Creativity emphasized in GE Requirements. Design Thinking included. Chronicle.
Digital Humanities in smaller colleges.
Alt Ac issues in the sciences,too.
Berube on grad ed. Chronicle.
“Redesigning student housing’:http://chronicle.com/article/Colleges-Design-New-Housing-as/136713/?cid=at&utm_source=at&utm_medium=en to integrate living and learning. Chronicle.
Grad assessment at Inside Higher Ed
A new logo for UC. And a parody. There’s even a petition to change it. More from the designer, Vanessa Correa. And more on “how to speak UC.” The logo covered at FastCo and at BranDNew. The petition against the new logo has been picked up at Inside Higher Ed. Thoughtful blog by David Palumbo-Liu. Negative review with parodies. (“Let Us Eat Cake.”) UCOP piece with a quotation from me. One of the few dissenting voices in favor of the designers. My letter in LA Times. A more thoughtful take at Inside Higher Ed.
Michael Berube on graduate education. On alt ac: ““One criticism is that we can’t simply announce that alternative academic careers are now OK without rethinking the graduate curriculum accordingly,” Mr. Bérubé said. “If indeed our programs are designed to produce teachers and researchers, perhaps we need to remake them from the ground up if we are going to see them as producing teachers and researchers and something else.” On the total picture: ““It’s just bad,” he said. “[It’s] like a seamless garment of crisis; pull on any one thread and the entire thing unravels.”
Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2012/12/07/mla-president-says-reforming-graduate-education-humanities-requires-hard-decisions#ixzz2EN7c9189
Inside Higher Ed
More on Stanford Ph.D.
Call for better messaging in the Liberal Arts. Inside Higher Ed. “Across all institution types, interest in liberal arts programs and majors has declined. Three of the four most popular major fields are business, health professions and related programs, and education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. The other was history and social science.”
Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2012/11/19/liberal-arts-colleges-rethink-their-messaging-face-criticism#ixzz2CfrHu4Hp
Inside Higher Ed
Colleges and K-12. More engagement, not less. Chronicle.
On bias and argument in faculty/student relations. Chronicle.
Marketable Minors at Roger Williams University. “A minor in engineering, for example, could give an English major the background to write training manuals, Mr. Farish said.”
Pretty bleak survey about state of the profession, especially for adjuncts. Chronicle.
Interviews with academic presses about open access and the future of publishing.
My Edu helps students manage their academic profiles with an eye to employment. Quite a change from your traditional resume. Chronicle.
South Carolina. Trying a better version of online?
Culture of cheating at Stuveysant High School. NYT.
Linking majors to incomes. Not a pretty picture. The Chronicle.
Evaluation debates. Focus is on K-12.
Capstone projects for undergrads; focus on UCLA.
Graduate mentoring. Some helpful definitions, and some “best practices” too.
‘“Super-sized classroom’:http://chronicle.com/article/How-One-Instructor-Teaches/131656/?sid=wc&utm_source=wc&utm_medium=en#top. But still a lecture hall …
Humanities on Demand. Student-centered course design.
On line revolution. Experts or hackers? (Chronicle.)
Personalizing education. Data mining at the university. Chronicle.
Digital publishing in academia
Bleak economy and changing university. Stress in the STEM disciplines; problem of a shrinking professoriate and underpaid adjuncts. Chronicle.
MyData buttons on the horizon for higher ed.
Frank Donohue on social costs of student debt.
Badges. Not just for boy scouts.
Resistance to innovation in higher ed. Smart piece on challenges in higher ed right now. By Ann Kirschner, who comes out of English but is fearless about issues of online technology and disaggregated degrees. And did I mention accountability and privatization?
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