The Thinking Student s Guide to College

Author: Andrew Roberts
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226721159
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Offers advice on different options for higher education, how to choose a college, the college application process, and how to decide whether to apply to graduate school.

Issues in Web Based Pedagogy

Author: Robert A. Cole
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780313321580
Format: PDF, Mobi
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This work asks critical questions about teaching and learning via Web-based materials and instruction. It is aimed at an interdisciplinary audience, drawing upon diverse philosophical and empirical backgrounds.

The Last Professors

Author: Frank Donoghue
Publisher: Fordham Univ Press
ISBN: 9780823228591
Format: PDF
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Taking a clear-eyed look at American higher education over the last twenty years, Donoghue outlines a web of forces--social, political, and institutional--dismantling the professoriate. Today, fewer than 30 percent of college and university teachers are tenured or on tenure tracks, and signs point to a future where professors will disappear. --from publisher description

Faculty workload studies

Author: Katrina Anne Meyer
Publisher: Jossey-Bass
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Summarizes state studies of faculty workload and research on faculty productivity. Discusses problems with existing study designs and their results. Offers solutions with greater potential for improving productivity, with a focus on student learning, curricula, and mission.

Faculty Work and Public Trust

Author: James Steven Fairweather
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon
Format: PDF, Docs
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In this thoroughly researched presentation, James Fairweather examines the increasingly uncomfortable fit between today's academic environment and the changing societal needs facing America's colleges and universities. He explores the reasons for public skepticism and mistrust about these institutions along with the conflicts created as the goals of teaching, research, and enhancing economic development compete for faculty time and funding. As the American economy shifts from an industrial to an information base, universities are increasingly called upon to lead the way in educating tomorrow's workforce, retraining today's workers, and promoting technology transfer. Fairweather points out that while the public is being rocked by unsettling economic developments, academic institutions are perceived as immune to this reality, focusing narrowly on research, scholarly publishing, and prestige, rather than on teaching and public service. In this book, he proposes ways to restore a balance between activities that contribute to legitimate social needs and those that primarily serve the professional community. Fairweather offers the most comprehensive empirical information available about faculty work and rewards. Using this data, he examines the socialization processes and reward structures which encourage faculty to think more about research than teaching, to stress publishing volume more than quality, and to treat the publication of research as the principal source of prestige for faculty members and their institutions. He explains why traditional administrative approaches to these problems often fail to address their root sources in academic culture. And he proposes solutions - actionswhich can be taken by outside policy makers, college administrators, department chairpersons, and faculty members to reestablish the value of teaching and public service in academic life.

Reforming American Education from the Bottom to the Top

Author: Evans Clinchy
Publisher: Heinemann Educational Books
ISBN: 9780325001746
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Education theorists, policymakers, and practitioners contribute twelve essays advocating a variety of theories and practices to bring about collaborative reform from kindergarten through graduate school.

The questions of tenure

Author: Richard Chait
Publisher: Harvard Univ Pr
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Tenure is the abortion issue of the academy, igniting arguments and inflaming near-religious passions. To some, tenure is essential to academic freedom and a magnet to recruit and retain top-flight faculty. To others, it is an impediment to professorial accountability and a constraint on institutional flexibility and finances. But beyond anecdote and opinion, what do we really know about how tenure works? In this unique book, Richard Chait and his colleagues offer the results of their research on key empirical questions. Are there circumstances under which faculty might voluntarily relinquish tenure? When might new faculty actually prefer non-tenure track positions? Does the absence of tenure mean the absence of shared governance? Why have some colleges abandoned tenure while others have adopted it? Answers to these and other questions come from careful studies of institutions that mirror the American academy: research universities and liberal arts colleges, including both highly selective and less prestigious schools. Lucid and straightforward, The Questions of Tenure offers vivid pictures of academic subcultures. Chait and his colleagues conclude that context counts so much that no single tenure system exists. Still, since no academic reward carries the cachet of tenure, few institutions will initiate significant changes without either powerful external pressures or persistent demands from new or disgruntled faculty.

Collegial Professionalism

Author: John Beecher Bennett
Publisher: American Council on Education
ISBN: 9781573560931
Format: PDF, ePub
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This text raises questions about ethics in higher education. Is higher educations's emphasis on faculty scholarship and individualism forcing colleagues to focus on competing with one another, rather than on the successes or failures of their students? Are faculty members becoming dissatisfied with their roles? The author discusses the malaise currently plaguing the academy, including the contributing behaviour and beliefs of faculty members. He says the competitive and autonomous collegiate environment results in unhappy faculty and disjointed departments. He proposes changes in the academy to improve ethics in higher education, including: adoption of a universal code of ethics; possible elimination of college majors; public access to private research; collaboration and interaction between faculty members in the development of similar courses to stimulate ideas and eliminate repetition; honest faculty member evalutations through implementation of uniform standards; public recognition of faculty members who contrubute to the common good of higher education; and rotation of the department chair position among faculty members.