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Campus and National Climate: Reporting, Resources, Events

Senior UO leadership and the University Senate have reaffirmed the university’s commitment to “diversity of thought, experience, perspective, culture, and background,” condemned “all forms of discrimination,” and vowed “to work actively to protect and support all members of our campus community” (University of Oregon Leadership Statement, “Support for resolution reaffirming shared values of respect, diversity, […]

Whither Research?

This is the second of two posts engaging the question of the future of research and teaching in higher education. Part Two: Opportunities Last week, in part one, I introduced two trends that pose serious challenges to the future of research in higher education: student are struggling with learning basic research skills and libraries are struggling […]

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 […]

The President Pledge

On November 5, 2010, the Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed reported that 71 college presidents across the United States have joined the Presidents’ Alliance for Excellence in Student Learning and Accountability.  “They have promised to take specific steps to gather more evidence about student learning, to use that evidence to improve instruction, […]

You Can’t Throw Money at Everything

A pay-for-performance study released recently by Vanderbilt University and the RAND Corporation followed nearly 300 Nashville Public Schools fifth- through eighth-grade teachers from 2007 to 2009. The result? No overall effect on student achievement across the entire treatment group. “We sought a clean test of the basic proposition: If teachers know they will be rewarded for […]

The Future of Higher Education: A Gaze Into the Crystal Ball

Concern about the future of higher education is nothing new, and recent discussions emphasize various factors ranging from the impact of information technology to the role of federal policy to the consequences of economic downturn, among numerous other considerations.  Almost all the commentaries agree that higher education is in flux, albeit there is much disparity […]

Site Visit: New York Times Learning Network

Folks always ask me where they can go to find strategies for using current events and pop culture to help their students engage in their disciplines. Before I might have given these pop-culture seekers a long list of sites and blogs to check, podcasts, to listen to, and RSS feeds they should subscribe to. And […]