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Making the 'Right' College Choice

Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph.D. | Posted 04.09.2014 | College
Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph.D.

I'd encourage you to consider three factors especially predictive of a terrific college career. Maybe these ideas will help you find the right college fit.

How to Return to Teaching After Spring Break

Mallory McDuff, Ph.D. | Posted 03.19.2014 | Education
Mallory McDuff, Ph.D.

Without fail at the end of every academic break, the panic begins, like a crocheted scarf wrapping slowly around my throat. The mild anxiety creeps ...

Some Principles to Guide the Changing Face of College Athletics

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 02.24.2014 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

As higher education institutions desperately seek new revenue, the promise of big-time athletics can outstrip the reality of how an institution can be overwhelmed by athletic success.

Inequality on Campus

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 02.23.2014 | 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.

Does She Work Hard for the Money?

Kate Blanchard | Posted 02.19.2014 | College
Kate Blanchard

An adjunct instructor at my institution who teaches five courses, earns an annual total of $17,700 ($3,540 per course). If she teaches 15 hours per we...

Why Nicholas Kristof's Latest Column Stings So Much and Why He's Right

Rev. Adam J. Copeland | Posted 02.18.2014 | College
Rev. Adam J. Copeland

Professors do need to engage more fully in public debates. We must do so in a way more hospitable to those without post-graduate degrees.

Facing the Facts in Higher Education

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 03.29.2014 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

One of the recurring themes making the higher education circuit these days is that "Paris is burning . . . and higher education's leadership - including trustees, faculty, and most presidents - is pretending that nothing is happening."

Faculty, Unions and the Future of American Higher Education

John T. Delaney | Posted 03.25.2014 | Education
John T. Delaney

This has the potential to cause the United States' higher education system to become stuck. Debates over MOOCs and other changes to the delivery of education are only symptoms of the underlying battles to come.

Cultivating the 'Entrepreneurial Spirit' at America's Largest University

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 02.22.2014 | Education
Lawrence Wittner

SUNY -- 64 higher education campuses with nearly half a million students -- is the largest university system in the United States. Therefore, when university administrators join the state's governor in turning SUNY into a loyal servant of big business, that fact has significant ramifications.

Goats, Gills and Guts: Animals in the News

Bill Chameides | Posted 02.08.2014 | Green
Bill Chameides

Our furry and scaly fellow subjects of the animal kingdom never cease to surprise and amaze. Consider these three fascinating stories ripped from recent headlines.

The Not-So-Sweet Skinny on Sugar-Free Gum Sweeteners

Bill Chameides | Posted 02.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Bill Chameides

If you like gum, perhaps sugar-free gum is part of your strategy for shedding some pounds while still enjoying some sweet masticating. But there may be a chemical downside to sugar-free gum. A downside that comes from the many chemicals that substitute for sugar.

The Proverbial "Elephant in the Room:" Faculty Compensation

Frank H. Wu | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Frank H. Wu

Everyone wants us to reduce faculty compensation. I am skeptical by nature, especially of those ideas that everyone else happens to like. I am not s...

Leading the Charge: The Faculty's Role in Governance

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 11.18.2013 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

To take the seat at the governance table in the 21st century, American higher education must develop faculties that teach locally but think globally. The faculty must see the world beyond the college gates.

Fighting for Public Education at the University of Oregon

Joseph Lowndes | Posted 11.16.2013 | College
Joseph Lowndes

The intransigence of administrators over these issues reflects the broader corporatization of American higher education, where research is increasingly a commodity to be bought and sold, education a product to be made as cheaply as possible, and professors are laborers stripped of rights and job security.

Back to School, Back to Sky-High Textbook Prices

Ethan Senack | Posted 10.30.2013 | College
Ethan Senack

It's that time of year again. Students and families are packing up their cars and heading off in pursuit of higher education. Here's some advice from a former college student: Visit the college bookstore before your parents leave.

As the Spirit Moves Me

Jay Halfond | Posted 10.30.2013 | College
Jay Halfond

This is the first time in more than a half century when I am not planning a return to school after Labor Day. I don't need to get a new lunch box, wardrobe, or haircut, or face the annual apprehension about the challenges that lie ahead.

Master Planning Writ Large: The Campus and the Community

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 09.14.2013 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

In a global economy, universities must plan for the world beyond their gates. They must see their regions much as regions must see them-as an unparalleled asset that can drive their collective future.

When Education Is a Business

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 08.23.2013 | College
Lawrence Wittner

To what extent is education corrupted when it becomes intertwined with profit-making businesses?

Mother Professor/Professor Mother

Marybeth Gasman | Posted 08.21.2013 | Parents
Marybeth Gasman

I think it important that we share the realities of life as a professor with young women, but I don't think we should scare them, set them up for failure or steer them away from a career in academe.

Student Engagement Makes Education Meaningful

Donna Randall | Posted 08.17.2013 | College
Donna Randall

Liberal arts education is personal -- it's face-to-face in small classes with teachers and fellow students who are committed to and excited about learning. And that makes all the difference.

At Universities, Too, the Rich Grow Richer

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 07.16.2013 | Business
Lawrence Wittner

Although many Americans believe their universities are places where administrators and faculty members coexist on a fairly equal basis, the reality is that this is far from the case.

Rich Colleges, Poor Professors

Jane White | Posted 07.14.2013 | College
Jane White

Melissa Bruninga-Mattaeu is a single mother who relies on food stamps and Medicaid to survive. Her take-home pay is $900 a month, of which $750 goes to rent and $40 goes to gas. Where does she work? She's a PhD who teaches humanities courses at a state college in Arizona.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions: EPA Cries Foul on Keystone, Gov. Forecasts Fall Short

Bill Chameides | Posted 06.24.2013 | Green
Bill Chameides

Two news items surrounding greenhouse gas emissions moved over the past week. One on the trajectory of said emissions from government number-crunching. The other on what the proposed Keystone pipeline might mean for emissions.

Future Nostalgia in the Rush to Re-imagine the University

Jay Halfond | Posted 05.27.2013 | College
Jay Halfond

We seem to be at a crossroads, where costs cannot align with the public's ability and willingness to pay. Something has to give.

Attn. Faculty: Take a Class! It Will Help You!

Ken Schneck, PhD | Posted 04.30.2013 | College
Ken Schneck, PhD

The students were paying me zero attention, the thread of dialogue was going in a different direction than I had planned, and I felt like a complete failure as a member of the faculty. And then, the actual professor asked the class a question and I quickly remembered, "Oh... yeah... this isn't my course."