TURNING POINTS—“Winning By Surrendering Our Turf”

  After last week’s post about the Thriving in Academe article (http://www.nea.org/assets/docs/1901eAdvocate_ThrivingFinal.pdf) I heard from my old friend and teaching partner, Paul McGarvey, who spun story after story about collaborative teaching and how it energized dozens of faculty members at Community College of Philadelphia over the years. Professors from various disciplines came together and learned … Continue reading TURNING POINTS—“Winning By Surrendering Our Turf”

TURNING POINTS—Pleasant Surprises

Last week, I received a Facebook Message from someone who wanted to share her thoughts about Open Admissions: What Teaching at Community College Taught Me About Learning. Her note and subsequent email message made my day. Former community college teacher Sue Cassidy had read about the book in the Sunday Maine Telegram. https://www.pressherald.com/2018/03/25/ned-bachuss-memoir-explores-the-challenges-faced-by-first-generation-community-college-students/ Having taught … Continue reading TURNING POINTS—Pleasant Surprises

TURNING POINTS–When Injustice Is Par For The Course

Last week, we looked at inequities in higher education, especially as they apply to first-generation students. Opportunity involves access, of course, so it’s a big deal when a nontraditional student gains admission to an elite university; however, as we learned in Afred Lubrano’s Philadelphia Inquirer April 22 piece, money is only one of the things … Continue reading TURNING POINTS–When Injustice Is Par For The Course

TURNING POINTS—Unfair Advantages: Money Isn’t Everything, Dahling

The recently exposed college admissions scandal reminded us that there is no such thing as a level playing field when it comes to higher education. The fact that wealthy people immorally and illegally use their power, influence, and money to benefit their children is hardly a surprise, though the magnitude and sheer cheek of the … Continue reading TURNING POINTS—Unfair Advantages: Money Isn’t Everything, Dahling

TURNING POINTS—Money Well Spent: The Colleges That Best Promote Economic Mobility

Higher education helps individuals raise themselves from the lowest economic rungs in society. While highly selective universities offer great benefits to the relatively small percentage of lower income students that they accept, it turns out that the less selective institutions that do the bulk of that important work actually do a better job of it, … Continue reading TURNING POINTS—Money Well Spent: The Colleges That Best Promote Economic Mobility