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Wilson, Robin – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Although the percentage of female authors is still less than women's overall representation within the full-time faculty ranks, researchers found that the proportion has increased as more women have entered the professoriate. They also found that women cluster into certain subfields and are somewhat underrepresented in the prestigious position of…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Faculty Publishing, Academic Discourse, Periodicals
Wilson, Robin – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
The academic work force has been transformed over the past several decades, less by design than out of expediency. In 1969, professors who were either tenured or tenure-track made up 78 percent of the faculty. Those working part time made up only 18.5 percent. By 2009, those proportions had almost flipped, with tenured and tenure-track making up…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, College Faculty, Tenure, Doctoral Degrees
Jenkins, Rob – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
The author's experiences and those of the students he encounters at elite campuses no longer resemble the common experience of many college students today. What people used to call "nontraditional" students--older, working, married, and maybe still living at home--now constitute a large and growing percentage of those attending college in the…
Descriptors: Student Financial Aid, Outcomes of Education, Student Attitudes, Nontraditional Students
Berrett, Dan – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Too many students are not learning enough. That alarm was sounded by the book "Academically Adrift" two years ago and has been the theme of numerous articles and conferences since. It also underlies the frustrations of employers who find recent graduates ill-prepared for the workplace. What if colleges, in their search to more clearly demonstrate…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Low Achievement, Writing (Composition), Role
Hoover, Eric – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
In this digital age, teaching has transcended the classroom. So why should school walls confine college counseling? The question is driving innovation that could change the way students prepare for college and careers. Just as learning is now a hybrid of face-to-face and virtual interactions, the transmission of college know-how is fast becoming a…
Descriptors: College Bound Students, College Students, Career Counseling, College Preparation
Young, Jeffrey R. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Grades are broken. Students grub for them, pick classes where good ones come easily, and otherwise hustle to win the highest scores for the least learning. As a result, college grades are inflated to the point of meaninglessness--especially to employers who want to know which diploma-holder is best qualified for their jobs. An alternative is to…
Descriptors: Educational Attainment, Grade Inflation, Grade Point Average, Academic Achievement
Blumenstyk, Goldie – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
"Doing well by doing good" is the business mantra of the for-profit-college industry. But one does not have to look far to find people who question the slogan's sincerity or the very legitimacy of that model. And that was even before reports of some companies' abusive student-recruiting practices and questionable educational standards fed a public…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Corporations, Proprietary Schools, Institutional Mission
Peterkin, Caitlin – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
College is often a fresh start for students, but some have pasts that follow them. Take, for instance, "S.D.," an 18-year-old man from Pennsylvania who wanted to go to Temple University. When he was 17, he put an image on a file-sharing network that resulted in his being charged in juvenile court with one count of disseminating child pornography.…
Descriptors: Admission (School), School Safety, Juvenile Courts, Rehabilitation Programs
Gattiker, Thomas F.; Lowe, Scott E. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Electronic textbooks, often lauded as a cheaper alternative to hard copies, may also seem like a perfect way for colleges to reduce their greenhouse-gas emissions. Many institutions encourage use of e-books, and one state, California, has required that all textbooks used in college classes be made available electronically by 2020. In a sign of…
Descriptors: Internet, Textbooks, Educational Technology, Electronic Publishing
Kahlenberg, Richard D. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
After almost a half century, American higher education's use of racial preferences in admissions to selective colleges may well be coming to an end. The good news for people concerned about racial and economic justice is that in several states that have banned racial affirmative action by voter referendum or executive order, legislators and…
Descriptors: Affirmative Action, Race, Colleges, Socioeconomic Influences
Fleming, Bruce – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
The U.S. military-service academies--at West Point (Army), Annapolis (Navy), Colorado Springs (Air Force), and New London (Coast Guard)--are at the center of several debates, both military and civilian. The military is downsizing, and the federal budget is under scrutiny: Do the academies deserve to continue if they are not producing better…
Descriptors: Military Schools, Budgets, Educational Quality, Military Personnel
Berrett, Dan – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Many education experts who seek to define the value of a college degree seize on metrics that can be quantified in the short term. Some look at levels of student engagement, while others calculate gains on standardized tests of critical-thinking skills. Still others have started analyzing the salaries that recent graduates earn. A different sort…
Descriptors: Intelligence, Personality Traits, Values, College Instruction
Spitzer, Mark – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
In his epic poem "A Season in Hell," the surly French poet Arthur Rimbaud proposes that the Devil likes writing that lacks "descriptive" qualities. Rimbaud then makes a stand in favor of descriptive writing by offering "these hideous pages from [his] notes of the damned." The author would not go so far as to say that nondescriptive writing is evil…
Descriptors: Creative Writing, Descriptive Writing, Writing Instruction, College Instruction
Fischman, Josh – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
This article reports on how some scientists impersonate outside reviewers for journals and give high marks to their own manuscripts. Scientists appear to have figured out a new way to avoid any bad prepublication reviews that dissuade journals from publishing their articles: Write positive reviews themselves, under other people's names. In…
Descriptors: Credentials, Ethics, Scientists, Deception
Wang, Marian; Supiano, Beckie; Fuller, Andrea – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
As the cost of college has spiraled ever upward and median family income has fallen, the loan program, called Parent PLUS, has become indispensable for increasing numbers of parents desperate to make their children's college plans work. Last year the government disbursed $10.6-billion in Parent PLUS loans to just under a million families. Even…
Descriptors: Employment Level, Student Loan Programs, Paying for College, Debt (Financial)
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