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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
Perlmutter, David D. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
The assistant professor was shocked. For six years on the tenure track, all the assessments of his work had been positive--or at least not negative. His annual evaluations rated him consistently good or better on teaching, service, and research. The sparse written comments from his chair were in the vein of "you are doing what you need to do." The…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Mentors, Tenure, College Faculty
Perlmutter, David D. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
High on any Top 10 list of the most frequent advice offered to young faculty members is this: No good deed goes unpunished. The aphorism at first seems cynical, pessimistic, dysfunctional. Doing good, as members of a higher-education community, is their job. What if everyone just looked out for No. 1? The entire promotion-and-tenure system--which…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Tenure, Career Development, Performance Technology
Howard, Jennifer – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
When it comes to hard data about what they do, policy makers and educators in the humanities have been mostly left out in the cold, forced to rely on isolated statistics that do not give an overview of the field. That changed this month, as the American Academy of Arts and Sciences unveiled the prototype of its long-awaited Humanities Indicators…
Descriptors: Humanities, Humanities Instruction, Educational Indicators, Educational Trends
Young, Jeffrey R. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
For years college administrators have warned students to watch their step in online social realms, noting that sharing too much could hurt them later on if future employees saw their drunken party pictures or boorish writings. Now that professors and administrators are catching Facebook fever, they should heed their own advice. The author…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Social Networks, Computer Mediated Communication, Web Sites
Young, Jeffrey R. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
This article reports on Blackboard, a course-management system used by the University of Maryland-Baltimore County to rate and track the "most active instructors" using the university's course-management system. Just about every college has such a system these days, designed to track assignments and manage online class discussions, but…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Teaching Methods, Courseware, Classification