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Whither Research?

This is the first of two posts engaging the question of the future of research and teaching in higher education. Part One: Challenges The University of Oregon prides itself as a research institution and takes seriously its role as the “flagship” institution of higher education in Oregon. As President Lariviere states in his welcome message at […]

Professor of the Year: Great Teaching is Within Reach

Last week the U.S. Professors of the Year Awards Program announced the four recipients of its annual award, one in each of the following categories: baccalaureate colleges, community colleges, doctoral and research universities, and master’s universities and colleges. In addition to the four national winners, an outstanding instructor is recognized for each state, plus the […]

Thinking Beyond the ‘Two Cultures’

At a recent conference on student learning outcomes and assessment, I sat at a table with some professors of natural science who were lamenting the lack of appreciation for scientific knowledge in higher education and society at large.  As an example, one observed that at a cocktail party consisting of scholars, no one would be […]

Universal Design in College Instruction

At some point during one’s teaching experience an instructor has most likely come across a situation where a student needed a level of support not normally planned for within  the syllabus and curriculum development.  This student may have had a physical limitation such as needing wheelchair access to the classroom, or a student may have […]