Women in higher education: Gender inequality in academia

Although women used to be in the minority on college campuses, you’re sure to have noticed that in most schools its just the opposite now. Despite the dramatic increase in the number of women enrolled in colleges and universities around the world, there is still gross gender inequality when it comes to professional advancement of women in higher education.

MIT survey results

In 1999, MIT released a report on the status of women faculty that quantified the problem of gender inequality in academia and indicated several areas for improvement. The report was updated in 2002, and again in March 2011: A Report on the Status of Women Faculty in the Schools of Science and Engineering at MIT, 2011. The latter of these survey results showed a promising increase in the number of women professors. Read more

Challenging William Cronon and academic freedom: The Wisconsin case

When University of Wisconsin-Madison professor of history, geography and environmental studies William Cronon kicked off his new blog on March 15, 2011, he never expected that his post would add fuel to the debate about academic freedom and corporate incursion in education. Read more

Does higher self-esteem lead to higher academic achievement?

Natalie Monroe, a Philadelphia high-school teacher, was recently disciplined when comments posted on her blog about her students came to light. Without using names, Monroe complained about her students’ laziness and lack of motivation. From the vitriol in her comments to the points she made, her postings have struck a chord and raised a question that we will pose as: “Does higher self-esteem lead to higher academic achievement?” Read more

College textbook rentals: Save hundreds of dollars through rental services

College tuition continues to climb and so do the costs of textbooks. No matter your degree program, you’ll be lucky to get away with spending only $400 on textbooks in one semester alone—unless you explore textbook rentals. Opting for a textbook rental service can save you upwards of 80 percent on college textbooks, and it also means you won’t have a bulky stash of books to get rid of come graduation. Read more