The quality of a student's education could be diminished by the growing practice by colleges and universities of hiring more part-time faculty, Noodle's senior director of research and development Dan Edmonds asserts in this commentary. "In short, the combination of lack of time to prepare, lack of freedom, a heavy workload, and commuting between two or more schools leaves these faculty members with little time to bring their best work to the classroom," Edmonds writes.
Some apparel retailers might be using lower-quality fabrics and materials in a push to meet consumers' expectations for low prices without sacrificing profit margins, according to Vincent Quan, associate professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Chain stores depended on deep discounting more than usual last month as consumers shifted their spending to homes, cars and other big-ticket items.
Companies typically make front-line decisions carefully and scientifically but fail to bring the same level of rigor and oversight to top-level decisions and strategic planning, says author Dan Heath. Firms need to find ways to ensure executives aren't being unduly swayed by emotion, office politics or visuals, Heath says. "Pursue good decisions at the top of the organization as relentlessly as you do on the front line," he says.
LeeAnn Shattuck and Michelle Lundy take the hassle out of buying a car and save buyers money with their business, Women's Automotive Solutions. In exchange for a fee, Shattuck and Lundy help customers nationwide pick out the right car and then handle all the tough parts of the purchasing process. Shattuck says the company started with a goal of empowering women, but men now represent about half of Women's Automotive Solutions' clients.
Students have more access to Advanced Placement courses because of online learning, as 18% of schools that offer AP include an online option. As a result, officials are starting to examine online AP content and how it is delivered to students. Some educators say some AP content still is best delivered in-person and in small classroom settings, but others point out that many students would not have access to such courses without the online option.