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Zeeuw, Diane – Thought & Action, 2015
Professor Diane Zeeuw describes her son's experience of being diagnosed with schizophrenia in early adulthood, and how despite the fact that he may never hold a job or raise a family, or even be able to live fully independently, he still has a deep and abiding love of learning. Most serious psychiatric disorders are first diagnosed between the…
Descriptors: Schizophrenia, Higher Education, Mental Disorders, Access to Education
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Hernandez, Paul; Loebickin, Karla – Thought & Action, 2015
Ice-breaking discussions around race and personal perspectives can be challenging in any classroom, they also are crucial to cultivating racial consciousness among those espousing that they know better. This provides the groundwork needed to implement--in a non-threatening manner--the creative, alternative methods that will combine students'…
Descriptors: Controversial Issues (Course Content), Race, Racial Relations, Lesson Plans
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Stachowiak, Dana M. – Thought & Action, 2015
In this article, the author describes a disconnect between knowing "about" diversity and "understanding" diversity and recommends re-building the critical consciousness of faculty by turning the current discourse from a framework of diversity to a framework of social justice. As defined in the article, diversity is a call to be…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Cultural Differences, Social Justice, Critical Theory
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Phan, Phu; Vugia, Holly; Jones, Terry – Thought & Action, 2015
For the most part, students entering social work programs want to serve poor and oppressed populations. They see themselves as well-meaning and politically liberal, and view racism, sexism, and heterosexism as intolerable. They are highly offended by assertions that they may suffer from these "isms." However, to ready social work…
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, College Students, Social Attitudes, Consciousness Raising
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Hrabowski,, Freeman A., III; Sanders, Mavis G. – Thought & Action, 2015
In 2014, for the first time in U.S. public schools, the percentage of Hispanic, African American, Asian, and other students of color exceeded the percentage of white students, creating a majority-minority system that reflects the mosaic of cultures, experiences, languages, and religions that characterize this nation. In stark contrast, an…
Descriptors: Student Diversity, Diversity (Faculty), Ethnic Diversity, College Faculty
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Benson, Michael T.; Boyd, Hal R. – Thought & Action, 2015
The modern university has been called, "a series of separate schools and departments held together by a central heating system," and, in a play on this line, "a series of individual faculty entrepreneurs held together by a common grievance over parking." Whether parking, heating, or, more probable today, WiFi, these…
Descriptors: Universities, Higher Education, Public Officials, Educational Attitudes
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Brown, Katherine E. – Thought & Action, 2015
When discussing the role of higher education as it applies to students, responses often devolve into two opposing camps: one for people who advocate for and defend the role of liberal arts education as basic to the preservation of democracy and freedom, and the other for people who care about the connection between what students learn in…
Descriptors: Employment Qualifications, Liberal Arts, Readiness, Career Development
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Hanson, Chad – Thought & Action, 2015
The author, chairman of the Department of Sociology and Social Work at Casper College in Casper, Wyoming, examines how the proportion of students who participate in schooling as a real--as opposed to a virtual--undertaking has shrunk through the growth of online courses. This situation could be a tragedy or it could be acceptable. At the moment,…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Interpersonal Relationship, Campuses, College Environment
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Nagelsen, Susan – Thought & Action, 2014
The word "liberal" derives from the Latin "liber," meaning "free," and describes a mind unencumbered by either prejudice or indoctrination. The adjective "liberal," however, has become, at least in some circles, synonymous with anti-capitalism, anti-business, and therefore anti-American. This author has…
Descriptors: Liberal Arts, Core Curriculum, College Curriculum, Higher Education
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Fink, Dale Borman – Thought & Action, 2014
The author began working with preschool-aged children long before becoming a professor, and nearly every element of the author's approach to teaching in higher education is rooted in early childhood theory and practice. In addition to provocations, he seeks to activate the "whole student," promote peer supports, and incorporate…
Descriptors: College Instruction, Early Childhood Education, Educational Theories, Performance Based Assessment
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Gray-Rosendale, Laura; Dierking, Kirsten – Thought & Action, 2014
At a conference last fall, Kirsten Dierking came across "College Girl: A Memoir," a book by Laura Gray-Rosendale that tells the story of a brutal sexual assault she experienced as a college student. While she purchased a copy of the book, it sat unopened on her desk for a while; also a victim of brutal rape in college, she was not sure…
Descriptors: Sexual Abuse, Crime, Rape, College Students
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Bordelon, David – Thought & Action, 2014
The thought on many an academic's mind today is how to stop it. The "it"? The barrage of reports, papers, and interviews stating that higher education needs to embrace "disruptive change," treat students like customers, and become more entrepreneurial. In short, colleges must adopt a business model, or like blacksmith…
Descriptors: Politics of Education, Educational Change, Commercialization, Resistance to Change
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Kezar, Adrianna; Maxey, Dan – Thought & Action, 2014
A substantial body of research, conducted over more than 50 years, makes clear that faculty-student interaction is a key factor in promoting student success, particularly among those students who most need support, such as first-generation college students and students of color. This research is consistent, pervasive, and has informed the…
Descriptors: Teacher Student Relationship, Teacher Role, College Faculty, Employment Level
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Boeck, Claire – Thought & Action, 2014
The miserable pay of adjuncts and the transformation of colleges and universities into business are no longer foreign concepts in the public realm. What is a surprise, though, is that large companies, such as Target and Starbucks, take better care of their employees than those in higher education. This article focuses on the contrast between the…
Descriptors: Colleges, Employees, Employer Employee Relationship, Adjunct Faculty
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Oprisko, Robert L. – Thought & Action, 2014
From Florida to Texas, in states where the focus of higher education "reform" has been on economic costs, state governors have made the pursuit of a high-quality, $10,000 degree a priority of their administrations. The seductive aspect of a college degree at that cost is the simplicity of the idea: 10K is not too much to pay or borrow…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, College Graduates, Academic Degrees, Educational Change
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