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Cho, Katherine S. – Thought & Action, 2018
Student resistance across the nation has surged since 2014, as students protest, demonstrate, and sit-in and die-in against racism on their campuses, and around the broader and parallel issues of students feeling unacknowledged, silenced, and oppressed by their colleges and universities. These protests are not merely symbolic demonstrations of…
Descriptors: Activism, Resistance (Psychology), College Students, College Environment
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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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Glenn Jones, Patrice W.; Davenport, Elizabeth K. – Thought & Action, 2018
Changes in the academy have coincided with social shifts, community growth, student needs, and global conversions. During the 1990s, online learning began to receive national attention, and since 2010, online course enrollment has consistently increased. In 2014, 28 percent of all students attending postsecondary, degree-granting institutions were…
Descriptors: Resistance to Change, Black Colleges, Electronic Learning, Online Courses
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Roane, David H. – Thought & Action, 2018
While the existence of affinity initiatives, like Harvard's Black Commencement--a commencement exercise intended solely for its Black students--may seem to perpetuate the social isolation of minority students, the opposite is true. By addressing minority feelings of otherness and exclusion, these measures not only strengthen individual groups, but…
Descriptors: African American Students, Social Isolation, Minority Group Students, Graduation
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Bernier, Anthony; Males, Mike – Thought & Action, 2017
That campuses suffer unacceptable levels of violence is undisputable; they are part of a larger American society in which family, community, and institutional violence far exceed levels found in comparable Western nations. And yet, amid the finger-pointing and scapegoating of students as violent, we note a critical lack of evidence-based analysis,…
Descriptors: Violence, Crime, Risk, College Environment
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Somers, Patricia; Fry, Jessica; Fong, Carlton J. – Thought & Action, 2017
In 2008, in the case of the "District of Columbia vs. Heller," which involved a district law banning most handguns, the U. S. Supreme Court declared that the Second Amendment protects citizens' rights to self-defense and that the federal government cannot prohibit guns in homes. Two years later, the Court further made clear that the…
Descriptors: Weapons, Civil Rights, Civil Rights Legislation, Constitutional Law
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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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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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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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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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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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Saiz, Martin – Thought & Action, 2014
Making classes larger saves money--and public universities across the country have found it a useful strategy to balance their budgets after decades of state funding cuts and increases to infrastructure costs. Where this author teaches, in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at California State University, Northridge (CSUN),…
Descriptors: Class Size, Educational Finance, Public Colleges, Teacher Student Ratio
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Meisenhelder, Susan – Thought & Action, 2013
The push for increased use of online teaching in colleges and universities has been gaining momentum for some time, but even in that context the recent enthusiasm for MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), free online courses that often enroll tens of thousands of students, is remarkable and rightly dubbed "MOOC Mania." As with so many…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Online Courses, Large Group Instruction, Class Size
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Schweizer, Bernard – Thought & Action, 2013
This author is dropping out from the first college course he has taken in more than 20 years. As a tenured professor, he obviously does not have much to lose from this decision. On the other hand, nobody really seems to care anyway whether he is participating or not. He has been MOOC(h)ing of late. Definition of this lovely neologism? Taking part…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Online Courses, Large Group Instruction, Class Size
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