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Murphy, Brian – Center for Studies in Higher Education, 2021
All universities and colleges in the United States were deeply and immediately affected by the sudden appearance of COVID-19. Two-year public community colleges suffered the same fate as their university neighbors: the immediate needs were to close up operations, shift instruction to online and distance modalities and keep students engaged and…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Pandemics, COVID-19, Public Colleges
Bleemer, Zachary – Center for Studies in Higher Education, 2021
I study the efficacy of test-based meritocracy in college admissions by evaluating the impact of a grade-based "top percent'' policy implemented by the University of California. Eligibility in the Local Context (ELC) provided large admission advantages to the top four percent of 2001-2011 graduates from each California high school. I…
Descriptors: Universities, College Admission, College Applicants, Eligibility
Douglass, John Aubrey – Center for Studies in Higher Education, 2021
In the discourse that swirled in the mid-1800s around the creation of new American public universities, three major and interrelated tensions became evident: the first related to the continued debate regarding the proper curricular balance between practical education and classical studies; the second focused on the appropriate autonomy of…
Descriptors: Public Colleges, Educational History, College Curriculum, Role of Education
Schulze-Cleven, Tobias – Center for Studies in Higher Education, 2021
There continues to be widespread anxiety about the future of work. I recently proposed a labor studies perspective on how to understand and meet undeniable challenges. This follow-up paper explores the implications of my analysis for the contemporary American academy, reflecting on how labor studies can help enlist public research universities in…
Descriptors: Universities, Education Work Relationship, Labor Market, Labor Economics
Chirikov, Igor – Center for Studies in Higher Education, 2021
Global university rankings influence students' choices and higher education policies throughout the world. When rankers not only evaluate universities but also provide them with consulting, analytics, or advertising services rankers are vulnerable to conflicts of interest that may potentially distort their rankings. The paper assesses the impact…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Universities, Achievement Rating, Institutional Characteristics
Stevenson, Joseph Martin; Stevenson, Karen Wilson – Center for Studies in Higher Education, 2021
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) are often the center of discussion among faculty in higher education during discourse about curriculum conceptualization, design, planning development, and implementation. This commentary offers a functionally-centered framework that places faculty feasibility, fluidity, freedom, and flexibility around a core…
Descriptors: Outcomes of Education, Higher Education, College Curriculum, Alignment (Education)
Brint, Steven – Center for Studies in Higher Education, 2021
The argument of this paper is set against the backdrop of a climate of intimidation, silencing, and fear that surrounds the discussion of several hot-button issues in academe, nowadays mainly having to do with race. An important and painful feature of this situation is that people on both sides of the issue feel vulnerable. The contribution of…
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Bullying, Fear, Political Attitudes
Taneri, Grace Ufuk – Center for Studies in Higher Education, 2020
We are living in an era of artificial intelligence (AI). There is wide discussion about and experimentation with the impact of AI on education/higher education. In this paper, we give a discussion of how AI is evolving, explore the ways AI is changing education/higher education, give a concise account of the skills universities need to teach their…
Descriptors: Artificial Intelligence, Higher Education, Electronic Learning, Blended Learning
Goldstein, Adam; Eaton, Charlie – Center for Studies in Higher Education, 2020
This article develops and tests an identity-based account of malfeasance in consumer markets. It is hypothesized that multi-brand organizational structures help predatory firms short-circuit reputational discipline by rendering their underlying identities opaque to consumer audiences. The analysis utilizes comprehensive administrative data on all…
Descriptors: Consumer Economics, Merchandise Information, Deception, Reputation
van der Wende, Marijk – Center for Studies in Higher Education, 2020
The European Union is likely the most far-developed cross-border public space for higher education. The European Higher Education Area (EHEA) and the European Research Area (ERA) both span an even larger number of countries including associate and partner countries of the EU. Based on shared European values, such as academic freedom, cross-border…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Nationalism, Universities, Global Approach
Douglass, John Aubrey – Center for Studies in Higher Education, 2020
Like California, South Korea's system of higher education is a work in progress. Each must evolve and reshape themselves at various points in their histories in their quest for relevancy and, increasingly, to external pressures and demands of governments and, more generally, society. Utilizing California's pioneering higher education system as a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Educational Administration, Educational Finance
Geiser, Saul – Center for Studies in Higher Education, 2020
One of the major claims of the report of University of California's Task Force on Standardized Testing is that SAT and ACT scores are superior to high-school grades in predicting how students will perform at UC. This finding has been widely reported in the news media and cited in several editorials favoring UC's continued use of SAT/ACT scores in…
Descriptors: College Entrance Examinations, Grade Point Average, Standardized Tests, College Admission
Hyatt, James A. – Center for Studies in Higher Education, 2020
In recent years a number of colleges and universities have explored alternative strategies for developing operating budgets. In part this exploration was driven by the desire for transparency among various constituent groups and the need to tie budgeting to campus strategic planning. With the advent of declining federal and state support, along…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Colleges, Universities, Educational Finance
Douglass, John Aubrey – Center for Studies in Higher Education, 2020
On May 21, 2020, the University of California (UC) Board of Regents unanimously approved the suspension of the standardized test requirement (ACT/SAT) for all California freshman applicants until fall 2024. UC plans to create a new test that better aligns with the content the University expects students to have mastered for college readiness.…
Descriptors: College Entrance Examinations, College Admission, College Students, Minority Group Students
Eaton, Charlie; Gibadullina, Albina – Center for Studies in Higher Education, 2020
Financiers have regained preeminence among economic elites, accruing growing shares of income and wealth. Yet network analyses have shown a decline in the bank-based interlocks between corporate boards that were once thought to foster financier power and elite cohesion. We ask if social organizations parallel to the economy provide a circuitry…
Descriptors: Advantaged, Finance Occupations, Governing Boards, Trustees
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