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Liberal arts and workforce development

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

The value of Liberal Arts and Workforce skills continues to be in the news.  Revisit previous post.  One recent article focused on false promises and splits that are emerging between those who can go to college for Liberal Arts and those who are expected to get “training’.  More recently,  helping students learn ‘soft skills to ‘know’…


Vision Project MA Department of Higher Education

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

The MA Department of Higher Education outlines the directions for public higher education in Massachusetts, with its focus on The Vision Project.  Individuals can subscribe to regular newsletters.  Transforming Developmental Education and College Readiness is one report.  Other websites including Coalition FOR Community Colleges and Boston Foundation include reports shaping public higher education in Massachusetts.


Value of Promoting Student Writing

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

As the semester winds down, and many faculty review student writings, it is important to remember that research shows that students who can write and speak articulately have better chances of being hired.  Firefighters who can write grants and speak publically, help promote safer communities.  A recent blog supported the national writing day and identified it…


OWS and College Responsibilities

Saturday, November 26th, 2011

As the Occupy Wallstreet moves to Occupy Campuses, college faculty and administrative staff can learn lessons from recent weeks’ events.  By now most of us have seen a 2 minute or 8 minute video clip [and transcript] of the pepper spraying protesters at UC Davis.  Recent articles have urged colleges to move cautiously as students make…


Academic quality: is it deteriating

Friday, April 15th, 2011

Increasingly writers of both essays and research are questioning the academic quality of work students are being asked to complete and are actually producing.  A recent article Skating through college NY Times 4-11 identified that in business schools, the students are spending an average of  11 hours outside of class time  reading and doing assignments.   Other…


Not achieving the dream

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Recent articles and reports have outlined that even the colleges that received Achieving the Dream funding from the Lumina Foundation, did not significantly increase retention.  The report did outline that the colleges did increase their ‘culture of evidence’ as related to assessment, outcomes and other measures of student performance.  Additionally, a community college dean, raised…


Gleanings from the killings in Arizona

Sunday, January 30th, 2011

 Jared L. Loughner was a student. Officials at  Pima Community College carefully documented the possibility of  mental illness, possibility of the influence of drugs and the  series of bizarre classroom disruptions.  The case file released and published in the NY Times, provides a ‘case’ study for faculty, administrators, student development counselors and community college crisis teams.  The…


National Assessment Pilot in CC’s

Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

The American Association of Community Colleges announced a pilot of accountability system. Voluntary Framework of Accountability [VFA] includes 40 community colleges around the country, including BHCC in MA.  The pilot colleges will conduct data collection at the course, program and institutional assessment level. AACC published an assessment manual for colleges to consider. Other suggestions from Lumina Foundation include successful ideas for…


Anti Bullying: federal expectations

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

The U.S. Department of Education’s release Tuesday of anti-discrimination guidelines, including new suggested stronger rules for anti-bullying for pre-k-12 and colleges.  The ‘guidance letter’ suggests that bullying must be treated as a breach of federal law, beyond a campus/school district code violation. According to the NY Times, the guidance letter has been issued in the spate of…


Digital Age Plagiarism & Fair Use of Videos

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

A NY Times article entitled Plagiarism Lines Blur in Digital Age, explores college students’ confusion and disciplinary actions for plagiarism.  The article suggests that many students in this digital age don’t fully understand the concepts of authorship,  intellectual property and  copyright.  The article also suggests that digital age students who are used to downloading videos, music…


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