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College Curriculum

The Foreign Language Requirement

Kassandra Fotiadis | Posted 04.28.2015 | College
Kassandra Fotiadis

There is no denying that there has been a significant drop in foreign language study both in high schools and at the undergraduate level. Enrollment has dropped by 6.7 percent since 2009. Furthermore, about 100,000 fewer students took college language classes in 2013.

Trigger Warnings Redux

Gary A. Olson | Posted 07.23.2014 | College
Gary A. Olson

What strikes me about many of the responses to my piece on trigger warnings is that much of it focuses on whether trigger warnings are a good idea or simply another way to coddle students. The fact that the discussion seems to be stuck on this particular axis suggests to me that perhaps I did not make my own thesis clear.

The Problem with Trigger Warnings

Gary A. Olson | Posted 07.19.2014 | College
Gary A. Olson

Is it a good idea to warn students that a given work might be upsetting? Absolutely. That's just good pedagogical practice. The real question is whether institutions should be mandating formal trigger warnings on syllabi and before showing potentially objectionable films.

The Special Obligations of Tenured Faculty

Joseph Urgo | Posted 06.02.2014 | College
Joseph Urgo

What are the "special obligations" of tenured faculty members? What obligation flows from a special position of privileged, protected speech?

My, Have Things Changed

Gary A. Olson | Posted 04.20.2014 | College
Gary A. Olson

If the present rate of technological change continues at the same pace, will the new faculty member of 2014 recognize today's classroom as at all related to that of 2024?

The Culture Wars Again

W. Robert Connor | Posted 01.25.2014 | College
W. Robert Connor

Humanistic fields are not all in precipitous decline, nor have all teachers and scholars in the humanities "lost faith in their uplifting mission." Such talk plays into the hands of culture warriors who want to turn the clock back rather than think in fresh ways about how the perennial value of these fields can be advanced and enhanced amid rapid demographic, technological, economic and cultural change.

We Need a Better Scorecard for Entrepreneurship Programs

Kevin Gadd | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Kevin Gadd

The need for entrepreneurial thinkers and innovators is at an all time high. Fueled by the 2008 Financial Crisis and the arrival of economic powers China, India and Brazil, universities have proactively incorporated entrepreneurship into the curriculum at a feverish pace.

Drones Over the Faculty Lounge

Patricia McGuire | Posted 11.04.2013 | Comedy
Patricia McGuire

A secret memo left on the counter of the Starbucks on Capitol Hill maps out the federal government's real plan to "shake up" higher education. Reading between the stains of a venti/halfskim/halfsoy/halfcaf/doubleshot latte, here are the salient points

Advice for a Student Starting College

Derek Bok | Posted 11.03.2013 | College
Derek Bok

Several million students will soon be entering college. If you are among them, you will have received much advice from parents and friends, and you will soon hear more from college officials. But you might also want to know what researchers have discovered about some important choices you will make that could have much to do with what you gain from your next four years.

Toward Curriculum Clarity and Career Connection in Higher Education

Dr. Kevin Manning | Posted 06.06.2012 | College
Dr. Kevin Manning

The liberal arts core is a rich source of self-discovery for students, but in today's economy educators must help students connect the personal values that they develop with outcomes that will put them on a path to navigate the job market.

MBA Curriculum and the Looming Social Media Gap

Michael Kempner | Posted 07.10.2012 | Business
Michael Kempner

As I write this, another class of MBA graduates is preparing to walk out of the classroom and into the business world. But will they have the skills they need to successfully lead a business in a digital age?

Analytical Mind No Longer Valued

The Daily Beacon | Posted 05.27.2012 | College
The Daily Beacon

There is really no question that academia has become far more enamored with GPA and a set of extracurricular activities than the actual development of an independent intellect. A system that promotes only the mere semblance of learning has become embedded in our culture.

Separate Research and Teaching in Graduate Education

Herbert Gans | Posted 06.11.2011 | College
Herbert Gans

Imagine a "primitive" culture which prepares its shamans to explore its ancient mysteries and understand its current problems, but then puts them to work minding its young -- and there you have a reasonably fair description of the current state of graduate education in America


Huffington Post | Leah Finnegan | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

College can be a bore -- the endless textbook readings, crowded lecture halls and multiple choice tests that force students to memorize rather than sy...


Huffington Post | Leah Finnegan | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

College can be a bore -- the endless textbook readings, crowded lecture halls and multiple choice tests that force students to memorize rather than sy...

Steinem: Curricula Needs To Be More Inclusive

Yale Daily News | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

Famed feminist Gloria Steinem said college curricula should be revamped to be more inclusive, warning modern women against "reinventing the wheel" in ...