We are Never, Ever Getting Back Together (Probably)
"I was young when I fell in love, and like all those involved in youthful love affairs, I was filled with passion and idealism. I was sure that my love would defy the odds, and last forever. The object of my affection wasn't movie-star handsome or rich, but was intelligent, sophisticated, and noble. I knew when we met that our values were in alignment. In my undying devotion, I worried constantly about whether I was good enough; it never occurred to me to wonder if my love was good enough for me." -- Ingrid Steffensen, Chronicle of Higher Education, 1/15/14
Exactly How Many Students Take Online Courses?
"We know that online education went mainstream years ago. Academic leaders believe it will become even more prevalent in the coming years. But how many American students are taking at least one online course right now?" -- Steve Kolowich, Wired Campus, 1/16/14
Kindness is Possible
"Word association game time. First word: Academic. Chances are, “kindness” wasn’t the first thing that came to mind. (Indeed, much has been said and written about the abundance of just the opposite in academe: pettiness, to put it nicely.) But a new blog aims to change that. The Academic Kindness Tumblr is a place for students and professors to post random and not-so-random acts of kindness they’ve witnessed during their studies or work, to remind themselves and others that colleges and universities may not be so inhospitable after all." - Colleen Flaherty, Inside Higher Ed, 1/9/14