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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
Labi, Aisha – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
This article profiles A.C. Grayling, a British intellectual who pioneers a new model for college. In his role as founder of the New College of the Humanities, Britain's newest and most controversial institution of higher education, A.C. Grayling could have chosen among several titles. The senior academic officer at most English higher-education…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Educational Change, Administrators
Biemiller, Lawrence – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
Armed with data and projections about budgets and future enrollments, Wilson College, in Pennsylvania, considers a slew of changes, including men. Among other changes, the board approved cutting tuition by $5,000, starting a high-profile loan-buyback program, creating new offerings in the health sciences and other career-oriented disciplines, and…
Descriptors: Liberal Arts, Single Sex Colleges, Educational Change, Tuition
Hockenos, Paul – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
Rarely do political scandal and academe collide so publicly as they have now, in Europe. In February, Germany's education minister stepped down after Heinrich Heine University, in Dusseldorf, revoked her doctorate because her thesis lifted passages from other sources without proper attribution. Her departure came after scandals over plagiarized…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Academic Freedom, Foreign Countries, Educational Change
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
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
Fuller, Andrea – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Many of the nation's chiropractic colleges, like other small colleges that rely heavily on tuition, are struggling to stay in business. At the same time that they are working to improve their stature in higher education and broadening their missions to increase their appeal, a number of the colleges are seeing enrollments plummet--and revenues are…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Private Colleges, Teacher Salaries, Educational Change
Kirschner, Ann – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
One can hardly mention higher education today without hearing the word "innovation," or its understudies "change," "reinvention," "transformation." Last summer the National Governors Association opened its meeting with a plenary session on higher education, innovation, and economic growth. But there is nothing funny about the need for innovation…
Descriptors: Educational Innovation, Higher Education, Educational Change, Resistance to Change
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
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
Berrett, Dan – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Original research in biology, which is thought to spark student interest and bolster majors, makes its way to the associate-degree level. Through a grant from the National Science Foundation, students of biology in community colleges will have the chance to do research on open-ended, real-world questions with no predetermined answers--and…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Educational Benefits, Student Interests, Biology
Cassuto, Leonard – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Whenever a discussion opens about nonacademic employment for Ph.D.s, it is not long before someone suggests reducing graduate-school admissions. "The market for full-time scholars has fallen off a cliff lately," this argument goes, "so why not just train fewer of them?" The strategy to reduce the number of Ph.D. students recurs in those…
Descriptors: Doctoral Programs, Program Termination, Educational Change, College Admission
Selingo, Jeff – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Every spring, millions of 18-year-olds graduate from high school and start on one of three paths: (1) college; (2) the military; or (3) work. College is the choice encouraged most often by high-school guidance counselors, and for good reason. By 2020, two out of every three jobs will require some sort of higher education, according to the Center…
Descriptors: High School Graduates, College Readiness, Transitional Programs, Apprenticeships
Kelderman, Eric – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Before last year, public colleges in Tennessee had a very good reason to fill classroom seats through the first couple of weeks of the term. Each institution's share of the state appropriations for higher education was largely based on enrollment at that point in the semester. Now, however, those colleges stand to lose state money if students do…
Descriptors: Public Colleges, Educational Finance, State Aid, State Legislation
Cassuto, Leonard – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
The crisis in humanities graduate education is coming to an end. But academic jobs are still few and far between, and graduate education remains on shaky ground both institutionally and socially. Nevertheless, two generations of "crisis thinking" are finally giving way to the idea that graduate education is not in a crisis. Instead, it…
Descriptors: Graduate Study, Humanities, Doctoral Programs, Doctoral Dissertations
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