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Writing in College: An Example and an Explanation

BY JEFFREY R. WILSON This is a guest post by Jeffrey R. Wilson, a Preceptor in Expository Writing at Harvard University, where he teaches the “Why Shakespeare?” section of the university’s freshman writing course. My essay in the May/June 2016 online version of Academe, “What Shakespeare Says about Sending Our Children Off to College,” is meant to…

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Challenging the “Access Myth”

BY KELLY HAND We all like to hear about deserving low-income high school seniors who have won generous college scholarships. However, as Nick Anderson points out in a recent Washington Post article, “For the Poor in the Ivy League, a Free Ride Isn’t Always What They Imagined,” low-income students struggle on a daily basis with…

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North Carolina Republicans Take Aim at HBCUs

BY MICHAEL MERANZE The following item is reposted from Remaking the University, a blog run by UCLA history professor Michael Meranze and UC-Santa Barbara english professor Chris Newfield. North Carolina Republicans Take Aim at State’s Historically Black and Native American Colleges Although overshadowed by North Carolina’s recent HB2 (forbidding transgender individuals from using the bathroom…

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Higher Ed Jobs Releases First Quarter Report

Here are the highlights of the 2016-Q1 report from Higher Ed Jobs: –The number of jobs in higher education expanded in Q1 2016 at the highest growth rate for the first quarter in three years. –While the number of jobs in higher education expanded at a slightly higher rate in Q1 2016, the number of…

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Faculty Evaluate Evaluations

BY CRAIG VASEY AND LINDA CARROLL This is a guest post by Craig Vasey and Linda Carroll. Craig Vasey is professor of philosophy and chair of the Department of Classics, Philosophy, and Religion at the University of Mary Washington. He is a former member of the AAUP’s national council and current chair of the Committee…

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A Hundred Miles Down the Road

From the editorial of the May/June 2016 issue of Academe: At the end of his epic trilogy U.S.A., John Dos Passos writes: “A hundred miles down the road. Head swims, belly tightens, wants crawl over his skin like ants: went to school, books said opportunity, ads promised speed. . . . A hundred miles down the…

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Finding Poetry in MOOCs

BY DAVID J. SIEGEL AND DANIEL M. CARCHIDI This is a guest post by the co-authors of “The Meaning of MOOC-topia” in the May–June issue of Academe. David J. Siegel is associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at East Carolina University. Daniel M. Carchidi is associate director of IT academic technology at the University of New Hampshire. Back…