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Here you’ll find recent additions. When I retire and have time (10+ years), they’ll be moved to the top of categories noted above. Date in parenthesis is the date I posted the article, which is usually close to when it was published.
Middle-Class Families Increasingly Look to Community Colleges (4/10/18)
A phenomenon we’ve been seeing on our campus
The Corporate Assault on Higher Education and Union Responses (3/30/18)
Excellent overview of the two points raised in the title.
An Insider’s Take on Assessment (3/4/18)
Someone beat to the essay I wanted to write on the shoddy nature of research on classroom teaching.
Dr. Larson’s Spring 2018 Colloquium Speech (2/2/18)
I actually agree with many of the comments — especially the ones on leadership. I’ve been waiting for over 15 years for such a leader.
Six Qualities to Look for in a College President (2/2/18)
This has been sitting in my box for a while: says it all.
Welcome to the Jungle (2/2/18)
Essential reading in the debate about online learning. Faculty views are ignored — yet everyone agrees they should be central.
Why Community College is Good For You (1/31/18)
Rx for education
Six Myths about Choosing a College Major (12/17/17)
This one is for students
New Higher Education Bill (12/15/17)
The same transparency and thoughtfulness Congress devoted to tax legislation will now be applied to Higher Education. I’m the results will be qualitatively similar.
Essay about Lisa D. (10/17/17)
Education in the Age of Outrage (10/16/17)
A philosophy professor looks at current debates on speech and how she believes outrage has replaced thought.
Community-College Chief Will Step Down After Report Cites ‘Hostility, Intimidation, and Retaliation’ (10/7/17)
If only . . . .
Do We Need to Rethink What College Means (9/29/17)
Review of a book that suggests CCs need to encourage a trade school model — something we should talk about.
A’s are on the rise in report cards, but SAT scores struggle (9/16/17)
Why Johnny wants an A
The Private Side of Higher Education (9/16/17)
Your tax dollars at work — earning profits for companies that could care less about how much students learn.
Why your adjunct professors are unionizing and what it means for you (9/16/17)
That’s a tell it all title.
How Colleges are Strangling Liberalism (9/16/17)
Mark Lilla on identity politics and red meat
What Mark Lilla Gets Wrong About Students (9/16/17)
Can Design Thinking Redesign Higher Ed? (9/16/17)
The Chronicle with the latest in a long line of “how to save higher ed!!” The real way to save higher ed? How about a culture that esteems education instead of disparaging it as “book larning’,” “elitism” and the the newest entry in a long of pejoratives, “fake news.”
Corporate America silenced researchers before. Now they’re doing it again (9/2/2017)
Like this was a surprise . . . . Still, it’s good to have it laid out.
Rightwing alliance plots assault to ‘defund and defang’ America’s unions (8/30/17)
How the 1% plans on MAGA — let’s go back to the 19th century.
The Biggest Misconception About Today’s College Students (8/29/17)
Great stats on where people attend college: note to media — it’s not the ivies.
‘Don’t Take Our Failures Personally’ (8/22/17)
The voice of developmental students from a community college. Unfortunately, shame is a keynote. From the article:
As a huge booster for my own community college and for the two-year sector in general, I love the idea that we are a first chance for some students, a last chance for others, and increasingly, a prudent and vibrant option for those in between. But that’s not how my students saw it: Most of them confessed that they were envious of academically successful classmates and would rather be somewhere other than here. Equally poignant were their tales of placement-exam woes — the dread they felt about taking them and the blow it was to be told they weren’t good enough for “regular” coursework.
One of the best reads from this summer on teaching at a community college.
Students’ Rising Expectations Pose Challenge to Online Programs (8/21/17)
Treat college like a commodity, this is what happens.
Is Online Ed Missing the Mark? (8/21/17)
Another in a series of articles that suggests our population isn’t the best for online education
Public has positive opinion of community colleges (8/21/17)
Yay for public opinion!
What Are Students Rating When They Rate Instructors? (8/21/17)
Interesting views on Math v. English reviews
Sharp Partisan Divisions in Views of National Institutions (8/21/17)
College doesn’t come out good among conservatives
6 Scientific Reasons Reading Is Amazing For Your Health (8/21/17)
Reading is the best. Here’s proof.
Charlottesville Syllabus: Readings on the History of Hate in America (8/21/17)
A clearinghouse from JSTOR charting the long shadow of hate in America
Myth of Learning Styles? (8/18/17)
Kinesthetic learner? Maybe not.
Teaching Newsletter on dealing with hate in the classroom (8/18/17)
Unfortunately, a timely article.
Cal State to help students graduate by overcoming hurdles of remedial classes (8/11/17)
We don’t need no remedation — hey teacher! Leave those kids alone!
What’s in a Grade? It Depends (7/28/17)
Interesting discussion on grading — and the key line for me was “the Academic Senate voted this spring to switch to letter grades.” Note who made the decision.
How Colleges Can Open Powerful Educational Experiences to Everyone (6/22/17)
Internships, study abroad, etc.
If The Ratio Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It (6/22/17)
Professors involved in academic issues — imagine that.
New Jersey Will Soon Have a Shortage of College Students (6/12/17)
And more will not be prepared for college level work
Mastering the Boring Basics (4/17/17)
Great tips on using small bits of time in class.
20 Lessons from the 20th Century on How to Survive in Trump’s America (4/17/17)
What’s interesting is how apropos this list it to any organization that finds itself in the thrall of a authoritarian regime.
How Technology Gets Us Hooked (4/17/17)
It starts early
The New Version of Administrative Creep (4/17/17)
We have to keep the Creeps out
The Troubling Appeal of Education at For-Profit Schools (4/17/17)
Coming soon to a public college near you . . .
The Most Cringeworthy Monuments to Colleges’ Innovation Jargon (4/17/17)
How do you spell “entrepreneurial”?
The Distracted Classroom: Is it Getting Worse? (4/17/17)
I think you can guess the conclusion of this article
Can Transcendence be Taught? (4/4/17)
On the meaning of life . . . and death
Your Students Crave Moral Simplicity: Resist (4/4/17)
Great essay on the pleasures of stretching students’ attention spans and minds
How Much Power does DeVos Really Have to Shake Up Higher Education? (4/4/17)
Well, if she unleashes her billions of personal wealth, it could be quite a bit — but I’m not holding my breath.
Against Relevance (4/4/17)
Knowledge for knowledge’s sake
Trump’s Wild Ride (4/4/17)
Trump and higher education — now there’s an oxymoron.
N.J. university let go of professor without enough warning, court rules (2/15/17)
Kean makes the news again.
When College Was a Public Good (2/9/17)
Remember the days . . . .
How Colleges Can Teach Students to Be Good Citizens (2/9/2017)
What it says.
Academic Ethics: Rethinking the Justification of Tenure (2/9/2017)
I’d add geography and maintaining a work force.
Missouri Lawmaker Who Wants to Eliminate Tenure Says It’s ‘Un-American’ (2/9/2017)
What’s best is that the Chronicle had to eliminate a false fact by said lawmaker. Maybe he needed to pay more attention in his Ethics and Critical Thinking classes . . . .
The Far Right’s ‘New Offensive Against Academia’ (2/9/2017)
The context of what seems like a scandalous tweet.
The Reluctant Reader (2/9/2017)
On readers who realize the power of reading to change their minds: and reject it.
The Plots Against America (2/9/2017)
On conspiracy theories in American politics
The Post Truth Issue (2/9/2017)
A collection of Chronicle Articles on our current post truth world.
Our Graduates Are Rubes (2/9/2017)
Can’t remember the last time I both agreed and strongly disagreed with an article. The main problem is that I don’t agree in the least that all students are rubes; but I share the author’s concern about the consumerization of higher education.
The Higher Ed Learning Revolution: Tracking Each Student’s Every Move (2/9/2017)
Our electronic overlords are at it again.
Actors, teachers, therapists – think your job is safe from robots? Think again (2/9/2017)
Actually, given the examples of teaching AI, we’re still safe. As long as the criteria is above below average.
New Study Charts Recent Proliferation of Faculty Unions (1/30/17)
Now there’s something to cheer
Top Reads of 2016 (1/12/16)
From the Chronicle
More millennials are skipping college and choosing blue collar jobs instead (1/12/16)
Love a title that explains the article
How to Prepare for a Teaching Career (1/12/16)
For students interested in teaching in higher ed . . . or what’s left of it. . . .
Why STEM Majors Need the Humanities (1/12/16)
Another in a long line of essays . . .
December 2016 BOT Presentation on the Connection Between Student Retention and Faculty (1/12/16)
Research which shows the need for full-time faculty.
Why You Hate Work (11/30/16)
We have our own reasons, but this is part of it.
Use Data to Make a Strong Case for Humanities (11/30/16)
Two cheers for Philosophy majors!
Leading from the Middle (11/30/16)
Now there’s a great idea: giving responsibility to Deans and others. Who knew?
How Did Walmart Get Cleaner Stores and Higher Sales? It Paid Its People More
Okay, since the administration is constantly praising Walmart . . . .
Conquering the Freshman Fear of Failure (10/10/2016)
Short essay on psychology of fear in education
As Reformers Take Aim at Remediation, Community Colleges Feel the Squeeze (10/10/2016)
See article below for our take on this.
How the Financing of Colleges May Lead to Disaster! (10/10/2016)
Primer on the Student College Journey (9/25/2016)
Fact book on current students: great source for current stats.
How to Live Wisely (9/2/16)
A Harvard approach to getting students to examine their lives. Great questions.
3 Ways Professors Can Balance Teaching Practical and Theoretical Skills (8/4/16)
Interesting overview on primarily technical courses — but with ramifications for all.
Small Changes or Big Revolutions (8/4/16)
Review of a book calling for colleges to be over thrown (revolution) and a plug for a book by the author (small changes). Both are food for thought.
You’re No Messiah (8/2/16)
Allison M. Vaillancourt strikes again: a perfect read for what ails OCC.
Are MOOCs Forever? (7/27/16)
9 Tools for the Accidental Writing Teacher (7/9/16)
Nice set of suggestions for those involved in WAC.
For Students Taking Online Courses, a Completion Paradox (7/5/16)
Interesting take on completion and community college.
Adaptive Learning Earns an Incomplete (6/14/16)
Algorithms fail. Again.
Same Time, Many Locations: Online Education Goes Back to Its Origins (6/14/16)
Same old thing, different screen.
Apparently, old dogs can teach new tricks.
Distance Ed’s Second Act (5/24/16)
Given correspondence and telecourses, it’s more like the fourth act.
Why Audrey Watters Thinks Tech Is a Trojan Horse Set to ‘Dismantle’ the Academy (5/24/16)
Long title: good interview
Scientific Studies? (5/10/16)*
John Oliver calling out the problem with popular science: “A new study shows that” is a cause for alarm. A must see for critical thinking
The Mark Cuban Effect (5/5/16)
Actually, some of this blowhard’s ideas are in line with our own.
Should Everyone Go to College? (5/5/16)
Short answer: no.
The Well-Funded Echo Chamber That’s Attacking Public Education (5/4/16)
Nice info on the background on attack funds: hint — it’s spelled KOCH
Scenes From Ed-Tech Heaven (or Hell) (4/27/16)
Heaven, cuz’, finally, Tech is starting to be questioned
What One Student Learned by Teaching His Peers (4/27/16)
Funny, in my education classes in the 80s, all the research said peer tutoring mainly benefited the tutor.
Teaching in the Time of Google (4/27/16)
“The Internet is at one and the same time the most glorious fact-checker and the most effective bias-affirmer ever invented.” Word.
A Moment of Clarity on the Role of Technology in Teaching (4/27/16)
Attention: the robot overlords are on hold
Top 5 Morale Killers (4/27/16)
Mainly variations of micromanagement
An ALEC for Trustees (4/27/16)
Could be good . . . probably bad.
Ed Tech Snake Oil (4/27/16)
Dubious claims of efficacy
Grade Inflation, Higher and Higher (4/9/16)
Sly, of the Family Stone, would be happy. The rest of us? . . .
More Professors Say Undergraduates Need to Hone Research Abilities, Survey Finds (4/9/16)
There’s a link to the full summary in the blurb.
How to Make Your Assignments Better (3/30/16)
Solid advice on using student work, etc.
The Math Mandarins (3/22/16)
I would take this metaphor and extend it to teaching in general. Interesting look at Math and political power.
Why do we Work so Hard? (3/16/16)
Interesting essay that gets at some of the problems of academia. And if you think the comments on a typical New York Times article are good, The Economist takes it to a completely different level.
Pessimism on the Future of Higher Ed (3/13/16) Sent in by a member
Unshared Governance (3/13/16)
Misery loves company?
Solving the Mystery of Schools (3/7/16)
Focuses on K-12 but the comments on “personalized learning” and how to achieve excellence are apropos to college.
Corporate Presidents at Colleges? (3/2/16)
Colleges Continue to Abandon Standardized Testing (2/17/16)
Three cheers for student work over tests!
2015 Online Survey and Report from Babson (2/10/16)
Perhaps it’s no surprise that those whose focus is on money (administrators) have stronger positive feelings about online education than those who focus on education (faculty)
Boom in Online Tutoring Means Another Cost for Many Students (2/10/16)
Great comments from students about homework and play and tradeoffs.
Robot-Proof: How Colleges Can Keep People Relevant in the Workplace (2/10/16)
It appears the singularity will be delayed.
The Algorithmic Future of Education (1/14/16)
Audry Watters is one of the most thoughtful critics of education technology writing today. Here she traces the long history of computers and learning, reminding us all that we’ve been there and done that.
“Does it Matter What You Think about Gun Policy?” (1/14/16)*
Part of On the Media’s coverage of gun violence, this is more important for its revealing — and numbers based — look at the effect of the public on public policy. Not much on guns: much on powerless people.
“What Should Graduates Know?”
Gets interesting about half way through — before that, a bit too much focus on journalism schools. “If colleges can’t or don’t want to clearly define what they’re about academically, they are left unarmed against what has become the intense pressure to define undergraduate education in terms of acquiring only those skills that have an obvious, immediate, practical applicability and will enhance a graduate’s chances of employment.”
“Where are all the High School Grads Going?” (1/14/16)
Not to college . . . .
Small Changes in Teaching: The First Five Minutes of Class (1/13/16)
Some great ideas here
Public-University Group Expands ‘Personalized Learning’ Efforts (1/7/16)
Apparently, data will solve everyting
Small Changes in Teaching: The Minutes Before Class (1/7/16)
More suggestions for teaching.
Dreaming of a World With No Intellectuals (1/7/16)
Double plus not good.
How Emotional Responses To Terrorism Shape Attitudes Toward Policies (1/7/16)*
Another in a list of possible classroom materials (which are marked with an asterisk)
Should the U.S. Become a Nation of Apprentices? (1/7/16)
One of the more self-explanatory titles. . . .
In a Fake Online Class With Students Paid to Cheat, Could Professors Catch the Culprits? (1/7/16)
The short answer? No.
This Chart Shows the Promise and Limits of ‘Learning Analytics’ (1/7/16)
More on the promise. And not much on student motivation/persistence — which is probably the major factor in student success.
Restoring the Public in Public Education (12/19/15)
On metrics and learning
For Students, Expectations About Academic Rigor Are Far From Universal (11/27/15)
Interesting essay on Academic Rigor — pretty wide ranging.
Higher Education Has Always Been a Mess (11/27/15)
Quick history of higher ed: as the title shows, it’s never been a business, yet has somehow functioned for hundreds of years. Go figure.
College Material (11/9/15)
Excellent radio series on community college
What 2 States Learned When They Tried to Shake Up Remedial Education (11/9/15)
Gee . . . let’s mix politics with education and see what happens!
Improving Community College with Intensive Support (11/9/15)
Hint: it involves people, not machines. Part of a longer series on public radio.
History That Makes Us Stupid (11/9/15)*
America’s fixation on war.
One State’s Big Shift Away From Remedial Courses Leaves Questions for Colleges Everywhere (11/9/15)
Interesting fodder for OCC
When Shrinkage Is Good (11/9/15)
Sounds like a throwaway line from a Seinfeld episode, but it’s a report on two colleges who embraced and are thriving by opting out of the bigger is better mantra.
The Unexpected Schools Championing the Liberal Arts (11/9/15)
Millitary and Chef schools are leading the way.
Yes, Colleges Do Teach Critical-Thinking Skills, Study Finds (11/9/15)
And it takes a study to find this out.
High Pay for Presidents Is Not Shown to Yield Any Fund-Raising Payoff (11/9/15)
In Search for College Chiefs, Faculty Input Can Feel Like a Mere Formality (11/9/15)
Let’s make sure this doesn’t happen at OCC
Ph.Ds (and others) do Have Transferable Skills (11/9/15)
In case you needed proof . . . .
Everyday Artificial Stupidity (11/9/15)*
When the machine overlords take over, they will be stupid.
ALEC is more than just a name (10/23/15)
A trio of articles on the American Legislative Exchange Council
General article on their role in education
Template for a higher education bill authored by ALEC — complete with multiple “Whereas . . .”
Talking points for legislators on higher ed from ALEC.
Gotta’ love their balderdash. Introduction states they are a “non-partisan” organization; then you find that this Higher Education resource book for legistlators is written by someone from the Pacific Research Institute for Public Policy: “a California-based free-market think tank which promotes ‘the principles of individual freedom and personal responsibility’ through policies that emphasize a free economy, private initiative, and limited government.” Her previous position? Head of the Goldwater (yeah, him) Institute.
How to Teach in an Age of Distraction (10/6/15)
Excerpt from Turkle’s new book
Welcome, Outsider: Here’s How You Can Foster Faculty Confidence (9/23/15)
Great advice for new (and old) college presidents.
The Undoing of Disruption (9/15/15)
A Professor Debunks Standardized Testing (9/14/15) — Thanks Rob
Somehow, Pearson manages to stay in the news . . . and given this essay, that’s a good thing.
Is College Tuition Really Too High? (9/12/15)
Depends on where you go. Hint: it makes a better media story to focus on the really high tuition.
Facing Online Enrollment Challenges, Florida Rethinks Pearson Partnership (9/12/15)
Hopefully, other colleges, closer to home, will do the same.
How College Sold its Soul to the Market (9/12/15) Sent in by a member
On the dangers of college as a business
The Coddling of the American Mind (8/31/15)
You’ve probably already read this, but thought I’d include the link for easy reference.
“We’re All in Agreement, Right?” (8/31/15)
Essay on the abuse of politeness.
Petty Tyrant (8/23/15)
Radio essay on This American Life about a, well, petty tyrant in a school system. He belittles people and threatens them with firing if they cross him.
“Federal Trade Commission Opens Broad Investigation of U. of Phoenix” (8/10/15)
What was the name of the University our president wants to imitate?
“A College System Measures How Low-Paying Degrees Serve the Public Good” (8/10/15)
Mammon does not serve all
“Pioneer of Ed-Tech Innovation Says He’s Frustrated by Disruptors’ Narrative” (8/10/15
All is not well in the land of disruption
Remedial Education Myths (7/28/15)
How myths fit the change agenda
Chinese Communists Preferred (7/23/15)
More bad press for Kean U.
Weak Oversight of NJ Colleges (7/21/15)
Interesting look at the problems with boards and transparency
If We Don’t Hang Together (7/9/15)
What Learning How to Think Really Means (7/9/15)*
Fine distillation of the aims of a college education.
Why State Lawmakers Must Support Tenure (7/9/15)
What’s the matter with Wisconsin?
“This Professor was Fired for saying ___ in class” (7/3/15)
Interesting essay on how a customer based approach to students stifles experimentation and relevance in the classroom.
Why Don’t the Poor Rise Up (6/24/15)*
This speaks, particularly, to/for our students.
Business Can Pay to Train Its Own Workers (6/22/15)
Interesting take at the jobs v. general education debate: title suggests the author’s position.
Not Time to be Nice at Work (6/21/15) Thanks for sending this in Kathy T.
The Challenge of the First Generation Student (6/10/15)
This is what we’ll be facing.
What’s the Point of a Professor (6/10/15)
Don’t agree with him, but it’s always good to see how someone else views education.
Prognosis for Higher Education (6/10/15)
Yeah, but crystal balls have a way of cracking . . . .
Why Technology Will Never Fix Education (6/10/15)
We know this: it’s always nice to see it in pixels.
The Teaching Compact (6/10/15)
An agreement between a professor and her students.
An Adjunct’s Farewell (6/10/15)
Sounds familiar to us too.
How Higher Education in the US Was Destroyed in 5 Basic Steps (6/10/15)
Sent in by a member: good overview.
Defending My Grades (5/13/15)
Reason #18 for tenure
An academic looks askance at the supposed educational reforms
Advice from 2 Streetwise College Presidents (4/22/15)
“Of course, beyond the student body, you will be hard-pressed to find a relationship more important than your relationship with the faculty. Shared governance is alive and well in the 21st century; therefore, the faculty must be an empowered partner in driving the university’s future.”
Audrey Watters Casts a Skeptical Eye on Tech Boosters (4/21/15)
Looks like another site I have to follow . . . .
New Research Shows Free Online Courses Didn’t Grow as Expected (4/16/15)
And they needed research to determine this. . . .?
Rebuilding Trust in Community Colleges Through Leadership, Emotional Healing, and Participatory Governance (4/16/15)
First two sentences: “Rage, powerlessness, betrayal, and abandonment are emotions associated with victims of infidelity and trauma. However, these emotions are also observed in community college faculty and staff members in instances where trust is broken (Gordon et al., 2005, p. 1394).
Unionization Pays Off for Community-College Instructors (4/15/15)
It also offers protections: we’re still standing.
Tools for Living (4/15/15)
Craft skills + liberal arts = education
The Death of American Universities (4/9/15)
Noam Chomsky’s postmortem on higher ed
Here are Google’s Secrets to Treating Workers Well (4/9/15) — Thanks Bridget!
Wouldn’t it be nice to work where you are valued?
The False Promise of “Practical” Education (4/6/15)
Title is sufficient.
The Slow Death of the University (4/6/15)
Resigned outrage from Terry Eagleton
The Real Reason College Costs so Much (4/6/15)
It’s not faculty salaries.
Getting Students Thinking about Thinking (4/6/15)*
Interesting work with metacognition
Field Guide to American Higher Ed Reformers (4/6/15)
The Benefits of No Tech Note Taking (3/5/15)
Apparently, hand writing rules
Safety First! (3/2/15)
How to get people to accept change. Hint — it’s now what’s being done here.
The Benefits of Transparency (2/26/15)
PARCC Fails the Sniff Test (2/25/15)
APP article on PARCC and Pearson from a friend at Brookdale.
Faculty SOS (2/22/15)
Interesting report on the “existential” threat to higher ed through adjunctification.
As Walmart Gives Raises (2/21/15)
Remember that comparison to Walmart in the Fall colloquium . . . .
The Cost of a Decline in Unions (2/21/15)
Nicholas Kristoff puts numbers behind this trend
We Don’t Need More STEM Majors; We Need More STEM Majors with Liberal Arts Training
Another in a long line of warnings about too narrow of a curriculum
Google Boss Warns of Forgotten Century (2/21/15)
Remember 8 Tracks? Zip Disks? Try to play/access one today.
No Profit Left Behind (2/11/15)
Pearson’s done it!
How to Raise a University’s Profile (2/16/15)
George Washington U: the triumph of style over substance. And an embrace of the growth over quality model.
We Like Change Just Fine (2/11/15)
It doesn’t have to be this way . . . life at OCC that is.
Backgrounds and Beliefs of College Freshmen (2/10/15)
3 Things College Leaders Believe about Online Education (2/10/15)
Title says it all
The MOOC Hype Fades (2/10/15)
Yeah. Like that took a long time.
Adjunct professors get poverty-level wages. Should their pay quintuple? (2/10/15)
Interesting article which addresses knowledge worker salaries.
The Widening Income Gap (2/10/15)
On completion rates for wealth v. poor students.
Here Comes Professor Everybody (2/10/15)
What happens when everyone’s an expert? Spoiler — no one is.
Big Data Big Obstacles (2/10/15)
Data doesn’t have all the answers.
The Futility of Revenge (2/7/15)
An important lesson lost to some at OCC. Takeaway quote? Psychiatrist Glen O. Gabbard: “But it’s also true that when people treat people badly, eventually there will be negative consequences psychologically and socially, so one way or another they will suffer.”
NEA’s Thought&Action (2/4/15)
This publication won’t be mailed to everyone this year — instead it’s posted online. Some interesting articles on the research behind the importance of faculty in student learning, online education, and a special section on college as business.
Minn. Governor’s Threat (1/28/15)
“Charting Our Future” . . . why does that phrase sound so familiar? . . . . Comments are the best part of this short article.
Toward a Shared Vision of Governance (1/27/15)
This is from the book Larson referred to in his colloquium address. Their first recommendation is “Faculty cannot be given a veto over the introduction of new approaches to teaching content.” Agreed. It would be far better for interested parties, such as software publishers, and those with little actual teaching experience (“I teach a class a semester!”) to decisions about teaching content. They, after all, would have the most to gain. Sadly, this kind of logic passes for visionary thinking.
Administrators, Authority and Accountability (1/27/15)
Faculty response to above essay.
Teach or Perish (1/27/15)
From someone at an R1 university with a 2/2 load (or less). Makes some interesting observations, but I found it intriguing for the straw man arguments and fallacies. In some ways, the comments are the best part of the essay.
I Owe it All to Community College (1/22/15)
Tom Hanks on the value of community college Professors
Pearson Publishing in the News (1/19/15)
Lawsuits? FBI investigations? Yep.
What Two Free Years of Community College Might Look Like (1/9/15)
Interesting discussion from the standpoint of people who don’t really know what a typical community college student is.
Does There Need to be a Next? (1/7/15)
Some people just want to do a good job.
Straight Talk About Adjunctification (12/16/14)
Mixed bag on adjuncts in higher ed.
Different Rules Doesn’t Mean No Rules (11/21/14)
From a regular community college Chronicle blogger, an essay comparing student success in four year schools with those in two year: and ways of making the comparison fairer.
Republicans Sure Love to Hate Unions (11/19/14)
Great piece by Thomas Edsall. As usual for a NYTimes article, the comments are worth the price of admission
The Best Teaching Resources on the Web (10/27/14)*
Not sure if they are the best, but it’s a start
Teaching and the University of Tomorrow (10/22/14)
Notes from a conference that brings up questions of employment, access, and who is being used as a model to test new technologies (hint — it ain’t community college students)
Higher-Ed Reform or Drinking Game? (10/21/14)
On assessment and administrative overreach. The comment section has a good crack at Pearson.
Forgetting the Faculty (10/16/14)
Reprises many of the concerns we’ve been making
For Adjuncts, a Lot is Riding on Student Evaluations (10/13/14)
Grade inflation or a job? Welcome to the brave new world of college.
Two from the ranks
“The Death of American Universities” (10/6/14)
Noam Chomsky on adjuncts, college as a business, management, and models of education. Thanks Rob.
“Doing Higher Ed Right”
A college is active building its full time tenure track ranks. Thanks Jen.
Beware Higher-Ed Doomsayers (10/4/14)
A breath of fresh air from college presidents.
Why Administrators Should Love Shared Governance (Posted 9/5/14)
“Autocratic decision-making is inconsistent with leading large groups of smart people – or really any groups at all. Administrators who embrace shared governance understand that harnessing internal wisdom consistently produces better results. ” Hire this person!!!!
Almanac of Higher Education 2014 (Posted 8/20/14)
Data, data, data
NJEA Pride Initiative (posted 4/24/14)
Looking to foster student/community activities under the FAOCC banner? This is the place to get ideas and funding.
NJEA Higher Ed Discussion Board (posted 4/24/14)
Interested in talking with others around the state on Higher Education issues? Check out this discussion board. While it’s primarily focused on PRIDE initiatives, we can move the discussion in other directions.
Too Many Poor Leaders (Posted 8/19/14)
It appears this writer has been camping out at OCC. . . Amazing essay on the problems besetting community colleges in general, and OCC in particular.
Administrators Ate My Tuition (Posted 8/3/14)
A summary of Benjamin Ginsberg’s The Fall of the Faculty by Ginsberg himself.
Higher Education’s Missing Faculty Voices (Posted 8/1/14)
This directly addresses one of the main problems on our campus.
How to Deal With Conflict
What’s interesting here is noting the similarities — and differences — between the kinds of problems noted in the article, and those at OCC. (Posted 7/24/14)
A World Without Tenure? That’s a World Without Shared Governance, Too
Hey . . . this looks familiar . . . (Posted 6/27/14)
“Let’s Stop Being Defensive About the Humanities” (Posted 6/16/14)
Two cheers for the Humanities!
College Headhunters on the Run in Florida (Posted 6/16/14)
Faculty senate votes no confidence in consultant. Interesting tactic.
Erosion of Faculty Rights (Posted 5/24/14)
On online education and copyright
The Students Disruption Leaves Behind (posted 4/24/14)
Excellent essay in the Chronicle on the dangers of the dreams of disruptive education foisted upon us by futurists. In particular, it looks at the failures of a technological solution to address the needs of students like those at OCC.
The College Faculty Crisis
“Community colleges have to do a better job of screening the part-time instructors they hire, because they far outnumber full-time faculty members.”
Bootstrapping in Academia (posted 5/30/14)
Tips on flourishing as an academic without big name university support
Multitasking Impedes Creativity (7/31/15) Teaching and Cognition Series
Don’t check email while you’re working on a math/science/english project. AKA on the importance of developing concentration and avoiding the “Squirrel!!” approach to life.
The Thing That Makes Humans Unique (7/31/15) Teaching and Cognition Series
On the role of storytelling and imagination in human development
Creating is Hard Work not Magic (7/31/15) Teaching and Cognition Series
Short excerpt that explains the work behind art.
Pedagogy, Prophecy, and Disruption (9/21/14)
An academic looks at the confluence between technology, disruption, and lowered expectations. Sent by a member.
The Power of the Personal (9/15/14)
Face to Face classes = student success. Data driven proof.
How to Motivate Students (9/12/14)
Good short article on instilling persistence. K-12 focus, but applicable for all ages.
Do Americans Expect Too Much from College? (Posted 9/2/14)
Arum and Roksa (Academically Adrift) strike again! A follow up to their previous book they continue to insist upon the importance of academic rigor in higher education.
Let’s Ask More of Our Students — and Ourselves (Posted 9/2/14)
Arum and Roksa summarize their new book.
Confuse Students to Help Them Learn (Posted 8/15/14)
To spoon feed or not to spoon feed, that is the question . . . .
Hit the Reset Button in Your Brain (Posted 8/11/14)
How our constant connection life stifles creativity — and how to, um, rest it.
“Top Ten Books on Teaching” (Posted 6/13/14)
Great list of books geared toward higher ed teaching. I can vouch for Why Don’t Students Like School? A Cognitive Scientist Answers Questions About How the Mind Works and What It Means for the Classroom, by Daniel T. Willingham (Jossey-Bass, 2009) and How Learning Works: 7 Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching, by Susan A. Ambrose, Michael W. Bridges, Michele DiPietro, Marsha C. Lovett, and Marie K. Norman (Jossey-Bass, 2010): both are excellent texts and have changed my classroom behaviors.
Teaching and Learning About Teaching and Learning (posted 5/6/14)
Short satire on learning centers and the rhetoric/jargon of “new” education.
A Caring Professor May Be Key in How a Graduate Thrives (posted 5/6/14)
Results of a Gallup survey
Questions about how to evaluate writing in your class? Consider the “Framework for Success in Postsecondary Writing” as general guidelines on the qualities of successful college level writing.
On the false narrative of Digital Natives. Research and instruction ideas from The Chronicle.
One Book, One College
Wouldn’t it be nice to have a touchstone text that all students have read? You could use it to make an analogy or reference in an Economics, Science, Math, History, Sociology or Literature course. This kind of multidisciplinary approach helps brings seemingly disparate ideas from different disciplines under one narrative tent. Check the link above for a source page which describes Common Book Initiatives in other colleges, and offers a selection of the relevant literature on the subject.
“Pay Increases for Academic Professionals Outpace Inflation.” By Benjamin Mueller
Thanks Kathy T. for this link. It appears that most other colleges have decided that it’s better for students if faculty are content and well paid.
“For Whom is College Being Reinvented?” By Scott Carlson and Goldie Blumenstyk
Starting point for a critique of the current embrace of “disruptive” change.
“An Era of Neglect” By Karin Fischer and Jack Stripling
“How public colleges were crowded out, beaten up, and failed to fight back”
Sobering, but essential reading.
“Lessons from corporatized college: Even PhDs are being squeezed out of the middle class”
From Jim Hightower. (Thanks Kathy Malachowski for sending this in)
Money, Mission Creep, and Other Nagging Problems (Posted 8/5/14)
Great overview of the problems facing Community Colleges.
The New Community College at CUNY and the Common Good (Posted 8/4/14)
A vision of what the current administration wants in a community college — and its effects.
Why Do Low-Income Students Take Longer to Graduate
Great job of unpacking statistics on completion rates: it also focuses on community colleges, the invisible sibling in the family of higher education. (Posted 7/12/14)
The Good that Community Colleges Do (posted 5/1/14)
Overview of recent research on community colleges
“The Good That Community Colleges Do” Part 2 (Posted 6/16/14)
Excellent follow up to previous essay on, well, the purpose of Community Colleges.
“Advice for New Community College Presidents Part 1” by Rob Jenkins
Lists four common errors: warning – if you play a drinking game and tip one back for each error at OCC, you’ll wake up hung over.
“Advice for New Community College Presidents Part 2” by Rob Jenkins
Six more common mistakes: warning – reading this will make you grin with commiseration.
“A Different Set of Advice for Community College Presidents” by George R. Boggs
An ex-community college presidents responds to Jenkins. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it’s a bit dry.
Reclaiming the American Dream
A report by the American Association of Community Colleges that explains (in part) the college’s current “change” agenda — without the management jargon. Surprisingly, most of us would probably agree with many of these ideas. Trust and presentation matters.
I Used to be a Good Teacher Until . . . (Posted 8/29/14)
Interesting view from an adjunct. Comments are good as well
Getting a PhD in the Humanities Could Wreck Your Life (Posted 8/4/14)
From the Leonard Lopate show. Discusses adjuncts, grade inflation, etc. Gives a sense of the educated public’s understanding of the issue.
“The Teaching Class” (Posted 6/25/14)
Interesting take on the boom in adjuncts — and how to “disrupt” it. (Thanks Jen)
I linked these two because they seem to go hand in hand: cousins if you will. . . .
“The Disruption Machine” (Posted 6/25/14)
Fine expose of the sham that is “disruption” in education. Required reading to change the narrative currently being peddled by consultants and those who haven’t actually taught but have become administrators.
At Sea in a Deluge of Data
Article on information literacy — three cheers for librarians!
Assessment of Student Attitude (Posted 6/27/14)
Software that measures attitude instead of ability — which describes a problem with many of our students.
Research on MOOCs (Posted 6/27/14)
Surprise, surprise. All is not well in the land of the MOOC.
“Reimagining the Undergraduate Experience” (Posted 6/25/14)
Looking for changes beyond Track A and Track B? This is what was discussed at a recent Stanford conference.
Confession of an Ivy League teaching assistant: Here’s why I inflated grades
Reason number 42 1/2 for tenure. (Posted 7/10/14)
Of Corporations, Corporatization, and Corporatism
Fine parsing of the gradations of corporate influence in higher ed (Posted 7/23/14)
Bibliography: Transformation in Disruptive Times (Posted 8/15/14)
Sandy Brown has assembled a list of articles/essays on managing classrooms — thanks