It is the faculty as a community who determine the standards for the curriculum, who will be hired as an instructor or awarded tenure, and even, to a considerable extent, who will be selected to lead them. They are charged with much more than research and teaching.
Leadership is about both ideas and implementation. Thinking and doing depend on distinct skill sets. Integrating them is the challenge.
Colleges close and merge, but that this happened so quickly to a school of such standing was a disturbance of a different dimension. If Sweet Briar was a glimpse of one future for higher education, I got a look at an alternate future in Oakland.
Ten years ago I was flipping through a magazine at the doctor's office when I came across an article about the best ways to save for college. It was a topic I'd been thinking about... a lot.
Cuts to the humanities and social sciences threaten the broader Liberal Arts project that is so vital to our society.
In the South, a region with great nostalgia for an imagined past, history has an even more pronounced tendency towards repetition.
The decision by the Board of Trustees of Sweet Briar College to close its doors on August 25 shocked the American higher education community.
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Last week, Laura Kipnis, a professor at my own institution, Northwestern University, published an opinion piece at the Chronicle of Higher Education, ...
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.
Discussion-oriented classes in which you learn to articulate your perspective and respond to that of others are valuable not only for clarifying and refining your thinking, but also for developing essential tools for participating as a valued team member at work, in your avocations, and in the civic life of your community.
Given the accelerating pace of change, one has to ask: Does investing time and money in education still have the same payoff it once did? Does the particular expertise you acquire remain relevant and put you at an advantage in the real world? Or have you lost a step and several years on your way to attaining an impractical degree?
We must offer seamless transitions from other colleges, particularly community colleges, to reduce redundancy in course work while also reducing the overall cost.
Looking back, a lot of the articles I read were from the perspective of parents, and while their intentions were genuine, the questions they encouraged students to ask weren't really that relevant or even remotely difficult to find on a college's website today.
For those who are capable and willing to advance to higher education, there can be no argument that in today's day and age having a college degree is better than entering the workforce unarmed with all the necessary tools.
I've been invited to speak about the "Enduring Power of the Humanities," and while I believe in the topic (with a double major in English and humanities I better) the humanities really best speak for themselves. Yet the humanities have increasingly found themselves under attack.