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Wilson, Robin – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
Independent scholars are a growing part of the academic landscape. They may have been jilted by the academic job market, or are uninterested in either being on the tenure track or in cobbling together full-time work as adjuncts. Like traditional professors, they perform research, secure grants, and publish books and papers. In some cases, their…
Descriptors: Credentials, Academic Freedom, College Faculty, Tenure
Young, Jeffrey R. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
Textbook publishers argue that their newest digital products should not even be called "textbooks." They are really software programs built to deliver a mix of text, videos, and homework assignments. But delivering them is just the beginning. No old-school textbook was able to be customized for each student in the classroom. The books never graded…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Homework, Video Technology, Computer Software
Cassuto, Leonard – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
Professors revel in reputation--and nowhere does that show more clearly than in their concern about educational pedigree. That concern takes complicated forms. The author wondered what might happen if graduate admissions were reduced to a level that would only replace retiring professors. One possible consequence of such a move would be that…
Descriptors: Doctoral Programs, Reputation, Job Placement, College Faculty
Berube, Michael – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
Graduate education in the humanities is in crisis. Every aspect, from the most specific details of the curriculum to the broadest questions about its purpose, is in crisis. It is a seamless garment of crisis: If one pulls on any one thread, the entire thing unravels. It is therefore exceptionally difficult to discuss any one aspect of graduate…
Descriptors: Time to Degree, College Faculty, Tenure, College Instruction
Pannapacker, William – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
A persistent criticism of the digital-humanities movement is that it is elitist and exclusive because it requires the resources of a major university (faculty, infrastructure, money), and is thus more suited to campuses with a research focus. Academics and administrators at small liberal-arts colleges may read about DH and, however exciting it…
Descriptors: Humanities, Computer Uses in Education, College Faculty, Teacher Attitudes
Troop, Don – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
The sale of bodily goods or services--"body commodification"--is nothing new among college students. But strides in medical technology, the encroachment of market values on all facets of life, and the reach and culture of the Internet have combined to create a fertile environment for people who want or need to exploit the value of their skin or…
Descriptors: College Students, Student Employment, Paying for College, Human Body
Sander, Libby – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
As a new GI Bill moved through Congress in 2008, a handful of influential politicians grew concerned. Would such a generous education program trigger an exodus of service members during two wars? At the Pentagon's urging, the lawmakers proposed a fix: Give troops the option to transfer their benefits to a child or spouse. That policy quickly…
Descriptors: Military Personnel, Dependents, Paying for College, Federal Government
Kelly, Andrew P.; McShane, Michael Q. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
It's no secret that states and the federal government have found themselves in a financial pinch when it comes to higher education. After years of recession and sluggish recovery, states have slashed per-pupil public spending on higher education by 14.6 percent since 2008. At the federal level, though money for Pell Grants has more than doubled…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Private Financial Support, Skilled Workers, Grants
Mangan, Katherine – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
As concerns grow over labor shortages in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields, the colleges ready students for jobs or more education. Educators are also looking to community colleges to fill the gap. With their high enrollments of minority and low-income students, community colleges are obvious places to recruit a diverse work…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, School Community Relationship, Partnerships in Education, Industry
Patton, Stacey – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
The dissertation is broken, many scholars agree. Rethinking the academic centerpiece of a graduate education is an obvious place to start if, as many people believe, Ph.D. programs are in a state of crisis. Universities face urgent calls to reduce the time it takes to complete degrees, reduce attrition, and do more to prepare doctoral candidates…
Descriptors: Doctoral Dissertations, Graduate Students, Educational Change, Nontraditional Education
Perlmutter, David D. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
An assistant professor in the social sciences at a regional state university considers herself open to criticism. She listens to suggestions from student evaluations and from senior faculty members. But she was puzzled about how to react to two contradictory critiques of her publication plans. One quality educators must cultivate is to know when…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Social Sciences, State Universities, Career Development
Carey, Kevin – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
For 40 years, federal money has sustained higher education while enabling its worst tendencies. That is about to change. The end may have come on February 12, 2013, when President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union address. "Skyrocketing costs," the president said, "price way too many young people out of a higher education, or saddle…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Student Financial Aid, Accountability, Federal Aid
Markin, Karen M. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
Running a grant program for the first time can feel overwhelming. The work is time-consuming, requires attention to many details, and is accompanied by pressure from applicants who are desperate for money and prompt decisions. This article presents a list of all of the factors educators have to consider. From establishing a timeline and drafting…
Descriptors: Grants, Time Management, Eligibility, Research Proposals
Basken, Paul – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
The National Science Foundation (NSF), in carrying out the Obama administration's new push for greater public access to research published in scientific journals, will consider exclusivity periods shorter than the 12-month standard in the White House directive, as well as trade-offs involving data-sharing and considerations of publishers'…
Descriptors: Public Agencies, Public Policy, Scientific Research, Periodicals
Fischer, Karin – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
Employers value a four-year college degree, many of them more than ever. Yet half of those surveyed recently by "The Chronicle" and American Public Media's "Marketplace" said they had trouble finding recent graduates qualified to fill positions at their company or organization. Nearly a third gave colleges just fair to poor marks for producing…
Descriptors: Job Applicants, College Graduates, Communication Skills, Employees
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