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Bah, Humbug: 14 Facts Everyone Should Know About College Adjuncts

Jennifer McGaha | Posted 12.16.2014 | College
Jennifer McGaha

Because exploitation of workers is something we should all be concerned about, here are some facts about adjunct professors everyone should know.

The $7 Million University President

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 12.15.2014 | Education
Lawrence Wittner

RPI actually presents us with a glimpse of the future of higher education -- a future that we might not like very much.

Goodbye Greeks: Time for Fraternities to Go

Keith M. Parsons | Posted 12.02.2014 | College
Keith M. Parsons

Fraternities and sororities are just high school cliques translated into a college context. They exist to make a few people feel wanted and many more feel unwanted. Contrast the purpose of fraternities with the rhetoric of inclusion and multiculturalism that issues from the mouths of university administrators.

Managing Your Digital Growing Pains

Georgy Cohen | Posted 12.08.2014 | Education
Georgy Cohen

Over the past two decades, the communications landscape has experienced a seismic shift thanks to the digital boom. On our campuses, the shock hasn't ...

Want to End Campus Sexual Assault? Tackle the Primary Issue Being Ignored

Dr. Yvonne K. Fulbright | Posted 12.08.2014 | College
Dr. Yvonne K. Fulbright

Until we're willing to deal with the fact that young people are sexual people who need more realistic, developmentally appropriate guidance when it comes to sexual expression and satisfaction, the situation is not going to change.

Colleges Must Learn How to Pay Their Bills

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 11.29.2014 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

At many colleges, the practice is to "rob Peter to pay Paul," that is, to use the cash and credit available across all budget lines to balance the college's budget.

Lowering Sexual Assault on College Campuses and in the Military Starts in Elementary School

Mike Domitrz | Posted 11.16.2014 | Education
Mike Domitrz

If we really want to reduce sexual assault in the military and on college campuses, the lessons of respect, consent and bystander intervention need to be instilled in elementary education through high school.

On Access For Low Income Students, Which Top Colleges Walk The Walk?

Peter Dreier | Posted 11.12.2014 | College
Peter Dreier

Because colleges and universities are tax-exempt institutions and receive other forms of government subsidies, policymakers can and should insist that they meet some basic standards in promoting economic diversity among their student bodies.

Experts: The White House Plan to Rate Colleges Has Major Issues

Mikhail Zinshteyn | Posted 11.12.2014 | Education
Mikhail Zinshteyn

Though the rating system due out in the fall is widely viewed as a preliminary effort, onlookers worry its accountability provisions lack the data to evaluate schools accurately.

This Is How These College Students Are Defending Their Right To Party

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 09.04.2014 | College

Just a couple of weeks after Syracuse University was named the No. 1 party school in America, large celebrations at one of the school's most popular s...

Illinois' Top Colleges See Tuitions Going Up and Up

Reboot Illinois | Posted 10.20.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Recently Forbes came out with its 2014 top 100 colleges list, which includes four Illinois schools in its Top 75. From Forbes' rankings, which covered more than 600 schools, we pulled out the top 15 Illinois colleges.

What Should Parents Expect in the New School Year?

Jack Jennings | Posted 10.19.2014 | Education
Jack Jennings

Teachers have been preparing to use different material and ways of instruction in reading/English language arts and mathematics. Kids may come home with homework that looks different than last year, and certainly different than when parents attended school.

Increasing College Diversity

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 10.18.2014 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

In most four-year college strategic plans, there is a good-faith statement calling for increasing diversity as an institutional goal. There are good -- even noble -- reasons for doing so. The proof is in the execution. And that's where American colleges and universities have a role to play and much still to learn.

Who's Cool?

Michael Brune | Posted 10.12.2014 | Green
Michael Brune

In addition to committing to renewable energy and divesting from dirty fuels, colleges and universities can use their influence to advocate for statewide policies that will bring more clean energy online.

Why Are Campus Administrators Making So Much Money?

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 09.20.2014 | College
Lawrence Wittner

Americans committed to better living for bosses can take heart at the fact that college and university administrators -- unlike their faculty (increasingly reduced to rootless adjuncts) and students (saddled with ever more debt) -- are thriving.

Educating College Trustees

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 09.20.2014 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

It is almost impossible for those who live outside the academy to understand and appreciate how American colleges and universities govern themselves. ...

5th Circuit Thumbs Its Nose at U.S. Supreme Court in Racial Preferences Case

Scott D. Gerber | Posted 09.16.2014 | Politics
Scott D. Gerber

The SCOTUS is the nation's highest court. The recent 2-to-1 decision by a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upholding the University of Texas at Austin's use of racial preferences in its admissions program indicates that the two judges in the majority have forgotten this basic tenet of American law.

The Future of Higher Education: Is There a Middle Ground?

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 09.06.2014 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

If leadership ultimately must come from within higher education, will the disruptive innovators who understand the history and traditions step forward to make change happen?

Poor Hillary?

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Poor Hillary? I don't think so. I think she's perhaps a little surprised at which particular aspect of her life is now being attacked (if she had a cartoon thought bubble over her head right now, it might read: "This is all you got? Really?!?"), but I don't think she's surprised the attacks have started.

Inequality Deepens on University Campuses

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 07.25.2014 | College
Lawrence Wittner

As the incomes of the 25 best-paid public university presidents soared, the livelihoods of their faculty deteriorated. Students comprise another university constituency that is faring poorly.

The Problem with College Acceptance Shaming

The Prospect | Posted 07.05.2014 | College
The Prospect

There is a popular (though not-so-new) trend among high school seniors wherein, following one student's acceptance at a highly selective school, fellow peers will attempt to figure out the reasons behind the acceptance.

The More You Pay, the More It's Worth

Dr. David Svaldi | Posted 06.21.2014 | College
Dr. David Svaldi

Those lists are what stick with readers, even though The Atlantic, Slate and The Economist cite flaws in the report's methodology and acknowledge the complexity of determining the true value of higher education.

Hunger Is Everywhere: Perspectives From a 30-Hour Famine

William Lambers | Posted 05.09.2014 | Impact
William Lambers

Even when her friends use the expression, Kelly reminds them "No, you are not starving." There are people in the world who really face starvation, struggling to find food every hour of every day. "Hunger is everywhere" as she puts it. This cruel condition is one no one should go through.

Grading the New SAT: A Timely Course Correction

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 05.07.2014 | Education
Preetam Kaushik

The urge to act on the SAT though has come after being outscored in popularity by a rival test, the ACT.

Inequality on Campus

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 04.25.2014 | College
Lawrence Wittner

Some of the nation's poorest people work at higher educational institutions, and many of them are members of the faculty. Oh, yes, there are still faculty members who receive comfortable middle class salaries. But most faculty do not.