PicoFeed The Chronicle of Higher Education | The Conversation http://chronicle.com/section/The-Conversation/631 2015-11-24T19:13:33-05:00 The Chronicle of Higher Education The Teaching Compact http://chronicle.com/blogs/conversation/2015/05/15/the-teaching-compact/ 2015-05-15T11:40:43-04:00 Patricia Emison, an art historian at the University of New Hampshire, outlines her expectations of her students … and herself. The Growth in College Costs Is Slowing, Particularly for Poorer Families http://chronicle.com/blogs/conversation/2015/05/13/the-growth-in-college-costs-is-slowing-particularly-for-poorer-families/ 2015-05-13T10:52:13-04:00 A close examination of the rise in tuition discounting proves that, contrary to claims, higher education is getting more affordable, not less, says James L. Doti. An Adjunct's Farewell http://chronicle.com/blogs/conversation/2015/05/12/an-adjuncts-farewell/ 2015-05-12T13:28:05-04:00 David J. McCowin, a devoted teacher, wants his students to know about the working conditions that have finally pushed him out of the classroom. How to Remove Bias From Peer Review http://chronicle.com/blogs/conversation/2015/05/07/how-to-remove-bias-from-peer-review/ 2015-05-07T12:32:05-04:00 Recent news about an open-access scientific journal that appeared to reject a paper by two women partly for sexist reasons highlights why editors and reviewers need to be held more accountable, writes Teri W. Odom. Save the Academic Conference. It's How Our Work Blossoms. http://chronicle.com/blogs/conversation/2015/05/06/save-the-academic-conference-its-how-our-work-blossoms/ 2015-05-06T11:40:29-04:00 A recent New York Times essay that criticizes conferences doesn't match the experiences of David M. Perry, who says most events re-energize him as a scholar and remind him why he got into academe. All But Hired: Changing Incentives for Graduate Time-to-Degree http://chronicle.com/blogs/conversation/2015/04/27/all-but-hired-changing-incentives-for-graduate-time-to-degree/ 2015-04-27T14:15:42-04:00 Travis W. Proctor, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, offers suggestions on bringing more financial and institutional security to grad students. How Sweet Briar Can Save Itself http://chronicle.com/blogs/conversation/2015/04/20/how-sweet-briar-can-save-itself/ 2015-04-20T14:42:59-04:00 Small rural colleges should play to their strengths and recruit students who would flourish in an academically rigorous environment, says Peter T. Mitchell. My Nomadic Class http://chronicle.com/blogs/conversation/2015/04/15/my-nomadic-class/ 2015-04-15T12:34:39-04:00 Colleges and universities do not have too few classrooms, says Thomas Fisher. They have too few spaces that they call classrooms. The 'Story Behind the Story': Making Lit Matter http://chronicle.com/blogs/conversation/2015/04/09/the-story-behind-the-story-making-lit-matter/ 2015-04-09T13:36:31-04:00 Erick Sierra reflects on teaching literature and linking it to what students find viscerally and deeply important. A Field Guide to American Higher-Ed Reformers http://chronicle.com/blogs/conversation/2015/04/06/a-field-guide-to-american-higher-ed-reformers/ 2015-04-06T14:16:56-04:00 Steven Ward offers tips on identifying the predatory, the hapless, and the annoying in the ecosystem of higher-ed reform. Institutions' Misplaced Fear of Fossil-Fuel Divestment http://chronicle.com/blogs/conversation/2015/04/02/institutions-misplaced-fear-of-fossil-fuel-divestment/ 2015-04-02T11:53:12-04:00 Why, asks Thomas P. Oles, do colleges and universities ignore evidence that socially responsible investing is competitive and prudent? A New Era? The Outlook for U.S.-Cuba Academic Relations http://chronicle.com/blogs/conversation/2015/03/31/a-new-era-the-outlook-for-u-s-cuba-academic-relations/ 2015-03-31T14:59:30-04:00 The future looks promising, says Lisandro Pérez. Here's some direction on how to navigate it. New Rankings Paint a False Picture of Arab Universities http://chronicle.com/blogs/conversation/2015/03/30/new-rankings-paint-a-false-picture-of-arab-universities/ 2015-03-30T12:59:40-04:00 Ted Purinton questions the "simplistic" methods used to rank Arab universities. Gagged in Kansas? Bill Would Deny Free Speech to Public-College Employees http://chronicle.com/blogs/conversation/2015/03/25/the-free-speech-rights-of-public-college-employees/ 2015-03-25T13:01:11-04:00 A bill pending in the Kansas Legislature raises serious constitutional concerns about public-university employees' expression of their views as private citizens, writes Neal H. Hutchens. The Silencing of Harvard's Professors http://chronicle.com/blogs/conversation/2015/03/24/the-silencing-of-harvards-professors/ 2015-03-24T15:21:37-04:00 In centralizing its administrative authority, the university has foreclosed access to valuable faculty input and participation in decision making, write Charles Fried and Robert H. Mnookin. Let This Satirical Campus Newspaper Live http://chronicle.com/blogs/conversation/2015/03/23/let-this-satirical-campus-newspaper-live/ 2015-03-23T12:06:52-04:00 The eight-year-old paper at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln may lose its funding, but its founder, Carson Vaughan, argues that it should keep fulfilling its purpose: to be a catalyst for the exchange of ideas. Welcome to Ohio State, Where Everything Is for Sale http://chronicle.com/blogs/conversation/2015/03/20/welcome-to-ohio-state-where-everything-is-for-sale/ 2015-03-20T12:09:27-04:00 Steven Conn reveals the institution's new motto, which he says is far more accurate, and realistic, than the old, civic-minded one. Professor Non Grata: Andrew Ross on Collusion and Delusion http://chronicle.com/blogs/conversation/2015/03/18/professor-non-grata-andrew-ross-on-collusion-and-delusion/ 2015-03-18T12:13:58-04:00 The NYU professor and activist on being barred from the United Arab Emirates. Teaching While Black http://chronicle.com/blogs/conversation/2015/03/13/teaching-while-black/ 2015-03-13T14:49:42-04:00 Too often, administrators show little concern over the abuse experienced by faculty members of color, writes Montré D. Carodine. The Chilling Effect of Mandatory Reporting of Sexual Assault http://chronicle.com/blogs/conversation/2015/03/11/the-chilling-effect-of-mandatory-reporting-of-sexual-assault/ 2015-03-11T16:03:45-04:00 Michele Moody-Adams on why such policies constitute a damaging breach of trust, overriding the wishes of students not prepared to tell their stories to campus officials.