by AndrewMc | 9/15/2009 07:00:00 AM

How schools "calculate" the "percentage of full-time faculty" for rankings

Combating discrimination on campus.

Find a review of some new scholarship on Alger Hiss here.

More money doesn't necessarily mean more graduates.

I thought this was timely, given the recent addition of about a half-dozen "studies" programs to the curriculum at my university.

Re-think that grading style! [subscription required]

New faculty? Good advice.

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Blogger Ahistoricality on 9/15/2009 12:25 PM:

I haven't been able to get at that grading article yet (paywall) but I will say that I approve of the sidebar realignment!


Blogger AndrewMc on 9/15/2009 2:08 PM:

Ha, thanks. I've been meaning to do that, but for whatever reason just now got around to it. "Peer Review" is always the first thing I look at--to find out what's new.


Blogger Ahistoricality on 9/17/2009 12:02 PM:

I finally snuck a look at that grading article (my institution has a subscription, according to the library, but I honestly can't figure out how to access it; my department has a paper subscription, too, so I'd see it eventually) and I'm not impressed.

Yes, it's a shame that we have to use grades to enforce regular work habits, but teaching is neither coaching nor video gaming. Yes, some faculty are mathematical illiterates -- I can't tell you how many times I programmed Excell spreadsheets for people who don't seem to be able to manage SUM and MAX and MEDIAN -- but a single high-stakes end-of-semester test is an artificial and often unfair method of evaluation.

This is why I read IHE....


Blogger AndrewMc on 9/18/2009 6:17 AM:

It's interesting, but a lot of words to say "grading is subjective."