Author Archive for Jeffrey King

A Transformative Look at Thinking — and at Teaching Students How to Think

Science writer Annie Murphy Paul’s new book, The Extended Mind: The Power of Thinking Outside the Brain (2021), argues for expanding our view of how thinking occurs. She does not minimize what the brain does brilliantly in enabling us to ideate, find patterns, and so on, but she does point out the brain’s limitations — […]

At least half of employers view the skills of a liberal education as “very important” for college graduates

Scholars of Color, by Faculty Rank

Bar chart showing percentage breakout for People of Color compared to White People among faculty in U.S. higher education at each rank: Professor, Assoc. Prof., Assistant Prof., Instructor, Lecturer, No Academic Rank. People of Color held 36% of faculty positions at the Ass’t Prof level, but only 22% at Full Prof level. Data from fall […]

Household Higher Ed Cancellation Plans Fall 2020 Semester

Chart showing break-out of households with one or more residents cancelling plans to attend fall semester 2020, with break-out categories by race, level of education (high school, some college, bachelor’s degree), income level, and whether the household had one or more residents using SNAP (food stamps), who are unemployed, or who are depending on only […]

Addressing Racial and Social Injustice

The Center for Excellence in Transformative Teaching and Learning (CETTL) includes the 21st Century Pedagogy Institute (21CPI), Student Transformative Learning Record (STLR), and Educators’ Leadership Academy (ELA). Collectively, we serve faculty and students at UCO and beyond. In times that underscore the ongoing need to not just denounce racism but to be anti-racist, CETTL, 21CPI, […]

A Call for Higher Education to Critically Reflect on the Coronavirus Disorientation

Economist Milton Friedman’s statement in an introduction to a reprint of his book, Capitalism and Freedom (originally published in 1962), has been often quoted: “Only a crisis — actual or perceived — produces real change. When that crisis occurs, the actions that are taken depend on the ideas that are lying around.” The quote can […]

Where Do Graduates Live After Graduation?

From: Sentz, R., Metsker, M., Linares, P., & Clemans, J. (2018). How your school affects where you live: Where do graduates move after college? Ivy League grads move to the big cities. Community college grads stay close to home. But what about everyone else? Report from Emsi. Available at https://www.economicmodeling.com/how-your-school-affects-where-you-live

Transformative Development Necessary to Counter Technology’s Side Effects

4-year-old child (in a demanding voice) to ubiquitous electronic assistant: “Alexa, play music I like.” Alexa: “Can you be more specific?” 4-y-o child (angry voice): “You’re stupid, Alexa. Don’t you know anything?” Alexa: “I will try some music you may like.” (Tune from “Sesame Street” begins playing.) 4-y-o child (angry voice, now screaming): “You stupid, […]

How exactly is your education connected to your role in the labor market?

Coffey, C., Sentz, R., & Saleh, Y. (2019, August). Degrees at Work: Examining the serendipitous outcomes of diverse degrees. Report from Emsi. Available: https://www.economicmodeling.com/degrees-at-work/  

Mythos and Logos in Transformative Faculty’s Toolkits

Transformative Learning (TL) is an instructional approach well suited to helping prepare graduates for the new world of work, which Reich (2019) and others say is increasingly characterized by contingent contracts and a gig economy. TL helps students discover themselves via reflection, an important step toward being able to narrate themselves successfully when they’re required […]