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It’s 2015. Where Are All The Black College Faculty?

The Washington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 11.16.2015 | Black Voices

Colleges and universities talk up a blue streak about their commitment to diversity, in their student bodies and faculty. But when it comes to actual...

Why Tuition-Free College Makes Sense

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 10.28.2015 | College
Lawrence Wittner

The major argument for free public college and university education is the same as for free public education in general: like the free public elementary, middle, and high schools already existing in the United States, free public higher education provides educational opportunity for all.

Students in Debt, Professors in Poverty -- What's Going Wrong?

Laurie Jones | Posted 10.27.2015 | Politics
Laurie Jones

In a time when college enrollment is booming and college tuition is at an all-time high, the prospect of getting an upper-level degree and working at a college or university would seem like a sure bet for anyone. And yet, in 2015, a PhD does not guarantee a great living.

How to Think About Modi's Visit to Silicon Valley

Priya Satia | Posted 09.18.2015 | Politics
Priya Satia

The Indian community of Silicon Valley is preparing to welcome Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi with open arms next week, in a route stop that has outshined the PM's ultimate U.S. destination -- his meeting with President Obama.

Should Professors Be Forced To Retire?

WGBH | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 08.26.2015 | College

Since the Great Recession, postponing retirement is becoming more common in some professions, including higher education. A new survey shows two third...

The Rules of the Game in College Governance

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 08.24.2015 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

What to do with alumni can be an especially difficult problem to address. Alumni connections to the college are less direct and immediate than that of parents. They are often spread out globally.

Teaching Is Easy, Learning Is Hard

Dan Butin | Posted 06.12.2015 | College
Dan Butin

If I was going to summarize the fundamental problem in higher education in one phrase, I'd say that teaching is easy, but learning is hard. We by no...

Should Major Decisions Be So... Major? Career-worthy Majors for All

Brad C. Phillips | Posted 05.12.2015 | College
Brad C. Phillips

New information released on the economic value of different college degrees just upped the ante on an already major life decision. America's college students - whether they are high school graduates or an increasing number of middle-aged adults pursuing bachelors degrees - face dramatically varying risks and returns depending on their chosen major.

Bridging the Divide: The Uphill Climb to Faculty Diversity

Dr. Ricardo Azziz | Posted 06.14.2015 | College
Dr. Ricardo Azziz

Last fall, for the first time in our history, America's public school students were likely NOT majority white. If U.S. Department of Education projections are accurate, white students numbered 24.8 million and non-white students 25 million.

Student Harvesting and the Dilution of a Discipline

Domino Renee Perez | Posted 06.01.2015 | College
Domino Renee Perez

While what a film does matters as much as how it is made, the richness of film study is found in a dialogue between the two, a dialogue formal film studies fosters and explores.

The Abuse of Faculty at California's Public Universities

Stafford Betty | Posted 06.01.2015 | College
Stafford Betty

I have been teaching at Cal State Bakersfield, one of the 23 campuses of the once proud California State University (CSU) system, for over 40 years, and I've watched a steady erosion in faculty support since 2004.

Faculty vs. Staff: The Cage Match From Which No One Emerges Victorious

Ken Schneck, PhD | Posted 05.06.2015 | College
Ken Schneck, PhD

I'm all for creating a sense of urgency to inspire meaningful change. And certainly there is crucial work to be done to address adjunct pay inequities. But to do it in such a way that further deepens an already-felt divide between faculty and staff/administrators seems to be counterproductive.

We Could Save Students a Billion Dollars on Textbooks

Ethan Senack | Posted 05.02.2015 | College
Ethan Senack

We need faculty to make the switch and drop their traditional textbook for an open textbook. It's not hard, but it's not easy, and institutions can make a huge impact by providing training and resources for interested faculty to make the switch.

Hottest Year on Record: What Universities and Aid Agencies Can Do

Fron Nahzi | Posted 03.28.2015 | World
Fron Nahzi

Providing the next generation with the skills and experience that could begin to reverse an impending global-scale ecologic crisis and bring us a bit closer to putting the planet and its population on a trajectory towards sustainability.

Why Are College Faculty Quiet About Campus Sexual Assault?

Ken Schneck, PhD | Posted 02.18.2015 | College
Ken Schneck, PhD

The more important question is: Does each individual campus need to enter the limelight of shame before faculty will use their voices? I say we step up and do what we should do: teach.

The $7 Million University President

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 02.14.2015 | Education
Lawrence Wittner

RPI actually presents us with a glimpse of the future of higher education -- a future that we might not like very much.

What Communities Are More Likely to Embrace Corporal Punishment? Let's Look at the Data

Shayna A. Pitre | Posted 01.24.2015 | Education
Shayna A. Pitre

On September 21, 2014, we sent a public records request to the Louisiana Department of Education, requesting the number of school corporal punishment incidents for the 2011-2014 school years. On October 29, 2014, we received the data. It was revealing.

Training Tomorrow's Leaders in Higher Education

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 01.17.2015 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

By the time the offer is made, the Screening Committee has assured itself that they have managed to attract a uniquely qualified candidate who represents the very best of the search firm's virtual rolodex.

Striking Professors At General Theological Seminary Respond Positively To School's Offer

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.22.2014 | Religion

The eight General Theological Seminary professors who have been on strike over working conditions at the New York City school have tentatively agreed ...

What The Hell Is Happening At General Theological Seminary?

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.30.2014 | Religion

Faculty members at the country’s oldest Episcopal seminary are facing off against the school’s President, blasting him for his allegedly bullying,...

The Madness of Rev. Kurt Dunkle and the Trustees of General Theological Seminary

David J. Dunn, PhD | Posted 11.30.2014 | Religion
David J. Dunn, PhD

A few days ago, eight faculty members at the General Theological Seminary in New York went on strike until their one demand was met. What was that demand? A meeting. As of this morning, they have all been fired.

4 Back-to-School Myths About College Textbooks

Ethan Senack | Posted 10.28.2014 | College
Ethan Senack

As students and families begin the school year, let's take a second to dispel some myths about college textbooks. Before we debunk some myths around ...

Faculty Against Rape (FAR) Stands With Survivors, Against Retaliation

Nina Flores | Posted 10.26.2014 | College
Nina Flores

Attention: College students, parents, faculty, staff, and administrators. Did you know that sexual assaults are more likely to occur during the beginning of the fall term than any other time of the year?

Welcome Back! Why College Students Are Better Than You Think

Sophia A. McClennen | Posted 10.26.2014 | College
Sophia A. McClennen

It is time to admit that this generation has inherited a lot of real challenges and that, by and large, they have met those challenges with resilience and social commitment.

The Overachiever's Guide to Junior Year

Larry P. Thomas | Posted 10.26.2014 | College
Larry P. Thomas

Identify a second faculty mentor for research. Meet at least once a semester with both of your faculty mentors to explore research opportunities, including paid summer experiences. Also, if you plan on applying to graduate school, request letters of recommendation.