National Forum

Covers a wide range of topics including those of education, business, international affairs, and multicultural issues in an effort to provide documentation for professional research and development.

Articles from Vol. 79, No. 1, Winter

Affirmative Action in College and University Admissions: Yes
Until these and a handful of other carefully reasoned publications came forward, few issues under broad public discussion were characterized by a less illuminating ratio of heat to light than this one. Strident polemic drowned out more thoughtful voices....
Arts in General Education - Revisions Due!
General education arts curricula in America's colleges and universities rest on underpinnings that are rapidly disappearing. Students who entered degree programs in the 1990s have had fewer opportunities to explore and learn about music, dance, theatre,...
Distance Education
When radio (and later, television) was introduced, almost immediately the new technology was used to supplement traditional correspondence courses (the first educational radio license was issued in 1921, the first educational television license in...
Distance Learning Demystified
Some of the claims are: * Distance learning is a new and universally desirable phenomenon. * Distance learning will totally supplant campus-based learning in the future. * Distance-learning methods are ineffective for most university-level...
Higher Education Retirement: The Social Security Issue
Employee retirement is an issue both within higher education and for the higher education system. Employees may participate in a public retirement system, TIAA-CREF, or a supplemental system such as a 401(k) or an individual retirement account. During...
In Consideration of Environmental Risks
"HOW CLEAN IS CLEAN?" This is the question environmental managers have constantly wrestled with and are still asking about the environmental clean-up of chemical contamination sites. As I will discuss in this issue, a number of methods have been...
New Frames for an Undefined Future
Changes precipitated by the information age have created the expectation in society that instantaneous solutions are available to address perceived and real problems. Each improvement in computers and in information systems heightens the demand for...
Our Campuses Are in Crisis
I am referring to the new migrant workers of the education industry - the part-timers and graduate students who now do most of the undergraduate teaching throughout the country. In the course of one generation the percentage of teaching done by part-timers...
Racial and Ethnic Preferences in Higher Education
Those favoring discrimination often avoid this honesty. If accused of advocating discrimination, they will respond, for instance, by saying that race or ethnicity is "only one factor among many that should be considered." But that still means that...
Tenure in the New Millennium
AMERICAN HIGHER EDUCATION: A BRIEF HISTORICAL LOOK At the risk of over-simplifying, I will paint a picture of American higher education that fits what most people think of when traditional higher education is mentioned. The time is pre-World War...
The Culture Wars in Higher Education
At the University of Pennsylvania, a student yelled to a group of rowdy sorority sisters, "Shut up, you water buffalo!" and found himself in a Kafkaesque world of formal charges against him of racial harassment and an administration offering to make...
The Culture Wars on Two Fronts
I also used these guest appearances to praise the curricular innovations then being undertaken by a number of humanities departments. I pointed out that our new courses in East Asian studies prepared students for a variety of career paths related to...
The Trouble with Tenure
Trustees are also calling for greater accountability among faculty, as well as evidence that academic institutions are flexible enough to withstand tough economic conditions, increased competition, and a fast-changing external environment. "Tenure...