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Targeted Classicist Speaks Out
Dan-el Padilla Peralta, the assistant professor of classics at Princeton University who faced a race-based verbal attack on Saturday at a conference of the Society for Classical Studies, is telling his story.
segregationistleft  academia  InsideHigherEd 
january 2019 by nightcrawler
Inside Higher Ed mentions HBR Group
"One really positive trend from the report is that shares of high-quality content from authoritative sources like The New York Times and Harvard Business Review are increasing."
2018  HBRintheNews  insidehighered 
may 2018 by hbrinthenews
Responding to student criticism that its foundational humanities course is too white, Reed College announces changes
commenter: Yes, you can Google their list of demands. This includes: “The alteration of Reed’s Operating Principles and Diversity Statement, to reflect a focus on anti-racism/anti-oppressive rather than diversity.” The explicit goal is not to include new ideas, but to exclude those they find oppressive, i.e., too “white.”
InsideHigherEd  Hum110 
april 2018 by nightcrawler
All students, including underserved populations, should be taught the Great Books (essay)
Programs across the country have begun to teach Great Books to underserved populations, be it: incarcerated students in Bard College’s Prison Initiative and Columbia’s Justice in Education project; homeless students in Bard’s Clemente Course in the Humanities; or low-income and first-generation high school seniors in Carthage College’s Humanities Citizenship Initiative, Yale University’s Citizens, Thinkers, Writers program and Columbia’s Freedom and Citizenship program.
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And it is a grave strategic mistake for progressives to cede the study of political theory and the history of ideas to conservative boot camps and think tanks. Instead, we should all invite students to lay claim to the history of free thought, debate and the quest for justice that is the very foundation of our political tradition.
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The canon is not a set of eternal doctrines once given and done with, but an ongoing argument that elucidates both the insights and the foibles that have shaped our public life. Entering into that argument gives students, in Scottish philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre’s words, “a grasp of those future possibilities which the past has made available to the present.”
Understanding the Great Books as a debate -- and not a settled dogma -- is hardly a new revelation. When Frederick Douglass rose on July 5, 1852, to commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence, close to 14 percent of the inhabitants of the United States was enslaved. Douglass seized the opportunity to uphold the ideal of American independence while excoriating the political heritage of oppression and hypocrisy: “Would you have me argue that man is entitled to liberty? That he is the rightful owner of his own body? You have already declared it.” Douglass, like all of our great leaders, from Lincoln to King and beyond, framed his moral argument in a shared tradition of foundational texts and essential values -- in his case, the Declaration of Independence and the Enlightenment idea of individual liberty.
InsideHigherEd  RooseveltMontas 
february 2018 by nightcrawler
InsideHigherEd covers Dual Transformation
"Reading Dual Transformation may drive higher ed people crazy, but a good kind of crazy. One that ignites critique, discussion, and debate."
insidehighered  dualtransformation  2018back 
january 2018 by hbrinthenews
Reed used personal approach to attract international students in difficult year
Many colleges and universities are reporting flat or declining yields for the fall, according to data released last week by the Institute for International Education. So how is Reed ending up with a record number of international students, bringing the international share of its freshman class to 15 percent? [from 8-9 percent]

First the college decided to push back all deadlines for international applicants, trying to buy some time to deal with the negative image that was taking hold, said Milyon Trulove ... The single most important tactic Reed adopted, Trulove said, was sending a letter to all prospective international applicants in February from John Kroger, the college's president. ... Kroger's letter may not have been stunning in the context of what some American college presidents say, but it was direct (shockingly and reassuringly so to some prospective students) in disavowing Trump. ...

Another, from a student in Morocco, was longer. He shared an essay he had written about being devoted to his Muslim faith, and lessons learned from imams on Fridays at mosques. But the theme of his essay was about how his parents didn't force him to abide by their family's faith, and how he came to value his choice to observe. Faith that isn't imposed is the best kind, he wrote.
InsideHigherEd  Reed  academia  immigration  Trump 
january 2018 by nightcrawler
Essay on need for colleges to take more seriously the issue of harassment by faculty members of students
One tactic institutions may use to silence students who complain about so-called “consenting” relationships is to convince them they are adults who made choices for themselves. Paul R. Abramson argues in Romance in the Ivory Tower that choice is inherent in amorous relations and professors have a Constitutional right to sex with students. This approach attempts to turns the power disparity argument on its head. Instead of the professor misusing his power to threaten or manipulate the student, she becomes the agent of control.
The only difficulty is that while academe promotes itself as a bastion of knowledge, it cannot place students in control of “consenting” relationships without disregarding evidence emanating from its own laboratories. A wealth of research has by now long demonstrated that postadolescent poor decision making and risk taking occur because the adult brain is not fully formed until at least the midtwenties. The professor is the adult. The student is not. 
When the “student consented” defense doesn’t work, some institutions defend their silence on professorial misbehavior behavior by assuming that the emotions of the young are malleable, that a 19-year-old will forget being used and eventually discarded by an authority figure. Considering the high rates of depression and attempted suicides among young women, that can be a perilous assumption. And the reality is that few, if any, targets -- male or female -- ever forget.
BillieDziech  InsideHigherEd  profsex 
january 2018 by nightcrawler
Relationship Problems
Because of the stigma attached to such relationships, and the fact that they are prohibited on many campuses, tracking how frequently they happen is difficult. Higher education groups do not survey faculty members about their relationships, and both students and faculty members would likely be reluctant to answer such questions honestly. It is also not in the best interests of an institution to discuss the prevalence of such relationships on its campus, Dziech says. "If you're charging $40,000 a year, you don't want parents knowing that a guy is sleeping with the kids," she says.
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Relationships between faculty members and students used to be fairly common. “You’ve got a highly concentrated environment of people, where a large proportion are unmarried and looking for dates and mates,” says Barry M. Dank, former professor at California State University at Long Beach. “People tend to date people they meet in their everyday surroundings. College campuses are a relatively safe place to date and mate." Dank, who is married to a former student, is a defender of the right of faculty members to have relationships with students.
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Dziech advocates for across-the-board prohibitions between faculty members and students, like the one in place at Yale. "They're like red lights," she says. "We know that occasionally people are going to break them, but the majority of people are going to stop at red lights." She also believes that universities should make examples out of individuals who break the rules. She added that clear prohibitions also help the university guard against lawsuits.

In The Lecherous Professor, Dziech and Weiner say such relationships are an issue not only of sexual harassment, but also of professional responsibility. "Choosing to become a member of a profession means committing oneself to adherence to its ethics," the two write in the book. "Physical intimacy with students is not now and never has been acceptable behavior for academicians. It cannot be defended or explained away by evoking fantasies of devoted professors and sophisticated students being denied the right to 'true love.' Where power differentials exist, there can be no 'mutual consent.' "
InsideHigherEd  profsex 
december 2017 by nightcrawler
Disparate institutions find a common core curriculum reaps significant benefits (essay)
As a result, a core curriculum provides curricular coherence and cultivates a sense of belonging to an intellectual community. ... The benefits that flow from a liberal arts core experience are especially significant for those students whom higher education has historically failed. Course requirements are unambiguous to students: no digging through an overwhelming catalog of options that may or may not fulfill vague graduation requirements. Students have a more academically cohesive and “career-aware” experience that makes the value proposition of staying in college clearer. [...]
Well-defined and integrated curricula put institutions on a virtuous cycle that amplify those benefits. Such curricula curb course proliferation and increase efficiency, freeing up faculty members to spend less time on course development and preparation and more time on high-impact practices like mentoring undergraduate research. As a result, institutions are able to better retain students (and their tuition dollars), deepen their learning, and operate in a more financially sustainable fashion.
InsideHigherEd  RooseveltMontas 
november 2017 by nightcrawler
Conference speakers say the liberal arts must return to a purer form to survive [St. John's]
Agresto said that much humanities instruction has been co-opted by hyperspecialization and especially by critical theory. He said overly-critical approaches at once demean the subject matter and limit students’ free inquiry.
academia  humanities  InsideHigherEd 
november 2017 by nightcrawler

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