Phi Kappa Phi Forum

The quarterly journal of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Each issue treats a single theme and field, providing a forum for discussion of social and scientific issues in a variety of fields of interest. Authors include scholars, experts from the privat

Articles from Vol. 89, No. 3, Fall

American Modern Dance's Fancy Footwork: Three Key Pieces
In my swan song as an arts and entertainment columnist, I, a practitioner of American modern dance, want to exit the stage by recommending that readers check out three landmarks in the genre: Alvin Alley's "Revelations," Jose Limon's "The Moor's Pavane,"...
Build a Bridge from High School to College: Transition Programs Are Essential for Many Disadvantaged Students
Student transition from high school to college needs to begin early in the former setting, not at the outset of the latter, especially for low-income and minority youth. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Only 54% of low-income traditional college students...
Calculated Decisions Factor into the Economics of a College Education: Students and Institutions Study Their Checkbooks, Particularly in a Recession
The current recession may be rewriting the fiscal ground rules for higher education, as the economic transaction between students and their parents and the chosen school assumes costlier consequences for all parties involved. The former weigh even...
Cover Your Bases with a Savvy Cover Letter
Job applicants tend to make two basic mistakes about cover letters, neither of which can be afforded in a recession. First, some candidates still rely on generic cover letters to send out in blanket fashion. While a cookie-cutter approach may have...
Editor's Note
A colleague suggested devoting the fall magazine to higher education. Good idea. The academic year traditionally begins in autumn. Plus, the ivory tower is certainly being shaken in the recession. And though most of the 100,000-plus active Society...
Engagement in Civic Education Remains Weak: Opportunities and Challenges Exist on Many Fronts on Campus
In our 2008 book, Closed Minds? Politics and Ideology in American Universities (Brookings Institution Press), we asserted with our George Mason University colleague and fellow political scientist Jeremy D. Mayer that the nation's colleges and universities...
Garnered Recognition from Tau Beta Pi, the National Engineering Honor Society
Garnered recognition from Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society: Undergraduate scholarships: Ritchie A. Acosta (Lamar University), civil engineering; Stacey L. Ahern (Kansas State University), industrial engineering; James A. Bertin...
Helicopter Parents: Empathetic or Pathetic? When Best Intentions for Adult Children Go Awry at School and on the Job
The all-too-familiar scene: parents and child standing at the classroom door, blinking back tears and holding hands, the child fearful of joining classmates for the first day of school and the parents anxious about letting go. Completely understandable--in...
One for the Books: Son Names Society Library after Father
How fitting that Phi Kappa Phi member Kyle Baker named the Society library for his father, John, a retired Louisiana State University (LSU) philosophy professor. The academic has led a life of the mind, and repositories like the John R. Baker Library--and...
Open Courseware as Educational Aid: This Really Does Compute: Millions of Enthusiasts Click on Accredited Links for Free Enlightenment from Schools around the World
The visionaries behind open courseware surely didn't have the motto of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi in mind when developing the concept of posting content from higher education classes on the Web for any and all surfers to reference for free....
President's Page
H. Ellsworth Steele, president of the Auburn University Phi Kappa Phi chapter in the late 1970s, inspired numerous members to serve the Society in leadership roles. I fondly recall what the then-associate dean of Auburn's School of Business (now called...
Recession Emerges as Formidable Foe for College Sports Athletic Departments Make Winning Decisions and Lose out in the Downturn
On Feb. 8, the North Carolina State University men's basketball team boarded a bus for a game against Division I conference foe Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va. While this may not seem important, it was a sign of the effect of the recession on intercollegiate...
Seismic Shifts and Other Visible Tremors: Recovery Continues at Chinese University after May 2008 Earthquake
New dormitories opened this fall semester at Southwest University of Science and Technology in Mianyang, Sichuan, China, but not for the usual reasons of modernization or overcrowding. Instead, these two residential halls replace some of those destroyed...
Teach Your Children Well
I doubt I would have gone to college, much less become a college president, had I not attended a little country school in Wilson County, Texas, in 1954 and '55. An 11-year-old refugee from urban elementary schools in San Antonio, I had been living...
The Climate outside the Classroom Earns a Failing Grade: Standards Suffer Because of Conflicting Expectations
Back in 2006, when The Chronicle of Higher Education surveyed high school and college teachers on student abilities, a distressing gap opened up between each pedagogical group's judgment about pupils' basic skills and college readiness. For instance,...
The Sum Total: Servant Leader Shirley C. Sorensen Measures Up-And Then Some
Tributes poured in when 85-year-old Shirley C. Sorensen stepped down in June as executive secretary of the University of Maryland Phi Kappa Phi chapter after more than 20 years. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Well-wishers praised her energy, efficiency,...
Too Much Time on His Hands? Not for This Industrious College Senior and Phi Kappa Phi Member
Jordan Scot Flynn Hollander carries a near-perfect grade-point average--3.95--into his senior year at Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pa. That's impressive enough. Even more laudable: the 21-year-old does so as a triple major in political science,...
What Gross Domestic Product Does-And Doesn't-Mean in a Recession. Why a Downturn Economy Can Make You (Seem) Rich
The entire globe, everyone knows, is in an economic recession. But few people really understand what that means. In light of the media barrage and political attention devoted to the recession, this latter declaration may seem surprising. But it's true....