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The NEA Higher Education Advocate April 2008

Digital Immigrants

Has the digital age left the nation’s professoriate in the dust? Our students, writes the author of this issue’s Thriving in Academe, have grown up in a digital world. The language of computers, video games, and the Internet is their first language. Most professors are trying to pick up this second language on the run. Will we be forever out of touch? Don’t despair! Lighten up! Help is on the way!

Inside this Issue:

...About a recent survey that finds community colleges will need to reach out to their incoming students earlier and more aggressively if they want to retain a higher percentage of their students.
In February, I traveled to Cheyenne, Wyoming, with NEA Organizational Specialist Phadra Williams, to meet with leaders and staff of the Wyoming Education Association (WEA) and plan a membership recruitment and engagement campaign for the coming year.
The NEA-supported international federation of unions celebrates 15 years of championing the universal right to education.
UCLA’s annual survey of freshmen attending the nation’s four-year colleges and universities finds the quality of education continues to be an important value.
House and Senate education committees have held hearings in recent weeks to monitor issues relating to student loan availability in light of current woes affecting the banking industry.
Education Support Professionals at Nebraska’s Central Community College have won two union certification elections since the first of the year.
This section is intended to promote ever more effective teaching and learning in higher education through dialogue among colleagues.
The nation’s colleges and universities and the systems they are part of employed 3.54 million people in the fall of 2006.
Are advanced placement courses legitimate college courses?
Serving a local of almost 1800 members, comprising academic and support professionals, ranging from physicians to administrative assistants to Web developers and more than 100 other staff classifications, has proven to be a challenge.

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