Teaching

Classroom Successes

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Political scientists share strategies for reaching students and helping them succeed.

Professor Sex Is Not Back for More

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After 2 students complain, George Washington declines to renew contract of a popular and explicit instructor.

Tactical Shift or Tactical Error?

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AAUP endorsed statement on academic responsibilities, but comes out against including it in key federal bill.

Fewer A's at Princeton

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Princeton University students need to work harder for the A's.

The university released results Monday of the first year under a new grading policy, designed to tackle the issue of grade inflation. In the last academic year, A's (including plus and minus grades) accounted for 40.9 percent of all grades awarded. That may not be consistent with a bell curve, but the figure is down from 46.0 percent the previous year, and 47.9 percent the year before that.

Outsourced Grading

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Kentucky community colleges experiment with having outside company evaluate students' essays in freshman composition.

Has Scholarship Been Reconsidered?

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New book suggests that Boyer's call for reform of tenure and promotion has had real impact -- and hit roadblocks and contradictions.

Common Ground on Intelligent Design

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Science professors who support the concept tend to agree with opponents that it doesn't belong in the science classroom.

Blackboard, WebCT to Merge

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Combination of 2 leading e-learning platforms will dominate market, but some college officials fret about impact.

Blackboard vs....

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In buying WebCT, did course-management giant vanquish competition, or is open source the real competition?

Minor Additions

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Rice contemplates minors that would expand offerings, and perhaps limit pressure on students to accumulate multiple majors.

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