Monthly Archives: July 2018

Don’t assume online students are more likely to cheat. The evidence is murky

Don’t assume online students are more likely to cheat. The evidence is murky

More university students are choosing to study online rather than face-to-face, prompting concerns about academic integrity. If you’re tempted to cheat in face-to-face courses, even during exams, how much easier would it be to pass off work that isn’t your own when you’re online? But research by us and others shows how university courses are delivered […] … learn more→

Racist banana = Spend $121,000,000 on diversity

Racist banana = Spend $121,000,000 on diversity

The student loan scam had led to a deluge of money raining down on our campuses. There seems to be nothing stopping our leaders in higher ed from pouring that money on a wide array of useless expenditures. I know, Social Justice Warrior lunatics have taken control of many of our campuses and they want […] … learn more→

Environmental scientists must learn the language of literature

Environmental scientists must learn the language of literature

Human destruction of nature is rapidly eroding the world’s capacity to provide food, water and security to billions of people. That is the dismal conclusion of the most comprehensive study of biodiversity ever conducted, involving more than 550 experts from more than 100 countries. The research, published in March, was carried out under the auspices […] … learn more→

The evidence that active learning is more effective than lecturing is overwhelming

The evidence that active learning is more effective than lecturing is overwhelming

I was initially annoyed at Times Higher Education’s article on my talk at the THE Teaching Excellence Summit (“Don’t believe the anti-lecture myths, says Glasgow vice-principal”) but then I realised that the article was demonstrating just what I said. How could I complain? I said that most university administrators were unfamiliar with this research – a […] … learn more→

Will your College survive the next decade?

Will your College survive the next decade?

Inside Higher Education (IHE) released its 2018 Survey of College and University Business Officers last week. While the findings vary across the different sectors of American higher education, many are sobering, especially for four-year private colleges. Many Small, Private Colleges’ Financial State is Perilous According to the IHE survey, conducted in partnership with Gallup, “44 percent of chief financial officers […] … learn more→

Sex education lessons from Mississippi and Nigeria

Sex education lessons from Mississippi and Nigeria

Nigeria and Mississippi are a world apart physically, but the rural American state and the African country have much in common when it comes to the obstacles they had to overcome to implement sex education in their schools. Three lessons about overcoming these obstacles come out of researchthat several colleagues and I conducted on how sex education came […] … learn more→

Oxymoron of the week: Congress seeks to fix broken Higher Ed system

Oxymoron of the week: Congress seeks to fix broken Higher Ed system

In an article for Forbes, Tom Lindsay reports on the scope of the student debt problem as a preface to discussing H.R. 4508, legislation introduced by Virginia Foxx (R-NC) to “reform” higher education ostensibly to make it more affordable. Titled the “Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity through Education Reform Act,” or PROSPER Act, “seeks to reform our […] … learn more→

Not doing the PhD (and being ok with that)

Not doing the PhD (and being ok with that)

Earlier this year I told some of my friends that I was enrolling in a PhD. This was a lie, but at the time I thought it was the truth. In February I was made one of those offers that you can’t refuse, a true gift for an early career academic; I was offered a […] … learn more→

How do I create my own website

How do I create my own website

Virtually every company, individual and organization has their own website, and with the web growing by leaps and bounds, websites will become even more important as time passes. But how does an internet novice go about creating a website from scratch? It may be tempting to hire a website designer or firm to create an […] … learn more→