Why I’m easy: On giving lots of A’s

I love giving A’s to students, maybe even more than they love receiving them. In my religion courses over the years, I’ve acquired a reputation as an “easy” teacher, and I love that, too. In this age of grade inflation, student entitlements, skyrocketing tuition, and rampant anti-intellectualism, my wallowing in the pleasures of giving out A’s…

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What happened when one university moved a Confederate statue to a museum

The University of Texas at Austin is home to four vacant pedestals where statues of prominent Confederate leaders, including Jefferson Davis, once towered over the campus. Today the Davis statue is in a campus museum. Following a 2015 shooting spree in which a white gunman killed nine African-American worshipers in a church in Charleston, S.C.,…

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One way to show students you care — and why you might want to try it

For years, Reesa-Marie Dawkins has included on her course syllabi a note to students titled: “When life happens … send me an email.” In several paragraphs, Dawkins, an adjunct professor for the University of Alaska system who teaches statistics and logistics online, describes the kinds of personal challenges students might confront during the term, and…

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Student debt is worse for women

As an undergraduate at Christopher Newport University, Kelcie Chandler did not know that there was a significant difference in how much debt women and men hold after graduating from college. But she did notice that her female classmates were much more likely to talk about their debt than were the men she knew. Women talked…

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