Being admitted to a great school can feel like a prize—until you actually get there and have to do the work. This article from the Chronicle of Higher Education give 10 tips to win at graduate school, but they’re great tips for anyone embarking on any huge academic endeavor, from high school to undergrad to thesis writing and beyond. Read them here.
Inequality is rife in elite universities-not just in the admission process but also in the support given to low-income students. Anthony Abraham Jack was recently at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences to celebrate the release of his new book: a case study of how elite institutions like the one where he teaches, Harvard, fail low-income students. The subject matter is intimately familiar to him. Can he help change it? Read here.
Researchers found that leaving academe to have a family accounts for the largest “leak” in the STEM pipeline for women, from graduate school to tenure. A common reason is the absence of resources like paid leave, childcare or staff support. Inside Higher Ed follows grad students who started a campaign for parental rights to help temper the difficulties of raising kids while studying. Read it here.
There’s no doubt that the academic world is tough. It requires rigor and sacrifice of time, sleep, and sometimes relationships. What do you do when you need to fit in yet another project? Conventional advice says: Wake up earlier! Work more! Sacrifice more! This is terrible advice. Commonly given about writing, it applies to other projects as well. Rebecca Schuman at the Chronicle of Higher Education talks about why–and what to do instead. Read it here.
Keeping students motivated during the semester can be a challenge when the going gets tough and the realities of an engineering education set in, and midterms and finals come around. But one email from you, the TA, AI, or professor, can help keep students in the pipeline. The Chronicle of Higher Education talks about how. Read it here.
Prism magazine also has useful coverage on how to use this technique to keep students engaged. Read Mary Lord’s article here.