The Chronicle of Higher Education | Commentary http://chronicle.com/section/Commentary/44/ Opinion & Ideas :: Commentary Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:08:07 EST <![CDATA[A Call to Worship, and a Call to Educate]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/151309/ http://chronicle.com/article/A-Call-to-Worshipa-Call/151309/ At universities, the criterion for making any religious accommodation must be an affirmative answer to the question: "Are we educating?"

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Tue, 20 Jan 2015 12:01:00 EST
<![CDATA[An Old Bias Found a New Target at Duke U.]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/151307/ http://chronicle.com/article/An-Old-Bias-Found-a-New-Target/151307/ Asking Muslim students to answer for Muslim extremists is not just a violation of their dignity but a barrier to their contributions to the world.

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Tue, 20 Jan 2015 12:01:00 EST
<![CDATA[Losing an Office, Gaining Perspective]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/151179/ http://chronicle.com/article/Losing-an-Office-Gaining/151179/ Contemplating the meaning of one’s work space in a time of shrinking resources and surging campus populations.

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Tue, 13 Jan 2015 18:00:00 EST
<![CDATA[Time for a Presidential Panel to Investigate College Sports]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/151173/ http://chronicle.com/article/Time-for-a-Presidential-Panel/151173/ Swimming in cash but bleeding red ink, intercollegiate athletics has demonstrated that it is incapable of reforming itself.

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Tue, 13 Jan 2015 11:30:00 EST
<![CDATA[But What if the Shared Vision Is Myopic?]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/151113/ http://chronicle.com/article/But-What-if-the-Shared-Vision/151113/ Scholars have a long history of developing smart solutions to difficult problems. They should be empowered to lead, not told to get out of the way.

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Mon, 12 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST
<![CDATA[Toward a Shared Vision of Shared Governance]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/151041/ http://chronicle.com/article/Toward-a-Shared-Vision-of/151041/ We need new ways, maybe even radically new ways, of bringing together faculty members and administrators to find solutions that will cut across old boundaries.

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Mon, 05 Jan 2015 14:45:57 EST
<![CDATA[Academics First, Then Athletics]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/151015/ http://chronicle.com/article/Academics-First-Then/151015/ Colleges must reaffirm the position of intercollegiate sports as subordinate to that of the educational mission.

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Mon, 05 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST
<![CDATA[You Don’t Need a Hurricane to Know Which Way the Wind Blows]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/151025/ http://chronicle.com/article/You-Don-t-Need-a-Hurricane-/151025/ The principles that guided Tulane University through the aftermath of Katrina could serve as a road map for institutional change elsewhere.

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Mon, 05 Jan 2015 00:01:00 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