Posts Tagged ‘higher education’

Legacy Admissions

October 18, 2010

Legacy Admissions

Colleges call them “legacy admissions,” high school students who get admission preference because their parents are rich alumni. A new publication edited by Richard D. Kahlenberg calls them what they are: Affirmative Action for the Rich.

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The New Terrorism: Zombies

October 16, 2010

When Zombies Attack!

U.S. Homeland Security forces are severely strained this weekend as zombies coordinate attacks across the country. The cause of this annual seasonal outbreak may be weaponized biohazards, caution epidemiologists, as they redouble their search to isolate a “Zombie Flu” virus.

This month saw attacks on Traverse City, Normal, Salt Lake City, Shreveport, Oakland, East Peoria, and Pittsburgh. Zombie Code Red alerts are posted for Morgantown, Dallas, Merced, Seattle, Panama City, and other U.S. cities. The global crisis threatens Glasgow, Rotorua, Toronto, and Sault Ste. Marie. Many cities observed World Zombie Day on October 10th to remember those killed by the Undead, and a commemorative opera has been commissioned.

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UK: ‘One in Four Lap Dancers Has a Degree’

August 31, 2010

A study has found that 25 percent of British lap dancers have a college degree.  The research by Dr Teela Sanders of the University of Leeds and Kate Hardy of Queen Mary College, University of London, is sumarized here. The BBC-TV discussion of the findings by Dr. Belinda Brooks-Gordon and a lap dance club owner (above) is more entertaining, though.

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Palin School Speech

June 28, 2010

Palin School Speech

Former Temp-Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin delivered her long-awaited academic address at California State University at Stanislaus on Friday, raising $200,000 for a private foundation run by university employees. While the university’s books are open to the public, the foundation’s records are not. A bill before the state legislature seeks to correct that anomaly.

Ms. Palin entertained the $500-a-plate crowd by ridiculing the enterprising Stanislaus students who unearthed parts of her speaking contract in a campus dumpster. Sarah Palin would never have used such tactics at any of the five schools she attended in her six-year college career.

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PB Funds University Oil Spill Research

June 17, 2010

PB Funds University Oil Spill Research

BP is funding a half-billion dollar Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GRI). $25 million has just been awarded to study the ecological interactions of oil and dispersant. First round funding has gone to Louisiana State University ($5 million), the University of South Florida’s Florida Institute of Oceanography ($10 million)  and the Northern Gulf Institute consortium ($10 million).

 

Hat tip: InsideHigherEd.com

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Wal-Mart University

June 8, 2010

Wal-Mart University

Employees of Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club stores can receive college credit for restocking shelves. Wal-Mart has arranged a higher education program through a big-box online college, American Public University. Employees may be awarded “life experience” credit that can be applied towards an Associate Degree.

Wal-Mart imports much of its stock from Asia, so it is fitting that the store’s university has “more than 600 faculty members teaching from around the world ….” Perhaps the Chancellor is Professor Rollback.

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Brandeis May Rent Out Museum’s Art

May 31, 2010

Brandeis to Rent Out Museum's Art

Last year, Brandeis University announced it would close the Rose Art Museum and sell off its renowned modern art collection to cover the school’s budget shortfall.  The result: condemnation, lawsuits from art donors and their families, student unrest, and cancelled alumni donations. 

Brandeis now says it won’t sell the art after all — it will rent it out instead.  The world of art museums has a specialized and genteel vocabulary. Selling off your collection is called “deaccessioning,” and renting out art may be called “loaning” or “collection-sharing.” If art loans are done for gain, we wonder if the IRS calls it “taxable.”

 More:

 “Rent-a-Rose: Sotheby’s Persuades Brandeis to Lend Collection for Profit,” Lee Rosenbaum, Culturegrrl.

 “University considering alternative options to selling art from Rose collection,” Alana Abramson,The Brandeis Justice.

“University exploring alternatives to art sale,” Brandeis University press release.

 

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The Proper Study of Mankind

May 11, 2010

 The Proper Study of Mankind

“The proper study of Mankind is Man,” claims the poet, but academic opinions differ on just how to go about it. Male Studies or Men’s Studies?

The Men’s Studies movement grew out of (or along with) the National Organization for Men Against Sexism. NOMAS is “pro-feminist, gay affirmative, anti-racist, dedicated to enhancing men’s lives.”  

Too touchy-feely for you, bubba? If you study men and boyz without constant references to gals or “Gender Studies,” that’s Male Studiies. Now on Facebook.

More:

“Male Studies vs. Men’s Studies,” Jennifer Epstein, InsideHigherEd.com

 

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New University in Shanghai. Fries with That?

April 1, 2010

New University in Shanghai

China sent the U.S. 83,000 college and graduate students this year. We sent China Hamburger U.

The McDonald’s Corporation opened its prestigious management training facility in Shanghai on Tuesday. There are over a thousand Mickey Ds in the nation of 1.3 billion and plans for thousands more.  China’s new Hamburger University expects to serve up 5,000 graduates in the next five years.

 

 

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NCAA Non-Student Athletes

March 23, 2010

NCAA NCAA Non-Student Athletes

Is it madness to expect 40 percent of college athletes to graduate? The way NCAA basketball coaches responded to Education Secretary Arne Duncan, you would think so. Mr. Duncan proposed that schools with 60 percent drop-out rates be banned from the “March Madness” of the NCAA championship tournament.

Mr. Duncan has some credibility when it comes to hoops. He was co-captain of the Harvard team (yes, he graduated) and was a pro in Australia. He believes that gifted athletes with no interest in academics should be able to turn pro out of high school, but thinks college basketball players should be successful in the classroom if not on the hardwood.

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