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Hegeman, Susan; Ortiz, Paul – Thought & Action, 2018
In the fall of 2017, the University of Florida (UF) and the city of Gainesville were part of a coda to a terrible event in recent U.S. history: the violent torch-wielding rally of white supremacists and extreme far-right groups in the college town of Charlottesville, Virginia, that left three people dead and at least 33 injured. These events…
Descriptors: Unions, Antisocial Behavior, Labor Relations, Universities
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Messier, John – Thought & Action, 2017
Collective bargaining and faculty governance are sometimes perceived to be in conflict. Faculty members will debate about whether a specific issue--for example, program consolidations or early college/dual enrollment (where high school students earn college credits taking high school classes taught by high school teachers)--falls under governance…
Descriptors: Governance, Academic Freedom, Unions, Collective Bargaining
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Thomson, Alec – Thought & Action, 2017
At its most elemental level, dual enrollment--sometimes known as dual credit or concurrent enrollment--enrolls high school students in college-level courses. The exact nature of each dual enrollment program varies from state to state, but generally students earn college credits when they pass their classes. In this article, the author discusses…
Descriptors: Dual Enrollment, Outcomes of Education, High School Students, College Credits
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Holman, Linda – Thought & Action, 2017
Teaching basic reading, writing, and critical thinking skills is immensely gratifying and vitally important work, requiring intelligence, optimism, and humanity. To be able to gain some sliver of understanding with regard to students' attitudes, behaviors, skills, and abilities; to recognize that there exists a multiplicity of possible…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Acceleration (Education), Academic Achievement
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Ben-Porath, Sigal R. – Thought & Action, 2017
Academic freedom gives professors broad discretion over expressions and interactions in the classroom. Free speech guidelines and First Amendment protections permit students to speak their minds too, but they offer very limited guidance as to how classrooms should operate. While professors should obviously work within free speech parameters in the…
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Freedom of Speech, Teacher Role, Ethics
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Barrett-Fox, Rebecca – Thought & Action, 2016
This article examines how scripts that circulate among culturally and theologically conservative Christian students, whether they are categorized as "born again," "Religious Right," "Christian Right," "nondenominational," "evangelical," or "fundamental," aim to prime students for the…
Descriptors: Christianity, Beliefs, Political Attitudes, Controversial Issues (Course Content)
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Sgoutas-Emch, Sandra; Baird, Lisa; Myers, Perla; Camacho, Michelle; Lord, Susan – Thought & Action, 2016
The lack of diversity among higher-education faculty in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines represents a grave structural inequality with serious consequences for students. Fixing it means rethinking the pathway to the professoriate for women and people of color, and avoiding the problems with hiring in STEM fields…
Descriptors: Cohort Analysis, Cluster Grouping, College Faculty, Teacher Recruitment
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Fried, Stephen – Thought & Action, 2016
A new teacher at a workshop shares that she had a difficult time getting students to write about 9/11. This teacher said that some students refused, while others became angry about being asked. Stephen Fried is an adjunct lecturer in English at the College of Staten Island of the City University of New York. In this article, Fried describes how…
Descriptors: College English, Student Participation, Teaching Experience, Student Attitudes
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Freeman, James E.; Kolozi, Peter – Thought & Action, 2016
Ever wonder why union members' salary and benefits, workload agreements, and other aspects of their collective bargaining agreements, or "contracts," often remain unchanged and enforced during the all-too-common periods when public employees labor without a contract? In New York, the answer boils down to an understanding of the Public…
Descriptors: Public Sector, Unions, Collective Bargaining, Contracts
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Brown, Karin – Thought & Action, 2015
While higher education has typically included exposure to the values and ethos of the liberal arts, traditional liberal arts education has been in retreat and under threat for a while now. What role has the assessment movement had on this retreat? Is assessment, in fact, part of the deterioration of higher education? Assessment in academia began…
Descriptors: Liberal Arts, Higher Education, Student Evaluation, Role
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Cain, Timothy Reese – Thought & Action, 2015
American higher education is in the midst of a staffing crisis. More than three quarters of faculty members work off the tenure track, often with no job security, low wages, and few prospects for advancement. While the contingent labor force is diversified--including highly qualified but part-time laborers piecing together positions at multiple…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Nontenured Faculty, Adjunct Faculty, Higher Education
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Waggoner, Matt – Thought & Action, 2015
Skills, jobs, and even self-enrichment were not historically regarded as the ultimate goals of the liberal arts; they were byproducts. The reason liberal arts education was called "liberal" in the first place was because it was supposed to cultivate a free human being. Education on the liberal model aimed to liberate. The goal of liberal…
Descriptors: Liberal Arts, College Faculty, Individual Development, Educational Philosophy
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Harris, Jessica C.; Barone, Ryan P.; Davis, Lori Patton – Thought & Action, 2015
The primary purpose of this paper is to expand the ways in which educators and scholars employ the concepts of diversity, social justice, and inclusive excellence in relation to racial inclusivity. The goals are to help educators identify and acknowledge the intentional and unintentional consequences of maintaining white supremacy within higher…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Inclusion, Critical Theory, Race
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Davenport, Elizabeth – Thought & Action, 2015
Given their history of socio-economic peripheralization and continued struggles for success, one would expect African Americans--especially highly educated ones--to be adept at the various forms of mobilization and advocacy, especially that of labor unions, which have not only provided them access to opportunities but also given them a voice in…
Descriptors: Unions, Governance, Black Colleges, Universities
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Stapleton, Lissa – Thought & Action, 2015
Author Lissa Stapleton approaches the topic of Deaf faculty as a critical scholar-practitioner who possesses both dominant and subordinate identities that have influenced her through the academy and her understanding of what it means to be a faculty member. She writes that is is not race, gender, or sexual orientation that brings her to this…
Descriptors: Deafness, College Faculty, Hearing Impairments, Teaching Conditions
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