M.Leddy + college   218

College these days
You can find nuance in this piece from The Chronicle of Higher Education if you like, but here’s the bottom line: a professor invited his students to read a book — a “physical book” — for extra credit.
books  college  reading 
august 2019 by M.Leddy
Poverty and college applications
In The New York Times, Enoch Jemmett, a senior at Queens College, writes about the difficulties of applying to college as a student living in poverty.
college 
march 2019 by M.Leddy
Thanks for that
Something I’m thankful for: having taught at a regional state university (as they’re called), I never taught children of high privilege, the kind with parents who buy or cheat their offspring’s way in.
academia  cheating  college 
march 2019 by M.Leddy
More reading
On one page of The Chronicle of Higher Education, an argument for less reading and more “writing.” But on another page: an account of a community-college’s effort to make use of Columbia University’s core curriculum.
academia  college 
february 2019 by M.Leddy
Less reading, more “writing”
To my mind, reading and writing are just things one does in a college class. As students’ language skills decline, assigning less reading and more “writing” solves nothing.
academia  college  reading  writing 
february 2019 by M.Leddy
Reading, really fast
I learned yesterday that for some English majors, it’s now a point of pride to go really fast when reading aloud, with little or no regard for phrasing or intonation. Why is going fast a point of pride? Because so many students cannot read aloud with much fluency.
college  reading 
january 2019 by M.Leddy
“Volunteer adjuncts”
Says one professor, “It looks like an attempt to outsource work to unpaid labor.” I agree.
academia  college  work 
april 2018 by M.Leddy
A conversation from another world
From Father Knows Best. They don’t make colleges like this anymore.
college  dowdyworld  television 
april 2018 by M.Leddy
Australia is a country
From The Chronicle of Higher Education, not The Onion: “Southern New Hampshire University has apologized to a student who failed an assignment because her professor insisted Australia was a continent, not a country.”
college  geography 
february 2018 by M.Leddy
Grammar in the writing center
To dismiss or defer a student’s questions about grammar is to do that student a disservice.
college  grammar  teaching  writing 
february 2018 by M.Leddy
Finals approaching
Advice for Nancy and other test-takers.
college  comics  exams  Nancy 
december 2017 by M.Leddy
Zippy on campus?
For me, “We’re excited you’re here!” rings of corporate insincerity.
college  comics  Zippy 
october 2017 by M.Leddy
“Popular with” athletes
To describe certain courses as “popular with” athletes is to be exceedingly decorous. The truth is that athletes who lack the ability to do genuine college work are steered, routinely, toward Mickey Mouse coursework that will pose no danger to their academic eligibility.
academia  college 
september 2017 by M.Leddy
Football and grades at FSU
A New York Times article about football, grades, and a brave, ethical teaching assistant at Florida State University.
academia  college 
september 2017 by M.Leddy
Recently updated
Colledge signage, with one less sign.
colledge  college  signage 
september 2017 by M.Leddy
Colledge signage
A sign outside a bar, right across the street from a campus in Anytown, USA.
colledge  college  signage 
august 2017 by M.Leddy
“Even more cynical than the for-profit colleges”
Tressie McMillan Cottom on whether Trump University fits the description of a for-profit college.
college  education  politics 
march 2017 by M.Leddy
Credentialing
Jane Jacobs on credentialing, not educating, as “the primary business of North American universities.”
academia  college  education 
february 2017 by M.Leddy
Priorities!
More than four hundred faculty and staff have lost their jobs at my university as a result of Illinois’s manufactured budget-crisis. But there is still money for fireworks at the end of a football game.
academia  college 
october 2016 by M.Leddy
“Are We Teaching Composition All Wrong?”
Provocative reading in The Chronicle of Higher Education.
college  teaching  writing 
october 2016 by M.Leddy
Recently updated
“How to e-mail a professor,” now with a not-behind-a-paywall link to Ben Yagoda’s essay “What Should We Call the Professor?”
college  e-mail 
september 2016 by M.Leddy
Modest proposals
Exceedingly modest proposals to improve college. I regret that I do not develop them in time for Fall 2016 implementation.
college  education 
august 2016 by M.Leddy
Hotshots, academically adrift
The Hoosier Hotshots: “That’s What I Learned in College.”
college  music 
june 2016 by M.Leddy
Recently updated
Ten years later, Rachel adds one more tip for success in college.
college  lifehacks 
february 2016 by M.Leddy
The text most often assigned
The Open Syllabus Project (described in this New York Times piece) has collected and drawn data from 1.1 million college syllabi. The text most often assigned? William Strunk Jr. and E. B. White’s The Elements of Style .
college  EBWhite  Strunk  syllabi  VerlynKlinkenborg 
january 2016 by M.Leddy
#finals
When you tweet to proclaim how stupid your classes are or how drunk you are or to show someone passed out on a floor, you cheapen your degree and the degree of every student from our school. When you add a university-related hashtag, it’s worse.
college  education  exams 
december 2015 by M.Leddy
Illiberal intolerance and safe spaces
The dream of the “safe space” suggests to me a womblike existence upon which nothing untoward is supposed to intrude. It might be understandable that students in a dangerous, uncertain world would aspire to inhabit such a space. But if they think that college is meant to provide that space, they need to do some growing up.
childhood  college 
november 2015 by M.Leddy
Looking at schools
A student newspaper may offer an unfiltered (or just lightly filtered) picture of a school and its community.
college 
september 2015 by M.Leddy
“Rich kids” and English
The idea that the humanities are for “rich kids” is one that any humanist must reject.
academia  college  humanities 
july 2015 by M.Leddy
Gary Saul Morson on English studies
Morson suggests that academics kill interest in literature. I think he’s on the mark.
college  literature  teaching 
july 2015 by M.Leddy
Mark Bauerlein on professors and students
“To my mind, the importance of Bauerlein’s essay (right now the most e-mailed item at the Times) lies in its implicit acknowledgement of the value of what I have come to call real-presence education. Face time.”
academia  college  teaching 
may 2015 by M.Leddy
“Such is the future of education”
“Alex Ruefle has prevailed upon me to support his teaching application to your department, which I gather is hiring adjunct faculty members exclusively....”
academia  college 
may 2015 by M.Leddy
Recently updated
Freshman MOOCs, now with no financial aid.
college 
may 2015 by M.Leddy
Ain’t nothing like the real thing
If face-to-face meetings are great for administrators, why do they push for more and more coursework to be offered online?
college  education  technology 
may 2015 by M.Leddy
Higher-ed monopoly
Characterizing higher education as a monopoly is a curious move: a little like characterizing the practice of surgery as a monopoly because it is limited to surgeons.
college 
may 2015 by M.Leddy
Step right up
No classmates, no office hours, no libraries.
college 
may 2015 by M.Leddy
Terry Eagleton on “the hot pursuit of the student purse”
Terry Eagleton addresses institutions’ willingness to see students as customers.
academia  college  education 
april 2015 by M.Leddy
The rising cost of college
Paul F. Campos on the growth of administration and administrative salaries.
college 
april 2015 by M.Leddy
College and football
At some point the cognitive dissonance of “college” and “football” together will be too great to ignore.
college 
march 2015 by M.Leddy
Frank Bruni on college
Frank Bruni talks with his English professor Anne Hall about canons, the student as customer, and “the muscle of thoughtfulness.”
college  poetry 
february 2015 by M.Leddy
College as vodka
“Mr. Trachtenberg convinced people that George Washington was worth a lot more money by charging a lot more money.”
college 
february 2015 by M.Leddy
Why I am skeptical about tuition-free community college
“Greater access to higher education ought to look like an unqualified good. Yet I find myself deeply skeptical about whether tuition-free community college (hereafter TFCC) will serve any purpose but greater economic and social stratification.”
BarackObama  college 
january 2015 by M.Leddy
William Faulkner on universities
“I don’t know anything about universities. I ain’t surprised at anything they do.”
college  WilliamFaulkner 
december 2014 by M.Leddy
Moby-Dick at Harvard
“It’s sad to think of the faux mastery that passes for English studies in this account, and impossible to imagine playing the game, as student or teacher, without losing all intellectual self-respect.”
college  literature  reading 
december 2014 by M.Leddy
No college?
“But people are capable of making their own choices, even if they never went to college.”
art  college  MauriceSendak 
december 2014 by M.Leddy
The gold standard, haircuts, and everyone else
“An often-repeated claim among those who insist on educational disruption is that the efficiencies of teaching — one teacher, one room — have stayed the same for too long. But then the efficiencies of, say, cutting hair — one barber, one head — haven’t changed much either over time. Perhaps there are good reasons why.”
academia  college 
november 2014 by M.Leddy
#stupid
“Checking on the fortunes of university hashtags always fills me with dismay.”
colledge  college 
october 2014 by M.Leddy
No e-mails, ever, almost
Better that students should learn to use it with appropriate measures of informality and patience than not use it at all.
college  e-mail 
september 2014 by M.Leddy
Colleges and bakeries
A college that offers more online classes to remedy its financial woes? Like a bakery opting to sell Twinkies and Wonder Bread. Each move endangers long-term well-being for the sake of short-term gain.
academia  college 
september 2014 by M.Leddy
The Beloit Mindset List, 2018 edition
This year’s list looks to my eyes like a particularly tasteless and clueless array of hastily selected cultural fragments.
college  culture  memory  time 
september 2014 by M.Leddy
School days
Syllabus week? What’s that?
college  teaching 
september 2014 by M.Leddy
On zip
I have nothing against Fun. There shall be Fun. But the purpose of a college or university, as I understand it, is another matter.
college 
august 2014 by M.Leddy
Here’s just one reason why someone might reconsider adjunct teaching
“‘Adjunct’ is a strange term: what’s adjunct is supplemental, not essential. Yet so-called adjunct faculty are now a substantial majority of college faculty.”
academia  college  work 
august 2014 by M.Leddy
The Atlantic on social fraternities
From The Atlantic: “Clearly, the contemporary fraternity world is beset by a series of deep problems, which its leadership is scrambling to address, often with mixed results.”
colledge  college 
february 2014 by M.Leddy
Three for one
The folkloric measure of college coursework, two to three hours for each hour in class, is in the federal guidelines for a credit hour.
academia  college 
february 2014 by M.Leddy
“One could have Timofey televised”
Nabokov seems to have imagined — if only as a horrible pipedream — the end of the classroom and the rise of something MOOC-like.
college  Nabokov  teaching 
january 2014 by M.Leddy
A Phi Beta Kappa infographic
“What those of us in higher education can do to make this infographic’s assertions credible: drop the PowerPoints and (so-called) study guides and perfunctory course requirements and ask students to engage in significant reading and writing and discussion. The stuff college is made of, or should be.”
college  education 
december 2013 by M.Leddy
Education v. training
“How best to keep the possibilities of genuine learning — not training — alive for all: that’s the question for American higher education in the early twenty-first century.”
college  education 
december 2013 by M.Leddy
E-mailing professors
“I never know what to say in the subject line and how to address the person. Is it mister or professor and comma and return, and do I have to capitalize and use full sentences? By the time I do all that I could have an answer by text if I could text them.”

You can’t, at least not for the most part. But you can read guidelines: How to e-mail a professor.
college  e-mail  students 
october 2013 by M.Leddy
Death of an adjunct
Nearly homeless, teaching French.
academia  college  education  labor 
september 2013 by M.Leddy
A college exit-exam
More evidence that a degree in itself is not enough.
college 
august 2013 by M.Leddy
Whither tuition?
“You think all those comedy hypnotists are stopping by out of the kindness of their hearts?
college  money 
august 2013 by M.Leddy
The Beloit Mindset List, 2017 edition
Better scotch those Stapleton Airport analogies, Professor Higginbotham! The kids today won’t “dig” them.
college  culture  memory  time 
august 2013 by M.Leddy
Upscale student housing
“It’s like a vacation, almost,” he said. “I’m not going to go to class — that’s how I look at it.”
college  education 
june 2013 by M.Leddy
No MOOCs
”MOOCs aren’t about democratizing and furthering education; they’re about saving money, making money, and keeping money in the corrupt marriage between business and academe.”
academia  college  education  technology 
june 2013 by M.Leddy
Digital-naïf watch
“It is ill-advised to post a photograph of your college ID, with your full name and student-identification number, as proof that you are now ‘officially’ a college student. It is also uncool.”
college  technology 
june 2013 by M.Leddy
Commencement addresses
“If you graduated from college and showed up for commencement, do you remember anything the commencement speaker said?”
college 
may 2013 by M.Leddy
The waiting game
“The New York Times reports on college applicants who have been waitlisted and what they’re doing about it.”
college 
may 2013 by M.Leddy
Cheating at Barnard
“Cheating on a weekly reading quiz?? Are you kidding me?!”
academia  cheating  college  education 
may 2013 by M.Leddy
San José profs nix Harvard MOOC
“In spite of our admiration for your ability to lecture in such an engaging way to such a large audience, we believe that having a scholar teach and engage his or her own students in person is far superior to having those students watch a video of another scholar engaging his or her students.”
college  education  technology 
may 2013 by M.Leddy
LearningCurve, busted
Educational technology. Was I studying? Hardly. Was it game-like? I felt no fun.
college  education  technology 
april 2013 by M.Leddy
“A fully-realized adult person”
John Churchill, Secretary of Phi Beta Kappa: “College is not only about training for jobs. It is about citizenship. It is about shaping oneself into a fully-realized adult person.”
college  education 
april 2013 by M.Leddy
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