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Generation on a Tightrope

Examining college student expectations, aspirations, academics, attitudes, values, beliefs, social life, and politics, Generation on a Tightrope paints a portrait of today's undergraduates based on a study of 5,000 college students and 270 higher education professionals from various college campuses. Authors Diane R. Dean and Arthur Levine discuss the needs and attitudes of today's undergrads, with a look at how colleges and universities can address them.

  • Monday, December 09, 2013
    The Recession and the Tightrope Generation
    by Diane R. Dean and Arthur Levine
    Today's traditional undergraduates were children during national boom times. They were in middle or high school when the bust came. Their families dealt with soaring unemployment rates, plunging real estate values, and landmark foreclosures. As the stock market crashed and rebounded, fluctuating wildly, they lived through a recession that seemed to go on and on, with a gridlocked government and a lack of public trust and hope.
  • Monday, November 11, 2013
    "Is There an App for That?" Autonomy and Dependency in Today's College Students
    by Diane R. Dean and Arthur Levine
    Digital applications give students a sense of mastery over their lives. Never getting lost on the road trip, always knowing instantly where to get gas or find a good place to eat, having instant access to banking services and never losing your car in a vast university parking lot make a person feel secure. Instant access to study guides, reference materials, wellness tips, planners and organizers makes a person feel efficient and in control.
  • Wednesday, October 09, 2013
    Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants, and the Analog Campus
    by Diane R. Dean and Arthur Levine
    Today's traditional undergraduates are the first generation of digital natives. Born after the digital revolution, they have always known the presence of what adults consider "new" information-digital communication, computing, and entertainment technologies. The ubiquity of these technologies has molded their expectations for how they will learn, work, socialize, recreate and live.

Previous Blogs

Conversations with Great Teachers
Book Cover - Conversations with Great Teachers

What makes a great teacher? How do teachers connect with students? Why do teachers choose to teach? If you've ever thought about these questions or are interested in learning insight into the world of teaching, Dr. Bill Smoot's book, Conversations with Great Teachers, will interest you. Our most current author in residence has a written an intriguing book of interviews with educators of diverse backgrounds. Dr. Smoot shares what he has learned from various teachers from elementary school to university professors and others outside k-12 and higher education. It is a delightful book that offers the reader appreciation for the ever important role of the teacher.

Turf Wars: How Congressional Committees Claim Jurisdiction
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In Turf Wars: How Congressional Committees Claim Jurisdiction, Dr. King discusses how jurisdictions are able to fluctuate and how turf battles occur and their potential effects. Drawing on his expertise in these matters, our next author in residence will discuss how the potential results of the upcoming presidential and congressional elections may affect higher education policy.

We're Losing our Minds: Rethinking American Higher Education
Book Cover - We're Losing our Minds: Rethinking American Higher Education

According to Richard P. Keeling and Richard H. Hersh, co-authors of We're Losing our Minds: Rethinking American Higher Education, "America is being held back by the quality and quantity of learning in college. This is a true educational emergency." Based on years of experience working as faculty, administrators and consultants in academia, Keeling and Hersh offer an honest and straightforward dissection of the educational system, but also propose meaningful solutions on how to overcome this crisis in higher education and make our students of today the sound leaders of tomorrow.

The Innovative University
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The Innovative University, written by Clayton M. Christensen and Henry J. Eyring, discusses how universities can be cutting-edge in their thinking and functioning, while still maintaining tradition. We are fortunate to have Henry Eyring as our next Author In Residence blogger for 2011. A recent review of the book states, "This superbly documented book is a must read for anyone who cares about America's universities and colleges and the invaluable role they play in our contemporary society. Henry Eyring and Clayton Christensen remind us of higher education's history and thoughtfully examine the critical strands of its DNA that require 're-engineering' to insure survival and good health for our richly diverse system. Perhaps the best feature of this volume is that it goes beyond analysis to offer what is possible through models that are scalable, transferable, and responsive to the needs of learning, discovery, and engagement."

The Heart of Higher Education
Book Cover - The Heart of Higher Education

The Heart of Higher Education, written by Parker Palmer and Arthur Zajonc, inspires the reader to look beyond the traditional thinking of higher education and examine the student as a whole. We are fortunate to have Arthur Zajonc as our first Author In Residence blogger for 2011. A recent review of the book states, "Palmer and Zajonc have issued a compelling call for change and renewal in higher education. They show us how colleges and universities can be transformed by taking a more integrated approach to teaching and learning that focuses on the inner lives of their students." As stated by the authors, "The Heart of Higher Education is for all who are new to the field of integrative education, all who want to deepen their understanding of its challenges and prospects, and all who want to practice and promote this vital approach to teaching and learning on their campuses."

The Great American University
Book Cover - The Great American University

HigherEdJobs is pleased to introduce the Fall Semester 2010 Author in Residence blogger, Jonathan R. Cole, and his book, The Great American University. A review from The Economist states, "His book is really three, each a magisterial work. First, he sets out an admirably comprehensive history of how America's great universities came into being. Then, he trawls for examples of the enriching inventiveness of these institutions, listing the extraordinary range of innovations in technology and in thinking that have sprung from their research. Finally, he outlines the forces that threaten America's research universities."

Work Strong: Your Personal Career Fitness System
Book Cover - Work Strong: Your Personal Career Fitness System

Peter Weddle's book, Work Strong: Your Personal Career Fitness System, has been called the What Color is Your Parachute? for the 21st century. It explores what it takes to achieve and sustain career success in the modern American workplace. Using physical fitness as a metaphor, it introduces both a new way of looking at work and a regimen of practical activities to increase the strength, reach and endurance of one's career.