The Great Upheaval: Higher Education's Past, Present, and Uncertain Future

by eea | Wednesday, October 6, 2021 - 4:00 PM

By Arthur Levine and Scott Van Pelt In January of 2015, Arthur and Scott met for the first time at a small restaurant in New York’s West Village. Arthur was seeking a research assistant to help with a new book on the future of higher education, and Scott, a graduate student at Teachers College, Columbia University, of which Arthur was president emeritus, was on the job market. The conversation that started in that restaurant on Hudson Street would, over the next six years, evolve into an expansive exploration of the intersections between higher education and a multitude of other subject areas: technology, demographics, politics, and economics among them. The path that this journey took the authors on eventually led to an unexpected conclusion that would form the thesis of The Great Upheaval : that higher education is at an inflection point, the size and scope of which is unequaled since the time of the Industrial Revolution. The United States, like many other nations, is in the midst of an extraordinary transformation. The industrial era models that have underpinned our societies since the 19th century have started to shift with unprecedented speed, giving way to a...Read More

Infusing Empathy and Social Justice into the Classroom

by may | Tuesday, October 5, 2021 - 4:07 PM

Watercolor painting of two figures with swirling colors above their heads In the latest issue of the journal Hispania , Dr. Deanna Mihaly details the innovative ways she promotes intercultural competence with empathy in her Spanish classroom at Virginia State University. Hispania is published by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese . We invited Dr. Mihaly to learn more about how she brings social justice lessons into the language classroom. Her paper, " Empathy in Spanish Language Instruction ", is now available on Project MUSE. Hispania_front_cover.jpeg Can you tell us your "academic origin story"? How did you come to language instruction? When I was 11 years old, I saw a girl being teased at my school bus stop. She was standing by herself and staring into the distance as kids mocked her. I tried to talk to her and realized we weren't able to communicate well. She pulled a small Spanish-English dictionary out of her backpack and I spoke my first Spanish word to her, "amigo." It should have been "amiga" I would find out later! She taught me Spanish and I taught her English. We were best friends. When I...Read More

Getting Under Our Skin: The Cultural and Social History of Vermin

by eea | Tuesday, October 5, 2021 - 3:00 PM

By Lisa T. Sarasohn Let’s be perfectly clear: I despise bugs, even the supposedly socially useful ones, like bees or spiders. And I particularly don’t like the nefarious ones that I feature in my book, Getting Under Our Skin: The Cultural and Social History of Vermin . I think that even the most fervent ecologist would be happy to see bedbugs, fleas, and lice disappear off the face of the earth and especially off our bodies. So, perhaps the most pertinent question is why I decided to write a historical account about how these creatures have impacted society in Britain and America. For me, the discussion of vermin is largely metaphorical rather than medical. Vermin are a prism through which we look at other people, generally downward. In the seventeenth century, after centuries of tolerating lice and fleas on their bodies as part of life, members of the upper classes suddenly wanted to rid themselves of them. I wanted to know why. The answer has to do with cleanliness becoming a mark of distinction – and dirtiness a sign of degradation and repulsiveness. As capitalism and urbanization increased, the newly-risen needed a sign that they were...Read More

New study reveals how "reverse transfer" students fare at community colleges

by may | Monday, October 4, 2021 - 1:01 PM

The latest issue of The Review of Higher Education includes a notable paper from City University of New York (CUNY) researcher Vivian Yuen Ting Liu. Dr. Liu analyzed eight years of data about students who transferred to two-year colleges. The results could have an important impact on administrators and policy makers' decision making. We sat down with Dr. Liu to hear more about her study, " The Road Less Traveled: Degree Completion and Labor Market Impact of Reverse Transfer on Non-High-Achieving Students ". RHE Cover.jpeg Can you tell us a bit about your academic background, how you came to focus on higher education outcomes? I became deeply interested in higher education outcomes through a mixture of opportunity and personal interest. Two of my Ph.D. mentors at Columbia University (Thomas Bailey and Judith Scott-Clayton) are both well-known scholars in the field of higher education. Naturally, I have had more exposure in their area of research. At the time, I was also involved with research at the Center for Analysis of Postsecondary Education and Employment, with a special focus on students enrolling in for-profit colleges. I came to understand that many for-profit...Read More

Banned Books Week 2021: Books Unite Us, Censorship Divides Us

by may | Sunday, September 26, 2021 - 12:19 PM

Stack of Books Banned Books Week (September 26 – October 2) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. Banned Books Week highlights the value of free and open access to information and brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular. - via BannedBooksWeekLogo.png Every year, the Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) compiles a list of the Top 10 Most Challenged Books in order to inform the public about censorship in libraries and schools. The 2020 most challenged books list includes newer titles touching on racial injustice, books featuring LGBTQIA+ characters, and classics like To Kill a Mockingbird , one of the most frequently challenged books in the United States for decades. Johns Hopkins University Press proudly supports this year's Banned Books Week theme: Books unite us, censorship divides us . Below is a sampling of just a...Read More