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Let Accreditors Do What Does the Most Good for Students

Accrediting agencies need to resist the Education Department’s efforts to misuse the data they collect.

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Distance Ed’s Second Act  

Professors are still skeptical of online education, but they’re more involved in it than ever.

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Academic Publishing: Toward a New Model

To make research more accessible, separate the review and dissemination processes.

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Colleges Shouldn’t Have to Deal With Copyright Monitoring

In a long-running lawsuit, three academic publishers have asked for an injunction that would require Georgia State University to closely regulate all faculty uploads to course websites.

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Campus Tour Guides Should Know the Facts About Sexual Assault

"We handle it really well" is not the answer a mother and daughter were looking for.

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On Lamentations for a Lost Canon

The narrative of a purported fall from a golden age of scholarly consensus bears little relation to the actual history of American higher education.

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Reaching Students in the Back Row  

Put aside your sense of irony. Here are some thoughtful ways to use technology to advance personalized learning.

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Commencement Speakers: Be Cool

Remember: It’s not your day. So be funny, and be brief. Or at least brief. And dress lightly under that academic regalia.

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Free the Public Universities

A swirl of forces has drawn public and private universities into convergence. But onerous regulatory obstacles leave public institutions unable to compete.

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Faculty Members Must Play Their Part in Keeping Teaching Costs Under Control

Colleges are exploiting advances in analytical modeling to engage professors in discussions of teaching cost in relation to quality.

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Law and Engineering Should Share Curriculum

The two disciplines seem so different that their students may be reluctant to learn from one another. But the future depends on their doing so.

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Stop Students Who Cheat Before They Become Cheating Professors

Colleges that don’t confront academic dishonesty dilute the value of education and embolden future deception.

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A Moment of Clarity on the Role of Technology in Teaching  

A recent report from MIT about online education argues that the right way to use technology is to help professors do what they already do, but better.

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For More Economic Diversity, Fix Income Inequality

The widening gap is making it more difficult for colleges to recruit students from disadvantaged families.

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Guns and Learning Don’t Mix

A college professor in Georgia, where concealed weapons are about to be allowed on campuses, sees them as a fatal distraction.

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The Educational Power of Discomfort

Our fragile students need to be exposed to difficult realities.

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How America’s Best Idea Can Be Colleges’ Best Opportunity

Hands-on. Interdisciplinary. Cultural. Experiential. National parks can provide everything today’s students are looking for.

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Are Financially Desperate Law Schools Using a ‘Reverse Robin Hood Scheme’ to Stay Afloat?

Making disadvantaged students subsidize the attendance of their more privileged peers is as regressive as it is indefensible.

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In Darwinian World of Performance-Based Funding, the Neediest Students Are the Losers

Colleges and policy makers should focus on funding models that add value instead of focusing on outcomes devoid of human context.

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Understanding the Origins of Ed-Tech Snake Oil

Product marketers are on the far end of a game of telephone that often starts with research findings that are both nuanced and provisional.