Previous Essays

Teaching to Lead
Teaching practices that help students develop leadership

Knowing About vs. Knowing How
The challenges of translating what we know about good practices into making our classes, majors, and programs more effective

Clear and Organized Teaching
Why a basic and under-appreciated teaching skill is critical for student learning

Improving Educational Quality
Lessons learned from liberal arts colleges about the conditions that facilitate the use of evidence to improve student learning


The benefits of "helicopter parents"

From an Inside Higher Ed article about a study presented at the annual conference of NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education:

"Parents rarely intervened or solved problems for students by contacting the college, but when they did, it was most often for issues regarding financial aid and bill pay. About 24 percent of parents intervened for each reason."

Since the financial interests of colleges and universities don't necessarily align with those of students, a little hovering on the part of parents is probably a good thing.