Open-but-Physically-Distant Campuses are Unworkable (And You’d Probably Hate Them)

Last Friday was National College Acceptance Day, the day when colleges traditionally ask students to plunk down their deposits for the next school year. Though many schools have extended that deadline, they remain in a race against students and coronavirus: Many universities keep insisting that campuses will be open in the fall. It's hard not... Continue Reading →

What is college without the liberal arts?

When was the last time you went to a faculty meeting where "pending budget cuts" wasn't an agenda item? I can't even recall. Two years ago, we stopped purchasing letterhead in our department. We pay our administrative assistant--a 12 month, full-time position that lists a BA as a preferred qualification--under $22,000 a year. That's under... Continue Reading →

Successful Grading in an Online Classroom

This post is part of a series to help you prepare for and navigate online teaching. While you can read the posts in any order, if you are just now building a class, you might want to start here. In online courses, creating careful feedback is even more important than in F2F classes. This is... Continue Reading →

FERPA Updates in the time of COVID

During a crisis, it can be hard to remember that, no matter what else we do, we must protect student privacy. These FERPA updates from the Department of Education can help. Above, Woman in Her Bath, Sponging Her Leg, by Edgar Degas shows a woman in a copper bathtub, her auburn hair drawn up, lifting... Continue Reading →

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