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Universities Make 'Cli-fi' Dreams Come True

J. L. Morin | Posted 07.09.2014 | Education
J. L. Morin

Universities are getting tough on environmental protection as they tackle challenges, through architecture, literature, hard science, and finance, bringing the new genre of climate-change fiction to life.

The "Do Your Own Work" Ethic Is a Thing of the Past

Sandy Malone | Posted 07.07.2014 | Business
Sandy Malone

For those who haven't carried their own weight before, it's going to be an ugly reality check when they get to their first real jobs and are expected to "do your own work." Since universities are telling them to share everything, it's up to parents and businesses to disabuse them of that notion.

Insecurity at the Borderline

Wray Herbert | Posted 06.26.2014 | College
Wray Herbert

Psychological scientist wondered if the language we use to label ourselves also reflects how secure, or insecure, we feel about our status.

Now Is the Time to Thank Your Teachers and Mentors

John T. Delaney | Posted 06.18.2014 | 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...

The No. 1 Fear and 3 Mistakes Every Educator Must Avoid

Olympia LePoint | Posted 06.11.2014 | Education
Olympia LePoint

"You are messy." "You are wrong." "You are bad." These are common statements made by teachers and parents. What is wrong with these words? The answer may shock you.

The Troubling Rise of Thoughtcrime on College Campuses

Michael Shammas | Posted 06.09.2014 | College
Michael Shammas

I wish I could have expressed surprise at the Class of 2014's immature reaction to the possibility of hearing conservative opinions at their commencement addresses last month; but my own college experiences taught me otherwise.

Inequality Deepens on University Campuses

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 05.27.2014 | 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.

A Commencement Speech Isn't Free Speech

Lev Raphael | Posted 05.25.2014 | College
Lev Raphael

The First Amendment says nothing about people who are invited to speak somewhere and paid to do so. It specifically refers to government intervention in individual expression. That simply did not happen in her case or in any other case where a speaker was controversial and campus protests arose.

Novels Do Not Need Warning Labels

Lev Raphael | Posted 05.21.2014 | Books
Lev Raphael

If someone had warned me that Wharton's novel could be upsetting or painful for whatever reasons, I might have avoided it, skimmed it, or turned to Cliffs Notes. I would have missed a book that helped change my life.

In the Wake of Campus Suicides, Inaction Speaks Louder Than Words

Alexandra Harrsch | Posted 07.05.2014 | College
Alexandra Harrsch

Suicide is the second leading cause of death in college students. Recent headlines have shed light on the enduring question: Are universities doing enough?

Should I Allow My Son to Join a Fraternity?

John McCormick | Posted 05.21.2014 | Parents
John McCormick

My teenage son has begun looking at colleges. Recently, while we were looking at admissions brochures over breakfast, he asked me how I'd feel if he joined a fraternity.

The Power of Water: A Key Resource of the 21st Century

John T. Delaney | Posted 05.19.2014 | Green
John T. Delaney

My purpose is not to identify places or companies in which to invest; instead it is to point out that the power of water -- as demonstrated by floods and tsunamis, as well as the capacity to support commerce -- is going to be seen in a different way in coming years.

What Isn't Broken in American Higher Education?

Bill Destler | Posted 05.17.2014 | College
Bill Destler

Some of the attacks on U.S. higher education, although in many cases well-intentioned, have the potential to do real damage to this sector of our national educational system at a time when a college degree is increasingly seen as the gateway to a meaningful and rewarding life and career.

Letter to My Generation: 6 Reasons Why You (Just) Might Want to Reconsider Joining a Synagogue

Rabbi Jordie Gerson | Posted 05.07.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Jordie Gerson

If you make time each week to slow down, stop and reflect on the joys and challenges of the past six days, you live at a different, more modulated pace.

An Education in Ethics

John T. Delaney | Posted 04.27.2014 | Education
John T. Delaney

Despite the obstacles, ethical education is more important than ever. Tomorrow's business leaders must deal with technological intrusions and vulnerabilities that were not imagined 10 years ago.

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.

Universities Hold the Key for DC-Area Entrepreneurship

Paul Mandell | Posted 04.22.2014 | DC
Paul Mandell

An entrepreneurial culture is alive and well in the nation's capital, bolstered by a wave of successful startups of various shapes and sizes that are creating jobs and improving the world.

(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.

Jarrett L. Carter

HBCUs Lead New Innovation In Urban Agriculture

HuffingtonPost.com | Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 01.31.2014 | Black Voices

Officials at Virginia State University believe that a person with a little bit of land and a lot of work ethic can make a good living as an agricultur...

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.

Hijacking American Academia

Walter Reich | Posted 03.10.2014 | World
Walter Reich

An American academic organization is poised to begin sweeping a respected segment of American academia into the dustbin of intellectual and moral irrelevancy.

Academic Israeli Boycott: Perspectives From Two Generations in Higher Education

Dr. Devorah Lieberman | Posted 03.01.2014 | College
Dr. Devorah Lieberman

That some of my fellow academics have chosen to take a stand against the very intellectual exchange that we are committed to by definition as academics, I find hard to understand. It is contradictory to our scholarly code of conduct.

The Academic Boycott of Israel: A Well-Intentioned Bad Idea

Howard Schweber | Posted 02.20.2014 | Politics
Howard Schweber

For the ASA to declare a kind of academic war on Israeli academics and universities is to attack the people who are fighting for freedom of expression on the front lines.

The Long View: A New Way to Invite Change

Dr. Mika Nash | Posted 02.11.2014 | Education
Dr. Mika Nash

When we approach change with the faith that dialogue will shift culture toward reflection, we are more likely to make changes that will organically work their way into the experience we offer faculty and students.

'Preferred' Pronouns For Genderqueer Students Gain Traction At US Colleges

AP | LISA LEFF | Posted 01.31.2014 | College

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The weekly meetings of Mouthing Off!, a group for students at Mills College in Oakland, Calif., who identify as gay, lesbian,...