Getting the most out of course evaluations
Student course evaluations—we all do them, but how do we use the data? What percent of students complete the surveys? What value do faculty and administrators derive from them? Are they inherently biased? How can we get more out of this often onerous process?
Homework for college and university counsel
With ongoing criminal investigations, potential litigation and more oversight from the government and other monitoring organizations, it’s a good time for all schools to pressure test various admissions-related areas, say guest columnists David H. Harper and Nicole Somerville.
College admissions scandal is more than a crisis of confidence
The origins of the ethical dilemma in college admissions have been evident for some time. Now, thanks to a few celebrities and the Entertainment Tonight program, they’ve come to the forefront. For colleges and universities, this is more than just a crisis of confidence; it’s a case for improving risk management, says guest columnist Jean Close, a partner in The Bonadio Group’s Healthcare/Tax Exempt Division.
There’s always room for liberal arts ‘soft skills’ in a changing world
By not letting our students wander through the academic disciplines, we may be doing them a disservice. We may be depriving them of opportunities to see the world in multiple ways and to value the perspectives of other disciplines and cultures, says guest columnist Ned Ladd, a professor of physics and astronomy at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.
First-generation students: Retention and intervention
First-generation students face internal and external pressures, structural barriers, and resource constraints that impact their ability to attend and succeed in higher education. This includes academic and social preparation, and familial, financial, and psychological pressures.