Archives for December 2012

Article in NYTimes highlights university priorities

It seems to me that the focus of many university’s priorities is highlighted in just the first half page of this article.  In 1980 the famous sociologist David Reisman (co-author of The Lonely Crowd) published On Higher Education: The Academic Enterprise in an Era of Rising Student Consumerism.  So, really, this isn’t news. Note that the […]

Questions to ask a university before applying

Do you have detailed statistics on your graduating seniors?  Detailed means broken down by major, such as computer science, electrical engineering, history, etc…It means average (and median) starting salary.  How many get a job at Google?  What medical school or law schools do they get into?  How many are still looking for a job? If […]

It Starts in the18th Grade is a link to an article in the NYTimes. Of course, it is not news that US students perfom poorly in math and science.  What is probably not understood is how US graduate education impacts this in a big way.  How does this happen?  Here are my conclusions. The Short Summary:  For a variety of reasons, […]

How does your course compare?

Let’s say you are taking a course in Calculus (or Differential Equations, or whatever) and you want to know if it is up to snuff.  I suggest that students go to the MIT OCW (OpenCourseWare) site ( and look up the same course there.  You can find the course description, homework problems, old exams and a list of […]

Open a Windows Folder – Get College Credit

It’s part of this Op-Ed, I think the most important point that the author makes is that there is no accountability in higher education.  How do you know what you are getting? (See my next post on “How does your course compare?” if you want one suggestion I give students who want to make sure they are getting […]

AP Calculus Courses Discussion on NPR

I commented on the “Talk of the Nation” show: “Op-Ed: AP Classes Are One of America’s ‘Great Frauds’”.  It is based on a piece by Mr. Tierney that appeared in the Atlantic.  My comments are about 6 minutes into the show.  Here is a link to the NPR program: