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Tests With Irrelevant Time Limits Unfairly Punish Many Students

To the Editor:

Although I appreciate the concerns raised by Dr. Ari Trachtenberg in his commentary, “Extra Time on an Exam: Suitable Accommodation or Legal Cheating?” (The Chronicle, September 18), it seems as though he is missing some critical points regarding accommodations for postsecondary students with disabilities.

Most college and high stakes exams are designed to be “power” tests, and speed is really an irrelevant construct. What matters is what you know and understand, not how quick…

Government Funding Can Support Applied Research

To the Editor:

I applaud your article on the need for higher federal support of agricultural research (“Farm Scientists See Ripening Opportunity for Greater Federal Support,The Chronicle, September 13). It has languished for decades, missing key opportunities to move agriculture to a more productive and sustainable trajectory. However, your analysis neglects two public R&D opportunities that are vital to future success.

U.S. history is replete with evidence that USDA and the Land Grant system …

How One Institution Puts Focus on Diversity During Hiring Process

To the Editor:

Recent letters (“Recurring Problems in Articles on Faculty Diversity,” September 12; “Without Emphasis on Diversity, Hiring Process Is Not a Meritocracy,” September 16) have debated the issue of hiring faculty for diversity. When I became provost at a very diverse public comprehensive campus, I became concerned that we had not been very intentional about linking our hiring practices to our goals for student success. To become more intentional, with the enthusiastic support of the …

Without Emphasis on Diversity, Hiring Process Is Not a Meritocracy

To the Editor:

In the letter appearing on September 12, “Recurring Problems in Articles on Faculty Diversity,” the author challenged the pursuit of faculty diversity by indicating that such a goal constitutes “thin ice” and discrimination. What is most befuddling about the letter is the author’s erroneous assumption that without the pursuit of diversity, somehow the faculty-hiring process is based on merit. The faculty-hiring process, without any specific emphasis on diversity, is not…

Recurring Problems in Articles on Faculty Diversity

To the Editor:

In the many articles that you publish on faculty diversity, there are two recurring problems.

The first is that it is seldom acknowledged that weighing race, ethnicity, and sex in employment selection and promotion is illegal under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Perhaps people assume that, because the Supreme Court has recognized a “diversity” exception to the ban on racial discrimination in student admissions, the same exception must also be available in faculty hiri…

Potential Harm From Elsevier Patent Goes Beyond Open-Access Journals

To the Editor:

Your article about Elsevier’s patent for the “waterfall” model of online peer review, “Elsevier’s New Patent for Online Peer Review Throws a Scare Into Open-Source Advocates” (The Chronicle, September 1), understates the concern with the patent.  While those who advocate for open-access publishing (sometimes misleadingly referred to as “open-source” publishing) are concerned that it might harm open-access journals, the patent could just as easily be used against publishers who cha…

Original Source for Article About ‘Missing’ CUNY Funds Is Flawed

To the Editor:

I am writing in response to the article, “CUNY Investigates Possible Misuse of $600,000 at City College of N.Y.” (The Chronicle, August 31), which is based on a New York Times article, “Missing City College Donation Prompts Inquiry,” published on August 30. The New York Times article is filled with unsubstantiated assertions and misleading innuendo and suggests, without offering a single piece of evidence, that there were improprieties when there are none whatsoever. This was made…

Dorm for Black Students Is Segregation

To the Editor:

Your article on the University of Connecticut’s residence house for African American male students (“The Real Story Behind the U. of Connecticut’s ‘Scholars House’,The Chronicle, August 26) is tilted. It quotes not a single liberal in opposition to UConn’s con — its policy of purposefully singling black males only for remedial and support services provided in a separate and racially identifiable section of a dorm.  UConn mocks the law.  ”Scholars House” is a deliberate steering …

What Really Happened at Burlington College

To the Editor:

Will Wooton’s analysis of Burlington College’s recent “slide to oblivion,” (“The Real Reasons Small Colleges Fail,The Chronicle, June 8) offers a solid profile of the factors that lead many small private colleges, which make up 40 percent of colleges in the United States, to shut their doors, and lays the ultimate responsibility at the feet of the Board of Trustees.  However, in the case of Burlington College an additional layer of complications and questions exist.

So, what rea…

Rethinking Education in Psychology in Light of Reproducibility Crisis

To the Editor:

Sanjay Srivastava’s joke syllabus (“A Joke Syllabus With a Serious Point: Cussing Away the Reproducibility Crisis,The Chronicle, August 15) and Lee Jussim’s blog post on Psychology Today about educating psychology students in light of the reproducibility crisis led me to reflect on my department’s recent curriculum changes. We have retooled or created from scratch multiple courses that engage something few of my colleagues seem to consider relevant to the problem: intellectual…