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The Year in Plagiarism: Really, Should We Care About Cheating?

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by P.D. Lesko In a few weeks, the 2012-2013 academic year will ease, grind, screech and/or jolt to a stop, depending on one’s perspective. Final exams and essays will be graded by faculty members on whose shoulders the responsibility for policing academic honesty falls. This is a particularly difficult part of the job for non-tenured […]

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New Study Blames Tenured Faculty & Their Anemic Teaching Loads For Spiraling College Tuition Costs

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If colleges and universities were serious about making school more affordable, they could start herding professors back into their classrooms. The declining teaching load of tenured professors and tenure-track faculty has boosted the average cost of college per student by $2,598 annually, according to a new study by the Education Sector and The American Council of Trustees and Alumni. Between […]

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Professor Procrastination—The Fine Art of Cleaning the Fridge While “Grading”

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by Linda Lyle Procrastination is the art of putting off until tomorrow what you don’t want to do today by doing something less distasteful. Usually, people put things off by checking their e-mail or Facebook. When faced with a deadline, I often procrastinate by doing things that make me feel productive while not actually doing […]

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The College Budget: There Isn’t Enough Money to go Around. Why Don’t Adjuncts Get It?

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By Sandra Keifer It’s good business, isn’t it? We’ve heard it a thousand——no, a million times, and we’re sick of it: the Wal-Mart model. The company that uses this model runs on the backs of hundreds or thousands of low-paid workers, lavishly rewarding executives and higher ed. administrators at the sharp point of the pyramid. Alongside […]

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MIT Summit Looks At The Future of Online Learning

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On March 4, 2013 at the MIT Media Lab, MIT and Harvard University, the founders of the online-learning initiative edX, convened a group of academic leaders and other online-learning experts for a daylong summit meeting titled “Online Learning and the Future of Residential Education.” On hand were, among others, the presidents and provosts of MIT and Harvard; […]

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Campus Threats Made in Online Courses—What’s A Faculty Member To Do?

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by Kate Mangu-Ward If a student threatens to shoot his classmates (or himself) on the online message board for his physics class, does that count as a campus threat? That’s just one of the many questions purveyors of massively open online courses, or MOOCs, are asking themselves. Universities have traditionally been asked to play many […]

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A Post Revisited

by Kelly A. O’Connor-Salomon I was trying to figure out what to write about this week, then I read another blog post that took offense with one of my earlier articles. I think I was misunderstood to a degree, and I wanted to take a moment to respond. First off, as I noted in a […]

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Tell Your Students…Boredom is Hot, Hot, Hot

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by Rachel Silverman In John Eastwood’s subterranean lab at York University in Ontario, Canada, young adults sit watching video clips: They are part of a test to see just how deeply bored they can get. Dr. Eastwood, a Canadian psychology professor, is one of a growing number of researchers in what is becoming an exciting […]

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The Future of Academia: A Tougher Place for Generic Ph.D.s & A Candy Store for Creative Entrepreneurs

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by John Rubino To understand how close many U.S. universities are to catastrophic failure, let’s start with the story of Robert (not his real name, but all the rest is true). He’s 19, a freshman at a state university, a smart kid with eclectic interests but no sense of what he wants to be when […]

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After Providing Paid Health Benefits for 31 Years, College Asks 1,000 PTers To Give Them Up

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by Nanette Asimov A raucous rally staged by hundreds of faculty at City College of San Francisco could easily have been mistaken for a run-of-the-mill labor protest, drawing cheers and horn-honking from passing motorists along Ocean Avenue. But the upbeat demonstration, featuring a nine-piece band with horns and drummers, masked a life-or-death issue for the vast college of […]

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  • For Sale: English, Cheap.

    by TomBentley What if rulers from a far-off land insisted that all subjects eat an allegedly beneficial imported cheese with a complex, challenging flavor? And what if a good percentage of the subjects were indifferent to eating it, or ate it only reluctantly, or refused to eat it entirely? And what if there were conflicting […]

  • GW Adjunct Union Asks For $5K Per Course But Settles For 3 Percent Pay Bump

    Adjunct professors secured a wage increase and approval for a dispute resolution committee after GW’s part-time professor union finalized its third contract with the University last week. The University will pay adjunct professors with Ph.D.s $4,032 per course, a 3 percent increase that is just enough to keep up with inflation but less than union […]

  • I’m Finished Playing Favorites in the Classroom

    by Laura Yeager In a previous essay entitled “The Academic Circle of Life & Excellent Usage of Commas,” I wrote about my time in graduate school at Iowa State, where I studied writing on a full fellowship. At this university, I knew what it was like to be thought of as one of the best (most […]

  • The Before, During & After of a Great Lecture

    The lecture can be an immensely effective tool in the classroom, allowing an instructor to provide an overarching theme that organizes material in an illuminating and interesting way. The instructor must take care, however, to shape the lecture for the specific audience of students who will hear it and to encourage those students to take […]

  • Part-Timers At Duquesne Unionize With the United Steelworkers

    Six other universities in the greater Pittsburgh area have contacted the United Steelworkers to help them form unions for their adjunct instructors in the past several months, according to USW representative Jeff Cech. The USW will not release the names of the other universities Cech said. Duquesne liberal arts adjunct instructors have been meeting with USW since March of last year to help them […]

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