The Chronicle of Higher Education | Commentary http://chronicle.com/section/Commentary/44/ Opinion & Ideas :: Commentary Sat, 04 Jul 2015 23:21:17 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
<![CDATA[Restore Integrity to College Sports by Converting Big Programs to Farm Teams]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/230935/ http://chronicle.com/article/Restore-Integrity-to-College/230935/ Colleges should borrow an idea from baseball’s minor leagues, and seek a "surgical separation" of athletics and academics.

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Wed, 17 Jun 2015 15:41:36 EDT
<![CDATA[To Get More College-Ready Students, Drop the GED]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/230819/ http://chronicle.com/article/To-Get-More-College-Ready/230819/ The outmoded exam, which last year became more difficult and more expensive, is a barrier to career success.

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Wed, 10 Jun 2015 12:18:00 EDT
<![CDATA[You Want to Write for a Popular Audience? Really?]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/230781/ http://chronicle.com/article/You-Want-to-Write-for-a/230781/ It’s important for scholars to share their ideas with the public. So why is this kind of writing scorned in academe?

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Tue, 09 Jun 2015 14:10:15 EDT
<![CDATA[Colleges Should Share the Risk for Student-Loan Defaults]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/230717/ http://chronicle.com/article/Colleges-Should-Share-the-Risk/230717/ Taxpayers will benefit if institutions have "skin in the game" when it comes to their students’ future economic success.

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Mon, 08 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[What Social Science Can Learn From the LaCour Scandal]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/230645/ http://chronicle.com/article/What-Social-Science-Can-Learn/230645/ Replication of research, the technique that unmasked a now-retracted paper, should be encouraged, among both students and scholars.

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Wed, 03 Jun 2015 13:59:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Time for a Teaching-Intensive Tenure Track]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/230605/ http://chronicle.com/article/Time-for-a-Teaching-Intensive/230605/ The crisis in graduate education is a result of colleges' hiring instructors without Ph.D.s, not an overproduction of doctorates, argue the authors of a new book.

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Tue, 02 Jun 2015 13:32:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Even an Earthquake Can’t Stir Student Empathy]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/230529/ http://chronicle.com/article/Even-an-Earthquake-Can-t/230529/ A Nepalese professor wishes that American students could be trained to think like non-Americans, if only for one day.

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Mon, 01 Jun 2015 15:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Dear Graduates: ‘We Broke It, but You’ve Got to Fix It’]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/230503/ http://chronicle.com/article/Dear-Graduates-We-Broke/230503/ Ken Burns apologizes, Howard Fineman reminisces, Salman Rushdie jokes, and other highlights from the commencement circuit.

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Fri, 29 May 2015 14:01:49 EDT
<![CDATA[On the Eternal Recurrence of Commencement]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/230501/ http://chronicle.com/article/On-the-Eternal-Recurrence-of/230501/ Students graduate and move ahead into new lives. Professors stay and do it all again.

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Fri, 29 May 2015 04:55:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Facing the Dreaded End-of-Term Question]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/230365/ http://chronicle.com/article/Facing-the-Dreaded-End-of-Term/230365/ For professors who don’t give final exams, there is a price to pay. And semester after semester, some student will pipe up to exact that price.

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Tue, 26 May 2015 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[If Students Are Smart, They’ll Major in What They Love]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/230307/ http://chronicle.com/article/If-Students-Are-Smart/230307/ By encouraging students to study what they are interested in, rather than a "practical" major, colleges allow them to cultivate the qualities employers find valuable.

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Thu, 21 May 2015 13:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Why Technology Will Never Fix Education]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/230185/ http://chronicle.com/article/Why-Technology-Will-Never-Fix/230185/ The real obstacle is student motivation, and no gadget can create that.

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Tue, 19 May 2015 04:55:00 EDT
<![CDATA[For the Sake of Working-Class Students, Give ‘Fisher’ Another Chance]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/230239/ http://chronicle.com/article/For-the-Sake-of-Working-Class/230239/ The Supreme Court’s decision to accept an appeal on the University of Texas affirmative-action case would be a victory for the poor.

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Mon, 18 May 2015 14:30:00 EDT
<![CDATA[To Make the World a Better Place, Teach Arabic]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/230031/ http://chronicle.com/article/To-Make-the-World-a-Better/230031/ Higher education has never had a more crucial role to play in achieving peace.

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Mon, 11 May 2015 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Minority Ph.D.’s Find Career Success in STEM]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/230043/ http://chronicle.com/article/Minority-PhD-s-Find-Career/230043/ Encouraging diversity in graduate education is vital to financial equality and the nation’s economic success.

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Mon, 11 May 2015 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Bringing the Liberal Arts to Engineering Education]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/229671/ http://chronicle.com/article/Bringing-the-Liberal-Arts-to/229671/ Integrating the "missing basics" with technical courses will help future engineers tackle the complex problems facing our society.

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Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Advice From 2 Streetwise College Presidents]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/229457/ http://chronicle.com/article/Advice-From-2-Streetwise/229457/ Their success, say two chiefs with half a century of leadership between them, came from enabling the work and success of those around them.

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Mon, 20 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Study Abroad Could Be So Much Better]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/229273/ http://chronicle.com/article/Study-Abroad-Could-Be-So-Much/229273/ Students need training both before they go and when they return.

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Mon, 13 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Sexual Assault on Campus: 9 Views on What Will Signal Progress]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/229279/ http://chronicle.com/article/Sexual-Assault-on-Campus-9/229279/ Experts share their thoughts on what could indicate improvement in how colleges are handling the difficult issue.

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Sun, 12 Apr 2015 12:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[13 Years of a College Presidency]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/229091/ http://chronicle.com/article/13-Years-of-a-College-/229091/ What does becoming a president feel like? Like you are asleep when a fire hose is turned on full blast, pointed directly into your face.

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Mon, 06 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Beyond the Bologna Process]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/229093/ http://chronicle.com/article/Beyond-the-Bologna-Process/229093/ The European higher-education harmonizing effort has been a success. But it’s time to move on.

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Mon, 06 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EDT