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The Power of Diversity and the Coming Democratic Movement in Higher Education

Harry Boyte | Posted 07.30.2014 | College
Harry Boyte

There is evidence that students today, perhaps sensing the alternative narrative of cooperative excellence, are looking for something different than the elite-making system. Their aspirations could fire a movement for democratizing reform.

A Teacher's Supply List: A Rug, a Lamp, and a Plant

Sue Gober | Posted 07.30.2014 | Education
Sue Gober

I asked a group of elementary and secondary students this question: "What should teachers be doing right now to get ready for the first day of school?" Their answers may surprise you as much as they surprised me.

Strategic Higher Education CIOs Invest In Technology To Improve Student Success

Vala Afshar | Posted 07.30.2014 | Technology
Vala Afshar

Today's college students are mobile. Whether in class, relaxing in their living group, exercising in the gym, studying in the library, shopping in tow...

Top Five Tips for Parents Whose Students Are Off to College for the First Time

Keith Wade | Posted 07.29.2014 | College
Keith Wade

We've seen a lot of anxious parents over the decades. Take a deep breath -- it will be okay, we're going to take good care of them -- and read these top five tips.

The Challenge of Shared Data and Apps in a BYOD Environment

Vala Afshar | Posted 07.29.2014 | Technology
Vala Afshar

The concept of bring your own device (BYOD) may have started with students and employees simply using their own phone at work or school, but it rapidl...

Why We're Wrong About Affirmative Action: Stereotypes, Testing and the 'Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations'

William A. Darity Jr. | Posted 07.28.2014 | College
William A. Darity Jr.

There is little reason to believe that the widely held claim that black and Latino students enter selective universities as comparatively inferior students will not cease to rear its ugly head. It is a pervasive stereotype that minority students must face from matriculation to graduation.

Becoming Intentional About College Retention

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 07.28.2014 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

Retention means something quite different depending upon the institution. At elite colleges, for example, retention rates below 85 percent in four years are a cause of concern.

The ADA at 24: Honoring the Unsung Heroes

Bill Destler | Posted 07.25.2014 | College
Bill Destler

For most college students, the Americans with Disabilities Act has been the law of the land their entire lives. But the road to get to this point was a long one, paved by men and women who most have never heard of.

I Learned Nothing in College

Sarah Rose Attman | Posted 07.25.2014 | College
Sarah Rose Attman

As I reflect on my undergraduate experience, I feel that it was a colossal waste of time. My memories are a vague blur of hanging out with friends and cramming for exams --forgetting all the information on my way out the door.

10 Reasons Why College Should be Abolished

Michael Price | Posted 07.24.2014 | Business
Michael Price

For previous generations, the formula actually worked. Students enrolled into universities that were affordable, they gained marketable skills and they earned good jobs.

Margo Wright: How an App Could Help Low-Income College Students Graduate

Significance Labs | Posted 07.23.2014 | Technology
Significance Labs

Over the past two months, my team at Significance Labs has investigated how and why first generation community college students in New York City start to run into trouble. We confirmed that there are a plethora of barriers which prevent first generation students from earning a degree.

Education and Immigration: Why Keeping International Students Is a Good Thing for the Economy

Lauren Harris | Posted 07.28.2014 | Education
Lauren Harris

Some international students are turning to other countries because of their easier immigration policies that allow students to remain in the country once they graduate. But what's the problem with having these students leave once they graduate? Plenty.

Dropping the Needle: Disruptive Innovation and Higher Education

Dr. Michael S. Brophy | Posted 07.22.2014 | Education
Dr. Michael S. Brophy

Is this an era of disruption? There can be little doubt that the constant barrage of infotainment influences how we perceive personal and societal circumstances. Do we have time to reflect on what we are learning from our families, our colleagues, our students and our research?

Student Debt and Higher Education

Dr. Dustin Swanger | Posted 07.22.2014 | Education
Dr. Dustin Swanger

Student debt has been a hot topic of discussion in Washington, Albany, and all around the country. Graduates are losing lifetime wealth due to college debt. Although this may be true, it may not be the entire issue.

Engineers Are Not Smart

Vicki May | Posted 07.22.2014 | College
Vicki May

Of course I want 'smart' students in my classes but not necessarily the ones who can memorize facts, pass tests, and regurgitate information. I want students who are willing to think critically, try new things, fail and learn from their mistakes.

College Textbooks Don't Need to Break the Bank: 10 Tips to Save You Money

Nicole Allen | Posted 07.23.2014 | College
Nicole Allen

Even though textbook prices can be pretty outrageous, there are many ways to reduce how much you spend. Being smart about how you shop could save you hundreds of dollars this year.

College Football Needs More Student Athletes Like FSU's Jameis Winston

John A. Tures | Posted 07.22.2014 | Sports
John A. Tures

Just a few years ago, Winston would be called greedy if he demanded more money for his likeness or signature. But it's refreshing to see someone of his generation, tabbed as self-centered, realize that a college education is, indeed a privilege.

4 Steps to Graduate from College Debt-Free

Michael Price | Posted 07.21.2014 | Money
Michael Price

Since you lived at home with your parents for 18 years of your life, is 4 more years really going to kill you? Doing so would save you approximately $40,000.

We Can't Do That Here

Gary A. Olson | Posted 07.21.2014 | College
Gary A. Olson

Knowing whether your proposed change would be governed by an institutional rule or a policy, or if it is merely a matter of procedure, is important.

Educating College Trustees

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 07.21.2014 | 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. ...

Higher Education and Rising Inequality

Harry Boyte | Posted 07.19.2014 | College
Harry Boyte

Higher education today embodies individualistic, hypercompetitive achievement norms which contribute to inequality in a number of ways. And it has enormous, if often unacknowledged, power shaping career plans of its students and helping to authorize "what counts" in the intellectual life of the nation.

Academics vs. Athletics: It's Not a Choice

Wendy B. Libby | Posted 07.18.2014 | College
Wendy B. Libby

Athletics has a place in our students' lives for the lifelong value it can bring. It should not be overinflated on a college campus any more than it should be sidelined.

Advising Students About College in This New Economy

Dr. Bill R. Path | Posted 07.17.2014 | College
Dr. Bill R. Path

We wouldn't dare give a young person who is just starting out the same advice today about bank interest rates or real estate values that we did ten years ago. So why are we still giving out the same old advice about college?

Creating Opportunities in the Aloha State

Mark Takai | Posted 07.17.2014 | Education
Mark Takai

As I watch and listen to recent national conversations about education reform, I can't help but think about my family. My youngest sister Nikki teaches math at Pearl City High School, my wife Sami and I are products of public schools, and we send our two children to public schools.

How to Make the Most of College as an Activist

Erin McKelle | Posted 07.17.2014 | College
Erin McKelle

When you're going into college (whether you're a freshman, senior, or somewhere in between) as someone who is, or aspires to be, an activist, the amount of preparation involved can seem overwhelming or even impossible to navigate. Believe me, I've been there.