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Schmidt, Peter – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
Faculty unions outside Michigan have reason to be concerned with its passage of legislation barring unions from collecting fees from workers who do not join them. But the experiences of faculty unions in states that adopted such laws years ago suggest that while the measures can be a major hindrance to their work, they are not a death blow.…
Descriptors: Unions, Collective Bargaining, Labor, College Faculty
Pannapacker, William – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
Academics can be too snug in their institutional silos. They sometimes think of one another as competitors for students, and as a result they duplicate scarce resources in mutually damaging ways. In this article, the author wants to argue that teaching-focused institutions have much to gain from partnerships with research universities on the…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Foreign Countries, College Faculty, Attitudes
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
Young, Jeffrey R. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Coursera has been operating for only a few months, but the company has already persuaded some of the world's best-known universities to offer free courses through its online platform. Colleges that usually move at a glacial pace are rushing into deals with the upstart company. But what exactly have they signed up for? And if the courses are free,…
Descriptors: Income, School Business Relationship, Higher Education, Student Costs
Gonzalez, Jennifer – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
The national push to graduate more students excludes no demographic group, and those with lagging completion rates become particular targets of attention. Now some community colleges are zeroing in on another underserved population: ex-offenders. Roughly 1.6 million people are in state and federal prisons across the country, and each year, about…
Descriptors: Correctional Education, Criminals, College Graduates, Community Colleges
Schmidt, Peter – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
The author reports on the ruling of a divided appellate court that held that the state law unconstitutionally made it harder for minorities to seek preferences than for other groups. The court struck down a voter-passed ban on the use of race-conscious admissions by Michigan's public colleges, holding that the measure had unconstitutionally put…
Descriptors: Court Litigation, Federal Courts, Constitutional Law, State Legislation
Fischer, Karin – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Several stumbles by American colleges in setting up programs with foreign partners have called attention to problems inherent in making such arrangements. State University of New York Empire State College has allowed a university in Albania to deliver diplomas in its name. In North Dakota, state auditors issued a scathing review of dual-degree…
Descriptors: Graduation Requirements, State Colleges, Foreign Countries, College Students
Schmidt, Peter – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
The Supreme Court's members generally are too decorous to exclaim "I told you so." But U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy stands perched on the edge of an I-told-you-so moment, thanks to the court's decision to take up a challenge to a race-conscious college-admission policy that poses some of the same questions he had accused…
Descriptors: Affirmative Action, Law Schools, Colleges, Higher Education
Hoover, Eric – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Among the traditional measures of student quality, class rank is widely described by admissions officers as the fuzziest. That is why some colleges no longer use it in their evaluations of applicants, while many others do not consider it very important. The measure once had greater appeal. For one thing, it had the whiff of fairness. Seeing how an…
Descriptors: Class Rank, Computation, High School Graduates, College Freshmen
Pannapacker, William – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
By now most everyone has heard about an experiment that goes something like this: Students dressed in black or white bounce a ball back and forth, and observers are asked to keep track of the bounces to team members in white shirts. While that's happening, another student dressed in a gorilla suit wanders into their midst, looks around, thumps his…
Descriptors: Cooperation, Higher Education, Educational Change, Educational Practices
Kelderman, Eric – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
For nearly four years, governors and state legislators have focused on little else in higher education but cutting budgets to deal with historic gaps in revenue. Now, with higher-education support at a 25-year low, lawmakers are considering some policy changes that have been off-limits in the past, such as consolidating campuses and eliminating…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Finance, Public Colleges, Budgeting
Troop, Don – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Western Michigan University is building an innovative program to make welcome those students who were raised in foster care and to help them earn their diplomas without having to shoplift or trespass over the holidays. Many of the students have comfortable apartments on the campus, and a hall was kept open over the holiday break for dorm residents…
Descriptors: Family Programs, Foster Care, Welfare Services, Welfare Recipients
Katz, Stanley N. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
In a January speech at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, laying out his policy for higher education, President Obama opened by noting his agenda: "How can we make sure that everybody is getting the kind of education they need to personally succeed but also to build up this nation--because in this economy, there is no greater predictor…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Activism, Presidents, Private Financial Support
Carlson, Scott – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
The author reports on the reigning economic calculus that helps to drive constant expansion and poor utilization of space on many campuses. The author states that colleges could charge for utilities, which might encourage departments to save energy. Most American colleges do not charge for space--in part because doing so would raise the hackles of…
Descriptors: Colleges, Campuses, School Space, Space Utilization
Kelderman, Eric – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
As state tax revenues plummet, some lawmakers and higher-education leaders are once again looking at loosening the bonds between state governments and public colleges to save money and give colleges the freedom to bolster their bottom lines in new ways. Over the past two decades, college officials have often lamented the growing need to secure…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Public Colleges, College Administration, Privatization
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