The Academy’s Dirty Secret
An astonishingly small number of elite universities produce an overwhelming number of America’s professors.
Quit Picking on Old ProfessorsBullying boomers into retirement won’t help the sad state of higher education in this country.
Welcome to 13th Grade!Several Oregon high schools are offering a fifth year of high school. Every district should consider it.
Neither a Wallflower Nor a Paris Geller BeThe use and abuse of class participation in the college classroom.
ThrashedFlorida State’s new president is underqualified and mistrusted. But here’s how he can turn it around.
“Alt-Ac” to the Rescue?Humanities Ph.D.s are daring to enjoy their “regular” jobs, and the definition of academic success is changing. Sort of.
Syllabus Tyrannus The decline and fall of the American university is written in 25-page course syllabi.
“My Most Offended Readers Are Ivy-Bound 18-Year-Olds”A conversation with Excellent Sheep author William Deresiewicz.
Cease Rogeting Proximately!College students (and adults) sure love the right-click thesaurus. Too bad it makes you sound the opposite of smart.
The Ivy League Is Not the ProblemThe persistent, misguided belief that universities can transform students into better, less-entitled people.
Revise and Resubmit!Peer review is slow. It’s unhelpful. It’s generally awful. Here’s how to fix it.
In Defense of Laptops in the ClassroomSure, that student may be on Facebook instead of listening to the lecture. But he’s in college—let him make his own mistakes.
The Campus Alcohol Problem That Nobody Talks AboutWorried about binge drinkers? Start at the faculty club.
Your Professor Isn’t a Lazy LudditeWhen a college class goes low-tech, students should be delighted, not disappointed.
The Simple Genius of the BlackboardWhy the board-centered classroom is still the best place to teach and learn.
Why Your Cousin With a Ph.D. Is a Basket Case Understanding the Byzantine hiring process that drives academics up the wall.
The Birth of the #FergusonSyllabusIn St. Louis and around the country, professors and students grapple with the lessons of Ferguson.
Beware the Gilderoy Lockharts of the UniversityAny professor who makes students buy his own book is probably an egomaniacal twit.
Spirit GuidesStudents crave emotional mentorship from their teachers that their parents can’t give them. There’s nothing wrong with that.
Hands Off Your Grad Students!Yes, you’re consenting adults. But you’re harming your department, your discipline, and mentors everywhere.