Posts Tagged ‘higher education’

Free College for the Rich

December 7, 2013

Free College for the Rich

“Most people taking free online courses worldwide are among the best-educated and wealthiest of the population, casting doubt on the idea that the classes will benefit the disenfranchised, a survey showed.

More than half of those taking massive open online courses, or MOOCs, were men and the majority were already employed, according to Ezekiel Emanuel, vice provost for Global Initiatives at the University of Pennsylvania and one of the authors of the correspondence piece in today’s journal Nature.”

— “Survey: Rich kids reap benefits of online courses,” Nicole Ostrow, Bloomberg via Salon [link added]

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Give me an H! Give me an A! Give me a Z–I–N–G!

September 1, 2013

Give me an H! Give me an A! Give me a Z--I--N--G!

The human pyramid of championship cheerleading came crashing down at Towson University last week. The entire Towson Tiger Cheerleading Team, every single girl, was suspended for hazing. “Hazing in any form will not be tolerated at Towson University,” said university VP Deb Moriarty, and the school’s hazing policy is clear. The cheerleaders are also banned from performing or practicing their quasi-sport, but perhaps they will have a role in Towson’s Hazing Prevention Week, conveniently scheduled for September 23-27, 2013.

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MOOC: Mock Education

April 29, 2013

MOOC Mock Education

“The online education utopians ignore the fact that free learning has existed for decades in the form of the public library and despite that availability, every kid within bicycling distance to his local branch didn’t turn into a self taught entrepreneur. Suggesting that online courses are the cure-all for our educational needs is like saying all you have to do to teach kids in the ghetto is give away textbooks on the corner.”

— “Why online education is mostly a fantasy,” Francisco Dao, PandoDaily

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Brandeis Art Museum: Under New Management

July 13, 2012

Brandeis Art Museum: Under New Management
Three years ago the trustees of Brandeis University tried to close the Rose Art Museum and sell off paintings in the collection. This week the Museum chose a new director, Christopher Bedford, currently chief curator of the Wexner Center for the Arts at Ohio State. Mr. Bedford plans to add paintings and sculpture to the Rose Museum’s collection. Mr. Bedford will start his new job in September.

More:

“Brandeis University’s Rose Art Museum names Christopher Bedford as new director,” Geoff Edgers, Boston Globe

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Rip Up the MBA and Start Over

April 20, 2012

Rip Up the MBA and Start Over
Business consultant Jeanette Purcell was CEO of the Association of MBAs from 2003-2010. Here’s what she has to say about the state of graduate business education:

“What is needed is a review of the MBA and a more innovative approach to its design and delivery. A good start would be to rip up the existing model and start again, focusing on the MBA’s primary objective – to develop effective business people.”

— “Rip up the existing MBA and start afresh,” Jeanette Purcell, Financial Times

If you need further convincing you need only recall that the only U.S. President with an MBA was George W. Bush, the guy who crashed the world economy.

Related:

“Is an MBA Worth It”? Infographic

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Michele Bachmann, Commencement Speaker

March 23, 2012

Michele Bachmann, Commencement Speaker

Regent University, the august academic institution founded by game show host televangelist Pat Robertson, has announced this year’s commencement speaker: former Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann (R, MN-6).

Mrs. Bachmann’s outstanding record as a taxpayer-hounding IRS attorney, education radical, submissive wife, Tea Party loon, fundamentalist zealot, and prima diva drama queen should be an inspiration to young people everywhere.

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Newt: Every Student Must Work, Like I Didn’t

February 3, 2012

Newt: Every Student Must Work, Like I Didn't

Newt Gingrich, disgraced former Speaker of the House, is running for U.S. President, and he has a unique education platform. After poor children finish cleaning school toilets and graduate from high school, they can work their way through college, too. If the nation repealed those pesky child labor laws, it could rid itself of over-paid unionized school janitors and government-subsidized loans for coddled, lazy college students, too. right?

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What Men Think About

November 30, 2011

What Men Think About

Everyone thinks that men think about sex all the time, but it’s not true. They also think about sex.

No, seriously, a study by an Ohio State psychology professor claims they also think about food, sleep, fashionable shoes and other things. The conventional wisdom that men think about sex every seven seconds would mean they do it 8,000 times a day, but they only admitted doing so 18 times daily. Women said they thought about sex 10 times a day. Figuring 16 waking hours, that’s 54 minutes between naughty thoughts for men, 96 minutes for women.

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Alberto Gonzales Goes Nashville

October 20, 2011

Alberto Gonzales Goes Nashville

Nashville’s Belmont University has a new law school, one that opened last summer. It also has a new Distinguished Professor of Law, former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. The Distinguished Professor is also distinguished by his official endorsement of government torture and kidnapping during his time at the White House and in the Justice Department.

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Today in Cat News

August 24, 2011

Today in Cat News

The late feline fancier Maxine Adler left $7.6 million to the Veterinary School at the University of California, Davis in the name of her cat, Du Bee.  Du Bee received cancer treatment at the school’s animal hospital ten years ago.

The school will have an annual “Du Bee Award” for research in cancer treatment for pets, and cancer treatments discovered using the funds must include “Du Bee” in their names, according to terms of the bequest. Ms. Adler passed away two years ago at age 70, pre-deceased by Du Bee.

Editorial comment: $7.6 million is a lot of scratch.

Related: “Dogs Can Smell Lung Cancer on Your Breath, Even If You’ve Just Had Lunch,” Science Daily via Veronique Greenwood, 80 Beats

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