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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.
by Sally M. Johnstone and Louis Soares (full)
In the twenty-first century, a high-quality, affordable postsecondary education is the key to both national competitiveness and individual success. So not surprisingly, public policymakers, students and their families, and business leaders all express a sense of urgency with regard to college policy and practice.
by Caryn McTighe Musil (full)
In a September 2013 interview, Thomas Ehrlich and Ernestine Fu—whose passion for public service is manifested in differing ways and from two dramatically different generational standpoints—discussed insights from their co-authored book, Civic Work, Civic Lessons: Two Generations Reflect on Public Service (2013)
by Barbara D. Wright (full)
To the Editor:
Thank you for an excellent overview of current work related to the Degree Qualifications Profile [in the November/December 2013 issue of Change].
by Mary Taylor Huber (abstract)
Inside the Undergraduate Teaching Experience: The University of Washington's Growth in Faculty Teaching Study, by Catharine Hoffman Beyer, Edward Taylor, and Gerald M. Gillmore. Albany, NY: SUNY Press. 2013. 265 pages. $75 Hardcover; $24.95 Paperback; $24.95 E-Book.
Making Scientists: Six Principles for Effective College Teaching, by Gregory Light and Marina Micari. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2013. 304 pages. $24.95 Hardcover.
by Derek Bok (abstract)
In the course of writing a book on higher education in America, I recently came upon an interesting discovery. According to a 2010 survey on how university presidents spent their time, the respondents revealed that on a list of six common responsibilities, the one to which they devoted the least attention was “academic affairs.”
by Barbara A. Lee (abstract)
One of the signature human rights achievements of the twentieth century—which occurred near its close—was the expansion of rights of individuals with disabilities (or rather, as some would remind us, the decrease in discrimination against such individuals).
by Madeleine F. Green and Annie W. Bezbatchenko (abstract)
The past twenty years have seen remarkable growth in the number of philanthropic foundations, and with them a new approach to grantmaking.
by Stephen J. Handel (abstract)
Student “under matching” is the term for behavior in which mostly less-affluent, highly qualified high school graduates choose not to enroll at an institution that matches their qualifications—behavior which, the story goes, threatens their chances of earning a degree.
by Mary C. Wright, Timothy McKay, Chad Hershock, Kate Miller and Jared Tritz (abstract)
Learning Analytics (LA) has been identified as one of the top technology trends in higher education today (Johnson et al., 2013).
by Tim Shouder, Grant Inglis and Alexander Rossini (abstract)
Today, collaborative learning and teamwork are largely achieved through remote connections that are increasingly available and powerful.
by Kyle Bowen and Andrea Thomas (abstract)
But digital badges—icons that can represent skills and achievements at a more fine-grained level than a degree—give colleges and universities a new way to document learning outcomes and to map the pathways students like Rust follow to earn a degree.