Category Archives: Chronicle of Higher Education

Obama’s Lofty Goals on College Costs Face Long Odds

Obama’s Lofty Goals on College Costs Face Long Odds | Kelly Field | The Chronicle of Higher Education | 6 September 2013

In the end, the president can’t remake higher education on his own, despite the sweep of proposals he unveiled last week in appearances at Binghamton U. (pictured) and two other campuses. He can only shine a light on its problems, and exhort states and colleges to step up and do more.


How the Gates Foundation’s $472-Million is Remaking Higher Education

The How the Gates Foundation’s $472-Million is Remaking Higher Education | Marc Parry, Kelly Field, and Beckie Supiano | Chronicle of Higher Education | 14 July, 2013

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has spent $472-million (so far) on higher education. Why many in academe are not writing thank-you notes.


Affirmative action ruling puts colleges in limbo


A standardized test to identify jerks


Bounced Around

Bounced Around  | Brad Wolverton | Chronicle of Higher Education | 7 June, 2013

After 12 coaching jobs in 16 years, Elwyn McRoy takes one last shot

On a crisp fall morning three years ago, the engines on Iowa State University’s eight-seat private plane spun to life.


President’s Plan Would Increase Pell Grants and Add Incentives on Some Student Aid – Government – The Chronicle of Higher Education

President’s Plan Would Increase Pell Grants and Add Incentives on Some Student Aid| Kelly Field | Chronicle of Higher Education | 19 April, 2013

In his long-awaited budget for the 2014 fiscal year, released on Wednesday, President Obama asks Congress to increase the maximum Pell Grant by $140, to $5,785, and spend $8-billion on job-training programs at community colleges.

The spending plan, which comes roughly three weeks after the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives passed budgets outlining their own priorities, repeats the president’s call to expand and remake the Perkins Loan program, an idea he first offered in 2009. It would raise spending on Federal Work-Study by $150-million, doubling the number of recipients over five years, but would provide no increase for Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants.


Finding digital focus

You’re Distracted. This Professor Can Help | Marc Parry | The Chronicle of Higher Education | 29 March , 2013

To complete her homework assignment, Meran Hill needed total concentration. The University of Washington senior shut the blinds in her studio apartment. She turned off the music. She took a few deep breaths.

Then she plunged into the task: Spend 15 minutes doing e-mail. Only e-mail, and nothing else.


The Professors Behind the MOOC Hype

The Professors Behind the MOOC Hype | Steve Kolowich | Chronicle of Higher Education | 22 March, 2013

What is it like to teach 10,000 or more students at once, and does it really work? The largest-ever survey of professors who have taught MOOCs, or massive open online courses, shows that the process is time-consuming, but, according to the instructors, often successful. Nearly half of the professors felt their online courses were as rigorous academically as the versions they taught in the classroom.

The survey, conducted by The Chronicle, attempted to reach every professor who has taught a MOOC. The online questionnaire was sent to 184 professors in late February, and 103 of them responded.


For employers, a college degree doesn’t do the job

For employers, a college degree doesn’t do the job | Karin Fischer | Chronicle of Higher Education | 8 March, 2013

For some employers, on-the-job experience may matter more than a student’s major or grade-point average. Employers value a four-year college degree, many of them more than ever.


The One Problem a President Can’t Solve

Pepperdine U.’s President Faces One Problem He Can’t Solve | Jack Stripling | Chronicle of Higher Education | 1 March, 2013

Andrew Benton is a seasoned leader accustomed to solving problems through persistence and organization. But these tools have done little to help get his son off heroin.