My view: Higher education is efficient, innovative and collaborative

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  • Baron Scarpia Logan, UT
    Feb. 28, 2017 7:15 a.m.

    The one challenge in higher ed is the increasing pressure for faculty to "publish or perish," creating a culture emphasizing publication in obscure journals that few people read and often add little to student learning and/or society's well-being.

    Given that public higher ed is supported by tax dollars, high ed MUST contribute to society's well-being in terms of creating economic opportunities or solving key problems. Too often, faculty focus only on "impressing their peers" with exoteric research where they cite one another to believe their work has impact but has little practical value among tax payers or society. This must change.

  • Smartestinc Mapleton, UT
    Feb. 27, 2017 10:00 a.m.

    As a physics, chemistry and math teacher for 20+ years, I developed a computerized tutoring program for my students who were too busy to come to class. It provided a different version of every assignment and every test to significantly reduce copying other students' work. It included a large data base of tutorial comments that experienced teachers would offer to students who often made the same old anticipated standard mistakes, to help them learn from their mistakes, Athletes and other absentees were encouraged to make up work and missed exams in order to keep up with the curriculum.
    Until my principal told me that I couldn't give all of my students "A" grades, that I must give just as many "F"s. I offered to teach and test my students and that he could pass out the "F"s. He quit and moved north, I was dismissed with a letter of recommendation, and a $100,000 settlement. I was thankful for not being accused of Insubordination.
    I would like to share the fact that I had reclaimed all of the most difficult students, and many continue writing on FaceBook today.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Feb. 26, 2017 8:57 p.m.

    I would agree with the innovative part, and even collaborative, but efficient it is not. If it were efficient, it would not be on the same hyper inflationary trajectory that medicine in on, out passing inflation by quantum leaps. Higher education needs to reflect the reality of the current world, not the one of 200 years ago. Educations, from pre-k, through to the highest post graduate degrees, needs to be re-invisioned to match the world we now live, which is fast paced, nimble, adaptive, multi-disciplinary, and global in footprint.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    Feb. 26, 2017 5:00 p.m.

    You need to be in a safe room because you don't want to hear what I have to say.