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August 8, 2008
You see it all the time, in the brochures and advertisements from liberal arts colleges and other non-gargantuan institutions. "Small class sizes," they promise, and for good reason, because everyone knows that small classes are better than large. No cavernous lecture halls where the professor is little more than a distant stick figure, they say -- raise your hand here, and someone will stop and listen. Plus, he or she will be a real professor, the genuine tenure-track article, not a part-timer or grad student but someone who really knows his or her stuff.
August 7, 2008
Even knowing what questions to ask about how colleges teach and students learn is difficult, says Bernard Fryshman. The answers? How much time do you have?
August 6, 2008
A friend recently noted that this week’s column would probably run at just about the time the Chinese government was using the Olympic torch to burn down a Tibetan village. Perhaps, he said, this might be a good occasion to check out the latest edition of The Ancient Olympic Games by Judith Swadding – first published by the British Museum in 1980 and now being reissued by the University of Texas Press.
August 5, 2008
Wick Sloane offers guidance on the Gates Foundation’s bold plan for doubling the number of low-income Americans with postsecondary credentials.
August 4, 2008
Why is it acceptable for professors outside the sciences to feel no shame or even to take pride in their lack of knowledge of math and science, wonders Chad Orzel.

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