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.
March is a busy time for high school juniors and their families. Here are our March college readiness tips.
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.
This is not a new quandary; it is a question that college presidents and academics struggle with every day. All colleges and universities have the dual responsibility to educate students and to advance knowledge for all. The ideal balance of the two is legitimately worthy of discussion.
Ultimately, the student debt strike is not about "illegitimate" vs. "legitimate" debt, but the illegitimacy of student loan debt as such.
The lingo we use in academe today does not necessarily have to replace other terms in order to signal a shift in values and priorities. The jargon that circulates now in our discussions reveals much about our values.
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.
Is it even possible to "legislate" or impose bureaucratically a solution to how to create a seamless pathway between two-year and four-year institutions?