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The College Course Is Dead?

Dan Butin | Posted 09.04.2014 | College
Dan Butin

The college course is dead. Or at least that's the argument I make in an op-ed today about MIT's report. And if it's not dead, I hope that someone will soon kill it. By this I mean that most college courses are not structured for student learning; they're structured for professors teaching.

4 Back-to-School Myths About College Textbooks

Ethan Senack | Posted 09.02.2014 | College
Ethan Senack

As students and families begin the school year, let's take a second to dispel some myths about college textbooks. Before we debunk some myths around ...

A Century of Decline and Ascent in Higher Education

Joseph Urgo | Posted 08.26.2014 | Education
Joseph Urgo

Many who have had similar experiences as young intellectuals in college have kept the memory alive as days of self-discovery, powerful enough to fuel a lifetime of college reunions. And professors today are always looking for that spark -- that beginning -- in their students, for the onset of an intellectual existence.

The Overachiever's Guide to Junior Year

Larry P. Thomas | Posted 08.26.2014 | College
Larry P. Thomas

Identify a second faculty mentor for research. Meet at least once a semester with both of your faculty mentors to explore research opportunities, including paid summer experiences. Also, if you plan on applying to graduate school, request letters of recommendation.

An Encore Professor

Jay Halfond | Posted 08.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Jay Halfond

The choice to reinvent rather than retire is both exhilarating and daunting. Perhaps unique to academe, I can embark on this new career somewhat seamlessly within my own institution, within familiar surroundings.

The Overachiever's Guide to Senior Year

Larry P. Thomas | Posted 08.26.2014 | College
Larry P. Thomas

For nearly two decades, I've been committed to preparing the most inspiring and motivated college students for graduate/professional school and lifelong achievement. I have learned that my very best students were focused, driven, and disciplined enough to follow these key steps-to-success during their senior year.

College Advice From the People Who Matter Most (Pt. II)

Josh Stephens | Posted 07.30.2014 | College
Josh Stephens

Don't approach college like it's supposed to prepare you for anything. Take classes because they interest you, not because they'll check off some box in a future employer's job readiness assessment.

College Advice from the People Who Matter Most (Pt. I)

Josh Stephens | Posted 07.30.2014 | College
Josh Stephens

The world enjoys no shortage of advice, both good and bad, about how students can get into college. But for all the thousands of dollars that families spend on preparation, all of that support vanishes once students actually enroll.

How Professors Help Community College Students Transfer

Isa Adney | Posted 09.14.2014 | College
Isa Adney

Around 75 percent of community college students who enroll in a community college report that their primary goal is to transfer and ultimately earn a bachelor's degree. Unfortunately, according to the Community College Survey of Student Engagement fewer than half of those students currently reach that goal.

Now Is the Time to Thank Your Teachers and Mentors

John T. Delaney | Posted 08.17.2014 | College
John T. Delaney

Commencements have come and gone and the class of 2014 has emerged into the working world. Many new graduates are reflecting on the professors (and th...

What's It Like to Be a Young Professor?

Troy Campbell | Posted 08.13.2014 | College
Troy Campbell

What's it like to be a young professor? Is it miserable? Is it worth it? Do you make an impact on the world? Recently I had a chat with Joseph Redde...

The 5 Critical Mistakes College Students Make

Terry Burnham, Ph.D. | Posted 08.02.2014 | College
Terry Burnham, Ph.D.

There are secret rules to academic life. Students who know the rules win, others lose. These rules are invisible to most students, and there is no college course that explains the hidden paths to success.

A View From the Lectern

Sara Sobota | Posted 07.21.2014 | College
Sara Sobota

Your son may be sitting in a classroom with one of those professors, and he's got to navigate the class, the assignments, the professor on his own. I am one of those professors.

The College Experience Matters Long After College

Bobby Fong | Posted 07.13.2014 | College
Bobby Fong

At heart, student-faculty relationships are the cornerstone of an undergraduate education.

Great Teachers Sculpt the Soul

Ryon Harms | Posted 07.09.2014 | Education
Ryon Harms

We are born into the world as a block of marble. Somewhere inside of that block exists our highest self, the raw potential of our destiny. If we're open to it, the Universe presents us with experiences that work away at that block to reveal who we're meant to be.

Dear College Students: We Really Do Read Your Evaluations

Clay Calvert | Posted 06.28.2014 | College
Clay Calvert

In my eighteen years as a tenure-line professor at two major public institutions, I can assure you that the majority of us -- tenured and untenured -- really do review your comments and, furthermore, sometimes obsess about the negative ones.

What Do Professors Do All Day?

Lisa Wade | Posted 06.25.2014 | College
Lisa Wade

These charts break down the proportion of time they spend on different activities more clearly.

Ask the Art Professor: To What Extent Do Grades Define an Academic Career in Visual Art?

Clara Lieu | Posted 05.21.2014 | Arts
Clara Lieu

When viewed as a challenge or barometer for progress, grades can make a positive contribution to your overall experience in art school.

What Are Academics Good For?

Patricia Morizio | Posted 05.10.2014 | Education
Patricia Morizio

Do not ask an academic what he or she has to offer to society. (In fact, do not ask ANYONE this question [SMH]). Instead, ask them about what they know, what they love, and what they do; perhaps even why they do it.

Access Denied: Can Academics Bridge the Gap Between the Academy and the Mainstream Reading Public?

Jim Downs | Posted 05.03.2014 | Education
Jim Downs

In a recent NYT piece, Nicholas Kristof argued that the main determinant blocking academics from being read by mainstream readers results from the arcane ways in which they write. That is not the problem. The problem lies not with academics' prose, but rather with access to mainstream publications.

5 Things You Do That Piss Professors Off

Her Campus | Posted 04.23.2014 | College
Her Campus

Here are some surefire ways to anger the one person in your lecture you should probably suck up to (at least a little bit).

Kristof Is Right About the Lack of Public Intellectuals. Thank Goodness!

Dan Butin | Posted 04.22.2014 | Education
Dan Butin

Thank goodness for arcane unintelligibility! Hurrah for gobbledygook! For without it, there could never be any public intellectuals. In fact, the lifeblood of scholars who are public intellectuals is exactly the kind of complex and often indecipherable academic work that Kristof bemoans. You cannot have one without the other.

(Pay)Rate my Professor

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 04.21.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

In the wake of the faculty members strike at University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), we took a look at the salaries of tenured and non-tenured college instructors, according to data from the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Mr. Kristof, We Are Here! We Are Here! We Are Here!

Marshall P. Duke | Posted 04.20.2014 | Education
Marshall P. Duke

Every professor worth his or her salt can write clearly, informatively and provocatively. Give us a place to communicate broadly, in plain language, and I am betting that the professors that Mr. Kristof is hailing will answer the call.

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 ...