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Fleming, Bruce – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
The U.S. military-service academies--at West Point (Army), Annapolis (Navy), Colorado Springs (Air Force), and New London (Coast Guard)--are at the center of several debates, both military and civilian. The military is downsizing, and the federal budget is under scrutiny: Do the academies deserve to continue if they are not producing better…
Descriptors: Military Schools, Budgets, Educational Quality, Military Personnel
Berrett, Dan – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Many education experts who seek to define the value of a college degree seize on metrics that can be quantified in the short term. Some look at levels of student engagement, while others calculate gains on standardized tests of critical-thinking skills. Still others have started analyzing the salaries that recent graduates earn. A different sort…
Descriptors: Intelligence, Personality Traits, Values, College Instruction
Spitzer, Mark – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
In his epic poem "A Season in Hell," the surly French poet Arthur Rimbaud proposes that the Devil likes writing that lacks "descriptive" qualities. Rimbaud then makes a stand in favor of descriptive writing by offering "these hideous pages from [his] notes of the damned." The author would not go so far as to say that nondescriptive writing is evil…
Descriptors: Creative Writing, Descriptive Writing, Writing Instruction, College Instruction
Wang, Marian; Supiano, Beckie; Fuller, Andrea – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
As the cost of college has spiraled ever upward and median family income has fallen, the loan program, called Parent PLUS, has become indispensable for increasing numbers of parents desperate to make their children's college plans work. Last year the government disbursed $10.6-billion in Parent PLUS loans to just under a million families. Even…
Descriptors: Employment Level, Student Loan Programs, Paying for College, Debt (Financial)
Young, Jeffrey R. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
On a summer day four years ago, a Stanford University computer-science professor named Andrew Ng held an unusual air show on a field near the campus. His fleet of small helicopter drones flew under computer control, piloted by artificial-intelligence software that could teach itself to fly after watching a human operator. By the end of the day,…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Educational Technology, Artificial Intelligence, Online Courses
Sander, Libby – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
College students are a generally healthy lot. But as they grow heavier each year, reflecting the national rise in obesity rates, campus officials are trying to promote healthier habits--and, they hope, mitigate the impact of a sobering trend. More than one-third of college students have a body-mass index, the main measurement for obesity, that…
Descriptors: Health Promotion, Physical Activities, Self Concept, Nutrition
Rogers, Jenny – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
In the long-running debate over how many administrators are too many, two economic researchers believe they have identified an ideal ratio. For colleges to operate most effectively, they say, each institution should employ three tenured or tenure-track faculty for every one full-time administrator. What the ratio is now is difficult to say, though…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Tenure, Governance, Personnel Selection
Onwuachi-Willig, Angela – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
For an untenured faculty member, perception is everything. For outsiders, such as women of color, the task of negotiating and performing identity can prove rather burdensome because of the need to counter negative stereotypes based on race, gender, and class. For many junior faculty members, a recurring conflict is the longstanding tension between…
Descriptors: Women Faculty, Minority Group Teachers, College Faculty, Tenure
Shea, Christopher – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
James R. Flynn is an accidental IQ specialist. In the early 1980s, the American-born political scientist thought he might spend a few pages in a planned book on "how to defend humane ideals" grappling with the argument that the gap in IQ scores between blacks and whites was genetically rooted. It was not his first foray into that subject, but this…
Descriptors: Intelligence Tests, Intelligence Quotient, Age Differences, Scores
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
Zolbrod, Paul G. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
The author has been teaching at the Navajo Nation's Dine College for 22 years--five at one of two main campuses and 17 at a remote branch campus in Crownpoint, New Mexico, where he went following his retirement after 30 years as an English professor at Allegheny College. Throughout his academic career, he has made a point of teaching beginning…
Descriptors: Writing (Composition), Oral Tradition, Navajo, Navajo (Nation)
Sander, Libby – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
For decades, women have enrolled in college in greater numbers than men, and, by many measures, have outperformed them in the classroom. But in recent years, as social scientists and student-affairs offices have focused on other differences between the genders, they have documented patterns that could explain how engagement influences student…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Student Development, Gender Differences, Womens Education
Parry, Marc – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Colleges share many things on Twitter, but one topic can be risky to broach: the reading habits of library patrons. Patrons' privacy is precious to most librarians. Yet new Web services thrive on collecting and sharing the very information that has long been protected. This points to an emerging tension as libraries embrace digital services.…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Internet, Reading Habits, Influence of Technology
Coger, Robin N.; Cuny, Jan; Klawe, Maria; McGann, Matt; Purcell, Karen D. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
There have been many efforts in recent years to draw more women into STEM fields. While women have made gains, they are still far less likely than men to major in such fields, especially engineering and computer science. Why? This article presents the responses and the thoughts of a group of scholars and experts.
Descriptors: Females, STEM Education, Career Choice, Gender Bias
Bousquet, Marc – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
The role of gender in the global economy is not represented particularly well by old-school "pipeline" theories of women entering particular industries, whether it is manufacturing, medicine, or college teaching. The pipeline analogy suggests that if women enter a field in equal or greater numbers to men, they will somehow automatically be "piped"…
Descriptors: Females, Higher Education, Gender Differences, Industry
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