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by Lara K. Couturier (excerpt)
2014. “The government is not going to be able to continually subsidize a system in which higher education inflation is going up faster than health care inflation. So I've laid out a plan to bring down costs and make sure that students are not saddled with debt before they even start out in life.”
by David Longanecker and Marshall A. Hill (excerpt)
As of mid-April 2014, two states (Indiana and North Dakota) have joined SARA, 13 states have passed legislation enabling their participation in SARA, 10 have similar legislation pending, and five states have determined that they need no statutory changes in order to participate.
by Debra Humphreys (excerpt)
“Our state is wasting billions of dollars conferring ‘degrees to nowhere’.”
“If I'm going to take money from a citizen to put it into education, then I'm going to take that money to create jobs. … Is it a vital interest of the state to have more anthropologists? I don't think so.”
“If you want to take gender studies that's fine. Go to a private school and take it. But I don't want to subsidize that if that's not going to get someone a job.”
by Patrick Kelly and Christina Whitfield (excerpt)
A great deal of attention is currently being paid to whether or not postsecondary academic and training programs “pay off” for students, institutions, and state and federal tax-payers.
by David D. Dill (excerpt)
The most recent research on college-student learning in the US by respected scholars such as Richard Arum, Josipa Roksa, and Ernest Pascarella suggests that our means of ensuring academic standards in US colleges and universities are not working effectively.
by Linda Krzykowski and Kevin Kinser (excerpt)
With the cost of higher education steadily increasing, many people are wondering what, if anything, students are learning on college campuses.
by Jon Marcus (excerpt)
In July 2013, the students of the executive doctorate in higher education program at the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education (Penn GSE) conducted a study of higher education in Hungary under the supervision of faculty members Laura Perna and Diane Eynon from Penn GSE and Marvin Lazerson and Liviu Matei of Central European University.
by Steven Pollock (excerpt)
Our department has a long-standing tradition of cycling teaching assignments fairly willy-nilly.
by Pat Crosson and Bonnie Orcutt (excerpt)
For almost three decades, ever-broader segments of the population have, with mounting stridency, called for greater focus on the quality of student learning in colleges and universities and for publicly available evidence of that quality.
by Mary Taylor Huber (full)
The rising cost of college is a leading character in many of the crisis narratives we hear today about higher education.
by William J. Mullowney and Kathleen Curry Santora (full)
Welcome to the practice of higher education law. College and university lawyers must be prepared to address legal matters that range from the kinds one might expect to those that are unanticipated, even unbelievable.
by Davis Jenkins and Clive Belfield (full)
President Obama's recent College Affordability proposal reflects a growing consensus that colleges and universities have unnecessarily created a “cost crisis” through wasteful practices—hiring too many administrators, investing in sports teams and amenities that do not directly further their educational mission, and failing to use technology to its fullest effect (Kelly & Carey, 2013).
by Margaret A. Miller (full)
As John Stuart Mill pointed out in his essay on Thomas Coleridge, even the most libertarian citizens—those who tell government to “let us alone”—want that government to protect them from fraud.
2013. “Women pay a ‘baby penalty’ over the course of a career in academia—from the tentative graduate school years through the pressure cooker of tenure, the long midcareer march, and finally retirement…. For men, having children is a career advantage; for women, it is a career killer.”
—Mary Ann Mason
You might discover somebody you never knew you were,” Henry says with a big voice as he turns his wheelchair sideways to look at me. “That's basically what happened to me when I started taking classes here.”
Given increasing student mobility and the new culture of learning generated by the Web's information-rich, highly collaborative environment, students should learn to document and manage their own learning in ways that foster deep and continuous learning.
The e-portfolio can provide the necessary framework for learners to do so, if they have a clear understanding of the portfolio's purpose and use.
Higher education in the US is facing a need for change and, in many areas, genuine transformation.
Some promising practices have emerged for addressing the special needs of and enhancing outcomes for students who are veterans or active-duty military.
Like other adult students, they are often quite a few years removed from formal education; need to juggle school, life and work demands; may not be familiar with academic institutions; and have serious financial concerns.
Critical-thinking skills are applicable over an array of academic disciplines and can be both improved by teaching and assessed.
Standardized tests of such skills have the advantage of being reliable, valid, and comparable
Discoveries in the learning sciences (especially in neuroscience) have yielded a rich and growing body of knowledge about how students learn, yet this knowledge is only half of the story. The other half is know how, i.e. the application of this knowledge.