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Iasevoli, Dave – Thought & Action, 2009
The author wants to know more about the appreciation of and respect for pluralities, in places where differences in race and ethnic background are rare. Given the lack of regular and even intimate contact with a variety of peoples, what can teachers expect? Further, with the de facto separation of races in many rural area of the United States,…
Descriptors: Cultural Pluralism, Whites, Racial Relations, Geographic Isolation
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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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Duster, Troy – Thought & Action, 2009
When one considers the possibilities for a new progressive era in American higher education, the author contends that it is wise to review the past because there are lessons to be learned. In fact, the latter part of the 20th century was one of great progress for diversity in higher education, generally speaking, and for African Americans in…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Racial Segregation, Foreign Countries, African Americans
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Page, Max; Clawson, Dan – Thought & Action, 2009
In 2002, during yet another budget crisis produced in large measure by the state's tax-cutting mania, Massachusetts proposed a massive cut in the university's budget. Through an early retirement incentive, the state wanted to reduce the faculty by 10 percent. No one was prepared to fight back. Despite UMass Amherst's long history of activism, and…
Descriptors: Unions, College Faculty, Activism, Faculty College Relationship
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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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Arnold, Karen; Fleming, Shezwae; DeAnda, Mario; Castleman, Benjamin; Wartman, Katherine Lynk – Thought & Action, 2009
Despite national calls to conceptualize education as a continuous P-16 system, most high schools cease to serve their students at the point of graduation. For their part, colleges provide relatively few students with formal bridge programs during the summer transition between secondary and postsecondary education. Even among low-income students…
Descriptors: Low Income Groups, High School Graduates, College Choice, Enrollment
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Abaté, Charles J. – Thought & Action, 2008
"Multitasking" has developed a certain mantra in our culture, and according to this widely held axiom, people in general and students in particular, can and do function productively and learn efficiently doing several things at once. There also seems to be an unshakable conviction that young students excel in a multitasking environment.…
Descriptors: Time Management, Efficiency, Misconceptions, Cognitive Processes
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Forni, P. M. – Thought & Action, 2008
This article discusses a growing problem with civility and relationships between college professors and students. There is a recognition that these relationships are fraught with tension, and it is becoming clear that the massive presence of the "Net" in college students' lives is contributing to that tension. By casting a glance at why…
Descriptors: Teacher Student Relationship, College Faculty, College Students, Coping
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Harrison, Douglas – Thought & Action, 2008
In this article, the author describes the fluid nature of the scholar's identity and how personal and professional roles in higher education can collide (the role of professor and blogging academic or blogademic). The author states that while prominent academics who start blogging have an initial advantage based on their established reputations,…
Descriptors: Professional Identity, Internet, Higher Education, College Faculty
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Pontuso, James F.; Thornton, Saranna R. – Thought & Action, 2008
This article addresses the issue of assessment and how it is becoming such a critical problem for higher education, especially for teachers of the liberal arts. While the common-sense goals of assessment are laudable, the actual consequences of the process are far from beneficial. It is suggested that ongoing assessment diverts teachers from…
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, College Outcomes Assessment, Higher Education, Liberal Arts
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Hanson, Chad – Thought & Action, 2008
In this article, the author explains how the work of a growing number of educators is changing as a result of initiatives designed to manage the practice of college teaching. Specifically, the author presents the case of the Worldwide Instructional Design System (WIDS) to demonstrate how the work of college teachers is undergoing a deskilling…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Practices, Instructional Design, Lesson Plans
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Stanoyevitch, Alexander – Thought & Action, 2008
In this article concerning grade inflation, the author restricts his attention to the college and university level, although many of the tools and ideas developed here should be useful for high schools as well. The author considers the relationships between grades instructors assign and scores they receive on end-of-the semester student…
Descriptors: Grade Inflation, Scores, Student Evaluation, Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance
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Newman, Lance – Thought & Action, 2008
This article reports on an outstanding event from May 2007, when the California Faculty Association (CFA), representing more than 24,000 faculty, counselors, and librarians at the 23 campuses of the California State University (CSU), won one of the best collective bargaining agreements in higher education history. The new agreement provides a 20.7…
Descriptors: State Universities, College Faculty, Cooperation, Professional Associations
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Maguire, Daniel C. – Thought & Action, 2008
This article presents the outcomes from a case at Marquette University (USA), brought by seven Ph.D. adjuncts who had completed their doctoral programs and were currently teaching part-time as they sought full-time positions elsewhere. The case identified a disparity that is happening at many U.S. colleges and universities that increasing rely…
Descriptors: Adjunct Faculty, Doctoral Degrees, Part Time Faculty, College Faculty
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Ventello, Gregg Primo – Thought & Action, 2008
This article describes the feelings of faculty members required to annually design an assessment project for each semester and report to the director of assessment the objectives and results of that project on a standardized form. What is misunderstood is that true assessment is part of the very "fiber of being" for many faculty members.…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Evaluation Methods, Teaching Methods, College Faculty
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