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Fraud: The Reason Why Your International Students May Be Woefully Unprepared

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by Daniel Guhr Until recently, it has been easy to ignore the impact of fraud on international education given that little systematic data exists on its breadth and pervasiveness. In addition, raising the issue of fraud is hardly a promising way to gain tenure or to impress a lawmaker who is interested in maximising national […]

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Waiting

by Mark J. Drozdowski University of Cincinnati president Dr. Nancy Zimpher is the author of several books one of which is titled, A Time for Boldness: A Story of Institutional Change. Ironically, since 2003 Dr. Zimpher has refused to recognize the part-time faculty union formed at her institution. Boldness and institutional change, it would seem, […]

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Internal Report Reveals Harvard Uses An Army of Non-Tenured Faculty To Teach One-Third Of All Courses

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By Radhika Jain, Matthew T. Lowe, and Kevin J. Wu David J. Malan ’99 (far right in the photo below), whose introductory computer course CS50 has seen enrollment more than triple since he took over four years ago, epitomizes Harvard’s recent emphasis on good teaching. But that hasn’t guaranteed him a permanent job. Even as the Faculty of […]

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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 […]

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If You Think Custom Textbooks Are Good For Students, Think Again

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by Jed Davis Textbooks costs, which have far outpaced the cost of inflation in the previous decade, are a longstanding problem among college students. The textbook industry has developed increasingly sophisticated ways to extract profit from their products. The result is a new problem for students, who are becoming more incensed due to the increased […]

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Colorado House Education Committee Kills Adjunct Faculty Protections

The Colorado state House Education Committee killed a bill in February that would have given adjunct faculty some job security at institutions of higher education. Representative Randy Fischer, who sponsored the bill, said he was disappointed the committee indefinitely postponed the bill but said the 7 – 6 vote was not unexpected. He said the […]

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Sessional Faculty in Canada and Adjunct Faculty in the U.S. Share More Than Just An International Border

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by Christopher Cumo Eileen Lohka taught French seven years at the University of Calgary as a sessional, what U.S. residents would call an adjunct. She followed her husband, a biologist, to the university and could not find full-time work in a one-university town, though her schedule was no less frenetic for being part-time. Several preparations, grading papers and exams, and advising […]

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George Washington University P/Timers Preparing for their Day in Court

GEORGE WASHINGTON (GW) University officials will face the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in a federal hearing this fall, after administrators this summer refused to recognize a part-time faculty union on campus. On July 29, the NLRB filed a complaint against GW on the grounds of unfair labor practices on behalf of part-time professors who […]

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Motivation

by Shari Dinkins Zimmerman. He walks into the classroom, stalks really. Swings behind the podium without looking up. He is clutching a wizened copy of Dubliners. A student behind me moans, a soft exhale. I watch the instructor as he sets down a yellow legal pad. A worn British-style suit, stovepipe pants. He leans forward, […]

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When Faculty Can No Longer Afford To Teach: Ph.D.s on Foodstamps Center Stage in Academe

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By Kristina Chew College tuition keeps going up and also the amount of debt students and their families take on. College costs more not because of professors’ salaries: The Chronicle of Higher Education says that, according to the latest data from the 2011 Census, about 360,000 of the 22 million Americans with master’s degrees or higher […]

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  • Encouraging Students to Write and Read by Creating Comics

    by Bill Zimmerman Want your students to develop their imaginations, as well as a fondness for reading and writing and telling stories? Then encourage them to create their own comic strips. My own love of comics and understanding of their value as a learning tool began when I was a child. Back then, the very […]

  • Action 2000 Coalition Equity Week

      by Linda Cushing THE ACTION 2000 Coalition, a group of statewide faculty organizations working to promote equal pay for part-time community college instructors, hereby declares April 3 – 7, 2000 to be “Part Time Faculty Equity Week” throughout the State of California. Adjunct faculty comprise nearly two-thirds of all instructors in the community college system, yet they […]

  • Turn Ordinary Class Discussions Into Meaningful Interactions

      By Bruce A. Johnson, Ph.D., MBA Do your students actively participate in the class discussions? Do you find that your students are engaged in the process of learning because of their interactions with you and the other students? Class discussions have the potential to enhance the learning process when the course materials and topics […]

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

    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 […]

  • Just as Union Contract Set to Expire, GW Prez Announces Push to Cut PTers’ Jobs

    by Janna Paramore It took seven years for the over 1,000 adjunct faculty at George Washington University to force the college’s president to recognize their SEIU-affiliated local. Adjuncts at GW unionized in 2007 against a groundswell of administrative opposition, including a legal battle. Since then, they have negotiated three contracts to raise adjunct salaries by more […]

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