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May 4, 2006

Professors, what would you do to avoid teaching freshmen? Deans, what would you do to get senior professors teaching what you want them to teach? A battle of wills at the University of Maryland at College Park -- perhaps soon to escalate into a court battle -- is a good illustration of the kinds of choices faced by colleges and professors when it comes to who will teach what.

May 4, 2006

The House Science Committee is set to introduce legislation that will bolster science and math education, largely through NSF at the college level.

May 4, 2006

Student course evaluations are ubiquitous these days, whether they be at a national site like ratemyprofessors.com or sponsored by individual institutions. But Harvard University faculty members are split on whether evaluations should be mandatory. Both the Faculty Council and the Harvard College Curricular Review have recommended requiring course evaluations, but at a Tuesday meeting of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, many professors expressed the need to have a deeper discussion about the utility and drawbacks of evaluations before any decisions are made.

May 4, 2006

First Latino chancellor of community college district resigns after 3 years -- amid disputes over what went wrong.

May 3, 2006

Education Department defines what students must do to qualify for Academic Competitiveness and SMART Grants.

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