Is there a class scandal in academic performance at Denison?

By Paul A. Djupe We’ve all heard about the bribery and related scandals that have rocked higher education in the last month. If you haven’t heard, wealthy families were paying often enormous bribes so their children could attend particular universities. In certain wealthy school districts, test proctors were straight up giving students the right answers….

How we get it back: Building Trust

By Paul A. Djupe If the “arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice,”[1] holy cow is that arc wiggly these days. Because when I think of the main engine of justice, I think of the federal government of the United States. There is arguably no institution in the world that…

The Personalities of Successful Students

By Paul A. Djupe A few posts ago, I looked at the personalities of Denison students and only partly because I wanted to make ridgeline plots.[1] Mostly, I wanted to see if Denison shapes the elemental ways in which people engage society. The answer was no  – personality appears stable across time. Since student personalities…

The Classroom – Schoolhouse of Democracy?

By Paul A. Djupe [photo credit: I took the photo in fall 2016 on the quad, but I don’t know who drew this – anyone want to take credit?] My species, the one that stands at the front and brings markers to class, is frequently touting the benefits of education for democracy: the educated are…

Denison Grit

By Paul A. Djupe From stories in the news about college students these days one might be lead to believe that blizzards had hit every campus because there are so many snowflakes. Students (oh my, y’all are millenials too) are described as psychologically frail creatures who can’t handle arguments and to whom even the idea…

Finding Comfort on Denison’s Campus

By Oliver Gladfelter Last semester, comfort was a common theme brought up in many campus dialogues about identity, power, and privilege. Often times, students expressed feeling uncomfortable in certain areas on campus – a narrative 127 was able to provide some empirical evidence for by exploring comfort levels in a very specific and unique setting….