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Wolverton, Brad – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
College sports is a billion-dollar enterprise whose leaders pride themselves on taking care of athletes. But lately many institutions have lost that focus. Broad proposals to change the game have historically fallen short. But what if the focus is narrowed, reorganizing around the needs of students? This article presents five ideas for doing that:…
Descriptors: College Athletics, Student Needs, Change Strategies, Organizational Change
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
Bugeja, Michael J. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
In the past year, public colleges and universities across the country have been shrinking degree programs and terminating personnel--including tenured professors--in an effort to cope with budget cuts in higher education. The situation is not confined to a handful of mismanaged public institutions, as in the past. It is a national phenomenon and…
Descriptors: Higher Education, College Curriculum, Collegiality, College Planning
Kelderman, Eric – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
In autumn, most colleges' football fields are covered with a thick carpet of grass or artificial turf and are adorned with yard lines. But the football field at Paul Quinn College was carved up by plowing and planting. This past fall, portions of the college's gridiron were covered with sweet potatoes, watermelons, peppers, rosemary, and sugar…
Descriptors: Fund Raising, Financial Problems, Black Colleges, Educational Finance
Wolverton, Brad – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
A series of unprecedented scandals has eroded confidence in big-time sports, increasing the appetite for change. Some critics have a tough time seeing the NCAA as a savior; they say the real problem is the NCAA structure itself, which allows athletes to generate billions of dollars for colleges while earning no compensation themselves. Mark A.…
Descriptors: College Athletics, Program Administration, Change Agents, Change Strategies
Hoover, Eric – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
This article discusses Sundar Kumarasamy and how he is remaking the rituals of recruitment at the University of Dayton. For years Sundar Kumarasamy walked through the lobby of the University of Dayton's admissions building and daydreamed about changing every inch of the place. Mr. Kumarasamy, the university's vice president for enrollment…
Descriptors: Enrollment Management, Student Recruitment, Change Strategies, Educational Change
Loth, Renee – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
In 2007 the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation placed a major bet on State University of New York at Stony Brook: $1.7-million to enroll 10,000 students in its news-literacy curriculum over five years. Alberto Ibarguen, president and chief executive of the foundation, expected the course to foster "a group of students who would simply…
Descriptors: Graduation Requirements, Majors (Students), Educational Change, Journalism
Lloyd, Marion – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
In the aftermath of the devastating January 2010 earthquake in Haiti, international humanitarian groups and volunteers poured into the country, bolstering what was already one of the world's hot spots for nongovernmental organizations. But the magnitude of the disaster--an estimated 300,000 were killed and one million left homeless out of a…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Foreign Countries, Educational Development, Educational Demand
Wilson, Robin – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
While most of the national focus following charges of child sex abuse at Pennsylvania State University has centered on its coaches and administrators, the scandal has reached deep into the professoriate as well. Responding to constant questions has taken an emotional toll on the university's faculty members, who have been asked by neighbors,…
Descriptors: Governing Boards, College Faculty, College Administration, Teacher Administrator Relationship
Donahue, William Collins; Kagel, Martin – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
By most accounts, the position of German studies in the American academy is no longer secure. To a large extent, that is due to reasons beyond the control of individual faculty or departments, including the general crisis faced by the humanities and the diminished importance in the eyes of the public of literary criticism, a vital part of the…
Descriptors: Multilingualism, Foreign Countries, Humanities, German
Eddy, Pamela L. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
Signs of a leadership crisis in community colleges have been building over the past decade, with one study predicting that as many as 84 percent of current presidents could retire within the next 10 years. Several plans of action are under way to handle this changing of the guard, including more leadership-preparation programs offered by such…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Administrative Change, Leadership Training, Rural Schools
Selingo, Jeffrey J. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
As the nation's economy began to sputter early last year, two areas proved resilient to the cutback in Americans' spending: luxury goods and college degrees. By the end of 2008, however, luxury stores had recorded the greatest decline in sales of any retail-chain category. Optimistic college presidents believe they will be spared a drastic…
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Economic Change, Institutional Survival, Change Strategies
Carlson, Scott – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
In July, when energy prices were sky-high and some pundits were predicting a continued rise, Charles Riordan, facilities director at Loyola College of Maryland, and his colleagues locked in a chunk of their electricity prices--about a quarter of the college's consumption--to cover the next two years. Now that energy prices have fallen, the…
Descriptors: Energy Management, Fuel Consumption, Cost Indexes, Economic Change
Kelderman, Eric – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
Nearly every state is projecting a revenue shortfall for both the current budget year and the next fiscal year, and few public-college officials expect to dodge the budget ax. But some higher-education leaders and state policy makers see the bleak economic outlook as an opportunity to press for broad changes in college policy and operations that…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Educational Change, Change Strategies, School Restructuring
Massy, William F. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
There is no doubt that the American economy is in the midst of a major restructuring. While the consequences are not yet fully apparent, two powerful implications for higher education have become clear. First, because solutions to the nation's problems will require a highly educated work force, the demands on colleges can only increase. Second,…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Change, Change Strategies, Instructional Development
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