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  • Hiring Practices: Cultural Comfort

    Posted August 3, 2016 by Silvester Henderson

    LMC teacher leads charge for more diverse hiring By Lou Fancher For the TimesPosted: 02/02/2016 03:18:50 PM PST | Updated: 6 months ago Ever since Martin Luther King Jr. asked the question -- and for decades before his 1965 "How Long, Not Long" speech celebrated a protest march and indicted a nat...

  • SCHOOL SHOOTINGS JUST PLAIN WRONG.

    Posted June 3, 2016 by Robert Ostrow

    The recent shooting at U.C.L.A is just plain wrong, and points too two major issues in American University education. Firstly, there needs to be a better mechanism where faculty and a disgruntled stiduent need to work out differences. If the quality of the students' work is not acceptable, then ther...

  • Bonneau Says: Is Unionization Good For Faculty?

    Posted March 14, 2016 by Chris Bonneau

    Is Unionization Good For Faculty? One of the hot topics on my campus is the possible formation of a faculty union. In the past, I have been opposed to faculty unionization, but given some of the recent changes to higher education, specifically the threats to academic freedom, use of faculty e...

  • Join the 21st Century with Mastery Learning

    Posted March 10, 2016 by Larry Marsh

    In the 20th century education was more of a rank-ordering process than a mastery process. Exams were offered a few times a semester (or quarter). If a student got 70 percent on an exam, the class moved on to new material and the 30 percent of missing knowledge was conveniently ignored. It just wasn'...

  • Are your exams well focused and consistent? Here's a quick way

    Posted March 3, 2016 by Larry Marsh

    Are your exams internally consistent?  Are their some questions that the best students get wrong more frequently than the students who actually did worse overall on the test?  You can easily determine this by calculating the correlation between the points earned on a particular question wi...

  • Bonneau Says: Professional Development in an Unlikely Place

    Posted January 28, 2016 by Chris Bonneau

      Professional Development in an Unlikely Place For the better part of a decade, I have been involved in the scoring at Advanced Placement US Government and Politics exams. Each June, I (along with 700 or so colleagues) spend 10 days learning, teaching, and applying a rubric to hundreds of ...

  • Competency Based Education

    Posted January 15, 2016 by Susan Farber

    In recent years, several higher education institutions have recognized the need to reconsider the model through which adult learners complete programs yielding credentials. Innovations have resulted through the tools digital technology provides us. Competency Based Models of Instruction also em...

  • Bonneau Says: Just When I Thought I Was Doneā€¦.

    Posted December 30, 2015 by Chris Bonneau

    Just When I Thought I Was Done….   I thought I said everything I needed to say about academic freedom and faculty speech in my last column. But then this happened. And this. And it turns out that these raise slightly different issues than the others cases I considered last time. L...

  • Bonneau Says: The Current Climate of Academic Freedom

    Posted December 1, 2015 by Chris Bonneau

    The Current Climate of Academic Freedom Threats to the academic freedom of scholars are frequently making headlines these days.  It is hard to tell whether these concerns have increased, whether these are just more extreme examples, or whether these ...

  • Bradley, Ed, Michael, and Nicole.

    Posted September 22, 2015 by Bob Ertischek

    Bradley, Ed, Michael, and Nicole. These are the four former students that I’ve lost. We have all lost them. They died. As their professor, someone who spent just a short time with them, maybe you think I wouldn’t be affected by their loss. You would be wrong.Bradley was one of the most ...