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Adjunct faculty are educators, too.

49% of college instructors nationwide are classified as adjunct faculty. Adjunct faculty are seen as peripheral to higher education, but play a vital role in student education. Community colleges are leading the way in developing programs and professional development opportunities for adjuncts. At North Shore Community College in Massachusetts, the college developed a one-year adjunct…

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Designing Multiple Pathways to Learning

One of the key trends impacting colleges and universities today is the need for multiple pathways to participation in an institution. At the City University of Seattle, faculty and administrators tackled this issue head on. At AAC&U’s conference on general education, Elizabeth Fountain, David Griffin, and Melissa Mecham described their university’s approach to a multiple…

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If we focus on student learning, do we really need courses?

Barbara Wright, Vice President of Western Association of Schools and Colleges suggests that our biggest threats build on the changing demographics of our students, but also our changing perceptions of technology, assessment, learning-outcomes, and alternative higher education. At colleges, the old business model relied on of knowledge, instruction, learning, degrees, social networking, cultural opportunities, and…

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The future of higher education relies on the future of our current minorities

“It’s no surprise to anybody that the landscape of higher education is changing, ” says Steve H. Murdock, Professor of Sociology at Rice University, on the demography of classrooms. The American population is changing, growing, becoming more diverse, and indicative of an aging, and shrinking majority population. The largest population growth in the nation is…

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General Education Conference Kicks Off in New Orleans

Share “ Looking forward to a great meeting in New Orleans this week. Conference hashtag: #gened12 -join or follow the conversation! AAC&U Wed, Feb 22 2012 13:49:45 ReplyRetweet AAC&U hosts conferences about the issues and challenges facing them in today’s society. This week’s conference is on renewal of general education programs. Share “ With this…