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Higher Ed Experts Call President Obama’s ‘College Affordability’ Speech at U of M “political theater of the worst sort”

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by P.D. Lesko President Obama came to Ann Arbor to tell the country that federal aid to colleges should be tied to tuition costs. Federal aid to students would remain untouched, and a cranky Congress would have to pass the President’s proposed plan. The reactions were swift and in some cases revealed thinly veiled contempt—and […]

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Questionable Professionalism & New Adjuncts — Drawing the Line

By Melissa Miller, Ed.D., M.Ed. True headline: “Campus Shock: Michigan Professor Actually Takes Nude Pictures…With Student.” Wow. Just wow. Seriously? Where do I begin? When you first read that headline, since you are most likely an educator, don’t you say to yourself, “Ugh, I would never do that!”? I think of myself in this situation and […]

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Adjunct Sues Union and School Over Allegedly Unlawful Dismissal

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By Meredith Dobes Former Roosevelt University professor Robert Klein Engler and his attorney DougIbendahl are moving forward with a complaint against the University and the Roosevelt Adjunct Faculty Organization filed in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois. After a student in Engler’s Spring 2010 City and Citizenship course filed a harassment complaint against him for telling, what she said […]

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More Classes More Money! When is Enough….Enough?

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by Robert Borger I have always had more than one job, ever since I started working.  This all started before high school, when I started the typical lawn mowing service for friends and neighbors for fun money.  I actually remember the article I read as a kid about letting people know about your willingness to […]

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The edu-Tweet Movement Becomes a Lifeline for Faculty

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by Emma Brown After her first year teaching history in a public high school in the District, Jamie Josephson was exhausted and plagued by self-doubt. Teaching had been more grueling than she ever expected. Law school began to sound appealing. Then she stumbled onto Twitter. In the vast social network on the Web, she discovered […]

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President of American Council on Education Predicts Increases in Use of Non-Tenured Faculty

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Sometimes our cousins on the other side of the Atlantic ask the questions that the American higher education media don’t ask. The Guardian is one of England’s must-read newspapers for its extensive higher education coverage of not only the U.K.’s system, but the U.S. higher education system, as well. The paper’s editors recently asked higher […]

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Part-Timers Teach the Majority of Courses & Earn Peanuts. So Why Is Higher Ed. So Expensive?

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by Anna Durrett The ability to go to college has long been held as a high water mark of success, so much so that an undergraduate degree is an oft-mentioned predictor of professional success and income. Among other major life choices, the decision to get a higher degree has been seen as a total win-win. […]

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When Is One More Chance One More Too Many? Student Excuses

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By Jenny Ortiz Given that classes during winter sessions are so short, missing a class or two can mean failing the class. Currently at LaGuardia, my students and I have only two months together in which to answer to What is Literature? Every class is fast-paced and new material is presented. Given the time frame, […]

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500 American University Part-Timers Consider Joining SEIU

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by Chris Lewis Starting today, adjunct faculty at American University will begin voting on whether or not to join the Service Employees International Union. Supporters say collective bargaining can help improve pay and job security for adjuncts, the academic world’s version of migrant labor. Non-tenure-track faculty are generally paid much less than their tenured counterparts […]

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New Hampshire Adjuncts Vote to Unionize

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The State Employees’ Association announced Monday that adjunct faculty members at Plymouth State University have voted to form a bargaining unit affiliated with the association. The N.H. Public Employee Labor Relations Board reported to vote in favor of the union as 60 to 43. The vote allows the S.E.A. to represent adjunct (part-time, temporary) faculty […]

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  • American University Adjuncts Vote to Unionize With SEIU

    Adjunct faculty at American University voted to unionize Thursday, following the lead of their peers at George Washington University and Montgomery College. Adjuncts are the temps of higher education. They make up more than half of all college faculty nationwide, but most work part-time “for very low wages with no benefits, job security, administrative support or […]

  • Teaching and Learning in a Hybrid World: An Interview with Carol Twigg

    by Susan Walsh Veronikas and Michael F. Shaughnessy From 1993 to 1998, Twigg served as Vice President of Educom, one of the precursors to EDUCAUSE. At Educom, she founded the National Learning Infrastructure Initiative (NLII) and initiated the IMS (Instructional Management Systems) project. Before joining Educom, Twigg served as Associate Vice Chancellor for Learning Technologies […]

  • Hire-A-Pirate Service Seeks to Make Rented e-Textbooks More, Ahem, “Affordable” For Students

    During August, just before the start of the new school term, TorrentFreak reported on LibraryPirate, a site with a mission of providing college students with an alternative to continuously rising textbook prices. Bemoaning what he sees as greedy profiteering, LibraryPirate’s admin says the year-old site’s aim is clear. “Our mission is simple and specific,” he told TorrentFreak. […]

  • What Online Students Say About… Assessment

    by Diane J. Goldsmith, Ph.D. Feedback. Feedback. Feedback • Feedback needs to be timely: “Personal communication and prompt feedback on assignments are essential for any course to be a success.” • Feedback should include grades: “Feedback in the form of grades is essential, and it should come to students frequently!” • Feedback needs to be […]

  • Tomorrow’s Promises — Why the Kindle Won’t Have a Dramatic Impact on College Course Materials for at least Five Years

    by Rob Reynolds There has been significant buzz recently about Amazon’s announced plans to create a special version of its Kindle e-book reader of the college market. However, a Kindle reader for the college market will not have a significant impact on the price of textbooks or course materials for at least five years. [Disclosure: […]

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