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Educating for the Future: Learning Mandarin As a Key to U.S.-China Relations

Jennifer J. Raab | Posted 12.17.2014 | Education
Jennifer J. Raab

And, bottom line, a large cohort of Mandarin speakers will contribute to our national security, helping guide U.S.-Chinese relations away from the confrontational and toward the cooperative.

The Healthy Food Transition

Jonathan Lash | Posted 12.17.2014 | Education
Jonathan Lash

Include students in decision-making. Encourage them to question food production and supply systems, and to envision solutions. Challenge them -- and just as importantly, invite them to challenge you -- to think in new and forward-looking ways.

Teaching Entrepreneurship: Educational Boondoggle or Brilliant Innovation?

Lisa Abeyta | Posted 12.17.2014 | Business
Lisa Abeyta

Entrepreneurship is today's cool kid on the block. But, for me, the question is this: Is it even possible to teach someone to become a successful entrepreneur in a classroom setting?

New Shades of Black in Higher Education

Eileen Cronin | Posted 12.17.2014 | College
Eileen Cronin

Recently Toni Morrison told Stephen Colbert that there is only one race, the Human Race, reminding me that even as our country's justice, health, and educational systems are failing certain folks, there are sanctuaries from racism: Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU).

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.

Is Medical School a Million Dollar Mistake?

Dan Lambert | Posted 12.15.2014 | Education
Dan Lambert

The path to being a doctor is not only expensive, it also requires dedication as well as the sacrifice of time, deferring a high quality of life to many, many, years after most other professions.

A Hard Lesson From the UVA Sexual Assault Crisis

Scott D. Gerber | Posted 12.15.2014 | College
Scott D. Gerber

The UVA administration's approach to Jackie's allegations is, regrettably, an unfortunate example of an all-too-predictable response by academic administrators across the country who seem to be concerned far less with doing the right thing than they are with keeping their own jobs.

Desk Job Blues: Rethinking Middle-Skill Jobs

Dr. Bill R. Path | Posted 12.15.2014 | College
Dr. Bill R. Path

The perception about blue-collar careers won't change until students are better informed about the opportunities, and the truth, about what awaits them in the workforce.

Moving Community College Graduates Toward a Four-Year Degree

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 12.15.2014 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

There is growing consensus that more attention must be paid to increasing the number of two-year graduates who go on to complete a four-year degree. W...

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.

Walking the Deferral Tightrope

Rebecca Joseph | Posted 12.12.2014 | College
Rebecca Joseph

While getting deferred is disappointing, the students are still under consideration. The deferring college just wants to look at them in the regular admission pool. While chances of ultimately getting accepting are somewhat less than regular admissions, they still have a chance.

More Mindfulness, Please: On Bringing Mindfulness into the Classroom

Cameron Conaway | Posted 12.16.2014 | Education
Cameron Conaway

The time is now. We as teachers need it. Our students need it. Our quick-fix, fast-paced society of more and now needs it.

The University of Virginia and the Risky Illusion of Validity

Harlan Loeb | Posted 12.12.2014 | College
Harlan Loeb

As events continue to unfold at the University of Virginia, we are seeing a common element form in the actions and response from each of the major players involved: the illusion of validity.

The College Completion Imperative: Public Higher Ed Steps Up

Muriel Howard | Posted 12.11.2014 | Education
Muriel Howard

Accountability is a hallmark of public higher education. In our commitment to student success, we will need more accurate and comprehensive measures of student progress--both as a yardstick for institutional improvement and to assure external accountability.

Shahien Nasiripour

Senate Democrats Demand Obama Administration Forgive Corinthian Students' Debts | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics

A group of Senate Democrats has urged the Obama administration to forgive debts incurred by thousands of current and former students at troubled for-p...

Title IX Requires Schools Be Involved in Responding to Campus Sexual Assault -- and That's a Good Thing

Lisa Maatz | Posted 12.10.2014 | College
Lisa Maatz

Schools' role in responding to campus sexual assault is essential, because students' civil rights -- an equal opportunity to education -- are on the line. I fear, however, that many do not understand that these civil rights concerns stand separate from any criminal proceedings that may or may not transpire.

Ivory Tower 101: An Introduction to How Colleges Have Lost Their Way

Bob Hildreth | Posted 12.09.2014 | College
Bob Hildreth

The problem of spiraling college tuition costs are the result of colleges' increasing dependence on federal and private loans. Colleges have continued to hike up their sticker prices with little risk as students and taxpayers absorb the financial burden of student loan payments and defaults.

Online Education, With Great Investment, Can Provide Extraordinary Opportunities for Students and Faculty

James Goldgeier | Posted 12.09.2014 | College
James Goldgeier

In recent months, news has emerged from universities around the country indicating that a significant level of skepticism remains about online education.

Revisions to Higher Ed Act Could Cost Taxpayers More

Wendy B. Libby | Posted 12.09.2014 | College
Wendy B. Libby

As students and families continue to financially recover from the lingering economic downturn, federal student aid remains key to providing access to higher education for low- and middle-income students.

Grade Inflation, Academic Rigor, and College Graduation Rates

Bill Destler | Posted 12.09.2014 | Education
Bill Destler

I am deeply troubled by this misuse of graduation rates as an indicator of academic quality when in fact they could indicate, in some cases, exactly the opposite. The notion that a graduation rate near 100 percent is a sign of academic quality is simply nonsense.

The Art School Brand: Something in the Way We Teach

Stephen Beal | Posted 12.08.2014 | College
Stephen Beal

While business has been focused on brand building for some time, it has been only in the past decade that colleges and universities have put significant thought and effort into clarifying and refining their brands.

Life After College

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 12.08.2014 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

By the end of sophomore year, tradition suggests that most college students should think about how they can narrow their interests to a range of opportunities after graduation. It's not that college is over for them, it's just more a case of the need to plan ahead.

How Many Colleges Should You Really Apply to?

John Katzman | Posted 12.05.2014 | College
John Katzman

The best way to gain acceptance to a school where you will be happy and successful is to be yourself on your application and do enough research that your list contains only colleges that are genuinely a good fit.

Community College Students Now Have Access to $200,000 Scholarship for Graduate School

Isa Adney | Posted 12.05.2014 | College
Isa Adney

Money is a huge barrier for community college students, and in more ways than just the practical. Sometimes, when you don't have money for something, it can create a tape inside your head that says you're not worthy. It's not logical, but it happens.

Why Career Planning Belongs at the White House College Opportunity Summit

Jessica Pliska | Posted 12.04.2014 | Education
Jessica Pliska

It isn't every day I head to the White House and share ideas with the President and First Lady, but on Thursday I'm attending the White House Summit on College Opportunity, discussing ways to strengthen the college-to-career pipeline for low-income students.