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Mangan, Katherine – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Engineering and teaching are among the most lopsided disciplines in academe's gender split. In 2010, women received 80 percent of the undergraduate degrees awarded in education, the U.S. Education Department reports. And they earned 77 percent of the master's and 67 percent of the doctoral degrees in that field. In engineering, by contrast, women…
Descriptors: Females, Spatial Ability, Majors (Students), Gender Discrimination
Mangan, Katherine – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
As free online courses draw students to star professors at prestigious colleges, Peer 2 Peer University asks whether instructors are needed at all. This article features Peer 2 Peer University, a three-year-old online institution where students learn together, at no charge, using materials found on the Web. The unusual institution, where anyone…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Open Education, Student Centered Curriculum, Discovery Learning
Mangan, Katherine – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Remedial courses meant to get underprepared students ready for college-level work are often not an on-ramp but a dead end, leaders of four national higher-education groups said, recommending sweeping changes in how such students are brought up to speed. Students required to take a sequence of remedial, or developmental, courses before they can…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Academic Support Services, Developmental Studies Programs, Remedial Instruction
Mangan, Katherine – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
While e-mail remains the official method of communication on most campuses, colleges are expanding their presence in the virtual world, trying to reach students where they hang out. But without careful planning, that can lead to a scattershot approach as new platforms keep popping up and students' attention becomes increasingly dispersed. The…
Descriptors: Electronic Mail, Computer Mediated Communication, Network Analysis, Social Networks
Mangan, Katherine – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
For years, advanced-practice nurses have struggled for greater autonomy from doctors while physician groups have fought back, trying to protect what they see as their turf. This article reports that a new degree and a new certification test are blurring those boundaries even further. The test, and the "doctor of nursing practice" degree it…
Descriptors: Nursing Education, Physicians, Nurses, Nursing
Mangan, Katherine – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
The University of San Francisco School of Law is one of at least a dozen law schools in the United States where students represent small investors facing big headaches, often because their brokers were more interested in maximizing their own commissions than in giving sound advice. Supervised by law professors, teams of students file motions,…
Descriptors: Law Students, Law Schools, Money Management, Court Litigation
Mangan, Katherine – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
The Employ American Workers Act was added to the stimulus bill in February by U.S. Senators Charles E. Grassley, an Iowa Republican, and Bernard Sanders, an Independent from Vermont. It prohibits financial institutions that receive federal bailout money from hiring foreign workers if they have recently laid off American workers in similar jobs or…
Descriptors: Foreign Students, Personnel Selection, Foreign Workers, Federal Regulation
Mangan, Katherine – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
Oklahoma City University prides itself on treating its faculty and staff members like family. It is the kind of place where new employees are welcomed in the president's house, staff members kick in to raise money when a colleague faces hard times, and promising young workers are offered flexible work schedules and free tuition to help them…
Descriptors: Role Models, Private Colleges, Institutional Characteristics, Employer Employee Relationship
Mangan, Katherine – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
For 12 hours at Arizona State University, a sold-out crowd of 3,000 people gave a group of famous scientists a pop-star welcome, cheering their remarks and lining up for autographs after a day full of discussion about black holes, string theory, and evolutionary biology. At a time when program cuts and faculty layoffs dominate the headlines of…
Descriptors: Conferences (Gatherings), State Universities, Interdisciplinary Approach, College Programs
Mangan, Katherine – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
In Texas, as in other states, fewer than a quarter of the students earning associate degrees end up applying to universities. The eventual result is widespread underemployment and a stagnating work force that doesn't keep up with population growth. However, Texas educators are trying to change that with two ambitious programs--one aimed at college…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Transfer Students, Transfer Policy, Transfer Programs
Mangan, Katherine – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
In July 2009, Felix V. Matos Rodriguez will take over as president of Hostos Community College of the City University of New York, which in 1970 opened in a converted tire factory in the South Bronx to educate members of a primarily Puerto Rican community. Like Mr. Matos Rodriguez, who moved to the mainland United States at age 18, many of those…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, College Presidents, Administrative Change, Cultural Pluralism
Mangan, Katherine – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
California's lieutenant governor has proposed a fast-track medical school that would shave three years off the training needed to become a physician. It is not the first time such an idea has been offered. The proposal, for a hoped-for medical school at the University of California at Merced, struck some medical educators as both unrealistic and…
Descriptors: Medical Education, Medical Schools, Acceleration (Education), Educational Change
Mangan, Katherine – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
About 1,000 students from 50 states and 60 countries attended the second annual Clinton Global Initiative University. The project, an outgrowth of the Clinton Global Initiative for world leaders, challenges participants to take "good intentions and turn them into measurable changes in other people's lives" by submitting detailed…
Descriptors: Global Approach, Public Service, Activism, Social Action
Mangan, Katherine – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
This article reports that Florida State University officials are gearing up for what could be another bruising battle this month over a proposed biomass plant that could bring the campus cleaner, cheaper energy and monetary support for alternative-energy research. Or, it could bring noise and pollution to a nearby neighborhood, according to…
Descriptors: Energy Conservation, Educational Facilities Improvement, Energy Management, Controversial Issues (Course Content)
Mangan, Katherine – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
Two years ago, the only historically black medical school west of the Mississippi faced a grim prognosis after county officials pulled the plug on its relationship with a troubled hospital. Today the medical school that has reportedly trained about a third of Los Angeles County's black and Hispanic physicians is back on its feet and planning an…
Descriptors: Medical Schools, Black Colleges, Educational Development, Educational Administration
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