The Chronicle of Higher Education | Commentary http://chronicle.com/section/Commentary/44/ Opinion & Ideas :: Commentary Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:10:18 EST <![CDATA[The ‘Job Market’ That Is Not One]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/150841/ http://chronicle.com/article/The-Job-Market-That-Is/150841/ Why do we continue to embrace flawed analyses of the academic labor system?

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Mon, 15 Dec 2014 00:00:01 EST
<![CDATA[A Wake-Up Call on Concussions]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/150831/ http://chronicle.com/article/A-Wake-Up-Call-on-Concussions/150831/ The apparent suicide of an Ohio State athlete demonstrates that we must do more to prevent future tragedies.

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Mon, 15 Dec 2014 00:00:01 EST
<![CDATA[How to Improve Discussion of Race in the Classroom]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/150857/ http://chronicle.com/article/How-to-Improve-Discussion-of/150857/ Professors can help students learn better ways of talking with one another about delicate issues.

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Fri, 12 Dec 2014 13:15:00 EST
<![CDATA[College Sex-Assault Trials Belong in Court, Not on Campus]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/150805/ http://chronicle.com/article/College-Sex-Assault-Trials/150805/ For all its flaws, the criminal-justice system is the better option for dealing with sexual violence.

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Thu, 11 Dec 2014 13:27:13 EST
<![CDATA[An Aging America: Higher Education's New Frontier]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/150425/ http://chronicle.com/article/An-Aging-America-Higher/150425/ Colleges need students, and baby boomers need educational pathways into a new life chapter. So why the deafening silence?

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Mon, 08 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST
<![CDATA[To Prepare 21st-Century Journalists, Help Students Become Experts]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/150267/ http://chronicle.com/article/To-Prepare-21st-Century/150267/ Learning how to use more digital tools won’t help tomorrow’s journalists succeed. They need to know their subject matter.

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Mon, 01 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST
<![CDATA[Make Admissions at Elite Colleges ‘Access Aware’]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/150179/ http://chronicle.com/article/Make-Admissions-at-Elite/150179/ To educate students from all income groups, we should stop pretending that wealth is not a major factor in who gets accepted.

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Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST
<![CDATA[Do Not Neglect the Ladder of Opportunity at Minority-Serving Colleges]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/150181/ http://chronicle.com/article/Do-Not-Neglect-the-Ladder-of/150181/ The overtones of tragedy and missed opportunity in the "undermatching" discussion mischaracterize a large part of the story.

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Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST
<![CDATA[Universities Can Put Their Economic Clout to Good Use]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/150071/ http://chronicle.com/article/Universities-Can-Put-Their/150071/ Step One: A hard look at their own role in pro­tect­ing hu­man rights through their every­day de­ci­sions as li­cen­sors, pur­chas­ers, and in­ves­tors.

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Mon, 17 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST
<![CDATA[The Value of a Shared Education]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/150047/ http://chronicle.com/article/The-Value-of-a-Shared/150047/ We can make the college years a time to build a sense of community in our students. But first we must recognize the need to do so.

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Mon, 17 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST
<![CDATA[‘Easy A’s’ Gets an F]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/150025/ http://chronicle.com/article/Easy-A-s-Gets-an-F/150025/ The National Council on Teacher Quality suggests in a new report that teacher-preparation programs use lax grading standards. But the organization’s own standards of evaluation are deeply flawed.

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Fri, 14 Nov 2014 04:55:00 EST
<![CDATA[I Never Forget a Cultural Reference, but in Your Case ...]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/149771/ http://chronicle.com/article/I-Never-Forget-a-Cultural/149771/ Professors and students inhabit two different continents of meaning and significance separated by an ever-widening sea.

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Mon, 03 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST
<![CDATA[A Billion-Dollar Problem]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/149725/ http://chronicle.com/article/A-Billion-Dollar-Problem/149725/ Getting more high-ability, low-income students to apply to selective institutions won't help unless colleges collectively agree to provide more need-based financial aid.

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Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:20:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Service Academies, Too, Should Have to Publicly Report Sexual Assaults]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/149705/ http://chronicle.com/article/Service-Academies-Too-Should/149705/ Students at the five military institutions will remain at risk until the government puts their academies under the Clery Act, just as civilian colleges are.

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Wed, 29 Oct 2014 14:35:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Guns on Campus Have Already Curtailed Free Speech]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/149663/ http://chronicle.com/article/Guns-on-Campus-Have-Already/149663/ A feminist speaker’s decision to cancel her appearance at Utah State University is one of the first clear examples of how laws allowing concealed weapons can thwart academic freedom and First Amendment rights.

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Mon, 27 Oct 2014 13:15:49 EDT
<![CDATA['Yes Means Yes' Isn't the Answer]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/149639/ http://chronicle.com/article/Yes-Means-Yes-Isnt-the/149639/ New legislation in California implies that campus sexual assaults are merely the result of misunderstandings. The law is a distraction that will not reduce the problem.

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Mon, 27 Oct 2014 00:00:01 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