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DiSalvio, Philip – New England Journal of Higher Education, 2012
This article illustrates the landscape-changing potential of the "disruptive innovation" taking place on the shores of the Charles River. Learning technologies now being used in the massive open online course (MOOC) movement, some suggest, will change the way people think about higher education. MOOCs are based on an open-networked learning…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Open Enrollment, Distance Education, Internet
Daas, Mahesh – ProQuest LLC, 2013
The single-site exemplar study presents an in-depth account of the presidential leadership of Charles M. Vest of MIT--the second longest presidency in the Institute's history--and his leadership team's journey between 1990 and 2004 into campus architectural changes that involved over a billion dollars, added a quarter of floor space to MIT's…
Descriptors: College Presidents, Biographies, Educational Change, Technical Institutes
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Romesburg, H. Charles – American Biology Teacher, 2014
This article explains four kinds of inquiry exercises, different in purpose, for teaching advanced-level high school and college students the hypothetico-deductive (H-D) method. The first uses a picture of a river system to convey the H-D method's logic. The second has teams of students use the H-D method: their teacher poses a hypothesis…
Descriptors: Logical Thinking, Abstract Reasoning, Inquiry, Hypothesis Testing
Charles, Camille Z.; Fischer, Mary J.; Mooney, Margarita A.; Massey, Douglas S. – Princeton University Press, 2009
Building on their important findings in "The Source of the River," the authors now probe even more deeply into minority underachievement at the college level. "Taming the River" examines the academic and social dynamics of different ethnic groups during the first two years of college. Focusing on racial differences in academic performance, the…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Affirmative Action, Stereotypes, White Students
Century Foundation, 2013
American community colleges stand at the confluence of four mighty rivers that are profoundly influencing all of American life. At a time of growing economic globalization, community colleges are a critical element in the strategy to address the skills and education gap to meet the emerging needs of industries in the new knowledge economy. In…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Honors Curriculum, Incentives, Educational Innovation
Massey, Douglas S.; Charles, Camille Z.; Lundy, Garvey F.; Fischer, Mary J. – Princeton University Press, 2006
African Americans and Latinos earn lower grades and drop out of college more often than whites or Asians. Yet thirty years after deliberate minority recruitment efforts began, we still don't know why. In "The Shape of the River," William Bowen and Derek Bok documented the benefits of affirmative action for minority students, their communities, and…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Socioeconomic Background, Minority Group Students, Underachievement