Archive for June 13, 2012

VIDEO: Online Instructor Jobs and Pay

By Vickie Phillips

Teaching online courses is a great way to earn extra income. Teach online and gain  flexibility over your work schedule of a type you never dreamed of as a traditional teacher.  With more colleges and universities adding online courses every semester, career outlooks are bright.

It’s time to get educated about how to land one of these dream jobs.

Vicky Phillips, founder of, reviews where to start your job search, as well as how to snag some of the higher-paying online instructor gigs.

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Not Just a Diversity Number

By Anonymous

There are days I feel like I have an invisible number, a percentage, following me around everywhere I go. It’s kind of like that commercial about depression, where this gray balloon follows a woman everywhere she goes … and then that gray balloon turns into a ball and chain and weighs her down and literally sinks her into the ground.

So what’s the number following me around? It’s the diversity statistic on my campus. The percentage of faculty at my institution who are faculty of color (we say “diversity,” but then when it comes to counting, we seem to be only keeping track of the color of our skin). I am one of “them,” you see, and there are days when I wonder if when I was hired a little meter turned in the provost’s mind (like a calendar flipping to the next date) with a little ca-ching sound that signaled I was the nth faculty of color at my institution. Maybe all faculty of color everywhere have a special number, a percentage that they are known by in administrative circles: There goes the one who put us in double digits, here’s the 20th-percenter and so on.


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Monitoring Industry Ties

By Kaustuv Basu

Many academic and professional groups have guidelines to deal with financial conflicts of interest and to protect research integrity. But they don’t do enough, especially in the area of academic freedom, says a report being released today by the American Association of University Professors. The report recommends numerous guidelines to encourage more public reporting of professors’ industry ties and bans on certain kinds of relationships.

The report “AAUP Recommended Principles & Practices to Guide Academy-Industry Relationships,” lists 56 guiding principles related to academy-industry collaboration in the areas of academic freedom and governance, student education and training, management of intellectual property, management of financial conflicts of interest including clinical care and human subject research, and alliances with corporations.


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Ed Department: College costs rising; price to attend a 4-year public university up 15 percent

June 13, 2012 1 comment

By Associated Press

The average tuition at a four-year public university climbed 15 percent between 2008 and 2010, fueled by state budget cuts for higher education and increases of 40 percent and more at universities in states like Georgia, Arizona and California.

The U.S. Department of Education’s annual look at college affordability also found significant price increases at the nation’s private universities, including at for-profit institutions, where the net price for some schools is now twice as high as Harvard.


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