Academic administration

ACT scores fall to lowest level in five years

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Average ACT scores are the lowest they've been in five years. English and reading scores dropped the most from last year.

Derek Bok discusses his new book on higher education

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Derek Bok's new book asserts that much of the recent criticism of higher education is inaccurate or oversimplified, but that plenty of serious problems do exist.

Iowa state legislators mandate course-level 'continuous improvement' reporting, to mixed reactions

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Faculty members at Iowa's 3 public universities must demonstrate learning outcomes and report on how students achieve them. Proponents see "continuous improvement," while critics see paperwork.

Museums look for university partners to put them on viable financial path

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As museums face increased financial pressure, many are asking universities to either strike partnerships with them or even take them over -- moves they hope will stabilize finances.

College associations introduce new ways to measure student completion

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College associations create system to convey more information on completion than is provided by federal report.

Data suggest baby boomer faculty are putting off retirement

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New study shows that professors are delaying retirement or not planning to retire at all, due to both professional and economic reasons.

Study challenges data and ideas behind grade inflation in higher education

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Study challenges assumption that professors have become more lenient in evaluating students, or that their grades have less "signaling" power. Another researcher challenges paper as inaccurate.

For-profit woes means less work for adjuncts

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Sliding enrollments at for-profit colleges mean less work for adjuncts who teach online. And these faculty cutbacks happen quietly, and sometimes without much warning.

Study casts doubt on idea that spending more per student leads to better educational outcomes

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Study questions the relationship between how much colleges spend on education, and the quality of education that they provide.

Study finds that increased parental support for college results in lower grades

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The more financial support parents provide for college costs, the lower their children's grades, national study finds.

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