From Crisis to Composition

Jessica Yood went back to school to take a class on first-year writing and came away with a new take on the reform of general-composition courses.

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Why You Need to Take Gen Eds and How You Can Appreciate Them

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/chuck-cohn/why-you-need-to-take-gen-_b_3720942.html

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Part-time professors: Academia’s ‘working poor’ juggle duties, expectations

http://www.columbiamissourian.com/news/higher_education/part-time-professors-academia-s-working-poor-juggle-duties-expectations/article_e9e78b7e-eb9c-11e5-ae8b-9716bb4e2564.html

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While liberal arts decline in U.S., China and other economic rivals add them

While liberal arts decline in U.S., China and other economic rivals add them

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Why all the stink about Common Core?

I keep hearing people blasting Common Core. I recently read through the learning outcomes for Common Core, and I think I figured out what is fueling the objection. Common Core is intellectually solid. It contains learning outcomes that would be desirable even for college students. Anti-intellectualism is on the rise in the US, with large numbers of people eschewing ideas that are evidence-based or reason-based. Since common core embraces an evidence/reason-based approach to thinking and learning, it is routinely dismissed by the ever-growing number of Americans who don’t want to be troubled about whether something is true or can be demonstrated.

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University reexamining General Education requirements

http://dailycampus.com/stories/2016/2/24/university-reexamining-general-education-requirements  University of Connecticut

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Smart student uses data analysis to provide easy path through gen ed

http://stack.dailybruin.com/2016/02/24/grades-ge/

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Rethinking Gen Ed

Amid concerns that requirements may not mean much to students or professors, Harvard and Duke Universities both look to curricular changes to improve undergraduate education.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2016/03/10/undergraduate-curricular-reform-efforts-harvard-and-duke-suggest-theres-no-one-way

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One University’s Attempt to Overhaul Gen Ed Fails

NDSU is going back to the drawing board.

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Faculty Approve General Education Overhaul

Harvard students can now take as many as half of their gen eds pass-fail.  http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2016/3/2/new-gen-ed-approved/

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