Archive for July, 2012

Non-residential students

July 30, 2012

A new study says over half of college students will be non-residential this fall. Important financial implications for many schools.

Lower Education Bubble

July 26, 2012

Declining enrollment in public schools and big budget cuts. Lots of factors to think about.

Academic Political Correctness

July 26, 2012

An analysis of  a recent case where a sociologist made unpopular conclusions (about children raised in same-sex households). It says interesting things about the discipline. The conclusions themselves, if correct, would also have some interest.

Hymns and Beer

July 26, 2012

I’ve never been to an event like this (for most of my church traditions, these two things are a 1000 miles apart), but nevertheless the content of the message – and the response to the tragedy in Denver last week – seem fitting. These Lutherans gathered and sang hymns, and for good reason. Here’s just one paragraph:

It’s important to note that to sing praises to God amongst destruction and violence is not the same thing as saying Hey God we think you’re awesome for allowing these horrible things to happen.  To sing praise to God amidst destruction and violence is to simply put evil in it’s place.  It’s to draw a line and say here and no further.  For the devil surely hates the sound of alleluia.

Via the Anchoress.

Zombie Nouns

July 25, 2012

Some writing advice we all need to take into account.

New Classroom Designs

July 24, 2012

Interesting classroom design choices at U of Tennessee. Reflects the changes in the way courses are being designed.

More on the Bubble

July 24, 2012

Peter Wood provides some detailed analysis of the bubble and different kinds of institutions, students, etc. One of the striking lines:

A college degree is metaphorically an “investment.” It is much more plainly a consumer expense. Confusing consumption with investment is often what gets us into financial bubbles.

And here’s part 2.

Educational Sustainability

July 24, 2012

Here’s a report on educational sustainability. Sobering words requiring action.

Amazon’s Career Choice Program

July 24, 2012

Will other companies focus their higher education funding too? That may affect a lot of liberal arts type degrees that depend on some of this funding.

Is the writing on the wall?

July 23, 2012

I’m wondering what the ultimate impact of this might be. It seems that someone will figure out how to build all these free online courses into a degree program, perhaps with validation exams or other competency requirements, add in some specific higher level discipline specific courses that may not fit that model and deliver a very inexpensive degree (at least in current terms). We’ll see.