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Carlson, Scott – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
In late December, a set of articles and essays in "The New York Times" focused on the public library as a place, and on the changing meaning of that place with the rise of electronic books and the demise of brick-and-mortar bookstores like Borders. As librarians "struggle with the task of redefining their roles and responsibilities in a digital…
Descriptors: Colleges, Library Services, Public Libraries, Electronic Learning
Wolverton, Brad – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
Amid a national debate about paying college athletes, the NCAA likes to tout its often-overlooked Student Assistance Fund, whose goal is to provide direct financial support to players. The fund--which draws from the association's multibillion-dollar media-rights deals--will distribute some $75-million this year to Division I athletes. The money…
Descriptors: Higher Education, College Athletics, Athletes, Nonprofit Organizations
Williams, Eunice – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
The academic job market is an exercise in captivity, and the author thinks that she is still its prisoner. A Ph.D. in history, the author is learning the rules of the game, and finding that search committees could do with a few lessons, too. In this article, the author shares how she found a way out.
Descriptors: Competence, Search Committees (Personnel), Labor Market, Expectation
Heins, Marjorie – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
For years, libertarians had fought laws and policies barring Communists from teaching as direct assaults on the First Amendment, while supporters of loyalty programs had painted all Communists as mental slaves of Moscow. In 1952 the Supreme Court upheld New York's 1949 Feinberg Law, which required detailed procedures for investigating the loyalty…
Descriptors: Freedom of Speech, Democracy, Constitutional Law, Political Attitudes
Dunn, Sydni – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
In a tight job market, visiting professorships can be appealing way stations for new Ph.D.'s while they search for permanent posts. Unlike adjunct positions, which are often renewed semester by semester, visiting professorships are set by annual or even multiyear contracts, with most capped at three years. The visiting jobs often come with health…
Descriptors: Adjunct Faculty, Labor Market, Higher Education, College Faculty
Supiano, Beckie – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
Families flummoxed about what college will cost them have more information at their disposal than ever before. The Internet offers tuition data, advice on saving and borrowing, and explanations of financial aid. New online calculators let families estimate their bottom-line price at any college. But not all the information out there is easy to…
Descriptors: Student Financial Aid, Paying for College, Federal Government, Costs
Nunberg, Geoffrey – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
Considering how much attention people lavish on the technologies of writing--scroll, codex, print, screen--it's striking how little they pay to the technologies for digesting and regurgitating it. One way or another, there's no sector of the modern world that is not saturated with note-taking--the bureaucracy, the liberal professions, the…
Descriptors: Notetaking, Reading Writing Relationship, Communication (Thought Transfer), Information Dissemination
Rogers, Jenny – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
For years, faculty members have pointed to the sluggish growth in the number of tenured professors and complained that university payrolls are filled with too many administrators. This, they maintain, adds unnecessary costs and takes the focus away from teaching and learning. But whether such "administrative bloat" is really occurring and how much…
Descriptors: Tenure, College Faculty, College Administration, Administrators
Berrett, Dan – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
An undergraduate education is traditionally supposed to provide students with both breadth and depth of knowledge, which derive from their general-education requirements and major, respectively. Increasingly, education experts also want students to develop a third skill, integrative thinking. It entails learning the deeper, underlying meaning of a…
Descriptors: Thinking Skills, Majors (Students), Interdisciplinary Approach, Undergraduate Study
Kolowich, Steve – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
The largest-ever survey of professors who have taught MOOCs, or massive open online courses, shows that the process is time-consuming, but, according to the instructors, often successful. Nearly half of the professors felt their online courses were as rigorous academically as the versions they taught in the classroom. The survey, conducted by "The…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Online Courses, Large Group Instruction, Class Size
Florida, Richard – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
Everyone has an opinion about technology. Depending on whom you ask, it will either: a) Liberate us from the drudgery of everyday life, rescue us from disease and hardship, and enable the unimagined flourishing of human civilization; or b) Take away our jobs, leave us broke, purposeless, and miserable, and cause civilization as we know it to…
Descriptors: Robotics, Social Change, Computer Attitudes, Influence of Technology
Cassuto, Leonard – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
In master's programs, and especially at the doctoral level, graduate students depend on their advisers more than on anyone else in their careers. Students do more work for their adviser's eyes than for anyone else's, and the adviser's approval is the key to the door that leads to the next place, whether full-time employment or more school. For…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Doctoral Programs, Masters Programs, Faculty Advisers
Hoover, Eric – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
Over the next decade, more students of color than ever before will pass through the gates of the nation's colleges and join the ranks of its work force, according to new projections by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. By the year 2020, minority students will account for 45 percent of the nation's public high-school…
Descriptors: Enrollment Trends, College Applicants, Minority Group Students, Graduates
Peterkin, Caitlin – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
With goals of fostering an intellectual atmosphere, building relationships, and increasing students' involvement on campus--and, ultimately, their rates of retention--universities around the country, including Elon, Michigan State, and Southern Methodist, are looking to residence life. House systems, residential neighborhoods, and living-learning…
Descriptors: College Environment, College Housing, Academic Persistence, Intellectual Development
Hoover, Eric – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
The handyman has a tool for everything, but the admissions dean is not so lucky: He must make do with just a few. Every year, presidents and professors expect freshmen who are curious, determined, and hungry for challenges. The traditional metrics of merit, however, can't reveal such qualities. Standardized-test scores may or may not predict a…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, College Admission, Admissions Officers, College Freshmen
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