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Carlson, Scott – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
Just listen to Dimitrius Graham sing. As a music major at Morgan State University, he seems keenly aware of certain realities about his life: His talent is undeniable and probably innate, and his future is promising but uncertain. He could make a career singing on Broadway or climbing the charts as a Billboard phenomenon. Because he went to…
Descriptors: Higher Education, College Graduates, Music, Singing
Blumenstyk, Goldie – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
In his first book, "Acts of Faith," Eboo Patel describes his early encounters with interfaith events in the late 1990s. He was not impressed. "They were excruciatingly boring," he writes. Why so much talk and so little action, his restless, twenty-something self had wondered. "And where were the young people?" Fast forward a dozen years. Now 37,…
Descriptors: Religion, Intergroup Relations, National Organizations, Religious Education
Porterfield, Daniel R. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
The past year has seen the meteoric rise of the MOOC, or massive open online course, which lets 100,000 strangers--or more--log on to free classes branded "Stanford" or "Harvard." "The New York Times" went so far as to call 2012 the "Year of the MOOC." Amid the cacophony of voices calling for colleges to cut costs and reduce student debt, many of…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Seminars, College Instruction, Small Group Instruction
Barden, Dennis M.; Curry, Janel – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
Colleges and universities looking to recruit leaders from within the faculty ranks will face more and more difficulty. From their respective positions--as a provost (Janel) and a search consultant (Dennis)--they often hear senior executives in higher education say that building a new generation of faculty leaders will be a major challenge in the…
Descriptors: Higher Education, College Faculty, Governing Boards, Search Committees (Personnel)
Berrett, Dan – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
Einstein was blessed with a rare genius. He also understood the intellectual weight of a flight of fancy. He turned over the idea in his mind for a decade before concluding that the light beam next to him would appear to be at rest even though it was traveling at the speed of light. While it may be tempting to focus on Einstein's cognitive…
Descriptors: Climate, Cultural Awareness, Creativity, Creative Thinking
Perlmutter, David D. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
Some job candidates seem to be doing well only to fall flat in one venue: They ace the teaching demo and the dinner meeting, but stumble during the research talk. Perhaps the candidate was disorganized, too strident, or just long-winded and boring. Whatever the cause, the outcome is a strong negative ding when it comes time to vote on the hire.…
Descriptors: Interpersonal Competence, Criticism, Job Applicants, Higher Education
Carlson, Scott – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
In late December, a set of articles and essays in "The New York Times" focused on the public library as a place, and on the changing meaning of that place with the rise of electronic books and the demise of brick-and-mortar bookstores like Borders. As librarians "struggle with the task of redefining their roles and responsibilities in a digital…
Descriptors: Colleges, Library Services, Public Libraries, Electronic Learning
Wolverton, Brad – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
Amid a national debate about paying college athletes, the NCAA likes to tout its often-overlooked Student Assistance Fund, whose goal is to provide direct financial support to players. The fund--which draws from the association's multibillion-dollar media-rights deals--will distribute some $75-million this year to Division I athletes. The money…
Descriptors: Higher Education, College Athletics, Athletes, Nonprofit Organizations
Williams, Eunice – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
The academic job market is an exercise in captivity, and the author thinks that she is still its prisoner. A Ph.D. in history, the author is learning the rules of the game, and finding that search committees could do with a few lessons, too. In this article, the author shares how she found a way out.
Descriptors: Competence, Search Committees (Personnel), Labor Market, Expectation
Dunn, Sydni – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
In a tight job market, visiting professorships can be appealing way stations for new Ph.D.'s while they search for permanent posts. Unlike adjunct positions, which are often renewed semester by semester, visiting professorships are set by annual or even multiyear contracts, with most capped at three years. The visiting jobs often come with health…
Descriptors: Adjunct Faculty, Labor Market, Higher Education, College Faculty
Rogers, Jenny – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
For years, faculty members have pointed to the sluggish growth in the number of tenured professors and complained that university payrolls are filled with too many administrators. This, they maintain, adds unnecessary costs and takes the focus away from teaching and learning. But whether such "administrative bloat" is really occurring and how much…
Descriptors: Tenure, College Faculty, College Administration, Administrators
Kolowich, Steve – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
The largest-ever survey of professors who have taught MOOCs, or massive open online courses, shows that the process is time-consuming, but, according to the instructors, often successful. Nearly half of the professors felt their online courses were as rigorous academically as the versions they taught in the classroom. The survey, conducted by "The…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Online Courses, Large Group Instruction, Class Size
Young, Jeffrey R. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
Textbook publishers argue that their newest digital products should not even be called "textbooks." They are really software programs built to deliver a mix of text, videos, and homework assignments. But delivering them is just the beginning. No old-school textbook was able to be customized for each student in the classroom. The books never graded…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Homework, Video Technology, Computer Software
Kelly, Andrew P.; McShane, Michael Q. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
It's no secret that states and the federal government have found themselves in a financial pinch when it comes to higher education. After years of recession and sluggish recovery, states have slashed per-pupil public spending on higher education by 14.6 percent since 2008. At the federal level, though money for Pell Grants has more than doubled…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Private Financial Support, Skilled Workers, Grants
Carey, Kevin – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
For 40 years, federal money has sustained higher education while enabling its worst tendencies. That is about to change. The end may have come on February 12, 2013, when President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union address. "Skyrocketing costs," the president said, "price way too many young people out of a higher education, or saddle…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Student Financial Aid, Accountability, Federal Aid
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