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Category Archives: students

California Appeals Vergara Anti-Tenure Ruling

California Governor Gerry Brown has appealed a state judge’s horrendous ruling that threw out teacher job protection laws on the ground that they deprived students of their constitutional rights.  In … Continue reading

August 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Misguided Battle Between Cursive and Writing Produced on a Smartphone

In a recent article in Inside Higher Ed, I closed with, “Is there room for cursive writing as we now begin the academic year in the not-so-hallowed halls of academe … Continue reading

August 30, 2014 · 4 Comments

When Simplification May Be Too Simplistic

On August 27, the Denver Business Journal ran an article on proposed legislation that will dramatically overhaul the application for federal student aid. The article opens with the following two … Continue reading

August 30, 2014 · 1 Comment

Poorer by Degrees

Here is a link to Poorer by Degrees, a new short documentary by Jennifer Shuberth, a former faculty member at Portland State University: http://vimeo.com/95828754. The documentary questions the premise that … Continue reading

August 29, 2014 · 3 Comments

An Open Letter to Allan Bense, Florida State University Board of Trustees Chair, and Florida Governor Rick Scott

Dear Chairman Bense and Governor Scott: The battle over FSU’s next President seems to have slowed, except that the FSU Board of Trustees (BOT) has silently “postponed” its Aug. 26th … Continue reading

August 29, 2014 · 2 Comments

Mills College Becomes the First Single-Gender College to Admit Transgender Students

There are currently 119 single-gender colleges and universities in the United States. Mills College in Oakland, California, has become the first of those institutions to admit transgender students. The college’s … Continue reading

August 26, 2014 · 2 Comments

PBS NewsHour Series on “Rethinking College”

Lil Taiz, President of the California Faculty Association, has shared the following information which should be of broad interest. The PBS NewsHour contacted the CFHE leadership about CFHE’s take on … Continue reading

August 26, 2014 · 2 Comments

When You Drop Your Freshman Off at College Remember This

This is the time of year when it has happened to many parents already and is about to happen to many more. The act of “dropping off” your child at … Continue reading

August 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

What Helps Students Learn?

An “On the Issues” Post from the Campaign for the Future of Higher Education [http://futureofhighered.org] _______________ The push for doing education on the cheap has led to a number of … Continue reading

August 23, 2014 · 1 Comment

Godwin’s Law at Clemson

Godwin’s Law says that online arguments devolve into comparisons with Hitler or Nazis. We can extend that, I think, to almost any American argument involving politics and include “fascist” in … Continue reading

August 23, 2014 · 1 Comment
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