Higher-education job site takes on critical role in down economy

“We have people talking about what it’s really like to pursue a career in higher education and maintaining that career over the long haul,” Hibel said. “That’s a critical career resource for a lot of people, and we wanted to be there for them in that way.”

In a February HigherEdJobs blog post, Richard P. Keeling and Richard H. Hersh, coauthors of the book, We’re Losing Our Minds: Rethinking American Higher Education, encouraged educators looking for new job opportunities to close the “chasm” between what colleges promise to teach, and what students actually know.

“Too many college graduates are not prepared to think critically and creatively, speak and write cogently and clearly, solve problems, comprehend complex issues, accept responsibility and accountability, take the perspective of others, or meet the expectations of employers,” the authors wrote. “Culture is at the heart of the matter. We as a society have bastardized the bachelor’s degree by turning it into a ticket to a job. … Teaching is increasingly left to contingent or adjunct faculty; tenure-track faculty members have few incentives to spend time with undergraduates, improve their teaching, or measure what their students are learning.”