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Jenkins, Rob – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
As both a serial search-committee member and an occasional job seeker, the author has observed that one of the most awkward parts of a standard academic interview often comes at the end, when the committee chair asks the candidate if he or she has any questions. During an interview, the questions candidates ask may be as important as those they…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Employment Interviews, Job Applicants, Search Committees (Personnel)
Van Brunt, Brian – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
In this article, the author makes an unpopular argument that involves the necessity for college counselors and psychologists to work harder with a high-risk group of students. He argues that an ideal, successful, well-functioning college counseling center must serve a wide range of clients. He wants to push back on the latest trend in the…
Descriptors: Counseling Services, Guidance Centers, School Psychologists, Colleges
Stratford, Michael – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Energized by his fellow adjunct professors who had gathered for a national meeting last month in Washington, District of Columbia, Joshua A. Boldt flew home to Athens, Georgia, opened his laptop, and created a Google document. On his personal blog, the writing instructor implored colleagues to contribute to the publicly editable spreadsheet,…
Descriptors: Adjunct Faculty, Teaching Conditions, Web Sites, Electronic Publishing
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
Pannapacker, William – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
In "Raiders of the Lost Ark," Indiana Jones--perhaps the last heroic professor to appear in a major Hollywood film--survives a series of adventures involving spiders, snakes, treacherous colleagues, and countless Nazis who are determined to recover the ark of the covenant for their "Fuhrer." Apparently the ark has mystical powers. Ultimately,…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Writing Processes, Research Papers (Students), Humanities
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
Blumenstyk, Goldie – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Higher education pays off handsomely for society. Yet on a nationwide basis, states' support for higher education per full-time-equivalent student has fallen to just $6,290, the lowest in 15 years. A dedicated source of funds for higher education is problematic. But what if state and federal lawmakers applied the impeccable logic of the gas tax to…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Finance, Taxes, Federal Aid
Sander, Libby – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
The author reports on a Supreme Court case that is echoing across the University of Texas at Austin, and for some students, it is personal. Not long after the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear Abigail Fisher's case against the University of Texas at Austin, a lighthearted joke made the rounds at the Warfield Center for African and African-American…
Descriptors: Court Litigation, Admission Criteria, College Admission, Selective Admission
Fischer, Karin – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Back in the 1960s and 1970s, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology was in the university-building business. The elite institute is back in the university-building business. In addition to the thousands of faculty research collaborations around the globe, the university over the past five years has once more engaged in ambitious efforts to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Partnerships in Education, Global Approach, Technical Education
Schmidt, Peter – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
The author reports on the U.S. Supreme Court hearing regarding the Texas admissions case that exposes gaps in the affirmative-action law. As the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a lawsuit challenging race-conscious admissions at the University of Texas at Austin, it became evident that the court's past rulings on such policies have failed to…
Descriptors: Affirmative Action, Minority Groups, Minority Group Students, Race
Kirschner, Ann – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Surely "massive open online course" (MOOC) has one of the ugliest acronyms of recent years, lacking the deliberate playfulness of Yahoo (Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle) or the droll shoulder shrug suggested by the word "snafu" (Situation Normal, All Fouled Up). The author is not a complete neophyte to online…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Adult Learning, Electronic Learning, Online Courses
Peterkin, Caitlin – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
At many colleges, taking time off to care for a relative, or missing a few days of class to attend a funeral, can be difficult for students. They may encounter a professor who tells them, in so many words, to suck it up. They might have difficulty negotiating extensions for assignments and make-up dates for exams. Although most institutions have a…
Descriptors: Grief, Death, College Students, School Policy
Seager, Thomas P.; Selinger, Evan – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
To be truly innovative, digital pedagogy has to do a better job of giving students the very thing that makes brick-and-mortar schooling so special: It must foster immersive learning communities that connect students to both their instructors and each other. Fortunately, there are ways that online education can do just that, as the authors have…
Descriptors: Grades (Scholastic), Learning Activities, Teaching Methods, Ethics
Milliron, Mark David – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Western Governors University Texas (WGU Texas), where the author is chancellor, is not an easy institution to describe. It just does not fit the profile of most traditional universities, even the newer for-profit and online ones. It brings the work of a national, online, nonprofit university into a state, and it embraces a competency-based…
Descriptors: Virtual Universities, Models, Electronic Learning, Distance Education
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
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