Collapsing "Corporate" Education

Cross-posted from the Academe blog:The other day, I wrote on this blog: With the big money leaving the equation, maybe we can get back to the education we were trying to develop in the first place, education that, in many cases, is still quite the best in the world. It is best because the residue of … Continue reading Collapsing "Corporate" Education

"They Are Different"

Cross-posted from the Academe blog:This morning, Diane Ravitch quotes from Mike Lofgren's story in The American Conservative, "Revolt of the Rich." She comments: What is so astonishing these days is that the super-rich... have control of a large part of the mainstream media. They can afford to take out television advertising, even though their views are … Continue reading "They Are Different"

The Physical College

In a New York Times opinion piece today, Jeff Selingo of The Chronicle of Higher Education lays out 'urgent needs' for American colleges and universities--but completely ignores the physical changes that would be necessary for successfully meeting those needs.Selingo's 'needs':Improve usage of technology in the classroom;Offer more online instruction;Make 'academics' the top priority;Cut back on … Continue reading The Physical College

The More Things Change, The More They Stay the Same?

In today's New York Times, Stanley Fish writes about Andrew Delbanco's new book College: What It Was, Is, and Should Be. As something of both a traditionalist and an innovator, I appreciate what Fish has to say, and will likely be reading Delbanco's book soon.Fish describes the book as one that:seeks to persuade not by … Continue reading The More Things Change, The More They Stay the Same?

Lessons for Academics: What Journalists Know About Gatekeeping (Part 2)

Journalists today know how to use the internet for research so well that they don’t even know they know it. That is, digital tools now come so naturally to hand, and have been tailored so expertly to the needs of the specific individuals and projects, that the journalists don’t even think about them—they just use … Continue reading Lessons for Academics: What Journalists Know About Gatekeeping (Part 2)

Lessons for Academics: What Journalists Know About Gatekeeping (Part 1)

In preparing my talk on peer review for the MLA conference in Seattle last week, I forgot that few of my fellow academics have much familiarity with ‘gatekeeping,’ certainly not to the extent that journalists have, especially after the upheavals of the past decade. Though the situations are different (journalists working with a responsibility to … Continue reading Lessons for Academics: What Journalists Know About Gatekeeping (Part 1)