Jimmy Cheek, Professor and Chancellor Emeritus will be teaching a graduate level course Fall, 2017. The course, ELPS 695: Critical Issues in Higher Education, will be offered on Monday evenings, 5:45-8:35 pm. through the department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences. Cheek will join the department after his sabbatical as he returns to the classroom.
The course will focus on contemporary issues in American Higher Education. It will include critical analysis and understanding of the major issues confronting higher education such as undergraduate, graduate, and professional student’s issues; higher education expenditures, revenue, and student debt; issues in governance and administration of higher education as well as internal and external pressures on the institution and it’s leadership, administration and faculty; and an examination of the future of higher education.
Topics include student debt, tuition and fees, financial aid, scholarships, retention, graduation rate, throughput, diversity and inclusion, the first amendment rights, civility, access, experiential learning, student recruiting and careers. We will also examine issues related to community colleges and universities, Tennessee Promise and Reconnect, and the Complete College Tennessee Act. Collegiate athletics will also be examined.
The Chronicle of Higher Education will be used to examine emerging issues and controversies in Higher Education occurring during the course.
The text is the American Higher Education in Crisis? What Everyone Needs to Know by Goldie Blumenstyk will be used.