Student Exhibition at the Watkinson – December 11 through March 31

Graduate students in American Studies have created an exhibition in the Watkinson Library that will run from December 11, 2013, until March 31, 2014. The exhibition, entitled Lucky 13! represents the collective work of students in the Museum Exhibition course taught by Prof. Richard Ring, Head Curator of the Watkinson.

An opening reception will be hosted by the students in the Watkinson on Trinity College’s campus on Wednesday, December 11, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

Those wishing to make a donation to help defray the cost of the exhibition can do so by visiting the exhibition’s website.

LUCKY 13! Poster (web)

 

 

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Is Online Education Better?

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Public Policy seminar at Trinity College

Not according to a recent Gallup poll! Gallup’s poll, released on Tuesday, 10/14/13, showed that most American adults think that traditional classroom instruction provides higher quality instruction from better qualified instructors that is more rigorous and more acceptable to prospective employers.

Of course, this is an opinion poll, not a scientific, data-driven study of the educational effectiveness of different modes of instruction. Here are the actual numbers that you can interpret for yourself.

Gallup pollThere are at least two ways to interpret these results:

  1. Somewhat favoring online instruction, responses to all but the last question, reveal that more than 50% of respondents think that online instruction is the same as or better than traditional classroom instruction.
  2. On the other hand, traditionalists take heart from responses to the final four major questions indicating that American adults think that online instruction is wanting.

Despite the many methodological flaws discussed in The Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside HigherEd (see comments following each article), the second interpretation more nearly reflects our own recent surveys of Trinity College graduate students and alumni/ae. Graduate students at Trinity value highly their personal exchanges with faculty and other students in seminar settings. Nonetheless, our experiments with hybrid graduate courses last summer received rave reviews on student evaluations.

So what does the future of higher education hold? Will online instruction supersede classroom instruction? What has been your experience?

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“Soft Skills” and Hiring

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Today, many persons earn graduate degrees to change careers or qualify for professional advancement. But should they focus on improving their so-called “soft skills”—critical thinking, effective communication, problem solving—or on developing specific job-related skills such as facility with online publishing applications or SPSS? Just what is the true path to career success?

What CEOs Say They Want

To learn what corporate leaders look for when hiring new employees, Northeastern University recently conducted a survey of American adults and business hiring decision-makers. The results show that Americans have a rather complex view of the relation of higher education to employment. Continue reading

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Congratulations to the New 2013 MA Alumni/ae!

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At its 187th Commencement on Sunday, May 19, 2013, Trinity College conferred the Master of Arts degree on the following 25 candidates:

Christa Rozantes Allen (English – Honors in Graduate Scholarship)

Justin Anthony Anderson (English)

Daniel Patrick Barrett (English)

Noelle Marie Beach (American Studies – Honors in Graduate Scholarship)

Desiree M. Brinn-Rodriguez (English – Honors in Graduate Scholarship)

Kathryn Dissinger (Public Policy)

Natalie Joy Engel (English)

Todd M. Girard (American Studies – Honors in Graduate Scholarship)

Arthur S. Hennig, III (Economics)

Rebekah R. Humphrey (Economics)

Brett Douglas Jackson (Public Policy – Honors in Graduate Scholarship)

Robert Victor Klin (Public Policy)

Christopher P. Kriesen (English – Honors in Graduate Scholarship)

YukShan Li (Public Policy)

Glendaly Garcia Macci (Public Policy)

Shannon Leigh Malloy (Public Policy)

Jeffrey F. Przech (English)

Matthew Joseph Ranaghan (American Studies)

Achilles Rethis (Economics)

Peter Roundy (Public Policy – Honors in Graduate Scholarship)

Hayley Colange Stefan (English)

Glendowlyn L. H. Thames (Public Policy)

Andres Felipe Vargas Heredia (Public Policy)

Katie Lynn Wesseling (Public Policy)

Steven Wyman-Blackburn (English)

 

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Health Care Policy Conference a Success

Health Care Policy Conference at Trinity CollegeLt. Governor Nancy Wyman

On April 26, 2013, the graduate program in public policy hosted a day-long conference on health care policy on Trinity College’s campus. President Jones introduced Connecticut Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman who welcomed participants while stressing the importance of health care reform for Connecticut residents.

Dr. Dr. Theodore MarmorTheodore Marmor, Professor Emeritus of Public Policy and Political Science at Yale University, delivered the keynote address, “The Affordable Care Act: Separating Fact from Fiction.”

After lunch, participants attended their choice of afternoon breakout sessions devoted to health care information technology, achieving equity in health care reform, and the Connecticut Health Exchange (Access Health CT). Those attending included representatives of major medical centers, government regulatory agencies, health insurance providers, health care advocacy organizations, various professionals interested in health care, as well as Trinity students, faculty, and staff.

The conference kicked off the new track in health care policy in the graduate public policy program. For more information about the morning session and Dr. Marmor’s address please view the online article, “The Affordable Care Act of 2010: ‘Patches on a Patchwork.'”

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