EDLF 863: CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN AMERICAN HIGHER EDUCATION ~ SUMMER 2005
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EDLF 863 will be letter graded; grades will be assigned based on the following specific requirements and points earned.

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A. Course examination (100 Points).

There will be a course examination. The examination will be in class July 29. The exam may be started anytime between 4 and 6 PM July 29.The time limit will be three working hours; the suggested working time is ninety minutes. The time limit is to protect your time and prevent competitive worries about someone having (or taking) more time to work on the examination than you.

The examination question will be:

In your envelope there is an issue that we have agreed in our discussion is one of the seven most important contemporary issues in American higher education. You are asked to spend no more than three working hours on the examination and present what you believe is the best possible solution to the issue and the potential problems with the proposed solution and obstacles to the success of the proposed solution.

If requested, your issue number will be sent to you by e-mail or given to you in an envelope at the July 28 course meeting. If this option is elected, the response should be submitted within four hours of the time the e-mail or envelope is opened.

B. INTERNET POSTING OF POSITION PAPER AND RESPONSE (50 Points). Asynchronous

Issues or questions facing higher education will be posted. Each student will be required to post on the course Internet discussion site a position paper on one of the questions or issues, and respond to one other student's position postings. Instructions about the posting and the questions will be provided.

Both of the required postings (the position and your response to another learner's position) for requirement C will count for 50 points (25 each) and should be completed by July 13. The questions and issues will be part of the discussion during the July 14 class meeting.

C. PARTICIPATE IN AN ON-LINE CHAT ABOUT AN ISSUE OR ISSUES WITH AT LEAST TWO OTHER PEOPLE (50 Points). Synchronous

The chat should last 50 minutes and must have a minimum of three learners and can have up to six learners. Learning Teams are suggested for the chat.

D. STUDENT PRESENTATIONS (50 Points).

Learning teams will present a report of their study of of an issue. The report should be in the format of a report/recommendation to a hypothetical board of a community college, college or university. The student presentations will be July 28. The presentation and a brief written team report (fewer than ten pages) of the presentation will count for 50 points for each team member. The written team submissions are due by August 15.

E. READING (50 POINTS)

Select and read a book on an issue in higher education of interest and importance to you. Submit a brief (one page is sufficient) report of why you selected the book and what it contributed to your learning in the course. The book selected does not need approval. The books on the course reference list are given to provide examples of those in the UVa Library.