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We Have Been Here Before | Easily Distracted
A useful review of the past 60 years of controversy over college speakers.
political-correctness  college  speech  campus  controversy  activism  history  america 
april 2017 by tsuomela
Two books explore how philosophical change led to skyrocketing college tuition - Chicago Tribune
"Two new books help answer these questions: "Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid, and the Betrayal of the American Dream" by Sara Goldrick-Rab, and "The Great Mistake: How We Wrecked Public Universities and How We Can Fix Them" by Christopher Newfield."
book  review  academia  cost  college  university  economics 
november 2016 by tsuomela
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"HOW TO RAISE AN ADULT Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success By Julie Lythcott-Haims 354 pp. Henry Holt & Company. $27."
book  review  age  adult  college  academic  achievement 
june 2015 by tsuomela
The Liberal Arts vs. Neoliberalism | Commonweal Magazine
"Jackson Lears on Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life by William Deresiewicz"
book  review  academia  humanities  culture  education  teaching  pedagogy  learning  philosophy  neoliberalism  college  university 
april 2015 by tsuomela
Home | William Deresiewicz
Book site for Excellent Sheep: The miseducation of the American elite
book  education  college  elites 
august 2014 by tsuomela
Statement on the President’s Proposal for Performance Based Funding | AAUP
from the president of the American Association of University Professors. In response to Obama proposal to base funding on performance.
education  academic  future  finance  funding  college  university  government  regulation 
september 2013 by tsuomela
A Major in Science? Initial Beliefs and Final Outcomes for College Major and Dropout
"Taking advantage of unique longitudinal data, we provide the first characterization of what college students believe at the time of entrance about their final major, relate these beliefs to actual major outcomes, and, provide an understanding of why students hold the initial beliefs about majors that they do. The data collection and analysis are based directly on a conceptual model in which a student’s final major is best viewed as the end result of a learning process. We find that students enter school quite optimistic/interested about obtaining a science degree, but that relatively few students end up graduating with a science degree. The substantial overoptimism about completing a degree in science can be attributed largely to students beginning school with misperceptions about their ability to perform well academically in science."
science  education  pedagogy  college  learning  difficulty  degree  beliefs 
july 2013 by tsuomela
Nancy Folbre: The Once (but No Longer) Golden Age of Human Capital - NYTimes.com
"Those who believe, as I do, that education has intrinsic value both to individuals and to society as a whole should reconsider their habit of relying on market-based private rate-of-return rhetoric. Rather than bowing to market forces, an intelligent, well-educated citizenry would bend those forces toward better ends, including the best possible development of human capabilities."
economics  education  college  human-resources 
june 2013 by tsuomela
UnderstandingSociety: Veblen on universities
"In 1918 Thorstein Veblen wrote a surprising short book about the administration and governance of American universities, The Higher Learning In America.  What is most surprising about the book is its date of publication. The critique he offers might have seemed familiar in 1968, whereas it seems precocious in 1918."
education  college  university  academia  critique  1910s  history 
january 2013 by tsuomela
All About the Money - Faculty - The Chronicle of Higher Education
""The Earning Power of Graduates From Tennessee's Colleges and Universities" is the latest effort to precisely quantify the value of a degree. It identifies the payoff that individual programs at specific colleges yield the first year after graduation. While limited to Tennessee, it will be followed by similar analyses in other states, and it marks the arrival of a new way of evaluating higher education that brings conversations about college productivity and performance to the program level."
education  economics  success  college  university  degree  academia  values  state(Tennessee) 
october 2012 by tsuomela
The Narrowing of the American Mind - Commentary - The Chronicle of Higher Education
"Wage studies that look only at the graduate's choice of major may well accelerate the narrowing of the American mind at the very moment in history when multidimensional learning—liberal learning—has become essential to success."
education  economics  success  college  university  degree  academia  values 
october 2012 by tsuomela
Dissent Magazine - Online Features - Universities and the Urban Growth Machine -
"With mortgage and other credit markets still in the doldrums, universities have become a very attractive option for investors looking for high returns on debt-financed growth. Money capital has poured into construction bonds, student loans, and other financial instruments spun out of the tuition bubble. When universities become the apple of the financier’s eye, they begin to generate debt in every direction, as I have shown here. NYU’s own long-term debt is a hefty $2.6 billion, far outpacing that of other comparable urban universities: Columbia ($1.3 billion), USC ($0.973 billion), and Penn ($1.7 billion)."
university  college  debt  money  economics  growth  finance  academia  corporate 
october 2012 by tsuomela
Why Are College Textbooks So Expensive? « The Scholarly Kitchen
"Before I continue, I want to share an anecdote. One of my first publishing jobs was as the college paperback editor for New American Library, which is now part of Penguin. NAL had a long list of Signet Classics, which included classroom versions of public domain classics — Dickens, Thackeray, Austen, et al. These books were solidly profitable, but we noticed that the sales of our Signet Shakespeare series had begun to flatten out in the face of new competition. So we made the decision to revise the books: new introductions and bibliographies, new covers, and in some instances changes to the texts in light of modern scholarship. And that’s when I learned how college publishing worked. The head of our college marketing group came to me to say she loved the idea behind the new editions, but we had to be careful not to change the page numbers. How’s that again? It seems that many instructors used the same lecture notes year after year, sometimes for decades, and if you changed the page numbers, the notes would have to be revised. This could prompt some professors to switch to competitors’ editions."
academic  publishing  textbook  pricing  economics  professor  teaching  education  college  university 
october 2012 by tsuomela
Business - Jordan Weissmann - Why the Internet Isn't Going to End College As We Know It - The Atlantic
"What's more likely to happen is that colleges will learn how to adapt online technology to cut costs as they come under increasing budget pressure. They'll do it slowly, but eventually. The process might lead to fewer lecturers on campus, as schools begin sharing more big survey courses. The Harvards of the world might experiment with more remote, international campuses catering to foreign students. But a wholesale, top to bottom revolution in how we educate students? Not likely, no matter how many times you hear it repeated. "
education  college  university  academic  future  internet  reform  chance  online  from delicious
july 2012 by tsuomela
Why I Feel Bad for the Pepper-Spraying Policeman, Lt. John Pike - Alexis Madrigal - National - The Atlantic
Structures, in the sociological sense, constrain human agency. And for that reason, I see John Pike as a casualty of the system, too. Our police forces have enshrined a paradigm of protest policing that turns local cops into paramilitary forces. Let's not pretend that Pike is an independent bad actor. Too many incidents around the country attest to the widespread deployment of these tactics. If we vilify Pike, we let the institutions off way too easy.
wall-street  protests  activism  police  training  repression  college  university  school  school(UCDavis) 
november 2011 by tsuomela
Hunger Artists (TIAA-Cref Edition) | Easily Distracted
"The grand vision that defenders of a purer humanities enunciate, if it has existed at all, existed vigorously before the university systems of today, before the comfortably professional and middle-classness of professorial lives today, and might reasonably be expected to exist in some other form after them, if they should disappear or markedly transform."
humanities  college  academia  crisis  decline  future  promotion 
september 2011 by tsuomela
Are Research Papers a Waste of Time? - Room for Debate - NYTimes.com
"Is the research paper still justifiable as a means of grading a college student's performance?

Critics of the form say it is outdated because the Internet has made sources so readily accessible. In addition, argues an article published recently by the John William Pope Center for Higher Education, research papers promote deference to conventional opinions."
teaching  writing  college  composition  rhetoric  research  pedagogy  education  learning  debate 
august 2011 by tsuomela
Blog U.: The Syllabus as TOS - Library Babel Fish - Inside Higher Ed
"I was struck by what the curious folks behind the Project Information Literacy project noticed when they gathered and examined research assignment prompts. These documents were well intentioned, but they were all about what the final product should look like: page length, number of sources, width of margins. They were almost entirely silent about how students should proceed, what tools would be particularly useful or even why it was worth doing. Though teachers covered those things in class, the prompts unintentionally enforced the notion that students all too often have: that their task is to produce a certain number of pages citing a required number of sources by a particular date."
teaching  writing  college  composition  rhetoric  research  pedagogy  education 
august 2011 by tsuomela
Blog U.: Sources of Confusion - Library Babel Fish - Inside Higher Ed
"This leads me to wonder (again) why we ask first year students to make their paper look sort of like a JSTOR article instead of sort of like a story in the New York Times Magazine. When we tell them “in order to write about ideas, you need to find good sources and cite them accurately,” finding and citing becomes the task
teaching  writing  college  composition  rhetoric  research  pedagogy  education 
august 2011 by tsuomela
The Strategic Plan: Neither Strategy Nor Plan, but a Waste of Time - Commentary - The Chronicle of Higher Education
"This interchangeability of visions for the future underscores the fact that the precise content of most colleges' strategic plans is pretty much irrelevant. Plans are usually forgotten soon after they are promulgated. My university has presented two systemwide strategic plans and one arts-and-sciences strategic plan in the past 15 years. No one can remember much about any of those plans, but another one is in the works. The plan is not a blueprint for the future. It is, instead, a management tool for the present. The ubiquity of planning at America's colleges and universities is another reflection and reinforcement of the continuing growth of administrative power."
college  university  academia  business  planning  strategy  management  business-as-usual 
july 2011 by tsuomela
On the Bubble « Easily Distracted
"The problem is that faculty at many institutions mandate that students pursue the liberal arts via distributional or general education requirements, but there are no obligations on the faculty themselves to match or embody that vision. Students are expected to make connections between subjects and courses largely on their own, and often find that the connections that they have made are complicatedly inexpressible within any given course or disciplinary major, in conversation with any given professor. "
education  academia  college  economics  bubbles  cost  generalist  interdisciplinary  liberal  humanities  history 
may 2011 by tsuomela
Ashesi University Foundation
"Since its founding in 2002, Ashesi (Ah-SHESS-ee) University in Ghana has empowered young Africans with the skills, and the motivation, to create a better future for Africa. Ashesi’s groundbreaking curriculum, unique in Africa, fosters critical thinking, problem solving, and a concern for others. "
africa  development  education  college  academic  university 
april 2011 by tsuomela
Colleges Spend Far Less on Educating Students Than They Claim, Report Says - Administration - The Chronicle of Higher Education
"While universities routinely maintain that it costs them more to educate students than what students pay, a new report says exactly the opposite is true.

The report was released today by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity, which is directed by Richard K. Vedder, an economist who is also an adjunct scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and a Chronicle blogger. It says student tuition payments actually subsidize university spending on things that are unrelated to classroom instruction, like research, and that universities unfairly inflate the stated cost of providing an education by counting unrelated spending into the mix of what it costs them to educate students."
academia  academic  college  cost  spending  research  university 
april 2011 by tsuomela
David Bressoud's Launchings
"One point of agreement between us is that a singular view of high school mathematics as preparation for calculus has created serious problems. This is particularly damaging when combined with the belief that, if at all possible, students must get through calculus while still in high school, and if they cannot get through it, then, at the least, they have to learn its tricks before they get to college. "
mathematics  education  curriculum  algebra  calculus  STEM  high-school  college 
march 2011 by tsuomela
Endless Algebra—the Deadly Pathway from High School Mathematics to College Mathematics
"I constantly ask myself two questions: (1) Are we really offering our secondary students an appropriate mathematics experience? (2) What can we do to provide students with relevant, coherent mathematical options on the pathway throughout high school and as they move into college? Or to put it another way: (1) Is the “layer cake” of algebra-dominated mathematics that pervades our U.S. secondary schools still relevant? (2) Is calculus the be-all and end-all goal for the preparation of students for a successful transition to college? My answer is, I think not."
mathematics  education  curriculum  algebra  calculus  STEM  high-school  college 
march 2011 by tsuomela
Digital Textbooks Reaching the Tipping Point in the U.S. Higher Education — A Revised Five-Year Projection « The Xplanation
"The tipping point for digital textbooks is defined as that point on the industry/product continuum at which current financial variables and market factors make the eventual dominance of digital over print an inevitable outcome within 5-7 years. It is our argument in this report that the Higher Education textbook industry in the U.S. is now at that tipping point. In support of this argument, we will discuss both the current status of the Higher Education textbook market as well as the primary market/financial factors influencing its evolution."
publishing  books  business  textbook  academic  college  future  trends 
march 2011 by tsuomela
Skills, Competencies and Literacies, Oh My « Easily Distracted
"What I worry about when I hear this pushback against talk of skills, literacies and competencies is that it is easy for that to slide into a belief that liberal arts inquiry is distinguished by its comprehensive resistance to or rejection of the language of practicality, applicability or usage. Or that such talk, if not rejected, should be swallowed up in a fog of opacity and evasion, dissolved by irreducible complexities."
skill-development  skills  pedagogy  teaching  justification  utility  humanities  college 
january 2011 by tsuomela
Breaking News: Humanities in Decline! Film at 11. — Crooked Timber
between 1974 and 1985, humanities enrollments did, in fact, decrease by 18.2 percent.  But enrollments in the social sciences fell much further, by 33.7 percent, and even in the physical sciences the drop was a considerable 19.4 percent.  Where did those students go?  To business (a 65.3 percent increase), engineering (up by 92.2 percent), and computer science (a staggering, but altogether historically appropriate, increase of 627.3 percent).
humanities  academia  decline  college 
november 2010 by tsuomela
News: 'College Admissions for the 21st Century' - Inside Higher Ed
Robert J. Sternberg talking about broadening the standard core of admissions criteria.
college  academic  admissions  psychometrics  testing  evaluation 
september 2010 by tsuomela
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