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Masterson, Kathryn – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2011
Feniosky Pena-Mora may be the epitome of the new college dean. No longer middle managers with an inward-facing focus on academics, deans such as Mr. Pena-Mora, who leads Columbia University's School of Engineering and Applied Science, are stepping off their campuses to fill the roles of college ambassador, chief visionary, and major fund raiser.…
Descriptors: Deans, Administrator Role, College Administration, Institutional Advancement
Jenkins, Rob – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2008
Students with complaints about faculty members--baseless or otherwise--take up a great deal of a typical department head's day. This author, a department chairman for seven years, supervised close to 200 full-time and part-time faculty members, and received complaints about every single one. At least 70 percent of those complaints were of the "my…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Interpersonal Competence, Teacher Student Relationship, College Faculty
Trani, Eugene P. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2008
Economic news today is filled with discussion about whether the United States has entered a recession. For the author and other presidents of public colleges and universities, whether the downturn can be labeled a recession is far less important than dealing with the effects of economic conditions on institutions. During hard times, both public…
Descriptors: Public Colleges, Institutional Survival, Retrenchment, Educational Finance
Glenn, David – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2008
First-year college students are significantly more likely to drop out if their high-stakes "gatekeeper courses" are taught by part-time instructors, according to the findings of a study presented during the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association last week. The paper is the latest in a long parade of studies suggesting that…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Adjunct Faculty, Part Time Faculty, College Faculty
Farrell, Elizabeth F.; Hoover, Eric – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2008
Over the last decade, admissions has become a front-page fixation, and the industry's professionals have higher profiles than ever, on campuses and off. In turn, today's admissions jobs come with heavy doses of prestige and pressure. In this article, the authors discuss the results of a new survey of college officers which suggest that, despite…
Descriptors: College Administration, College Admission, Strategic Planning, Time Management
Marcy, Mary B. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2008
In this article, the author notes that an academic institution is essentially a political, not a corporate, system, and that its leader is more akin to the president of the United States than to a corporate chief executive. This is in spite of the argument, particularly when defending the compensation of college presidents, that leading an…
Descriptors: Governance, Foreign Countries, College Presidents, College Administration
Selingo, Jeffrey – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2008
This article describes how colleges are seeking the best ways to respond to dangerous incidents like the shootings that occurred at Virginia Tech, and how best to alert people on their campuses to various threats to public safety and emergencies.
Descriptors: Violence, First Aid, School Safety, Emergency Programs
Barker, James F. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2008
Architecture blends the arts and sciences in a vigorous way--one well suited to a university presidency. In this article, the author shares how his architectural education and background prepared and helped him for his responsibility as president of Clemson University. A big part of his responsibility is to help plan, financially support, build,…
Descriptors: Architectural Education, Architecture, Master Plans, College Presidents
Drozdowski, Mark J. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2007
Planning is a critical step to take before launching a capital campaign, if marketing materials are to cater to all potential donors and reinforce the institution's brand--which defines what the institution is and what it does, and is shaped by what people think of it. Here, the author discusses the importance of maintaining and conveying a…
Descriptors: Strategic Planning, Private Financial Support, Fund Raising, Higher Education
Franke, Anne H.; Eisenberg, Meyer – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2007
Government investigations into alleged conflicts of interest in student-aid programs continue and now have widened to include study-abroad programs. It seems as if almost every day the news contains reports concerning possible questionable practices by colleges and universities. In this article, the authors discuss current scandals and possible…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Conflict of Interest, Professional Associations, Governing Boards
Vaughan, George B. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2007
In this article, the author examines the "citizenship role" of community colleges, which causes them to devote time and resources to activities that have little to do with higher education: Is it a legitimate one for community colleges, or does it siphon off resources and energy that should be devoted to the primary educational mission? He draws…
Descriptors: Social Responsibility, Community Colleges, College Role, School Community Relationship
Anderson, James A. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2007
Colleges regularly engage in conversations about enrollment planning, curricular change, athletics, and many other topics. Yet those same institutions fail, or at least struggle, to resolve crucial issues about diversity. That does not imply that campus efforts to increase diversity are stagnant. Rather, it suggests that, although diversity…
Descriptors: Cultural Pluralism, Educational Change, Student Recruitment, Higher Education
Nunley, Charlene R. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2007
Too often, conversations and policy debates about higher education ignore a key group of students, the forgotten majority: adult, "nontraditional" learners. In particular, the author argues, community colleges have lost some of their initial edge in the adult market, and are not growing to meet the needs of nontraditional students. She explores…
Descriptors: Nontraditional Students, Community Colleges, Adult Education, Student Recruitment
Merriman, Lynette S. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2007
College has traditionally been a transition to adulthood, with campus life and academic experiences providing students with knowledge, tools, and challenges that create a sturdy foundation on which students build their personal and professional lives. According to the author, that foundation is eroding because parents are the ones now wielding the…
Descriptors: Student Personnel Services, Partnerships in Education, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship
Chronicle of Higher Education, 2005
"Chronicle of Higher Education" presents an abundant source of news and information for college and university faculty members and administrators. This April 15, 2005 issue of "Chronicle for Higher Education" includes the following articles: (1) "M.A. Students as Pledges" (Hengen, Nicholas); (2) "It's All An Illusion" (Schweber, Simone); (3)…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Academic Achievement, Newspapers, Electronic Publishing
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