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Does it Make Sense to Pursue a Humanities Doctorate? The Pros and Cons of Graduate Education in the Humanities

Daniel R. Schwarz | Posted 06.27.2015 | Education
Daniel R. Schwarz

I. Introduction You loved studying literature in college and thought how much fun it would be to be the teacher leading the discussions you enjoyed. ...

Higher Ed Reconsidered: A Non-Standard Assessment of Where Standards May be Taking Us?

Luis Maria R. Calingo | Posted 05.04.2015 | College
Luis Maria R. Calingo

Even college presidents have their existential moments. During a meeting of the Council on Independent Colleges' Steering Committee on the Future of ...

Research and Innovation: The U.S. Risks Getting Left Behind

Dr. Ricardo Azziz | Posted 12.14.2014 | College
Dr. Ricardo Azziz

"Just as energy is the basis of life itself, and ideas the source of innovation, so is innovation the vital spark of all human change, improvement and...

The Administration's College Ratings Plan: Accountability in Higher Education or a Bridge to Nowhere?

Luis Maria R. Calingo | Posted 11.04.2014 | College
Luis Maria R. Calingo

The President's plan would create a new rating system -- the Postsecondary Institution Ratings System (PIRS) -- that will determine which colleges and universities offer "best value," measured by educational access, affordability and outcomes.

Educating for Uncertainty: The University's Preeminent Mission?

Luis Maria R. Calingo | Posted 06.10.2014 | College
Luis Maria R. Calingo

The process of managing uncertainty starts by spending time thinking about the future. That may sound a bit facile, and probably doesn't seem like an academic pursuit on its face. But planning is a discipline

University-based Research: Always a Winner

Bernie Machen | Posted 06.03.2014 | College
Bernie Machen

We may not wipe out hunger, cancer and energy shortages overnight. If we don't strive to do so, though, we know we won't deliver the breakthroughs the public depends upon us for.

Leadership Out of Crisis

Luis Maria R. Calingo | Posted 04.26.2014 | College
Luis Maria R. Calingo

Note that Martin Luther King Jr. declared 'I have a dream,' neither 'I have a plan' nor 'I have a strategy.' By articulating a shared dream -- not a plan, not a strategy -- he empowered his fellow Americans to participate in a national dialogue as to how to achieve that vision.

The Arms Race in Higher Ed -- From Both Sides Now

Luis Maria R. Calingo | Posted 02.18.2014 | College
Luis Maria R. Calingo

As both an educator and a parent of college-age daughters, I admit finding it unseemly to treat education as a "product" and students (and fathers like me) as "consumers." Education belongs in a realm apart from shoes, smartphones and salsa.

Building a World Class University: Beyond The Numbers

Luis Maria R. Calingo | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Luis Maria R. Calingo

Defining "world-class university" has been the subject of much intellectual discourse and, if any institution would like to achieve world-class status, the famous phrase "I know it when I see it" does not provide sufficient guidance.

Closing "Innovation Deficit" Vital to Nation's Future

M. Duane Nellis | Posted 10.02.2013 | College
M. Duane Nellis

Our nation's higher educational institutions are approaching a critical juncture in our ability to maintain and advance our research missions as globa...

The Research University: Too Vital to Fail

E. Gordon Gee | Posted 02.20.2013 | College
E. Gordon Gee

If leaders in Washington, D.C., do not come to an agreement, we will see not just massive cuts in funding. We will see lives diminished, futures put on hold, and opportunities lost.

Major Threats To Our Research Universities | SEN. LAMAR ALEXANDER and HUNTER RAWLINGS III | 12/16/12 9:19 PM EST | Posted 02.16.2013 | College

Consider for a moment how many of us have benefited from U.S. research universities' advances in antibiotics, X-rays or transistors -- and how many mo...

The Role of Academic Research in Student Learning

Dr. John Story | Posted 01.28.2013 | College
Dr. John Story

Perhaps the most important contribution of professors doing research is that it creates (or at least enforces) lifelong learners, learning that involves making mistakes while pursuing the joy of discovery.

Universities Can Be Lifesavers

Allan D. Gilmour | Posted 10.21.2012 | College
Allan D. Gilmour

Sometimes, with great science and great care, we save lives. Simple concepts; profound impact.

Discovery And The Need For Research Universities

Allan D. Gilmour | Posted 09.16.2012 | College
Allan D. Gilmour

America has always had a pioneering spirit, and we have always admired pioneers. They may not wear buckskin anymore or climb into space capsules. They just may be the quiet person in the lab of a research university, studying particles too small to be seen.

What Are the Downsides of Being a Professor?

Quora | Posted 07.21.2012 | College

There are the drawbacks to being a professor. I love my job, but it is becoming increasingly difficult for me to do it well -- or even to do it at all.

5 Things Obama's Budget Does For Higher Ed

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 02.14.2012 | College

President Obama's budget proposal for the 2013 fiscal year would beef up spending on higher education. Appropriately, he unveiled it at a community c...

Innovation Economics: The Pie Must Get Bigger

Buck Goldstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Buck Goldstein

With $250 billion in endowment and a group of the most accomplished individuals on the planet, research universities have no choice but to gear up to attack the world's biggest problems and provide a jump start to getting the pie growing.

Higher Education? Everything You Know Is Wrong (about Research Universities)

Bob Samuels | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Bob Samuels

Research universities' problem is not that they have many functions, it's that they engage in false and misleading accounting practices that result in escalating costs and decreased educational quality.

Recognizing the Debts We Owe to Universities -- And I'm Not Talking About Student Loans

Richard Ziman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Richard Ziman

As our leaders prepare for the next round of debilitating budget cuts, we must appreciate just how much we all owe to UCLA, the UC system and all of our public universities and colleges.

How American Research Universities Spend Their Money

Bob Samuels | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Bob Samuels

Ironically, many of the budgetary forces at universities work to drive up tuition costs and lower educational quality; and most of the reasons for this strange combination have to do with compensation.

Controlling Higher Education Costs by Curtailing Specialized Programs

Russell K. Osgood | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Russell K. Osgood

In the last 30 years, higher education programs have expanded to embrace a panoply of sub- departments. Universities overpromise and under-deliver in many cases with their specialized programs.

Education in Chicago: Binge Drinking Reveals a Desperate Boredom With College

Bill Sweetland | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Bill Sweetland

College presidents now threaten to supplant high school principals as the new national symbol of moral and intellectual bankruptcy, imbecility, and incompetence.