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Considering Surveys

This week I’d like to touch on a two surveys related to adjuncts (and writing). The first is a recent survey done by The Chronicle of Higher Education. It’s dated October 18, 2009, and it reviews data gathered from April through July of the same year. Robin Wilson’s article discussing the survey is careful to […]

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Just You Wait Henry Higgins!

by P.D. Lesko Eliza Doolittle sputters in response to yet another petty humiliation: “Just you wait, Henry Higgins!” As the saying goes, revenge is a dish best served cold. To whit, I have heard faculty off the tenure-track pinpoint the exact day when that meal will be served. It’s the day when students, parents, voters, […]

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How Do You Write Productively (Installment 1)?

This week I thought I’d shift gears a bit. Assuming that the folks who read this blog write, or want to write, I thought I’d share a bit on writing productively…and what it means for an adjunct. Assume that you have established a solid mastery of your field, and that you want to contribute to […]

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A Science Writing Star: Interview With Marcia Bartusiak

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The New Faculty Majority

In September, there were pieces in The Chronicle ( and on ( about the New Faculty Majority. September, it seems, is the time of year when people’s thoughts turn to adjunct faculty and what should, could, would be done to address the “adjunct problem.” This past September, we read about the New Faculty Majority, […]

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My Lazy American Students

by Kara Miller first published in The Boston Globe, 12/21/09 It was the kind of student conference I hate. “I’ll do better,’’ my student told me, leaning forward in his chair. “I know I’ve gotten behind this semester, but I’m going to turn things around. Would it be OK if I finished all my uncompleted […]

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Civil Rights Commission Blunders Again

by Mona Charen first published in the National Review. The U.S. Civil Rights Commission (yes, it’s still around, and yes, it’s outlived its usefulness) is about to subtract from national wisdom about college admissions by focusing on exactly the wrong problem. The commission has undertaken an inquiry to determine whether colleges may be discriminating against […]

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New Data Reveals Sky-High Default Rates at Career Colleges

by Stephen Burd A day after the U.S. Department of Education released three-year cohort default rates for federal student loans, for-profit college leaders and lobbyists are breathing a sigh of relief. Apparently their investors are too, judging by the rise in some of the education companies’ stock prices yesterday. While the news was certainly not […]

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Are Small Class Sizes a Thing of the Past?

by Kim Clark One of the ways affordable colleges are trying to keep their prices down is to pack more students into every classroom. In these hard economic times, colleges are laying off professors and admitting more tuition-paying students, so courses are getting even more crowded. Many students worry that will hurt their education. It’s […]

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A Review of Academic Transformation

Reviewed by Elizabeth Church Ontario needs to create new universities with the sole purpose of teaching undergraduates if it hopes to maintain quality and halt the growing use of part-time faculty and large classes, says a new book on education reform. Unlike other large Canadian provinces, Ontario undergraduates are educated almost exclusively at universities that […]

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