Student Debt Grows Faster at Universities With Highest-Paid Leaders, Study Finds (SLNYT)
'At the 25 public universities with the highest-paid presidents, both student debt and the use of part-time adjunct faculty grew far faster than at the average state university from 2005 to 2012...The study, “The One Percent at State U: How University Presidents Profit from Rising Student Debt and Low-Wage Faculty Labor,” examined the relationship between executive pay, student debt and low-wage faculty labor at the 25 top-paying public universities.' Report here
Amid a number of recent articles (previously
, and previously
) about the state of doctoral study in the United States, the NSF has released an interactive report
compiling statistical analysis of broad trends about who earns a doctorates
, which fields are attracting students
, influences to obtain a degree
, payment for that degree
, and trends after graduation
. The report is also available as a .pdf
, with further explanation of what these numbers generally indicate.
Rise Above the LMS
: " ... I no longer think of standard, traditional LMS platforms like Blackboard as software. Instead, I think of them as 'institutionware.' For as much as Blackboard may be about preserving itself as the top LMS option, it is also about preserving the traditional aspects of higher education. Even more recent social media ‘features’ are about containment; blogs and wikis are stuck in the Blackboard box and mark the introduction of new environments and tools for learning but only serve lectures and exams." James Schirmer
talks about how the structure and design of learning management systems (Wikipedia article
) in higher education often runs counter to good classroom instruction.
"It's the dirty little secret of higher education," says Mr. Williams of the New Faculty Majority. "Many administrators are not aware of the whole extent of the problem. But all it takes is for somebody to run the numbers to see that their faculty is eligible for welfare assistance.
" [more inside]
An anonymous, tenured, mid-career faculty member
at a Tier One law school shares his/her observations on the state of contemporary American legal education.
Can't seem to finish your thesis?
Then this site may be for you. It's a support group for those of us who just can't seem to write up and finish off that Ph.D./Masters degree. It'll either give you hope and motivation or it'll make you more complacent. "Well, I guess I'm not the only one who's taking a long time; I won't stress out about it anymore".