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Field, Kelly – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Over the past five years, the number of complaints filed against agencies collecting on behalf of the U.S. Department of Education has grown by 45 percent. The Federal Trade Commission, which oversees the entire industry, received 142,743 complaints involving debt-collection companies last year, though only some involved student loans. Consumer…
Descriptors: Student Loan Programs, Debt (Financial), Loan Repayment, Problems
Cassuto, Leonard – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Marc Aronson, a lecturer in the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University at New Brunswick and a historian who writes books for young adults, recently suggested that all Ph.D. candidates be required to take a course he calls "Communications." The goal would be to teach Ph.D.'s--both would-be academics and those who will pursue…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Doctoral Programs, Communication Skills, Audience Awareness
Berrett, Dan – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Growing pressure to provide more virtual instruction is spurring efforts to design large courses that balance standardization of content with flexibility for instructors. Each course uses a common template, which sets out lesson objectives, lecture material, practice activities, and assessments. The process results in a single version of each…
Descriptors: Measures (Individuals), Distance Education, Online Courses, Virtual Classrooms
Perlmutter, David D. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
On the road to producing the best possible work, one encounters dead ends and speed traps that are difficult to avoid because they are disguised as promising, rewarding, or helpful. In this series on "good deeds" that can backfire in one's career, the author does not challenge the virtue of doing good deeds, in theory or in practice. However, some…
Descriptors: Research, Scholarship, College Faculty, Tenure
Jenkins, Rob – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Facing an academic job market that seems only to get worse each year, many doctoral students are now willing to explore the possibility of a community-college career. In any hiring cycle, about 40 percent of the available teaching positions are at two-year campuses. Moreover, a surprisingly large number of Ph.D. students are actually, and…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Information Needs, Community Colleges, College Faculty
Fuller, Andrea – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Many of the nation's chiropractic colleges, like other small colleges that rely heavily on tuition, are struggling to stay in business. At the same time that they are working to improve their stature in higher education and broadening their missions to increase their appeal, a number of the colleges are seeing enrollments plummet--and revenues are…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Private Colleges, Teacher Salaries, Educational Change
Kirschner, Ann – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
One can hardly mention higher education today without hearing the word "innovation," or its understudies "change," "reinvention," "transformation." Last summer the National Governors Association opened its meeting with a plenary session on higher education, innovation, and economic growth. But there is nothing funny about the need for innovation…
Descriptors: Educational Innovation, Higher Education, Educational Change, Resistance to Change
Fuller, Andrea – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Salaries for midlevel administrators rose by a median of 2 percent this year over last year, matching the median pay increase for senior administrators and coming in slightly higher than the 1.9-percent median increase for faculty members, says an annual report released by the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources.…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Economic Climate, Private Colleges, Public Colleges
Eyler, Joshua R. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
When a person sends in his or her job-application materials, he or she is not just assembling separate documents to fulfill the requirements of an ad. Those documents are part of a larger rhetorical whole, and together they form an argument for the viability of his or her candidacy for a particular job. Documents should be crafted meticulously,…
Descriptors: Job Application, Job Applicants, Rhetoric, Resumes (Personal)
Cassuto, Leonard – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
The practical goal of graduate education is placement of graduates. But what does "placement" mean? Academics use the word without thinking much about it. "Placement" is a great keyword for the graduate-school enterprise. For one thing, its meaning certainly gives a purpose to graduate education. Furthermore, the word is a portal into the way of…
Descriptors: Graduate Study, Graduates, Outcomes of Education, Career Readiness
Berrett, Dan – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Scholarly groups have long served as hubs of academic life and the embodiments of their disciplines, but they face uncertain and divergent futures. Some disciplinary associations are struggling to remain relevant and financially viable as demographic and technological changes threaten their traditional sources of revenue. The core of their…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Tenure, Group Membership, Faculty Organizations
Patton, Stacey – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
The author talks about a new generation of Ph.D.'s that is advancing the field with a multidisciplinary approach. Like their predecessors who worked to establish black studies as a respected academic discipline, today's Ph.D. students are also attracted to the social mission of the field. But younger black-studies scholars are willing to work with…
Descriptors: Scholarship, Intellectual Disciplines, Interdisciplinary Approach, Black Studies
Herrmann, Rachel – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
There is a lot of contradictory advice out there about writing a dissertation. Some people say write every day until a certain word count is reached, or until a set amount of time has passed. Some people say they work best when they write everything all at once, usually looking down the barrel at a looming deadline. In this article, the author…
Descriptors: Writing Processes, Doctoral Dissertations, Graduate Students, Writing Improvement
Stratford, Michael – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Limiting access to some methods of suicide, a strategy known as means restriction, is gaining support among mental-health researchers. Some suicides can be prevented, the logic goes, if it is more challenging for an impulsive individual to harm himself. But on most campuses, that strategy has not taken hold. Instead, counseling and education tend…
Descriptors: Prevention, Suicide, Expertise, Conceptual Tempo
DeSantis, Nick – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Harsh economic realities mean trouble for college leaders. But where administrators perceive an impending crisis, investors increasingly see opportunity. In recent years, venture capitalists have poured millions into education-technology start-ups, trying to cash in on a market they see as ripe for a digital makeover. And lately, those wagers have…
Descriptors: Technological Advancement, Higher Education, Investment, Financial Support
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