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Thomson, Alec – Thought & Action, 2017
At its most elemental level, dual enrollment--sometimes known as dual credit or concurrent enrollment--enrolls high school students in college-level courses. The exact nature of each dual enrollment program varies from state to state, but generally students earn college credits when they pass their classes. In this article, the author discusses…
Descriptors: Dual Enrollment, Outcomes of Education, High School Students, College Credits
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Bordelon, David – Thought & Action, 2014
The thought on many an academic's mind today is how to stop it. The "it"? The barrage of reports, papers, and interviews stating that higher education needs to embrace "disruptive change," treat students like customers, and become more entrepreneurial. In short, colleges must adopt a business model, or like blacksmith…
Descriptors: Politics of Education, Educational Change, Commercialization, Resistance to Change
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Golden, Robert – Thought & Action, 2013
In this article, Robert Golden envisions the current trends in practice at State University of New York (SUNY) in Plattsburgh, being so firmly entrenched as to still be the same practices in place 60 years into the future. He notes the decline of full-time faculty, the rise in the numbers of contingent faculty, the increasing use of massive open…
Descriptors: Higher Education, College Administration, College Presidents, Trend Analysis
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Urban, Wayne – Thought & Action, 2007
In 1957, the year the National Education Association (NEA) celebrated its 100th anniversary, the Educational Policies Commission (EPC)--a prestigious group co-sponsored by NEA and the American Association of School Administrators--published a document titled "Higher Education in a Decade of Decision." NEA intended the report to address…
Descriptors: Professional Associations, Educational Policy, Higher Education, Educational History
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Schrecker, Ellen – Thought & Action, 2005
Ellen Schrecker is professor of history at Yeshiva University. Recognized as one of the nation's leading experts on McCarthyism, she has published many books and articles on the subject. Here she writes that while it would be difficult to deny that America's colleges and universities are under siege at the moment, it is hard to tell whether they…
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Foreign Policy, Freedom of Speech, Controversial Issues (Course Content)
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Hutcheson, Philo A. – Thought & Action, 1996
Drawing on longitudinal data from federal surveys for 1974-75 and 1992 and other studies, tenure patterns and trends are examined in 3 groups of college faculty: full-time faculty with at least 50% teaching responsibility; women faculty; and all faculty. Conclusions are drawn about the meaning of tenure, and steps to be taken in clarifying its…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Educational Trends, Employment Patterns, Faculty Workload
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Barrow, Clyde W. – Thought & Action, 1996
This paper suggests that higher education's response to declining resources (budget cuts, program eliminations, retrenchment, reallocation, curriculum reform) may seem chaotic to faculty but are not confused, short-term measures that will disappear as the economy recovers. Union tactics or other responses that are merely reactive and depend on…
Descriptors: Administrative Organization, Change Strategies, College Curriculum, Curriculum Development
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Blau, Judith R.; Presler-Marshall, Elisabeth – Thought & Action, 1996
Using data on degree completion among black and white community college students, a study investigated how rates in different postsecondary programs vary for blacks and whites, changes over the course of the 1980s, and institutional characteristics encouraging program completion for the two groups. The most striking result was a decline in…
Descriptors: Black Students, College Environment, College Students, Community Colleges
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Kent, Noel Jacob – Thought & Action, 1996
A new climate of racism on college and university campuses is seen as mirroring dominant patterns in society as a whole, which in turn reflects frustration, confusion, and anger over pervasive economic difficulties. Suggestions for campus response that is transformative rather than reactive are offered, including study of cultural identity through…
Descriptors: College Curriculum, College Environment, Cultural Pluralism, Curriculum Development
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Wood, James L.; Valenzuela, Lorena T. – Thought & Action, 1996
Unless the higher education community itself, primarily students and faculty, responds immediately and forcefully to the issue of underfunding and widespread retrenchment, higher education as we know it will cease to exist. Problems include shrinking state financial and political support and absence of a compelling national security need.…
Descriptors: Change Strategies, College Faculty, College Students, Economic Change
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Gozemba, Patricia; de los Reyes, Eileen – Thought & Action, 1996
The progressive gains of college faculty since the 1960s (affirmative action, ethnic studies, expansion of access to higher education, emergence of faculty unions) are threatened by social and political shifts toward conservatism. Senior, tenured faculty are challenged to use their privileged positions and the gains made in recent decades to…
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Age Differences, Aging in Academia, Change Strategies
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Sacks, Peter – Thought & Action, 1997
The real challenge to higher education in America is coming to terms with the fragmented and contested terrain of learning resulting from profound social and cultural change. Teaching anything has become difficult in a culture that has devalued learning. Once the public acknowledges this, reforming the system will be seen in a new light. (MSE)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Change Strategies, Educational Attitudes, Educational Change
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Hutcheson, Philo – Thought & Action, 1997
Argues that higher education's response to change is resulting in the disappearance of tenure, and provides a bibliography of actual institutional and faculty decisions in relation to tenure since the mid-1970s. Focus is on six issues: changes in the meaning of tenure; management of tenure decisions; financial exigency or discomfort; faculty…
Descriptors: Administrative Policy, College Faculty, Diversity (Faculty), Educational Trends
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Unger, Donald N. S. – Thought & Action, 2000
Describing economic and professional marginalization of adjunct faculty and reluctance of tenured colleagues and administrators to work for change, calls for institutional caps on percentage of courses taught by adjuncts, a pay rate closer to 75 percent of tenured salary rather than the current 25 percent, and time limits on adjuncts teaching full…
Descriptors: Adjunct Faculty, Educational Trends, Employment Problems, Faculty College Relationship
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Musto, J. N. – Thought & Action, 1995
A possible scenario for higher education in the twenty-first century that reflects the impact of technological advances is described. Two additional factors incorporated are a continued decline in funding for higher education and increased reliance on the open market to address the educational demands of new, technically sophisticated enterprises.…
Descriptors: Educational Demand, Educational Supply, Educational Technology, Educational Trends
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