Chronicle of Higher Education

To Solve the Skills Gap in Hiring, Create Expectations in the Classroom

Michael Morgenstern for The Chronicle

Michael Morgenstern for The Chronicle

Authored by Charlotte Kent, a visiting assistant professor of English at Mercy College, in New York.

On the first day of classes I, like most teachers, introduce my students to the syllabus and class expectations. I have draconian-seeming rules that students often don’t believe and even many colleagues question.

If students are late, they are absent. I do not account for any reasons; they may be absent three times over the semester. They are responsible for contacting classmates about missed work when they are absent. They are responsible for submitting work on time. This also means they are responsible for knowing what work needs to be submitted and when.

The syllabus indicates assignment due dates, and any changes are posted on Blackboard. If students forget about an assignment, that is indeed unfortunate. I don’t offer makeup opportunities or extra credit. Classroom participation and engagement with the work is their opportunity to impress me, since they can shine there even if they are struggling with written work.

These rules exist for a reason. Read More...

Loyalty Isn’t Enough for Alumni Giving

Authored by Josh Keniston, Research and Product Director, Eduventures

Ice bucket challenges and crowd-funding platforms have dominated non-profit headlines and social media feeds for the last few months. A new generation is using technology in unprecedented ways to raise awareness for causes they care about. Hidden behind the buzz, however, is an important take-away that higher education leaders must understand in order to attract the next generation of donors —it’s not just how this generation gives, but rather why they give.

Eduventures’ Alumni Pulse research, which combines survey data with giving records for over 70,000 alumni, indicates that donor motivations are changing. Most notably, young alumni are far less likely to give out of a sense of loyalty than their parents or grandparents. Only 27% of Millennials cite “obligation” as a top motivator for giving, compared to 50% of Baby Boomers (see Figure 1). Instead, Millennials are more likely to be motivated by the impact that they believe their gifts will make. Read More…