2013-2014: issue #7 - December 4, 2013
Even if you are not joining us for the December Reading Groups, you may be interested in taking a look at this book as part of the Strategic Planning process. Currently available in Seymour Library (and currently available quite cheaply as an ebook).
From the publisher:
"What is the value of a college degree?
"The four-year college experience is as American as apple pie. So is the belief that education offers a ticket to a better life. But with student-loan debt surpassing the $1 trillion mark and unemployment on the rise, people are beginning to question that value. Is a college diploma still worth pursuing at any price?
"In College (Un)bound, Jeffrey J. Selingo, editor at large for The Chronicle for Higher Education, argues that America's higher education system is broken. The great credential race has turned universities into big business and fostered an environment where middle tier colleges can command elite university-level tuition while concealing staggeringly low graduation rates and churning out students with few hard skills into the job market.
"Selingo not only turns a critical eye to the current state of affairs in higher education, but he also predicts how technology will transform it for the better. Free massive online open courses (MOOCs) and hybrid classes, adaptive learning software, and the unbundling of traditional degree credits will increase access to high quality education regardless of budget or location and tailor lesson plans to individual needs. One thing is certain--the Class of 2020 will have a radically different college experience than their parents."
Taking your Course Online: Two Workshops - Dec. 11 and 13
Going online with course content - Wed., Dec. 11, 9:30-11:00am - Stellyes lab, SMC E-Wing Basement
NEH Summer 2014 Seminars and Institutes Announced: Applications Due March 4
NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes promote teaching in the humanities with specific attention to undergraduate teaching faculty. For those unfamiliar with the NEH nomenclature, "seminars" focus on a specific topic, providing both study of
that topic and opportunities to pursue individual projects related to it with the support of the seminar leaders and participants. "Institutes" are designed to advance undergraduate teaching on key themes and issues, engaging participants in discussions of texts and topics, while bringing leading scholars to the institute to present current scholarship on the material.
Reminder: 2013 Calendar Year Curriculum Vitae Updates Due January 10
Submit copies to the Dean's Office and your department by January 10. Form (.docx download) is here.
Research/Creative Work and Conference Travel Funding Requests for Spring and Early Summer (through end of Fiscal Year, June 30, 2014) - Due January 31
If you are interested in applying for Funds for Research and Creative Work for the remainder of the 2013-2104 academic year (including June),
please submit forms and supporting documents (in .doc or .pdf) to email@example.com by January 31, 2014.
Reminder: Funding to Support Activities in Global Studies
The Stellyes Center for Global Studies offers financial support for faculty and student activities related to global education. Funding is available in a number of categories relating to curricular development,
collaborative work, and student international travel. Faculty are encouraged to review the application form and instructions and
contact Center Director Robin Ragan with questions and proposals for use of these funds.