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Is the Current Model of College Being “Disrupted?”

Higher education is in a bubble, and bubbles burst. Will it be as bad as the housing meltdown and financial collapse 2008-09? That's hard to say.

by Laura Hollis A group of law students I teach were recently discussing the merits of the traditional three-year law degree program. “Why not only have two years?” one suggested, “The third year could be a practicum, or a working internship.” That same week, an undergraduate student asked me what I thought about five-year business […]

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Have Our Students Turned into Moral Monsters Who Hate Free Speech?

In the last few weeks, there has been a spate of columns by writers on the left condemning the left-wing college students who riot, take over university buildings, and shout down speakers they differ with.

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Listed Prof. Says: “Professor Watchlist Gets an F for Accuracy”

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If the Professor Watchlist were a research paper, I’d give it an F. Much of the information about me on the Watchlist is simply untrue.

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Could President Trump’s Extremist Education Agenda Impact College Faculty?

Need more evidence that Trump will usher in an education agenda largely dominated by the evangelical community? Another candidate Trump also considered for education secretary was Larry Arnn.

Not a single source I can find anticipated Trump would look for education expertise in the deep, dark well he repeatedly seems to draw from: the extremist, right-wing evangelical community.

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The Academic Circle of Life & Excellent Usage of Commas

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by Laura Yeager There is a great circle of life that occurs at the university. Years ago, when I was in graduate school at Iowa State University, I was studying with Jane Smiley.  I had won a fellowship (The Pearl Hogrefe Creative Writing Fellowship) for my first year of study; to finance my second year […]

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All the World’s a Stage and Adjuncts, Merely Voters on It

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by Alissa Montalbano Flustered by official analysis and ad nauseam personal opinions of politics spewed about using purported facts, and even, god forbid, math, we English Majors usually sit by the sidelines and watch elections unfold with a mixture of boredom and confusion. In truth, we are waiting for whoever is speaking to stop so […]

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Call Me Adjunct

Life as divine comedy: In a single day we can hear from a community college student bemoaning Alice Walker’s choice of the color purple or a military student calling Hamlet a “pussy” for taking the entire play to kill Claudius. In that same day, we can read an essay from a university student detailing what, exactly, those Bronte sisters really did with that Moor.

While all higher educational institutions resemble each other on the surface, each one is bizarre in its own unique way. Universities, for example, make a big production of registering us, completing stacks of paperwork, background checks, fingerprinting, and the like. All this occurs while we carefully navigate Charybdis and Scylla to show a lively interest in the position without exhibiting the desire, or worse, the assumption, that we will be asked to return next semester.

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Professor Watchlist is Watching YOU

The issue is that such a list is intended to intimidate. People who are in precarious positions, people who lack support within their institutions, or just generally people from vulnerable groups.

by David M. Perry “Expose and document college professors who discriminate against conservative students, promote anti-American values, and advance leftist propaganda in the classroom.” This is the stated aim of the Professor Watchlist, a website that went live on Nov. 19. The project comes from Turning Point USA, a nonprofit group funded to support the work […]

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A Plan to Reduce the Number of Academically Unprepared College Students

If students can avoid remedial classes in college, research shows they are much more likely to stay in school and earn a college degree.

If students can avoid remedial classes in college, research shows they are much more likely to stay in school and earn a college degree.

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Is it Time to Eliminate Tenure?

Though not every contingent faculty member would be eligible for such positions, these alternative models can change the incentive structures inherent in the academic profession. They may be able to remove the negative stigmas surrounding teaching in the academy and may eliminate the class-based distinctions between research and teaching faculty that have resulted from the traditional tenure model.

Though not every contingent faculty member would be eligible for such positions, these alternative models can change the incentive structures inherent in the academic profession. They may be able to remove the negative stigmas surrounding teaching in the academy and may eliminate the class-based distinctions between research and teaching faculty that have resulted from the traditional tenure model.

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  • LIU-Brooklyn Faculty Lockout: Why Americans Don’t Care

    by P.D. Lesko From The Atlantic (Monthly) to the Pacific, newspapers, magazines, online education news sites, columnists, bloggers, pundits, activists, unionists, Facebook friends and Tweeps worked the “Je Suis Charlie” angle hard on behalf of the 400 faculty whom the President of Long Island University-Brooklyn (LIU-Brooklyn) locked out for 12 days in response to a […]

  • Teaching With Moodle

    by Thomas N. Robb Virtually every educational institution has by now adopted a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) or CMS (Course Management System) for use either as an adjunct to its traditional courses (often called a “blended” or ”hybrid” course system), or as a tool for its distance education program. The “big players” are WebCT and […]

  • Language Magazine, the Journal of Education and Communication and Education

    by Mark J. Drozdowski Despite years of study, I never could grasp French. In college, I was a walking paradox: I had a great facility for English but couldn’t comprehend its Romance cousin. My trauma culminated with a trip to Paris, where I discovered that the only thing worse than knowing no French is knowing […]

  • Developing Adjunct Faculty Part 2

    by Richard Lyons AS DISCUSSED IN my last column, employing adjunct instructors provides our institutions many benefits beyond reducing overall instructional costs. These include enriching our curricula with real-world perspectives, offering highly specialized courses for increasingly demanding students, cultivating linkages to community resources, and providing staffing flexibility. As any critical resource does, however, adjunct faculty requires […]

  • Tufts U Part-time Faculty Renegotiating Contract –The Boston SEIU Local Poised to Pass Barnard’s $9K Per Course Pay

    Since the adjunct faculty at Tufts formed a union in 2013, their contract with Tufts has become a model for other schools in the Greater Boston area and across the country. In 2014 according to an article published by AdjunctNation, the Tufts part-time faculty union negotiated its first contract that, among other gains, hiked per course pay from $5,115 to $7,300 per course, a 22 percent increase. The union represents 200 adjunct faculty.

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