What’s Dennis Reading? – 10/22/2014

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Student Affairs, Boards, and Rebuilding the Public Trust
by Kevin Kruger, Trusteeship

Gallup survey results released in April of this year showed that 89 percent of those polled feel that higher education institutions need to change to better serve the needs of today’s students, with only 49 percents of U.S. adults seeing evidence that such change is actually happening. Offices of student affairs and their boards can better serve student needs through the modification of things like responding to crises and connecting to students through online communication channels.

Choosing Success: A Paradigm for Empowering First-Generation College Students
by Louis V. Macias, About Campus

The majority of the research done on first-generation college students has focused not on what they’re doing right, but rather what is wrong with them. When “first-generation college students” is searched on educational databases, the research found highlights deficits ranging from lack of academic engagement and motivation to low self-esteem. First- generation students are best served when they are advised by faculty and staff that portray an inspiration, success-oriented mindset that considers all of their capabilities instead of focusing on the misconstrued detriments that are often associated with them.

Experience Matters: Why Competency-Based Education Will Not Replace Seat Time
by Johann N. Neem, Liberal Education

Competency-based education is established through allowing students to advance academically if they have demonstrated a mastery in the expectations. Work and other forms of experience can be parlayed into academic credit, allowing students to forgo certain classes in order to earn a degree or pass a course. Author Johann N. Neem believes that this not only reduces the role of teachers, it also often considers knowledge of a subject as secondary to mastering the skills—as some have put it, who cares what you know, it’s what you can do that matters.

 

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