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California State University, Northridge

Professors have 'happy anxiety' before classes begin

As thousands of faculty members in California and across the nation prepare to begin school this fall, many are just as nervous and excited as their new and returning students. These educators are critical in designing courses, setting standards and influencing the quality of a degree. And these instructors face intense pressure to push students to graduate more quickly and to do it more efficiently, even as public funding for higher education, especially in California, has yet to fully return to pre-recession levels. Faculty members from several Los Angeles-area campuses recently reflected on preparations for the first day of class, expansion of technology in the classroom and the...

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