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Employment and Education: What's Not Working

(3) Comments | Posted June 23, 2011 | 4:11 PM

In my first year composition classes, we organize our semester around a theme to help practice the skills needed to write organized and developed arguments. In recent years, our theme has been higher education in the U.S.

No one can deny that our higher education system is in a real...

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First Year Composition in Twenty Tweets

(7) Comments | Posted December 8, 2010 | 11:48 AM

I've taught first year composition to hundreds of students. I am not unaware that most students don't enjoy the class -- they think it's boring. The truth is many instructors feel the same way. However, freshman comp is a requirement at most colleges and universities because it teaches skills that...

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Performance Funding: No College Student Left Behind?

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2010 | 7:58 PM

Recently Teresa Lubbers, Indiana's Higher Education Commissioner announced that colleges and universities should expect more funding to be tied to performance. Colleges and universities will need to increase the number of students who graduate with degrees on time to be rewarded with public money.

Performance funding, far from...

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