The Chronicle of Higher Education | Commentary http://chronicle.com/section/Commentary/44/ Opinion & Ideas :: Commentary Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:35:32 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
<![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