How to administer course evaluations

—Hand out evaluation forms when the most irascible student in class is absent. —Be sure that the only assignment you give right before the evaluation is a low-stakes one. “Have them write an easy paper where they can talk about themselves and their journey in the class,” Ms. Wilson advises. And never give back a…

Should we be honest with students?

Other educators worried about a lack of candor when schools offered scholarships to students. A school might offer an attractive three-year scholarship to an applicant, with the seemingly easy condition that the student maintain a B average. The school knew that it tightly controlled curves in first-year courses, so that a predictable number of awardees…

Student views own Yale admission file

Most of what I read was pretty nice. One of the two admissions officers called an essay I wrote “a bit cheesy for my tastes,” which turned out to be a huge understatement; the essay was included in my files, and it was so dripping with schmaltz that I couldn’t make it to the end.…

Brownshirts at NC State

What an idiot: A North Carolina State University administrator is encouraging student leaders to censor speech they don’t like in a tunnel dedicated to free speech on campus. In an email sent to all student group leaders Friday evening that was obtained by Campus Reform,Eileen M. Coombes, Director of Student Involvement, encouraged students to be creative…

Brownshirts at Ithaca College

But I’ll risk microaggressing you to note that the student government at Ithaca College in upstate New York has just passed a mind-blowing bill that will allow students to anonymously report offensive statements such as “Where are you really from?” and “You don’t look disabled.” The system will include “demographics” about the aggressor and the aggressee…

Students, know your rights!

FIRE has a must-read guide for any student caught up within the Kafka-esque nightmare known as the college judicial process: Too often, students on our nation’s campuses face misconduct charges without meaningful due process protections and fundamentally fair procedures. Because one must know one’s rights in order to exercise them, FIRE’s Guide to Due Process…

How to cure campus binge drinking: lower the drinking age

As someone who went to college when Texas raised the drinking ago from 18 to 21 (with a corresponding crackdown on public drinking by my university), I remember how student behavior changed: students began chugging beers in the privacy of their dorm rooms to get drunk before they headed out to that night’s party. Activists,…