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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
Young, Jeffrey R. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Easy A's may be even easier to score these days, with the growing popularity of online courses. Tech-savvy students are finding ways to cheat that let them ace online courses with minimal effort, in ways that are difficult to detect. The issue of online cheating may rise in prominence, as more and more institutions embrace online courses, and as…
Descriptors: Cheating, Testing, Standardized Tests, Online Courses
Lang, James M. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
In January 2011, a trio of researchers published the results of an experiment in which they demonstrated that students who read material in difficult, unfamiliar fonts learned it more deeply than students who read the same material in conventional, familiar fonts. Strange as that may seem, the finding stems from a well-established principle in…
Descriptors: Learning Theories, Critical Thinking, Learning Experience, Motivation Techniques
Edmundson, Mark – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Who hasn't at least once had the feeling of being remade through music? Who is there who does not date a new phase in life to hearing this or that symphony or song? But does music constantly provide revelation--or does it have some other effects, maybe less desirable? For those who teach, the question is especially pressing. Students tend to spend…
Descriptors: Music Education, Singing, Musicians, Music Teachers
Williams, Jeffrey J. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Before all the talk about "public intellectuals," Michael Walzer was one. For 50 years, he has gone back and forth between positions at Princeton and Harvard Universities and then at the Institute for Advanced Study, in Princeton, New Jersey, where he is now emeritus. His writings appear regularly in "Dissent" magazine, which he has co-edited for…
Descriptors: Criticism, Foreign Countries, Theory Practice Relationship, Career Development
Sword, Helen – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Every discipline has its own specialized language, its membership rites, its secret handshake. In its most benign and neutral definition, jargon signifies "the technical terminology or characteristic idiom of a special activity or group." More often, however, the jingly word that Chaucer used to describe "the inarticulate utterance of birds" takes…
Descriptors: Jargon, Academic Discourse, Discourse Communities, Language Styles
Wilhelm, Ian – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Dozens of universities have started encouraging students to go abroad early in their college life in the last decade, offering overseas opportunities that last a week to a full academic year, in countries as diverse as Britain, China, and Mexico. A variety of factors are driving the growth. Universities say the programs help globalize the…
Descriptors: Drinking, Foreign Countries, College Freshmen, Study Abroad
Cassuto, Leonard – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Discussion of nonfaculty careers for graduate students so easily disintegrates into dueling anecdotes. The author describes a story about someone who had to drop his Ph.D. from his resume in order to get a job at all. Stories cluster around both of those poles in the comments section whenever the author has written about nonprofessorial career…
Descriptors: Careers, Graduate Students, Career Exploration, Career Choice
Blumenstyk, Goldie – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Universities and their inventors earned more than $1.8-billion from commercializing their academic research in the 2011 fiscal year, collecting royalties from new breeds of wheat, from a new drug for the treatment of HIV, and from longstanding arrangements over enduring products like Gatorade. Northwestern University earned the most of any…
Descriptors: Certification, Intellectual Property, Commercialization, Research and Development
Stripling, Jack – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
It is easy to see why a college might want a big board. It is simpler to add trustees than to remove members who are no longer pulling their weight, and growth can be justified as an effort to broaden the diversity of opinions in a group. It is also true that there may be no better way to cultivate donors than to give them active policy-making…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Governing Boards, Trustees, Voting
Dirks, Nicholas B. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
No one doubts that globalization is one of the most important trends of today. As American universities expand their global footprint with branch campuses in Singapore, Abu Dhabi, and elsewhere, many faculty are concerned about oppressive governance, human-rights violations, and lack of academic freedom abroad. Meanwhile administrators grapple…
Descriptors: Global Approach, Global Education, Higher Education, Area Studies
Lipka, Sara – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Efforts to keep higher education affordable for all students and to promote not only access, but success--all in a climate of dwindling state appropriations and lean budgets--made the past year one of reckoning for colleges. Total outstanding student-loan debt hit the $1-trillion mark as federal officials scrambled to ease the burden on borrowers,…
Descriptors: Student Costs, College Students, Student Financial Aid, Student Loan Programs
Mole, Beth – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Nobody likes the current system of peer review, and most everybody agrees it should move online. But from there, opinions diverge. As humanities editors continue to experiment with Web-based technology, two proposed online tools are highlighting disagreement over what needs fixing. Peter H. Sigal, a blue-haired associate professor of history at…
Descriptors: History, Opinions, Peer Evaluation, Hispanic American Culture
Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Of all endowments valued at more than $250-million, the UCLA Foundation had the highest rate of growth over the previous year, at 49 percent. This article presents a table of the largest college endowments in 2011. The table covers the "rank," "institution," "market value as of June 30, 2011," and "1-year change" of institutions participating in…
Descriptors: Endowment Funds, Tables (Data), Educational Finance, Financial Support
Young, Jeffrey R. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Students are bringing the latest devices to campuses expecting to use them as learning tools, and colleges are trying to deliver. Some of the world's best-known universities tried some experiments with a new model of online learning, in which students watch short video lectures, take automatically graded quizzes, and use online communities to work…
Descriptors: College Instruction, Electronic Learning, Technology Uses in Education, Telecommunications
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