Monthly Archives: March 2017

Committing to Collaboration

More private colleges want to form partnerships to share costs and administrative responsibilities. But such coordination isn’t easy.

When Kimberly W. Benston runs through the list of institutions that Haverford College collaborates with, he pauses a few times, trying to recall which counterpart fits where.


To Read Well on Screens, Change Your Mindset

Culture Mulching

I’ve written the following post to accompany (and extend) my talk on “Cultivating a Digital Reading Mindset in First-Year Composition” that I’ll be giving this Friday at the 2017 Conference on College Composition and Communication in Portland, Oregon (Session I.38).

While I’m primarily directing this toward an audience of college instructors, I hope that teachers at all levels—as well as anyone interested in the differences between print and screen reading and how to become better at the latter—will find something useful in it. 

To find your way to any of the sources cited below, as well as to a number of other articles, studies, and books on this subject, I encourage you to visit this annotated bibliography of sources on digital reading that is available on the websites of UC Berkeley’s College Writing Programs and UCB’s Center for Teaching and Learning.  (P.S. Thanks to Jason B. Jones…

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Berkeley again accused of protecting reputation of star professor instead of acting on reports of harassment

It’s more bad news for both a discipline and an institution that have been plagued by reports of sexual harassment and assault in recent years: a former research assistant is suing the University of California for failing to properly address her report of misconduct against a star philosopher on the Berkeley campus.

Source: Berkeley again accused of protecting reputation of star professor instead of acting on reports of harassment

Elite Higher Ed: A Bad Example for Good Leaders

Blog: Just Visiting Follow @biblioracle Writing in the New York Times , Susan Cain takes the class of elite higher education institutions to task for their “leadership” fetish when it comes to admissions. As Cain reports, Harvard is looking for “citizen-leaders.” Yale ups the ante, seeking, “the leaders of their generation.” They are not alone, of course.

Source: Elite Higher Ed: A Bad Example for Good Leaders

Activities for Developing a Positive Classroom Climate

Positive classroom climate can encourage students to participate, think deeply about content, and engage peers in intellectual debate. Creating a classroom climate conducive to that type of expression can be difficult. Classrooms are filled with a diverse cross-section of our society representing multiple learning preferences and expectations. Professors aspire to reach all students and engage them in meaningful, content-rich examinations of the subject matter, but peer-to-peer relationships, personal struggles, students’ perception of course content, and even the novelty of the college classroom itself can all impact the class climate. The key to overcoming these variables is the professor. The professor is the one piece that most students attribute their success or failure and their positive or negative experiences in a college classroom (Boesch, 2014). The following describes a pilot project completed in the fall of 2016 in a small liberal arts college.