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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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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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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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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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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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O'Brien, Leigh – Thought & Action, 2013
The author of this article reflects on a study in which she and her two colleagues, teacher educators all, examined prospective students' college applications to gain insight into the discourses with which students entered two early childhood teacher certification programs. They then built on these findings to hypothesize how the identified…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, College Applicants, Teacher Education, Neoliberalism
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Goldstene, Claire – Thought & Action, 2012
The alarming stories from adjunct faculty, who now comprise a majority of higher-education teachers nationally, share troubling commonalities. The frustrations are financial, personal, and professional. In decades past, most adjunct faculty worked full-time outside of academe and taught an occasional course based on a particular expertise or…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Tenure, Adjunct Faculty, Expertise
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Bowker, Matthew H. – Thought & Action, 2012
The ideal of community engagement suggests that both a student's career and his college's mission are (or ought to be) inextricable from the community in which they are embedded. That students, faculty, and academic institutions should serve community purposes, actively engage in community affairs, and network themselves in real and virtual…
Descriptors: Community Organizations, School Community Relationship, Financial Needs, School Community Programs
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Neem, Johann N. – Thought & Action, 2012
Western Governors University was conceptualized in 1995 at a meeting of the Western Governors Association, and founded soon after in an effort to increase degree production in higher education at a lower cost. It has expanded significantly over the past few years, driven both by increased demand for online education and by drastic state budget…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Higher Education, Competence, Certification
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Auxter, Thomas – Thought & Action, 2010
Since the time of the Reagan revolution in the nation's politics--a transformation dedicated to privatizing everything someone could make a profit on--higher education has undergone its own radical transformation. In higher education, within three decades of the Reagan presidency, a corporate model of organization and operation, set up to maximize…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Change, Political Attitudes, Accountability
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Jedele, Randall E. – Thought & Action, 2010
Looking back on 27 years of teaching experience, it's tempting to think the biggest changes have been in technology. Certainly, going from carbon copies and mimeograph machines to word processing and teaching on Blackboard in a Web-blended course has been a huge transition. But the most radical transformation in teaching for the author began when…
Descriptors: Educational Change, College Faculty, Teacher Collaboration, Community
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Yamada, Teri – Thought & Action, 2010
California's public higher education system has for a long time been lauded as one of the finest in the world. But for the last several decades, budget cuts and privatization have resulted in the steady erosion of this system, as well as K-12 education in the state and other public sector services. It was told that privatization and choice--in the…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Privatization, Workshops, School Restructuring
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Allen, Henry Lee – Thought & Action, 2010
Celebrating its 350th anniversary as a scholarly association devoted to scientific pursuits, the Royal Society (UK), in March 2010, published "The Scientific Century: Securing Our Future Prosperity." In its report, the Royal Society argues against both the notion of withdrawing public investment from its world-class universities and the…
Descriptors: Economic Progress, Investment, Foreign Countries, Honor Societies
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Capra, Theresa – Thought & Action, 2009
Education is an international must, a veritable human right, yet education--especially higher education--in the land of the free is still remarkably elusive. The author has witnessed the many obstacles associated with preparing students for college. Advanced courses are rarely offered in these schools due to a lack of perceived eligible students,…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Disadvantaged Schools, Disadvantaged Environment, Context Effect
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Street, Steve – Thought & Action, 2009
As anyone who has ever defended a thesis or been on a tenure track must know, American institutions of higher education have rigorous and finely calibrated ways of according respect to those who work in them. What they do not have enough of is respect from those beyond their gates. The author argues that the system that created the two-tiered…
Descriptors: Higher Education, College Faculty, Classification, Tenure
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