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Townsend, Barbara K.; Rosser, Vicki J. – Thought & Action, 2007
Faculty productivity at the university level has been of interest throughout much of the 20th century. The 1990s saw a surge of interest in faculty productivity as part of an increasing state emphasis on performance accountability in public higher education. These authors sought to examine on a national level the extent (number of hours worked per…
Descriptors: Productivity, Faculty Workload, Working Hours, Teaching Load
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Sommers-Flanagan, Rita; Christian, Donald P. – Thought & Action, 2007
In this article, the authors describe an interdisciplinary doctoral course via a seminar (one semester, one-and-a-half hours weekly), that students found to be a major awakening and an important part of their professional development. Addressed were separate disciplines, via an experimental "How to be a Professor" course, and…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Doctoral Programs, Professional Development, Experimental Programs
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Buckman, Ken – Thought & Action, 2007
In this article, the author discusses the new role assessment is playing in the higher education (HE) arena. Highlighted are the feelings of higher education faculty who observe the lack of preparation of students entering HE, and the fact that in introductory courses they are often teaching the skills--writing, critical thinking, basic…
Descriptors: Educational Practices, Higher Education, Standardized Tests, Student Evaluation
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Groth, Miles – Thought & Action, 2007
In this article, the author describes the changing attitudes of students towards their professors as they rely more on "smart classrooms." The author muses over a 30-year teaching career and remembers those professors whose miniature characterizations were about what students--most students--wanted then, the remarkable professor.…
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Professional Identity, College Faculty, Student Attitudes
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Svetlik, David – Thought & Action, 2007
In this article, the author relates the need for a complimentary relationship between the academic and real outside world. This is not to compare a college degree with outside work experience--the two are complementary. It is the world of business and industry that often cause changes. Students and practitioners of industrial automation are an…
Descriptors: Personal Narratives, Relevance (Education), Technology Education, Business
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Thelin, John R. – Thought & Action, 2007
A belief in individualism and opportunity is deeply ingrained in the American character. Anyone, the litany goes, has a chance to make a fortune, ascend the corporate ladder, gain election to public office, hit a home run, or earn a college degree if only he or she will draw on a combination of talent and dedication. Yet nowhere is this clash of…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Postsecondary Education, Expectation, Individualism
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Maitland, Christine – Thought & Action, 2007
In this article, the author reviews the history of the National Education Association (NEA), which celebrated its 150th year in 2007. Over that time, NEA has been a driving force in education at all levels. The story of NEA is about the building of a unique American school system and the articulation of three levels of education into a unified…
Descriptors: National Organizations, United States History, Educational History, Higher Education
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Pak, Michael S. – Thought & Action, 2007
In this article, the author reports that within the few decades following the creation of the National Education Association (NEA), a new expression came into use in the English language: "academic freedom." It was in this period that the modern research university first made its appearance in the United States. Before the last third of…
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Research Universities, College Faculty, Teacher Researchers
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Urban, Wayne – Thought & Action, 2007
In 1957, the year the National Education Association (NEA) celebrated its 100th anniversary, the Educational Policies Commission (EPC)--a prestigious group co-sponsored by NEA and the American Association of School Administrators--published a document titled "Higher Education in a Decade of Decision." NEA intended the report to address…
Descriptors: Professional Associations, Educational Policy, Higher Education, Educational History
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Hutcheson, Philo A. – Thought & Action, 2007
Looking back over three centuries of American higher education, one can see both strengths and weaknesses in the changing attitudes toward teaching goals. In this article, the author discusses the Truman Commission's (President Harry Truman appointed the higher education commission in July 1946, and charged the commission members to examine…
Descriptors: Educational History, United States History, Higher Education, Politics of Education
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Brown, M. Christopher, II; Ricard, Ronyelle Bertrand – Thought & Action, 2007
After a brief overview of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and their historical development, the authors discuss how these colleges and universities were at the vanguard in terms of both access to higher education and diversity, long before these ideas were embraced by the academic mainstream. Despite a long history of…
Descriptors: Black Colleges, Diversity (Institutional), Access to Education, Educational History
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Evans, Stephanie Y. – Thought & Action, 2007
In this article, the author asks: Why, after years of discussion about access and diversity, are there still so few women and faculty of color in American colleges and universities?" African American women are only one demographic that has been excluded or marginalized in academia, but they offer an intriguing entry point into the discussion…
Descriptors: Minority Group Teachers, College Faculty, African American Students, African American Teachers
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Lustig, Jeff – Thought & Action, 2006
Discussions of higher education in the U.S. are driven today by the language of finance rather than of pedagogy--more specifically, the language of financial hardship. Terms like "shortfall," "cutback," and "retrenchment" set the tone and shape the policies that force austerities and lead to "triage" in…
Descriptors: Professional Autonomy, Teacher Responsibility, Scholarship, Educational Change
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Smith, Vernon C.; Rhoades, Gary – Thought & Action, 2006
Web-based, e-learning classes, or online classes that use a proprietary course management system such as Blackboard, are an increasingly prominent part of higher education, particularly in community colleges. In fact, more than three-quarters of community colleges now offer the same course in face-to-face and online modes. And community colleges…
Descriptors: Web Based Instruction, Online Courses, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology
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Giroux, Henry A. – Thought & Action, 2006
What is the task of educators at a time when mainstream American culture is increasingly characterized by a declining interest in and misgiving about national politics? How one answers this question will have a grave impact not only on higher education but on the future of democratic public life. There are no simple solutions says author Henry…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Democratic Values, Ideology, Political Attitudes
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