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Lundberg, Carol – About Campus, 2011
Students' life circumstances need not marginalize them. The author's students--Margot and Steve--missed out on her full support because she assumed they had lots of support of their own, given their race and the socioeconomic status she assigned to them. She focused on their papers, not their lives. The complicated areas of students' lives don't…
Descriptors: Caring, Teacher Student Relationship, At Risk Students, Emotional Intelligence
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Davidson, Ron; Henderson, Lynette K.; Knotts, Greg; Swain, John – About Campus, 2011
Many competing factors are now affecting how students think about higher education. One primary factor is the use of a business model for education--highlighting profit, patents, commercial investments, and the use of market competition, for example--appears to have become commonplace. Boards of education and university presidents now include a…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Lifelong Learning, Performance Factors, Educational Objectives
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Boggs, George R. – About Campus, 2011
The focus on educational attainment has taken on a renewed sense of national urgency. It is now commonly accepted that educational achievement is correlated with higher individual lifetime earnings and a better quality of life. Increasing the general level of education is also seen as important for the well-being of society and the economic…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Educational Attainment, Institutional Characteristics, College Role
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Jenkins, Toby S. – About Campus, 2011
Throughout many ethnic communities, culture, place, and education have always been important to each other. There are countless creative strategies and approaches to education, inclusion, and personal development that can be derived from studying cultural spaces within any culture. In this article, the author looks specifically at the African…
Descriptors: African Americans, African American Achievement, African American Culture, Social Experience
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Osterholt, Dorothy A.; Barratt, Katherine – About Campus, 2011
Students making the transition into college typically come face to face with increased independence and decreased external structure. This may be especially problematic for students with learning disabilities who may be less capable of managing in times of change than others. The outcome is often chronic procrastination, absenteeism, and…
Descriptors: Learning Disabilities, Educational Change, Classroom Environment, Barriers
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Harris, Jacqueline; Ho, Taiping; Markle, Larry; Wessel, Roger – About Campus, 2011
Concern over the transition to postsecondary education for students with disabilities led Ball State University personnel to create the Faculty Mentorship Program (FMP ) in the summer of 2006. The program is a model for collaboration between the disability services office, the faculty members of Ball State, and the Learning Center. The purpose of…
Descriptors: Postsecondary Education, Mentors, Disabilities, Academic Accommodations (Disabilities)
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Taylor, Colette M. – About Campus, 2011
In this article, the author shares her "When pigs fly" story to initiate a discussion about how educators might broaden their understanding of "learning." She shares the lessons she has learned from her son who has Asperger's syndrome. As professionals in higher education, educators adjust organizational and educational structures to accommodate…
Descriptors: Autism, Asperger Syndrome, Interpersonal Relationship, Interaction
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Siegel, Michael J. – About Campus, 2011
Over the past several decades, college-student retention has arguably been the most intensely studied issue in academe. Though the body of retention literature grows ever larger, no one model adequately explains the process by which college students make a decision to leave an institution or to persist to graduation. And while no magic bullet…
Descriptors: Colleges, Student Attrition, School Holding Power, College Students
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Dewey, Jim – About Campus, 2011
This article describes what the author, a faculty member, learned from the student development professionals at his university, the people who plan student activities and run residence halls. Most faculty think little of their student development colleagues, to the extent that they consider them colleagues at all. The author describes how he…
Descriptors: College Environment, Student Development, Transformative Learning, Emotional Intelligence
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Heilman, Savannah C.; Kennedy-Phillips, Lance – About Campus, 2011
The Organizational Effectiveness Model was originally developed by Lance Kennedy-Phillips and Ellen Meents-DeCaigny at DePaul University and has been adapted to address the needs of The Ohio State University. The model's purpose is to help organizations measure progress toward mission fulfillment and goal achievement. It cascades, with each step…
Descriptors: Organizational Effectiveness, Models, Achievement Need, Goal Orientation
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Haring-Smith, Tori – About Campus, 2011
In January 2005, when this author became president of Washington & Jefferson College (W&J), one of her first initiatives was to expand the international program. A private, residential liberal arts college about 25 miles outside of Pittsburgh, W&J had undergone a period of significant growth, with enrollment increasing from 1,000 to…
Descriptors: Independent Study, International Programs, Liberal Arts, Study Abroad
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Porter, Melody C. – About Campus, 2011
Alternative breaks (ABs) often bring a smattering of images to mind: college students in matching T-shirts, cramped vans, well-used work gloves, physical labor, and, perhaps, way too much peanut butter. All of these images are at least in part accurate for the AB program at the College of William and Mary. Add to them a strong sense that sending…
Descriptors: Service Learning, Program Effectiveness, College Students, Higher Education
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Wheeler, Wendy Neifeld – About Campus, 2011
Day in and day out the author invests her energy in keeping students safe by reducing alcohol consumption on campus, developing innovative alcohol and drug educational programming, collecting and analyzing data to better understand the drinking culture of the campus, and scouring the literature for best practices and evidence-based success. Day in…
Descriptors: Prevention, Alcohol Education, Alcohol Abuse, Drinking
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Subbiondo, Joseph L. – About Campus, 2011
This article discusses the emergence of a "postsecular age" in American higher education: an age in which the academic study and practice of spirituality is alive and well. This emerging age stands in contrast to the centuries-old secular age with its origins in the empirical revolution of seventeenth-century Europe. In the secular age,…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Foreign Countries, Religious Factors, Role of Religion
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Trolian, Teniell L.; Fouts, Kristin S. – About Campus, 2011
In 2002, former US President George W. Bush signed the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) into law, leading to a significant change in the way elementary and secondary teachers design curricula and instruct their students, as well as the ways in which students learn and view learning in and outside of the classroom. Most domestic students entering…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Federal Legislation, Standardized Tests, Educational Legislation
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