Promote Faculty Based on Where They Work, Not Where They Don’t  One line in the cover letters of some promotion review packets makes me highly uncomfortable: “As part of your review, please inform us whether this candidate would be promoted to the same rank if s/he were at your university.” I fear that this question is Read more


State universities are discussing ways to give added consideration to military veterans who apply to this fall’s graduate and professional programs. Acting on the legislature’s orders last session, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) officials have drafted a policy making veteran status as a “positive factor” in admissions. But they said they don’t know yet Read more

U-Md. and Johns Hopkins offer specialized sequences of online courses via Coursera  The campuses are among the first to offer specialty sequences of courses. Hopkins is listing a sequence of nine MOOCs in data science, with certificates available to those who pass all nine, complete a capstone project and pay $490. (The Washington Post) Is the Read more

Pine Technical College‘s attempt to become Pine Technical and Community College is part of a long-term change among Minnesota’s technical colleges. A handful of technical colleges have become comprehensive campuses in the last decade or so, leaving another handful with a purely technical orientation. Pine’s bid to become a comprehensive campus comes a workforce development Read more

Utopian Pasts and Futures The belief that the liberal arts and sciences should be central to higher education rests on a distinctively American idea. The criticism of this kind of education, and the insistence in much of the national debate today about the priority of training in vocational skills, is also a distinctively American idea. (The Huffington Read more

Federal task force to target campus sexual assaults The announcement is seen as a victory by many college activists, who have organized in recent years to file federal complaints against administrators. (Los Angeles Times) Textbook CFO: U.S. Higher-Education Recovery Unlikely This Year Pearson’s finance chief said Thursday that the publisher’s core U.S. higher-education business faces Read more