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The Tipping Point: Research Suggests A College Education Is No Longer Worth the Time & Money

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by Marty Nemko We have, for decades, accepted that graduates earn $1 million more than non-graduates over their lifetime. That statistic is misleading for a number of reasons. For example, it’s retrospective to an era when only the best and brightest went to college and employers couldn’t offshore jobs. Those days are over. Higher education […]

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New Report Suggests English Lit Profs. Writing Too Much Worthless, Well, Crap

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by John D’Angelo Here’s what stupid uneducated people imagine that college literature professors do: teach. Here is what college literature professors actually do: write obscure papers that nobody will read. Now that’s where it’s at! Teaching unmotivated 19-year-olds about what James Joyce “meant” is not why literature professors spent nine years in college getting various degrees […]

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Football Coaches At Colleges Where Adjuncts Earn $1,500 Per Course Score Million Dollar Raises

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By Derick E. Hingle Les Miles, coach of the top-ranked LSU Tigers, is among the highest paid coaches in the country. So, at a time of tightening budgets, how does a public employee get a 50% raise of nearly $1 million after one year on the job? “You’re always looking at whether or not you […]

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Ever Miss Being The Student?

By Melissa Miller, Ed.D., M.Ed. Do you ever miss being a student? I don’t mean a student of the world, or a life-long learner, as those of us in education tend to be. I don’t mean the Chris Farley in Tommy Boy or Rodney Dangerfield in Back to School type either. I mean a student, […]

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Why Are More & More Students Unprepared to Succeed in College?

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By Jenny Ortiz Freshman. Freshies. Freshmeat. Whatever the term for first year students may be at any college, what is agreed upon is that in the next four years they will learn a lot in and outside of the classroom. From day one, their parents  try to impart little gems of knowledge that will help […]

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Chicago College Gets Slapped With NLRB Unfair Labor Practice Complaints On Behalf of P-Timers

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By Kari Lydersen At Columbia College Chicago, an arts- and media-oriented institution that has expanded greatly and helped revitalize the city’s South Loop, tensions have escalated between unionized part-time faculty and the administration this fall. The federal National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) filed two unfair labor practices (ULP) complaints against the college and is investigating several […]

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Study Concludes Online College Enrollment Growing Exponentially Faster Than Student Population

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by Joe McKendrick More than six million college and university students took at least one online course during the fall 2010 term, an increase of 560,000 students over the previous year.  This almost 10 percent growth rate for online enrollments far exceeds the less-than-1 percent growth in the overall higher education student population nationwide. These […]

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Former Roosevelt U Adjunct Sues Over Dismissal For Telling Joke In Class

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by Kate Thayer A former professor is suing Roosevelt University, saying he was wrongfully fired after telling a joke in his sociology class, poking fun at Arizona’s immigration policy. Robert Klein Engler, 68, of Des Plaines, also names his former union, Roosevelt Adjunct Faculty Organization, in the lawsuit filed earlier this week in federal court, […]

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  • More Faculty Using Social Media in the Classroom

    by Jonathan Dame A month before they walked into her classroom last fall, Krista Jackman told her freshmen writing students to join Twitter. Their assignment: get to know each other. “My goal in all the classes that I teach is to get my students as comfortable as I can as quickly as I can,” says Jackman, […]

  • Distance Education: Getting Started

    by Jo Gibson Adjunct faculty have a wide comfort zone: they prepare lectures, monitor classroom discussion, devise tests, assign grades–no problem! However, even for faculty with wide-ranging professional skills and experience, on-line teaching can be a hard sell. Consider Dr. David Dutton [pseud.], professor and department chair. Aggressively pursuing additional work to supplement his income, […]

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  • After Chancellor Proposes 35 Percent Cut For PTers and 4 Percent Bump For FTers—4,265 Union Members Vote to Strike

    by Bill Schackner The longest faculty labor dispute in the history of Pennsylvania’s 14 state-owned universities inched closer to a showdown as union professors voted overwhelmingly to give their negotiators authority to call a strike. Affirmative votes were cast by 95 percent of those taking part in the election, which included more than 86 percent of […]

  • From Koala to Kangaroo—Getting Your Students Hopping With Active Learning

    by Shawn Orr, Digital Educator  You’ve probably seen this chart or another many times over the course of your teaching. Basically, it’s saying that we remember very little of what somebody talks to us about. We remember more if we can see it. We remember much more if we can actually practice it and experience […]

  • Book Review: ‘Building a Better Teacher,’ on Secrets of Good Teaching by Elizabeth Green

    By Michael S. Roth BUILDING A BETTER TEACHER How Teaching Works (and How to Teach It to Everyone) By Elizabeth Green Norton. 372 pp. $27.95   America has some of the best schools on the planet and one of the worst systems of education in the developed world. We have produced educational philosophies that have inspired […]

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