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The NEA Higher Education Advocate February 2009

Let's Be Civil

Most students are well-behaved and thoughtful of others. It’s the ones who aren’t that get the notice, require more than their rightful share of an instructor’s time, and too often create an unpleasant class dynamic. This issue’s Thriving in Academe offers some strategies for helping students grasp the concept that civility is an integral part of learning.

Inside this Issue:

...About an increase in the proportion of adults who say they are reading some kind of literary work.
During the fall 2008 election campaign, I spent ten weeks based in northwest Ohio, working with Ohio Education Association and NEA colleagues.
The Higher Education conference focus will be on college preparation and readiness and K-12 and higher education cooperation.
The latest community college student engagement survey finds that community college students are challenged by their professors and work hard in their courses.
In January, a new president and a new Congress began work, and both gave early signals that higher education is a priority.
The Professional Staff Congress (representing faculty and staff at the City University of New York) and the United University Professions...
This section is intended to promote ever more effective teaching and learning in higher education through dialogue among colleagues.
After a 15-year organizing battle, workers at the world’s largest hog- killing plant, the Smithfield Packing slaughterhouse in Tar Heel, N.C., have voted to unionize, with the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW).
Should colleges and universities do more to standardize the grading practices of professors?
The most direct and dramatic way to make faculty views prevail in state government, where most of the funding and policy for higher education originates, is to elect faculty to the legislature.

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