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Herrmann, Rachel – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
There is a lot of contradictory advice out there about writing a dissertation. Some people say write every day until a certain word count is reached, or until a set amount of time has passed. Some people say they work best when they write everything all at once, usually looking down the barrel at a looming deadline. In this article, the author…
Descriptors: Writing Processes, Doctoral Dissertations, Graduate Students, Writing Improvement
Stratford, Michael – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Limiting access to some methods of suicide, a strategy known as means restriction, is gaining support among mental-health researchers. Some suicides can be prevented, the logic goes, if it is more challenging for an impulsive individual to harm himself. But on most campuses, that strategy has not taken hold. Instead, counseling and education tend…
Descriptors: Prevention, Suicide, Expertise, Conceptual Tempo
DeSantis, Nick – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Harsh economic realities mean trouble for college leaders. But where administrators perceive an impending crisis, investors increasingly see opportunity. In recent years, venture capitalists have poured millions into education-technology start-ups, trying to cash in on a market they see as ripe for a digital makeover. And lately, those wagers have…
Descriptors: Technological Advancement, Higher Education, Investment, Financial Support
Schmidt, Peter – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Can a quality education be provided by any college that relies heavily on adjunct instructors it subjects to lousy working conditions? Some higher-education experts and prominent advocates for adjunct faculty members would like to see accreditors and others who pass judgment on colleges ask questions like that more often. Those concerned about the…
Descriptors: Adjunct Faculty, Educational Quality, Expertise, Accreditation (Institutions)
Basken, Paul – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
On the surface, a gathering held for young research faculty last week at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory was a clear expression of determination by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to help them compete for grants. The agency fears that continued Congressional budget cuts, combined with the growing number of scientists who work later into…
Descriptors: Genetics, Grants, Expertise, Economic Progress
Perlmutter, David D. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Service is not an optional part of being an assistant professor. The trick is knowing how to do enough without doing too much. In Part 1 of this series, the author enumerated the "good deeds" that assistant professors do in the realm of teaching that tend to blow up or backfire. He cautioned that, while doing good for students was their primary…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Academic Rank (Professional), Altruism, Collegiality
June, Audrey Williams – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
A growing proportion of the nation's professors are at the same point in their career: still working, but with the end of their careers in sight. Their tendency to remain on the job as long as their work is enjoyable--or, during economic downturns, long enough to make sure they have enough money to live on in retirement--has led the professoriate…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Retirement, Expertise, Aging (Individuals)
Kelderman, Eric – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
In autumn, most colleges' football fields are covered with a thick carpet of grass or artificial turf and are adorned with yard lines. But the football field at Paul Quinn College was carved up by plowing and planting. This past fall, portions of the college's gridiron were covered with sweet potatoes, watermelons, peppers, rosemary, and sugar…
Descriptors: Fund Raising, Financial Problems, Black Colleges, Educational Finance
Young, Jeffrey R. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
The spread of a seemingly playful alternative to traditional diplomas, inspired by Boy Scout achievement patches and video-game power-ups, suggests that the standard certification system no longer works in today's fast-changing job market. Educational upstarts across the Web are adopting systems of "badges" to certify skills and abilities.…
Descriptors: Credentials, Certification, Educational Attainment, Alternative Assessment
Medina, Brenda – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Colleges looking to hire junior faculty members are enjoying something of a buyer's market these days. With job offers scarce in many fields, small, teaching-intensive colleges and regionally oriented state universities have been able to snag recent graduates of the nation's top programs, the kinds of candidates who would have probably gone to…
Descriptors: Research Universities, State Universities, Doctoral Programs, Labor Market
Gup, Ted – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Depending on how one does the math, there are between a quarter-million and a million words in the English language. Of all these words, the author holds in contempt only one. That word is "like"--not the tepid expression of mild appreciation but the parasitic form that now bleeds the mother tongue, marks the user as a dunce, and, were it truly…
Descriptors: Figurative Language, Critical Thinking, Ambiguity (Semantics), Semantics
Cassuto, Leonard – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
What should graduate teaching look like when it aims to prepare students for a range of careers? That's a welcome question, but it is not an easy one. The author takes up the problem in two parts, this month from the individual faculty member's perspective, and next month on the curricular level (that is, from the point of view of departments and…
Descriptors: Careers, Graduate Students, Seminars, Social Sciences
Basken, Paul – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Scientific journals have been retracting unreliable articles at rapidly escalating rates in the past few years, raising concern about whether research faces a burgeoning ethical crisis. Various causes have been suspected, with the common theme being that journals are seeing more cases of plagiarism and fudging of data as researchers and editors…
Descriptors: Expertise, Scientific Research, Plagiarism, Integrity
Wolverton, Brad – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
A series of unprecedented scandals has eroded confidence in big-time sports, increasing the appetite for change. Some critics have a tough time seeing the NCAA as a savior; they say the real problem is the NCAA structure itself, which allows athletes to generate billions of dollars for colleges while earning no compensation themselves. Mark A.…
Descriptors: College Athletics, Program Administration, Change Agents, Change Strategies
Hoover, Eric – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
This article discusses Sundar Kumarasamy and how he is remaking the rituals of recruitment at the University of Dayton. For years Sundar Kumarasamy walked through the lobby of the University of Dayton's admissions building and daydreamed about changing every inch of the place. Mr. Kumarasamy, the university's vice president for enrollment…
Descriptors: Enrollment Management, Student Recruitment, Change Strategies, Educational Change
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