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You'd be hard-pressed to talk me into a mail or telephone survey these days. From the Chronicle of Higher Education:... a host of researchers, spurred by the rising cost of telephone polls and plummeting participation rates, are pushing to use a new generation of online-only surveys for their research....

What can be done in Syria?

Ursula Lindsey reports for the Chronicle of Higher Education on what foreign academics are doing to combat the looting and destruction in Syria: Scholars can do little to stop the fighting and looting, but they have created blogs, websites, Facebook pages, and Twitter accounts to monitor the destruction and raise awareness about it. By sharing […]

The Case for Undergraduate Law Degrees

Following up on my previous post, Arizona Launches Nation's First B.A. in Law: Chronicle of Higher Education op-ed: The Case for Undergraduate Law Degrees, by Brent T. White (Arizona): [N]o university or law school in the United States offers an undergraduate degree in law. That is, until this fall, when...

Is it time to redefine 'public' in public education?

The Chronicle of Higher Education has just put out its 2014 Almanac of Higher Education. Lots of interesting data to be used and misused. Here's a figure I found particularly interesting: The national trend in state versus student dollars spend on higher education (per student). I particularly note the upper...

Teaching Thursday: Teaching with Confusion

I had another post all thought out and ready to go this morning, when I read this short article on the Chronicle of Higher Education site this morning. The article documents the research of Derek Muller, an Australian researcher, who has studied how confusion helps students learn. Muller argued that straight forward, clear, and concise […]

1911 College Rankings (U.S. Government Edition)

Chronicle of Higher Education, How Did the Federal Government Rate Your College a Century Ago?: As Vox’s Libby Nelson notes in a chronicle of the 1911 ratings, the Association of American Universities actually asked the government to devise them. Kendric Charles Babcock, the top higher-education official in the U.S. Bureau...

Teaching Thursday: Gyrocopter Professors

This past week, Steve Conn penned a column over at the Chronicle of Higher Education site the describes the rise of the “helicopter teacher”. This is a nice phrase, and all, but it sounds cooler if you call them the gyrocopter professor. To Conn this term describes the rise of a group of faculty members […]

CXO

Under the Subject line "Notice of Online Survey of Higher Ed CMOs", I got an email last week from someone who described herself as the Chief Marketing Officer of the Chronicle of Higher Education. It began like this: Dear Mark, The Chronicle of Higher Education has partnered with SimpsonScarborough, a higher education market research firm, to study […]

Finding Meaning After Academe

Chronicle of Higher Education: Finding Meaning After Academe, by Elizabeth Segran: The "do what you love" mantra pervades academe, engendering seemingly rational people to forsake lucrative careers for the study of Mediterranean archaeology or, in my case, classical Tamil love poetry. During my years in graduate school, that philosophy toward...

Brooklyn Dean: 15% Tuition Cut Benefits Everyone, Not Just Students

Chronicle of Higher Education op-ed: Lowering Law-School Tuition Benefits Everyone, Not Just the Students, by Nicholas W. Allard (Dean, Brooklyn): Brooklyn Law School will cut tuition by 15 percent beginning in the 2015-16 academic year, a decision that has received sustained national attention and helped prompt a much-needed public discussion...

Professors Weigh in on Academic Freedom in the Emirates

3 months agoArts : Hyperallergic

A former professor at Zayed University in Abu Dhabi has argued that claims of academic freedom in the country as "essentially worthless" in an article for the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Campus reflection

That’s the mild pun the Chronicle of Higher Education picked for my article (possibly paywalled – can readers advise if it’s accessible) making the point that a higher education system is, in important respects, a mirror of the society that created it, and that it helps to recreate. I make the point that, like the […]

Public university tuition is up, and the numbers zero in on why

Two reports release this weekend about how public universities are spending their money have sparked widespread outrage across the country. One, from the Chronicle of Higher Education, outlined executive compensation at public universities, revealing that college presidents make, on...

Weekly Web Harvest (weekly)

But Is That Ethical? Ask This App. – Wired Campus – Blogs – The Chronicle of Higher EducationThe Ethical Decision Making app is an attempt to bring applied ethics into 21st century. It is not so much a Magic 8-Ball as a pocket Socrates,” #thoughtvector technology, ethics, patterns of thought, and a magic 8 […]

What to do with a Classics Degree: Silicon Valley Edition

Must reading from Kristina Chew in this a.m.’s Chronicle of Higher Education … an important paragraph: [...] It turns out a humanities Ph.D. can provide you with precisely the opposite of what people think—skills that are applicable and even useful outside the academy. Graduate training provides one with well-honed research and analytical skills as well […]

I can at least say I practiced what I preach

I'm sure I have incomplete information, so some of my sarcasm here might be unwarranted. But that's not going to stop me! From the Chronicle of Higher Education: Tension at Brown University over how Ph.D. students in the humanities and social sciences are financed in the later years of their...

10 Weekend Reads

Pour yourself a cup of Joe, settle into your favorite chair, and cozy up with my long form weekend reads. • Capital Man: Thomas Piketty is economics’ biggest sensation. He’s also the field’s fiercest critic (Chronicle of Higher Education)...Show More Summary

If you have to be on alert during all time-outs, when do you pee?

I was browsing the Chronicle of Higher Education job openings today (to stay abreast of competition), and I came across this: Job Title: Timeout Coordinator Job Summary: Serve as the Timeout Coordinator for football and/or basketball events. This position specifically supports the mission of the University and the Department of...

Shorties (Zadie Smith interviewed Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, The Psychology Behind Misheard Music Lyrics, and more)

Zadie Smith interviewed Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, watch the video. The Chronicle of Higher Education examined the psychology behind misheard music lyrics. SPIN shared an excerpt from the new Alex Chilton biography A Man Called Destruction. St. Vincent visited World Cafe...

On Pullum's 'Undivided...'

Several people have asked for my reactions to Geoffrey Pullum's piece in the Chronicle of Higher Education's Lingua Franca blog in which he claims the US and UK are 'Undivided by a Common Language'. So apologies to the person to whom...Show More Summary

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