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American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) 2009-10 Fellowship Competitions Announced
ACLS is a federation of learned societies in the humanities of which the NCTE College Forum is a member. Each year (even in tough times) ACLS makes available fellowship awards for advanced scholarship/research in the humanities. Visit the ACLS Competition website for further information on the large variety of fellowship awards that are currently accepting applications. These fellowships are available to individuals ranging from graduate students to full-tenure professors.

A Better Pencil
Author and CCCC Member Dennis Baron discusses his new book on the evolution of writing technologies and their impact on how we communicate -- and how students learn.
Inside Higher Ed, September 18, 2009

The Adjunct’s Moment of Truth
Maria Maisto considers the personal experiences that led her to decide she could not accept the current treatment of contingent faculty members.
Inside Higher Ed Views, September 10, 2009

Washington Whirlwind
The summer lull in federal higher ed policy making ended abruptly, with changes in Senate leadership, new regulation from the Education Department, and reports from the White House panel on the middle class.
Inside Higher Ed, September 10, 2009

Learning without a License
eCampus News, September 2009

Across 30 Nations, Public Spending on Higher Education Pays Off
The OECD saw financial returns for governments that allocated funds for higher education, and it predicted that the economic downturn will encourage students to remain in school.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, September 8, 2009

Going For Distance
Online education is now part of "fabric" of public universities, a new study finds. But teaching on the Web is a lot of work, and professors are not happy about lack of support from administrators.
Inside Higher Ed, August 31, 2009

The Almanac of Higher Education 2009-2010
This annual report features national and state-by-state data on colleges and universities, and their students, finances, and faculty and staff members, as well as regional profiles of the issues facing academe across the country.  
The Chronicle of Higher Education

Admissions Competition vs. Learning
It's harder to get into top colleges. But do long odds encourage students to learn more or game the system? Study finds minimal evidence of the former, and much of the latter.
Inside Higher Ed, August 25, 2009

Colleges Review 'Community'
Presidents, professors and students sound off on the pilot episode of NBC’s new, much debated sitcom about a 2-year college.
CCCC and TYCA members Sandie McGill Barnhouse and Howard Tinberg are quoted.
Inside Higher Ed, August 24, 2009

States' Focus on Public Colleges Collides With Budget Reality
For states in the Pacific West, an exceptional reliance on public colleges and a steady erosion of state support has made higher education unusually vulnerable to the recession.  
The Chronicle of Higher Education, August 24, 2009

Gender, Majors and Money 
Why do men earn more than women? Educational choices could be a key factor, raising questions about what colleges should do to promote economic equity, study finds.

Inside Higher Ed, August 10, 2009

Former U.S. Senator Pushes Colleges to Make Students Better Citizens
Bob Graham talks with The Chronicle about colleges' apparent retreat from teaching the skills of democratic life.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, August 6,2009

Taking Notes Beyond the Classroom
Influx of note sharing Web sites that allow students to upload and download class notes has raised questions, but also helped to increase access to higher education.
Inside Higher Ed, August 5, 2009

Will Higher Education Ever Change as It Should? (Commentary)
For true reform, writes Robert Zemsky, we need a process that will change most, if not all, institutions simultaneously -- a dislodging event.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, August 3, 2009

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