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Hoffman, Jennifer Lee – Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 2015
The circulation of head football coaches is a well-established practice, and with it, salary costs are significantly outpacing other spending as institutions compete in the pursuit of prestige. This movement of college football coaches is known in the popular press as the "coaching carousel." The carousel is a fitting metaphor for a…
Descriptors: Team Sports, College Athletics, Athletic Coaches, Public Colleges
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Kuh, George D.; Ikenberry, Stanley O.; Jankowski, Natasha A.; Cain, Timothy Reese; Ewell, Peter T.; Hutchings, Pat; Kinzie, Jillian – Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 2015
The expectation for accountability is legitimate. In order to have the desired effects, evidence of what students know and can do must respond to genuine institutional needs and priorities. Far too often, that condition is not met. On too many campuses, assessment activity is mired in a culture of compliance rather than driven by collective…
Descriptors: Accountability, College Outcomes Assessment, Compliance (Psychology), Educational Trends
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Weerts, David J. – Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 2015
As state support for higher education has continued its downward slide, several commissions, declarations, and association reports have called on colleges and universities to be more productively engaged with state and regional needs. An underlying subtext of these reports is that the future of state support for higher education hinges on the…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Colleges, Educational Finance, Financial Support
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Perry, Jill Alexa – Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 2015
Beginning with 21 US schools of education, the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) has created a network of education faculty who are differentiating the EdD from the PhD in order to better meet the needs of their practitioner-scholar students. Their discussions center on two questions: "What are the knowledge, skills, and…
Descriptors: Schools of Education, Doctoral Degrees, Doctoral Programs, Comparative Analysis
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Wieman, Carl – Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 2015
Current methods of evaluating teaching in colleges and universities fail to encourage, guide, or document teaching that leads to improved student learning outcomes. Here the author presents a measure of teaching quality that is correlated with desired student outcomes, free from large confounding variables, and that can be used to compare the…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Undergraduate Study, Teacher Evaluation, STEM Education
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Castleman, Ben; Page, Lindsay – Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 2015
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)--which students must complete to qualify for most federal, state, and institutional financial aid--is a gateway to college through which many students must pass, particularly those from low- to moderate-income households (King, 2004; Kofoed, 2013). Yet given the complexity of the…
Descriptors: Student Loan Programs, Student Financial Aid, Financial Aid Applicants, Federal Aid
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Weaver, Karen – Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 2015
College athletics fans would be hard pressed to find a year like 2014 in college-sports history. In this year alone, the US judicial and arbitration systems have had to address four major legal actions coming from current and former student athletes. All speak to a core issue: that colleges have not done enough to protect or provide for their…
Descriptors: College Athletics, Athletes, Compensation (Remuneration), Injuries
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Williams, Ann; Davinroy, Thomas C. – Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 2015
In the current educational climate, where clearly articulated learning objectives are required, it is clear that the spontaneous teachable moment still has its place. Authors Ann Williams and Thomas Davinroy think that instructors from almost any discipline can employ Google Earth as a tool to take advantage of teachable moments through the…
Descriptors: Behavioral Objectives, Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, Electronic Classrooms
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Kadamus, James A. – Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 2015
When trustees, presidents, and senior college administrators meet, one topic dominates the conversation: how to keep education quality high and costs down. To keep quality high, college leaders need to have strong faculties and state-of-the-art facilities for teaching and research. Quality counts but it also costs, and that is where the pressures…
Descriptors: Educational Facilities, Educational Facilities Improvement, Educational Facilities Planning, Costs
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Martin, Jeremy P. – Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 2015
Rankings are a powerful force in higher education, swaying the enrollment decisions of prospective students and affecting the opinions of parents, board members, and policymakers. In the words of one provost, "The rankings matter to our university because they matter to people who matter to us." Rankings are also a business--one that is…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Achievement Rating, Institutional Characteristics, Reputation
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Silva, Elena; White, Taylor – Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 2015
For more than a century, the Carnegie Unit has been the central organizing feature of American education. Translated into the "credit hour" in higher education (roughly, one hour of class time per week in a 14-16 week semester), this time-based unit is embedded in nearly every aspect of the system, from faculty-workload and…
Descriptors: College Credits, Measurement Techniques, Educational History, Competency Based Education
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Baum, Sandy; Cunningham, Alisa; Tanenbaum, Courtney – Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 2015
The level of educational attainment in the United States is a central focus of public policy. The Obama administration, some states, large national foundations, and other organizations have set near-term goals to increase the number of Americans with college degrees. Achieving these goals is likely to involve a combination of increasing…
Descriptors: Educational Attainment, Higher Education, Educational Policy, Goal Orientation
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Twigg, Carol A. – Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 2015
Recognizing that tuition increases can no longer be used as a safety valve to avoid dealing with the underlying issues of why costs increase so much, campuses have begun the hard work of cost containment. After sharpening priorities, sometimes making tough choices in light of those priorities, campuses are still groping for ways to wrestle costs…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Curriculum Design, Educational Technology, Electronic Learning
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Webber, Karen L.; Yang, Lijing – Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 2015
The number of recipients in the United States with postdoctoral research appointments in American universities is greater now than ever before (NSF, 2010). According to data from the 2010 National Science Foundation's "Survey of Graduate Students and Postdoctorates in Science and Engineering" (GSS, 2010), academic institutions in the…
Descriptors: Career Choice, Career Development, Researchers, Graduate Students
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Kezar, Adrianna – Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 2015
Adrianna Kezar recently sat down with Chancellor Tim White of the California State University system to discuss, among many other things, the newly released California State Graduation Initiative and what it will take to enact it. The key commitments of the initiative are: (1) hire more tenure-track faculty; (2) develop engaged advising; (3) solve…
Descriptors: Success, Interviews, Leadership Effectiveness, Educational Policy
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