A professor resists departmental attempt to add a female author to class reading list for sake of gender balance

A departmental committee told a professor he had to teach Judith Butler in his class in the name of gender balance. He refused. As for Butler, she doesn’t want her work forced on him.

NLRB Certifies Columbia Grad Assistant Union Election

The National Labor Relations Board certified the election results for Columbia University’s new graduate assistant union this month, despite the institution’s challenge to the validity of last year's vote. Columbia argued that there were inconsistencies in voter identification procedures during the election, but the board in its two-to-one member decision said any confusion affected four votes at most — far less than the 979 vote margin of approval for the United Autoworkers-affiliated union. The new union has called on Columbia to begin engaging in collective bargaining.

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New calls for clear, easily accessible data on Ph.D. program outcomes in life sciences

Calls for clear, easily accessible data on Ph.D. program outcomes have failed to produce results at any kind of scale. A new coalition of 10 life sciences institutions hopes to change that.

Colleges start new programs

Should professors talk about now-notable former students?

Professors typically refrain from talking about their now-notable former students publicly, but some feel moved to do so in the public interest, good or bad.

Monitoring Undergraduate STEM Education

Quality instruction goes a long way toward keeping students -- especially underrepresented minorities and women -- in the sciences, technology, math and engineering. But measuring educational quality isn’t easy. A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, “Indicators for Monitoring Undergraduate STEM Education,” says that assessing quality and impact in STEM at the national level will require the collection of new data on changing student demographics, instructors’ use of evidence-based teaching approaches, student transfer patterns and more.

Instead of more typical, highly variable measures of educational value -- such as graduate employment data -- the academies propose a conceptual framework for a national indicator system with three main goals and 21 specific indicators of progress. Goals include increasing students’ mastery of STEM concepts and skills by engaging them in evidence-based practices and programs. Indicators include the use of valid measures of teaching effectiveness and the diversity of STEM degree and certificate earners in comparison with the diversity of degree and certificate earners in all fields.

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Landmark College offers model for institutions and instructors hoping to reach students of all learning abilities

A small institution in Vermont caters to students with disabilities by letting them choose the technology that suits their needs.

Recapping the year in digital learning -- and the developments that will last

What happened this year that will still matter in 2022? Digital learning experts weigh in.

Students have vital role in creating and spreading OER

Through creating and spreading open educational resources, students learn more and make an impact on the world, writes Christina Hendricks.

Why a professor doesn't assign term papers (opinion)

Teaching Today

Students need to read more, talk about ideas and then write shorter papers more often, writes Deborah J. Cohan.

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