This Fall, Jimmy Cheek, Professor and Chancellor Emeritus will be teaching Critical Issues in Higher Education (ELPS 695). The class will study contemporary issues in American Higher Education –a critical analysis and understanding of the major issues confronting higher education. The class will be held on Monday evenings, 5:45 – 8:35p.
The course will cover 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.