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So Empty Is My Nest

Bushra Alvi | Posted 10.29.2014 | Parents
Bushra Alvi

A parent's love for a child is the strongest and purest bond of all humanity and for this reason one of the hardest things for a parent to do is to wave goodbye as their child leaves for college.

Back to School

Stuart Dorsey | Posted 04.16.2014 | College
Stuart Dorsey

My friend and colleague, Gordon Kingsley, said that while he was president of William Jewell College he continued to teach regularly, "until I had to ...

Too Certain for Curiosity: On Pre-professionalism in the Undergraduate College

Ami Fields-Meyer | Posted 01.25.2014 | College
Ami Fields-Meyer

Surely we need nurses and doctors, researchers and statisticians, investors and stockbrokers. Indeed, society soars on the coattails of such ambition. But the seas won't rise and the skies won't open if business school students take chemistry and pre-med students take accounting.

Veterans at Duke: Optimistic Face Masks a Troubling Reality

Logan Mehl-Laituri | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Logan Mehl-Laituri

At a university with the 15th largest endowment in the country, it troubles me that not one dollar is allocated for permanent staff, programming, or space dedicated specifically to veterans.

Ask the Art Professor: Advice for Young Graduates

Clara Lieu | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Clara Lieu

Most art students go through immense culture shock when they transition from art school into the "real world." Going from being intensely saturated with artistic activity and other artists to almost nothing can be incredibly depressing and difficult to deal with.

Investing in a Liberal Education

Christopher B. Nelson | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Christopher B. Nelson

The separation of knowledge into categories frustrates the human desire for unity. Each of us is a student of the world, a whole individual trying to make integral sense of the world, and striving to make that world our own.

Anatomy of an American University

Glenn C. Altschuler | Posted 11.03.2013 | Books
Glenn C. Altschuler

In Francis Cornford's satire, Microcosmographia Academica (1908), the dons in Great Britain dismiss a proposal to change traditional practices at their college because "Nothing should ever be tried for the first time."

Open Letter to Seema Jilani: A Small Step Toward Taking Responsibility For White Privilege

Kelly Figueroa-Ray | Posted 07.30.2013 | Religion
Kelly Figueroa-Ray

In a film class this past semester, 60 undergraduate students, most of whom had never heard of white privilege, were confronted with its realities -- realities that are evident in the tropes, themes, characters and concerns of blockbuster movies.

7 Tips for Successful Internships

Louise Hodgson | Posted 07.09.2013 | College
Louise Hodgson

When handled properly, internships can not only prepare you for a full-time working role but can also give you a great insight into your chosen future career.

Defending Your Thesis

Scott Willyerd | Posted 08.15.2012 | College
Scott Willyerd

How many graduates discuss (and face critique of) their senior thesis project with the college's top man? All of them, if they go to Bard College at Simon's Rock: The Early College, in Great Barrington, MA.

The Sexy Behavior Students Learn In College

Vicki Larson | Posted 09.26.2012 | Divorce
Vicki Larson

Perhaps instead of focusing on our kids' declared major, grades and degrees, we should be paying attention to their extracurricular activities.

The Undergraduate Visitor to the Harry Ransom Center

Elana Estrin | Posted 05.27.2012 | Education
Elana Estrin

Since its founding, the Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin, has been an important re...

Unfair Education for American Undergraduate Students

Dr. Mariappan Jawaharlal | Posted 01.23.2012 | College
Dr. Mariappan Jawaharlal

When I was a graduate student in the early 90s, there were hardly any American citizens in our program. I think there were just two.

Back to Square Undergrad

Erica Daigle | Posted 11.26.2011 | College
Erica Daigle

Having been through it all before, we find ourselves asking the following questions: Is a degree in a practical science worth anything anymore? Can "older" graduates compete with fresh-faced 22-year-olds?

Should You Wait to Start an MBA Program?

Christie Garton | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Christie Garton

If you're a business student, the odds are you've probably considered earning your MBA. However, before you proceed, here are some things you should consider.

A Generation Lost in Space: Overeducated and Underemployed in America

Amy Langdon | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Amy Langdon

There is an entire generation of young people whose parents told them to just get a degree. A huge group of that generation is now educated -- with the debt to show for it -- and unable to find work.

London School of Economics (LSE) Director Howard Davies on the Past, Present, and Future

Rahim Kanani | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rahim Kanani

Religion is clearly an important force in the contemporary world whether you believe in it or not, and therefore I think we need to try to integrate that better into our teaching.

University Students Propose a 2030 Federal Budget with $65 Billion Surplus

Dr. Jeffrey H. Toney | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Dr. Jeffrey H. Toney

With the Bush tax cuts set to expire at the end of this year, it is a good time to think about our nation's deficit. The New York Times recently chal...

Myths About Higher Education in the United States

Jonathan R. Cole | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Jonathan R. Cole

It's time to dispel four widespread myths about the quality of higher education in the United States. The first of these is that teachers at the elit...

The Anti-Intellectualization of America and Commensurate Candidates

Rizwan A. Rahmani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rizwan A. Rahmani

I suspect there is a direct correlation between the 'dumbing down' of America through a crumbling education system and the increase in kooky candidates.

Science Education: The Value of Undergraduate Research

James M. Gentile | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
James M. Gentile

Growing concern about America's continued leadership in science and innovation is well- documented, and now new research offers hope. It provides, for...

Academic-Community Mentorships: An Entrepreneurial Approach to Undergraduate Education

Dr. Rick Cherwitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Dr. Rick Cherwitz

With tuition rising, many are concerned with containing the cost of higher education. As important as this is, shouldn't we also focus on ways to maximize the benefits of a college education?

Technology Revolution On College Campuses | Zephyr Teachout | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

Undergraduate education is on the verge of a radical reordering. Colleges, like newspapers, will be torn apart by new ways of sharing information enab...