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Why Campus Technology Was Better in the 1970s

Peter Mandel | Posted 12.05.2016 | Education
Peter Mandel

Sophomore slump. Even the phrase sounds wet and flat. It won't stop raining and sleeting and snowing. Your dorm smells like mold. And unlike just a ...

Black Woman, White Movement: Why Black Women Are Leaving The Feminist Movement

Lindsay Hoffman | Posted 11.15.2016 | College
Lindsay Hoffman

Black feminists seek emancipation from the norms and expectations of typical white women. In a society where the Black female body is appropriated, Black feminists are clamoring to be seen as an everyday type of beauty rather than exotic.

Fox News Host Suggests 'The Case For Male Dominance' And 'The World’s Muslim Problem' As College Courses

The Huffington Post | Lydia Oconnor | Posted 08.25.2015 | Media

Fox News host Jesse Watters has some suggestions for what colleges should be teaching students -- and they're horribly offensive. While guest hostin...

Going Off of That Point: An Account of Course Participation and Millenials

Lauren Casella | Posted 04.06.2015 | College
Lauren Casella

Similar to the word 'like,' 'going off of that point' does not need to exist in our vocabulary. It's superfluous, unoriginal, and dilutes the potency of our own thoughts.

Just Not Feeling it -- Or When You Don't Love a Subject You Have to Take

Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D | Posted 03.12.2015 | College
Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D

Sometimes it helps get interested if you have to explain material to those who are not familiar with it as a way of testing your own understanding. Students who tutor younger kids find it helps them too.

You Can Now Study Reddit At MIT

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 08.27.2014 | College

These days, it seems like millenial-targeted college courses are springing up on nearly every college campus, from Tuft University's “Demystifying t...

Rise and Shine: Why 8am Classes Might Not Be As Bad As You Think

Uloop | Posted 03.25.2014 | College

Sure, sleeping in is awesome, but getting a nice early start allows you to use your day to its full potential.

How I Saved $30K and Graduated 1.5 Years Early by "Testing Out"

Jay Cross | Posted 03.16.2014 | College
Jay Cross

Higher education does need to be changed, but for right now, it is what it is. So if you want to get ahead, don't fantasize about the future. Instead, assume society will never fix college and find a better way to graduate!

My Proudest Moment As a Parent

Maureen Anderson | Posted 02.02.2014 | Parents
Maureen Anderson

I suck at roller skating, and I love it. That's what kept going through my mind when I got the latest report from our daughter, Katie, a freshman in college who's still getting used to how difficult her classes are. "Physics is kicking my ass," she said. "And I love it."

For Love or for Money: The Politics of Picking a College Major

Shoham Geva | Posted 11.12.2013 | College
Shoham Geva

It seems like two things have happened: One, that there's a lot of guilt lying around for those who dare to think practically about the implications of their college major and two, that pursuing your passion in college is becoming a luxury even on top of the luxury college already is.

Fixing Developmental Education

Dr. James T. Minor | Posted 06.16.2013 | College
Dr. James T. Minor

This collection of innocuous prerequisites generally went unnoticed and was conceptually unrelated to degree completion. In recent years, however, the number of students enrolled in developmental education courses combined with the cost of offering them, has demanded more attention.

Hanging on to Your 'Joie de Vivre'

Carol E Wyer | Posted 05.29.2013 | Fifty
Carol E Wyer

Many people believe that continuing education can improve physical and mental health. I am firmly of that opinion. I can certainly attest to the benefits of taking up a hobby, an activity or learning a new skill at any age.

Want a Job When You Graduate? Four College Courses You Shouldn't Miss

Brazen Life | Posted 04.14.2013 | College
Brazen Life

You've heard about the importance of a college education and were told that any job worth having required one. You heard that higher education was scarce, and a degree in any subject would set you apart from the competition. And, once upon a time, it was true--but in 2013, it's not.

Schools Innovative on Course Titles

Scott Willyerd | Posted 03.29.2013 | College
Scott Willyerd

Students at colleges and universities seeking more interesting options than the basic reading, writing and arithmetic courses are in luck. Several schools continue to explore innovative topics to boost their curriculum inside and outside of the traditional classroom.

Is the Zombie Apocalypse the New Underwater Basket Weaving?

Jeff Peterson | Posted 03.10.2013 | College
Jeff Peterson

Sociologically speaking, one of the most fascinating aspects of zombies has been their persistence as "the Other," something against which we can mirror our fears.

Who Cares?

Dan Butin | Posted 03.09.2013 | College
Dan Butin

It is our job as teachers to create those learning moments that help us make sense of complex realities, that clarify without oversimplifying, that disturb our assumptions and force us to think through new ones.

My Goldilocks Story of College Majors

Catherine Seraphin | Posted 02.16.2013 | College
Catherine Seraphin

Some students are lucky -- they know exactly what they want to do practically from the womb. As for the rest of us, it can be a very lengthy process of self-discovery before you realize what you're meant to do.

Disrupt This

Dan Butin | Posted 01.30.2013 | College
Dan Butin

Sure, students skip class and space out. But my job as a college professor is to figure out how to make you want to come to class and then hold your attention when you're there. It is to make ideas matter and learning come alive.

In Defense of Teaching Assistants

Catherine Seraphin | Posted 01.13.2013 | College
Catherine Seraphin

Pardon me for being so bold, but... What's so bad about TAs? In my eyes, comparing a professor and a TA isn't necessarily about one being better than the other. Rather, I think they offer two very different teaching styles.

Sleeping Through College

Karen Sternheimer | Posted 12.19.2012 | College
Karen Sternheimer

Most students don't literally sleep in class, but I suspect many people figuratively sleep through college. It's easy to do, actually. Students become experts at how to get the best grades possible, and the most painless way to meet the requirements for a degree.

Study: Dual Enrollment Students More Likely To Attend, Graduate College

Posted 10.17.2012 | Education

A report by Boston-based education nonprofit Jobs for the Future urges policymakers to expand dual enrollment after determining that high school stude...

Developing the Right Reading System

Matthew McCluskey | Posted 11.28.2012 | College
Matthew McCluskey

One challenging adjustment that students face when they enter college is how to approach reading assignments. In many cases, students are required to have mastered lengthy and challenging reading materials prior to arriving in class.

Hey Freshmen! This Is How to 'Win Friends and Influence' Professors

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 11.26.2012 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

Many students don't realize that professors are often the gatekeepers to a multitude of opportunities in college, and even after college. Therefore, how to make a positive impression on professors is critically important.

Changing Hearts and Minds During Hispanic Heritage Month

Virginia Sanchez-Korrol | Posted 11.20.2012 | Latino Voices
Virginia Sanchez-Korrol

Ruiz de Burton's work is a game changer. The Squatter and the Don and Who Would Have Thought It? helped shift the paradigm of American literature. Thanks to the Arte Publico Recovery project, Ruiz de Burton's books are available and included in college courses.

Teaching a New Course

Daniel Little | Posted 11.18.2012 | College
Daniel Little

Here is an experience almost all faculty have periodically: taking on a class assignment for a topic they haven't taught before, and that possibly falls outside their area of expertise.