Inside Higher Ed’s “The Best of 2015”

News Articles

Failing the Entire Class
Professor at Texas A&M at Galveston was so frustrated with students’ performance that he told them he wouldn’t pass anyone and that he was done with them. Administrators had other ideas.

Cash Monitoring List Unveiled
Education Department releases most of the names of colleges that have had access to federal student aid curtailed over concerns about financial viability, administrative capacity or other issues.

‘We All Felt Trapped’
The complainant in the sexual harassment case involving a prominent MIT emeritus professor speaks out about what legal experts called an “unprecedented” event for MOOCs.

Admissions Revolution
As 80 colleges unite to create new application and portfolio platform for high school students, a look at who is in and who is not (for now), how colleges plan to use the service, and how Common Application is responding.

Extracurricular Activities
More than 74,000 accounts on Ashley Madison adultery site had .edu email addresses. Which college has the most participation on the website for affairs?



Re: Your Recent Email to Your Professor
Students who use emojis in their emails and write “heeeeelp!” in the subject line don’t necessarily know better. Paul Corrigan and Cameron Hunt McNabb present a way for professors to help such students.

The Dean of Sexual Assault
Lee Burdette Williams explains why the well-intended but misguided push to compel campuses to better protect victims of sexual assault helped drive her from her job.

Moving the Goalposts in Graduate Education
Too many people are backing away from the difficult challenge of placing Ph.D. holders in tenure-track positions and toward a far simpler one: taking credit for positions that degree holders are already finding for themselves, Marc Bousquet argues.

Socrates Untenured
Socrates couldn’t get a job today in a philosophy department. Robert Frodeman and Adam Briggle think that’s a problem.

What Has Happened to ‘The New York Times’?
Brian Rosenberg wonders if you have to bash higher ed to get published these days.


Career Advice

Why Won’t My Students Finish Their Dissertations?
The one thing that will actually lead to a completed dissertation, writes Kerry Ann Rockquemore, is the hardest thing for doctoral students to do.

How Should a Professor Be?
Christopher Schaberg and Mark Yakich offer advice for those starting off their careers, or just another academic year.

Treadmill to Oblivion
An anonymous instructor describes 25 years working as an adjunct.

What I Wish I Had Known
Kirstie Ramsey reflects on what would have been good knowledge when she was starting on the tenure track.

Giving a Teaching Demo
Melissa Dennihy offers tips for job candidates on a crucial part of the campus visit.


Blog Posts

Why I Cancelled My Kindle Unlimited Subscription
Terrible selection. (Technology & Learning)

Dear New York Times
A reality check about public higher education. (Confessions of a Community College Dean)

5 Reasons to Replace PowerPoint with Google Slides
Could you ever walk away from *.pptx? (Technology & Learning)

I Cannot Prepare Students to Write Their (History, Philosophy, Sociology, Poly Sci., etc…) Papers
The disconnect between first-year writing and what comes after. (Just Visiting)

7 Seriously Bad Ideas That Rule Higher Education
Questioning the dominant postsecondary narratives. (Technology & Learning)


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