All posts by Dan Berrett


Students Don’t Always Recognize Good Teaching, Study Finds

Effective teaching has a lasting impact on students but is rarely recognized in their course evaluations, according to an analysis, released on Tuesday, of nearly 340,000 mathematics students at the University of Phoenix.

A skilled instructor affected his or her students’ performance in a course on a scale equal to moving their grade from a B to a B-plus, say researchers at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in a report on their study, “Measuring Up: Assessing Instructor Effectiveness in Hi…


For-Profit Coalition Seeks to Bolster the Flipped-Classroom Approach

A new company is seeking to tap what it sees as a rich vein of research and a lucrative global market for an approach to teaching and learning called flipped learning.

A flipped classroom describes a wide range of educational methods, like just-in-time teaching, peer instruction, and the use of clickers. Advocates of the approach tend to share the conviction that students should engage actively with course material during class instead of listening to a lecture.

In other countries, flipped learn…


Land-Grant Partnership Seeks to Transform Math Teaching in Secondary Schools

Colleges, universities, and school systems in 30 states have agreed to work jointly to improve the preparation of those who teach secondary-school mathematics. The new effort was announced on Thursday by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, whose work is being supported in part by $200,000 from the National Science Foundation.

The program, known as the Mathematics Teacher Education Partnership, will draw on the expertise of about three dozen teams of college and university facu…


MIT Economist of Health Care Wins John Bates Clark Medal

Amy N. Finkelstein, a professor of economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has won the John Bates Clark Medal, the American Economic Association announced on Friday. Calling Ms. Finkelstein the leading scholar of health economics and one of the most accomplished applied micro-economists of her generation, the award committee lauded her research as “a model of how theory and empirics can be combined in creative ways” and lead to unexpected insights that can inform policy.

Ms. Fink…


Education Faculty Less Accepting of Evolution Than Other Professors, Study Finds

Three-quarters of faculty members who educate prospective teachers accept the truth of biological evolution, far less than the 94 percent of general faculty members who say the same, according to a study of professors and students at 35 colleges and universities in New England that has been published in Evolution Education and Outreach. The study—by Guillermo Paz-y-Miño-C, an assistant professor of biology at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, and Avelina Espinosa, an associate pro…


CUNY Faculty Sues to Block New Core Curriculum

In an unusual move, faculty leaders at the City University of New York filed suit on Wednesday in state court to block CUNY from putting in place its new core curriculum. The plaintiffs, who are the heads of the Professional Staff Congress and the University Faculty Senate, argue that CUNY exceeded its authority in determining curriculum when it failed to follow bylaws and faculty-governance procedures. Administrators have described the new core curriculum as intended to simplify the transfer pr…


Art, Design, and Architecture Colleges Boost New York City’s Economy, Report Argues

New York City, which placed a high-profile bet last year on a new campus for the applied sciences as a vehicle for economic development, already enjoys a significant job-creating boost from its colleges of art and design, a new study says. In the study, “Designing New York’s Future,” the Center for an Urban Future found that nearly 20 percent of all graduates from the Pratt Institute, Parsons the New School for Design, and the School of Visual Arts went on to start their own businesses, far more…


Louisiana State U. Faculty Adopts Option to Grade for Attendance

The Faculty Senate at Louisiana State University passed a resolution on Wednesday giving professors the option to factor class attendance into students’ grades, but not requiring them to do so, reports The Advocate, in Baton Rouge, La. The effort was described as a way to help improve retention and graduation rates. If approved, as expected, the new policy would take effect in the fall. Last year administrators at California State University asked professors to consider taking attendance or maki…


Indiana Seeks to Cap College Credits at 120

Indiana’s House of Representatives voted on Monday to limit to 120 the number of college credits needed to graduate, according to the Associated Press, and the bill is now on its way to the governor’s desk. The measure was promoted by Gov. Mitchell E. Daniels Jr., a Republican, who viewed it as a tool to make higher education more affordable. The bill would allow colleges to seek an exception if accreditation standards required more than 120 credits. Indiana will join several other states, inclu…


Higher-Ed Research Assn. Moves 2013 Meeting From Atlanta Over Immigration Legislation

The American Educational Research Association announced on Friday that its 2013 annual meeting would be held in San Francisco instead of Atlanta because of an Arizona-style immigration law that Georgia adopted last year. The law, the Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act of 2011, adopts new rules for many Georgia businesses to make sure new hires are eligible to work in the country and gives the police new powers to investigate the immigration status of certain suspects. Opponents of th…