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September 21, 2010
At a recent birthday party one of my daughter’s friends received a copy of the young readers edition of the book “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” by Michael Pollan. The dust jacket describes the book as “an unforgettable journey behind the scenes of your dinner”. My daughter was intrigued. It is a very readable narrative, and since she found it in the library a last week, she has carried it around constantly.
September 21, 2010
Editors' note: if you are exploring GlobalHigherEd today please be aware that we've loaded up two entries today regarding the world university rankings issue. These entries are designed to be complementary, though they clearly operate at different levels. Our sincere thanks to Pablo Achard of the University of Geneva for his very thoughtful guest entry ('Rankings: a case of blurry pictures of the academic landscape?').
September 21, 2010
One doesn't grow up wanting to be a college president. Firefighter, yes. Doctor, certainly. But college president? Even the principal's kid wouldn't have thought of it. But here I am, starting out my first academic year at Alma College, a liberal arts college I've known and admired for years. For colleges and universities, presidential transitions offer a great opportunity to answer lingering questions about identity, to determine aspirations, to recall core values.
September 21, 2010
Editors' note: this guest entry has been kindly contributed by Pablo Achard (University of Geneva).
September 20, 2010
Should professors with full-time positions at college A be allowed to teach as adjuncts at college B?
September 20, 2010
This past Sunday the New York Times magazine section was devoted to education, and especially to education and technology.
September 20, 2010
In 2006, a new way of charging university students for tuition was introduced in England (Scotland did something different). Universities were allowed to charge undergraduates fees up to £3000 a year (since uprated to about £3300), a significant increase on the previous level, but now the government would pay the fee to the university on the student's behalf, recovering it from the student through the tax system once she or he was earning a sum somewhat below the national median income.
September 20, 2010
The problem with reviewing Nick Bilton's amazing new book, "I Live in the Future & Here's How It Works: Why Your World, Work, and Brain Are Being Creatively Disrupted" is confirmation bias. Nick says things I agree with, and therefore I'm likely to approve both of his arguments and the way in which he makes them.
September 20, 2010
Not-for-profit higher education faces numerous and serious challenges in contemporary global society: international competition in its “marketplace;” reduced government support for expanded access; quality education for both younger and older generations of learners; the growth of for-profit companies, institutes and programs encroaching on its traditional sphere; and, most important, low morale and a corresponding lack of commitment to its particular missions: to teach, research and to improve society through education, its processes as well as its creative works and discoveries.
September 19, 2010
Maybe it’s the time of year, but I’ve received several variations on the same question recently: when a student doesn’t get into a Nursing program, what should s/he do next?It’s a great question, but the answers aren’t easy.

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