The Answer Sheet: Stephen Joel Trachtenberg

Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 11/24/2009

Trachtenberg: When professors should teach more than research

“If only I had more free time, I would....” This sounds like the opening phrase of a writing contest, designed to award the winner with an all expenses paid vacation to a mystery foreign port! But for years that is exactly what faculty have said on campuses across the country: “If only I had more time, I would write a book, discover a cure, paint a canvas or solve a thorny problem.” And in many cases, that is what happened. Faculty were given reduced teaching loads in order to free up more of their time for scholarship, research and creative ventures and they scribbled, filled their petri dishes and squeezed paint onto palettes. But it didn't work for everybody.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:08 PM ET, 11/24/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, teaching loads

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 10/15/2009

Trachtenberg: When a College’s Reputation Trumps Its Quality

How one values a college education is very different from how one places a monetary value on a college’s prestige, a topic that relies more on the recognition of the school’s brand than it does on the quality of its educational program (although the two are often closely entwined). Two examples: Schools that routinely play in the NCAA’s Final Four basketball tournament receive large numbers of undergraduate applications not always correlated to the standing of their academic programs.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:30 AM ET, 10/15/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Higher Education, Higher Education | Tags:  stephen joel trachtenberg, university reputation, value of college education

Posted at 08:16 PM ET, 09/27/2009

Trachtenberg: New Year’s Greetings 5770

By Stephen Joel Trachtenberg--Life on a university campus is about respect, tolerance, curiosity and understanding. It is about breaking bread as one explores differences and finds commonalities....Before matriculating, I asked the Yale admissions office to match me with a roommate as different from me as they could. I was expecting someone from a small country I had never heard about, hailing from a far-off continent, but they looked only 300 miles away and found Bill, and he was different. He is the only man I ever knew who thought the “k” in knish was silent.

By Valerie Strauss  |  08:16 PM ET, 09/27/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  college life, stephen joel trachtenberg

Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 09/10/2009

TRACHTENBERG: What Is a College Education For?

The Answer Sheet will frequently host guests writing on a range of education topics. Today we hear the voice of Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, president emeritus of George Washington University, a professor of public policy and a man with many informed...

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:35 AM ET, 09/10/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  College Education, Stephen Joel Trachtenberg