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The Chronicle of Higher Education

The Meaning And Purpose Of The University

Michael Benson | Posted 02.07.2017 | Education
Michael Benson

Amidst the cacophony of issues and debates and feelings swirling about our campuses today, we would be well served to reflect on this primary focus and, even more basic still, think about the word "university" itself and its meaning at its core.

Irreligious Illiteracy

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 01.29.2017 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Every academic field laments popular ignorance of its area of study. Scholars of religion decry religious illiteracy, but did anyone ever think to bem...

Learning to Fail

Marion Leary | Posted 12.29.2016 | Education
Marion Leary

It is that time of year again -- the end of another college semester. Grades are in and well, the "whine season," as a fellow educator professed on his Facebook page, has begun.

Educating for Democracy: The Age of Social Insecurity

Joel Shatzky | Posted 09.02.2016 | Education
Joel Shatzky

The Age of Social Insecurity As an educator I have long believed, especially over the last fifteen years, that hidden within the public education ...

Educating for Democracy: The Age of Social Insecurity

Joel Shatzky | Posted 09.02.2016 | Education
Joel Shatzky

Numbers can very easily lie. But there is now mounting evidence that these reform programs are not only cheating many students out of a good education, but having a serious affect on their emotional well being.

Sparks Fly: Competency-Based Education Catches

Julian L. Alssid | Posted 06.15.2015 | College
Julian L. Alssid

Our educational outcomes -- particularly for lower-wage workers -- remain abysmal. And, our quality of life is suffering -- the Social Progress Index 2015 ranks the U.S. 16th in the world on that measure. And, yet, I see a glimmer of hope.

Protect and Maintain America's Scientific Preeminence

Dr. Samuel L. Stanley, Jr. | Posted 02.09.2015 | Science
Dr. Samuel L. Stanley, Jr.

America is leading the world in scientific discoveries and technological advances, and key to that is the independence of the scientific process that has served American innovation so well in the past. It's essential to protect that process and ensure that scientific merit is determined by scientific peers.

In Defense of the College Graduation Rate

Robert Shireman | Posted 12.24.2014 | College
Robert Shireman

Already there are a lot of questions about the skills of college graduates. We would be well-advised not to make it even harder to trust that colleges are maintaining the integrity of the degree.

Time Marches On

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 11.20.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

In preparation for one of our high school reunion many years after graduation, the chairperson of our reunion suggested that each of us write about the best time of our lives. I gave this careful thought and simply wrote: "The present is the best time of my life."

I Hate to Say I Told You So: Connections Matter in Education

Isa Adney | Posted 07.19.2014 | College
Isa Adney

I still think there is a huge piece missing from the conversation about higher education -- the importance of social connections.

We Are Dead Last on Faculty Pay Equality: Where Does Your Institution Stand?

Victor M. Feraru | Posted 04.21.2014 | College
Victor M. Feraru

Professors' salaries have remained well under those at the college's peer and aspirant institutions, despite increased workloads and continuing excellence in educating and advising students.

The Meaning of Libraries

Michael Benson | Posted 02.08.2014 | College
Michael Benson

I believe we should require that each student enter the library and leave with something in return. Perhaps a book or periodical or journal is checked out -- other times students come and go with only their notebooks and backpacks.

Teachers In the U.S. Get Little Respect

John M. Eger | Posted 11.09.2013 | Impact
John M. Eger

One observation in the National Council on Teacher Quality's (NCTQ) Review and a recent book by Amanda Ripley called The Smartest Kids in the World: A...

President Sees an Obamacare Solution to Higher Ed's Problems

Jeff Selingo | Posted 10.22.2013 | College
Jeff Selingo

Higher ed, welcome to Obamacare. It's the same problem Obama confronted with health care in 2009: Spending more just leads to higher prices and not necessarily better outcomes.

A MOOC Backlash?

Jonathan Haber | Posted 07.21.2013 | College
Jonathan Haber

Unlike a scientific experiment that can keep controls and treated samples isolated in separate test tubes, the MOOC experiment is playing out in one of the messier corners of the already messy real world: academia.

Sequestration: The Challenges Ahead for Learners

Council for Adult and Experiential Learning | Posted 05.11.2013 | Impact
Council for Adult and Experiential Learning

Welcome to week one of the "sequestration." Beginning on March 1st at 11:59PM, a set of automatic, across-the-board government spending cuts set to be implemented over the next nine years went into effect.

An Evolution Instead of a Revolution in Higher Ed

Jeff Selingo | Posted 04.16.2013 | College
Jeff Selingo

When any sector of the economy undergoes sweeping change -- just as higher ed is experiencing now -- every new development feels like a major turning point. But in hindsight, what we think of as big moments at the time often turn out to be just blips in the life cycle of an industry.

Some Say It's Time To Put A Warning Label On Graduate School

The Chronicle Of Higher Education | Posted 12.10.2012 | College

This isn't just the year of the massive open online course; it's also the year of two other hot topics in higher education—student debt and a barren...

How To Get A Degree With Free And 'Laundered' Credit

chronicle.com | Posted 02.03.2013 | College

In this episode, we hear from Richard Linder, who, determined not to take on any student debt, cobbled together an associate degree for $3,000 with ac...

More Detours Needed on Path to College

Jeff Selingo | Posted 01.26.2013 | College
Jeff Selingo

It seems we send some kids off to college because there is nowhere else to put them. The campus is a convenient, if expensive, warehouse.

Engineering the Student Experience

Robert E. Johnson | Posted 01.13.2013 | College
Robert E. Johnson

For students, the real-world institutional experience -- the socialization, the sheer human contact with peers, faculty, and the institution at large -- can be one of the richest and most rewarding aspects of the college years.

While You've Been Following the Campaigns, Singapore Has Been Romneyizing Yale

Jim Sleeper | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Jim Sleeper

Yale may well have gone to Singapore because it sensed that it was failing to do better in New Haven and because its governors have embraced a neo-liberal, "World Is Flat" model, instead. But liberal education should nourish and provoke something better.

Let's Expand Our Definition of Education After High School

Jeff Selingo | Posted 12.02.2012 | College
Jeff Selingo

After graduating from high school, he enrolled in Moberly Area Community College, a half-hour south of Macon. Two semesters later, the 28-year-old dropped out. His transcript was filled with A's, but he was bored in his classes.

'Chronicle of Higher Education' Allows For-Profit College With High Student Loan Defaults to Sponsor and Pick the Speakers for Loan Default Event

David Halperin | Posted 11.26.2012 | Education
David Halperin

The Chronicle is allowing its advertiser to determine the composition of an event that the Chronicle is presenting as a program of its own. It's renting out its reputation. This Chronicle event is like an event on "Guarding The Henhouse," sponsored by The Fox.

Education Is War, According to a Term-Paper Mill: A Metaphor to Justify By

Susan D. Blum | Posted 11.25.2012 | College
Susan D. Blum

As long as we have not made the case for the merit of the content and process of education, the war and the game will persist. Students will find ways around the requirements. And the UnemployedProfessors will find plenty of jobs scamming the system they regard as corrupt.