has embraced efforts to promote diversity, it has fought a less-noticed war against disability rights.

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Thu, 23 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Walden U. Responds to Report on Graduate-Student Debt]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/231831/ http://chronicle.com/article/Walden-U-Responds-to-Report/231831/ Contrary to a recent analysis, which focused on loan volume, the university provides both access and accountability, says its president.

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Wed, 22 Jul 2015 13:01:02 EDT
<![CDATA[Our Leader Left. Who’s Left to Lead?]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/231159/ http://chronicle.com/article/Our-Leader-Left-Who-s-Left/231159/ An absence of internal candidates for administrative positions in any academic department is a symptom of governance gone bad.

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Wed, 22 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[In Praise of Federal Loans for College]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/231505/ http://chronicle.com/article/In-Praise-of-Federal-Loans-for/231505/ The data show that higher limits on borrowing serve the right purpose: ensuring continued access to higher education.

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Tue, 21 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Let’s Give Student Researchers the Credit They Deserve]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/231391/ http://chronicle.com/article/Let-s-Give-Student/231391/ Universities require that research subjects be treated ethically. Research assistants, however, are on their own.

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Mon, 20 Jul 2015 04:55:59 EDT
<![CDATA[Don’t Cut Research Ties With the Military]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/231699/ http://chronicle.com/article/Don-t-Cut-Research-Ties-With/231699/ Amid debate over the report on the ties between intelligence agencies and academe, let’s not rush to bar all such work.

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Fri, 17 Jul 2015 04:55:42 EDT
<![CDATA[The Withering of a Once-Great State University]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/231565/ http://chronicle.com/article/The-Withering-of-a-Once-Great/231565/ The price of one man’s presidential ambitions is the slow death of the University of Wisconsin system.

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Mon, 13 Jul 2015 15:29:18 EDT
<![CDATA[That Lab Coat Looks Good on You]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/231445/ http://chronicle.com/article/That-Lab-Coat-Looks-Good-on/231445/ For women who aspire to the sciences, a sense of belonging is a powerful force in determining the path they take.

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Mon, 13 Jul 2015 04:55:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Microaggression and Changing Moral Cultures]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/231395/ http://chronicle.com/article/MicroaggressionChanging/231395/ What’s to be done about remarks perceived as offensive to a marginalized social group? Some perspective is useful.

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Thu, 09 Jul 2015 04:55:32 EDT
<![CDATA[Bernie Sanders's Charming, Perfectly Awful Plan to Save Higher Education]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/231387/ http://chronicle.com/article/Bernie-Sanderss-Charming/231387/ His ideas are most important for how they might end up moving the boundaries of mainstream political culture.

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Mon, 06 Jul 2015 13:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[No Phones, Please, This Is a Communications Class]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/231235/ http://chronicle.com/article/No-Phones-Please-This-Is-a/231235/ Students don’t stand a chance to engage when they’re lured into the digital labyrinth.

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Mon, 06 Jul 2015 04:55:00 EDT
<![CDATA[It’s Time to End Predatory College-Bank Partnerships]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/231323/ http://chronicle.com/article/It-s-Time-to-End-Predatory/231323/ The Department of Education should stop allowing colleges to skim bank fees off students’ financial aid.

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Thu, 02 Jul 2015 04:55:58 EDT
<![CDATA[Campus Diversity Efforts Ignore the Widest Gulf: Social Class]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/231233/ http://chronicle.com/article/Campus-Diversity-Efforts/231233/ How can colleges pretend to teach young people about poverty even though so few professors have actually experienced it?

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Tue, 30 Jun 2015 00:31:40 EDT
<![CDATA[When Bad Judgment Is at the Top of the Menu]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/231129/ http://chronicle.com/article/When-Bad-Judgment-Is-at-the/231129/ A campus cafe was named Grills Gone Wild. What was to be done about that?

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Wed, 24 Jun 2015 12:30:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Why State Lawmakers Must Support Tenure at Public Universities]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/231093/ http://chronicle.com/article/Why-State-Lawmakers-Must/231093/ The chancellor of the University of Wisconsin’s flagship says state and campus leaders can together strengthen those institutions.

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Wed, 24 Jun 2015 04:55:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Business Can Pay to Train Its Own Work Force]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/231015/ http://chronicle.com/article/Business-Can-Pay-to-Train-Its/231015/ The more we countenance a redefinition of job training as education, the more we ask society to shoulder what were once business expenses.

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Mon, 22 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EDT