Skip to content

Top

Issues in Higher Education and DePauw University

Category: Reports

The Start of the Academic Year at DePauw

Posted in Reports

Every late August, the Faculty Institute at DePauw University initiates the academic year. Below is the address to the faculty given by the Vice President…

Read MoreThe Start of the Academic Year at DePauw

Gladwell’s Revisionist History of American Higher Education

Posted in Reports

Malcolm Gladwell Revisionist History logoBy Humberto Barreto, Q. G. Noblitt Professor of Economics and Management

Malcolm Gladwell devoted three episodes of his latest project, Revisionist History, to American higher education. As The Guardian put it:

To him, the, project is a lark. It would probably be more lucrative to bind up the podcast scripts and sell millions of them in bookshops, but that’s not much of a challenge any more. In a recent interview with Recode, Gladwell said he has had a revelation about podcasts, that he can “finally make people cry … because it’s audio, you can do this magnificent thing that you can’t do on the page: you can move people emotionally.” —The Guardian

If you listen, I think you will agree that he does create bewilderment, frustration, and finally plain old anger as he criticizes our system’s inability to find talent, help those who need it the most, and allocate philanthropic gifts efficiently. Read More Gladwell’s Revisionist History of American Higher Education

Technology is the Bridge: Report from the Consortium of Liberal Arts Colleges (CLAC) Annual Conference, Pt. 2

Posted in Reports

Consortium of Liberal Arts Colleges (CLAC)Continued report from the 28th annual Consortium of Liberal Arts Colleges (CLAC) conference, hosted June 14-16, 2016, on the campus of Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia.
by Carol L. Smith (Chief Information Officer)

The annual CLAC conference brought together more than 100 CIOs (Chief Information Officers), library directors, instructional technologists, and technology leaders who engaged through invited speakers, member presentations, and hallway conversations to discuss current issues in technology and higher education.

This is the second in a two-part series highlighting three key themes from the conference:

  • Interdisciplinary study, critical thinking, and the value of the liberal arts – Scaffolding connections between ideas, challenges, and people lies at the heart of liberal arts colleges (Read more in the first part of this series . . .)
  • Analytics and advising – Using institutional data to support students and ensure their success to graduation
  • Collaborations and partnerships – Leveraging partnerships to gain efficiencies and focus on innovation

Read More Technology is the Bridge: Report from the Consortium of Liberal Arts Colleges (CLAC) Annual Conference, Pt. 2