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Wilson, Robin – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
Sexual harassment broke into the national consciousness in 1991, when Anita Hill accused Clarence Thomas--then a nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court--of having made sexually inappropriate comments to her. The controversy spawned a flood of charges nationwide, including on college campuses. Since then colleges have tried to stem harassment with…
Descriptors: Sexual Harassment, College Faculty, College Students, Teacher Student Relationship
Wilson, Robin – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2008
The day after a Virginia Tech student gunned down 32 people last April, a young alumnus named Johnson Wagner donned a baseball cap with the VT logo. Then a rookie golfer on the PGA Tour, Mr. Wagner wore the hat while competing in a tournament in South Carolina. There, he voiced a concern shared by many people in Blacksburg, Virginia: "I simply…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Violence, Prevention, Intervention
Wilson, Robin – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2008
The older Americans are, and the less time they have spent on a college campus, the more likely they are to believe that professors are politically biased. That's the chief finding of a question from a survey conducted through The Chronicle/Gallup Panel that asked Americans: "How often do you believe that college professors use their classrooms as…
Descriptors: Political Attitudes, College Students, Politics, College Faculty
Wilson, Robin – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2008
A professor whose conservatism places him in a distinct minority not only at his own institution, but in higher education generally, has conducted research that suggests conservatives may simply not be well suited to careers in academe. Matthew Woessner and April Kelly-Woessner have found that liberal students have values and interests that point…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Political Attitudes, College Students, Student Attitudes
Wilson, Robin – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2007
This article focuses on gender gap as a current trend in student population among schools. The author presents an honors course in statistics at Elon University--a class of 10 women and just one man--as an example. The imbalance is becoming more familiar at Elon and on many other campuses where women constitute a firm majority of undergraduates…
Descriptors: Females, Honors Curriculum, Gender Differences, College Students
Wilson, Robin – Chronicle of Higher Education, 1991
Astronomical increases in financial-aid budgets are forcing many colleges, even those who have long assured aid to all admitted, to consider scaling back tuition assistance for needy students. At the same time, some institutions are spending millions of dollars in merit scholarships to lure high-caliber undergraduates. (MSE)
Descriptors: College Students, Costs, Financial Needs, Higher Education
Wilson, Robin – Chronicle of Higher Education, 1991
Frustrations common among students at large institutions include unavailability of faculty, crowding, inadequate advising, and problems getting into required courses. Students are often too intimidated to ask for help, but at some institutions they are pressing for changes. (MSE)
Descriptors: Academic Advising, Class Size, College Students, Degree Requirements
Wilson, Robin – Chronicle of Higher Education, 1990
Alcohol abuse, racial tensions, dilapidated student unions, and diverse needs of commuter students are sources of concern to 380 college presidents surveyed. The administrators say institutions must make a greater effort to strengthen the sense of community on campuses. Breakdown in the traditional student-faculty relationship is also seen as a…
Descriptors: Alcohol Abuse, College Environment, College Faculty, College Students
Wilson, Robin – Chronicle of Higher Education, 1998
A University of Washington study that found professors who are easy graders receive better evaluations than those who are tougher, and another study showing faculty enthusiasm alone raises student evaluations, have shaken a long-standing consensus among researchers that student evaluations are a good measure of a teacher's skills. Most…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, College Faculty, College Students, Consumer Protection
Wilson, Robin – Chronicle of Higher Education, 1995
A popular and award-winning psychology professor and filmmaker has been found guilty of sexually harassing four former students who were afraid of losing employment. In addition, a trustee tried to discourage another graduate from becoming involved in the case. (MSE)
Descriptors: College Faculty, College Students, Higher Education, Psychology
Wilson, Robin – Chronicle of Higher Education, 1991
Vanderbilt University (Tennessee) involves students in faculty research projects to enrich the undergraduate experience. The summer program offers stipends to students to work with faculty or graduate students on specific projects. Students are exposed to the processes of research and better able to choose or reject a research career. (MSE)
Descriptors: College Curriculum, College Faculty, College Students, Higher Education
Wilson, Robin – Chronicle of Higher Education, 1991
As a result of the ideas of a university sophomore and senior and their dissatisfaction with the traditional lecture and exam format, George Washington University (Washington, D.C.) offers an experimental undergraduate course entitled "Confrontation and the Development of the Individual Mind." The English department course is taught by…
Descriptors: College Instruction, College Students, Course Organization, Curriculum Development
Wilson, Robin – Chronicle of Higher Education, 1990
There was a 5.6 percent increase in 1989-90 in the number of foreign students attending U.S. colleges and universities. The largest number of foreign students came from China followed by Taiwan and Japan. There were fewer students from the Middle East and Africa. (DB)
Descriptors: College Students, Foreign Students, Higher Education, Trend Analysis
Wilson, Robin – Chronicle of Higher Education, 1995
A male student in a California State University-Sacramento psychology lecture on female masturbation has filed a sexual harassment complaint, claiming the lecture violated institutional policy by creating an intimidating, hostile, and offensive learning environment. He felt the lecture was inappropriately graphic and political in intent. (MSE)
Descriptors: Administrative Policy, Classroom Environment, College Students, Controversial Issues (Course Content)
Wilson, Robin – Chronicle of Higher Education, 1990
Angered by admissions and financial aid policies that they say unfairly favor minority students, undergraduates on some campuses are forming White-student unions. Only Temple University and the University of Florida have recognized the White unions. This comes at a time when campuses are trying to encourage racial interaction. (MLW)
Descriptors: College Students, Freedom of Speech, Higher Education, Minority Groups
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