Archives for April 2013

Apples and Oranges Again, Good Data Set Becoming Available

Two similar articles have appeared that discuss the topic of “where” one gets a degree and its effect on starting median salary.  What is most important, I think, is that both article refer to the data that is available on the website .  (I commented on the Chronicle of Higher Education article and compared […]

Comments added to Atlantic Article

Some additional discussion has been added to the Atlantic Article referred to on this post: Great post on The Atlantic Site about Law Schools

More on Apples and Oranges: Find Your School’s Common Data Set

Very useful information on universities can be found on school’s published “common data set”.  To find it, just Google the university’s name with the phrase “common data set”. I like to look at sections  C. FIRST-TIME, FIRST-YEAR (FRESHMAN) ADMISSION and D. TRANSFER ADMISSION. On D, I look at the number of transfer students they admit.  If […]

Students: Understand the difference between Oranges and Apples when picking a school

Let’s compare the Math SAT scores from Washington University in St. Louis School of Engineering, MIT and Carnegie-Mellon’s Engineering and Computer Science. MIT’s admitted middle 50% is 740 to 800.  The average for those admitted who enroll is 765. Carnegie-Mellon’s middle 50% for those who enroll is 740 to 800 for Engineering and 780 to 800 for […]

Comments on The Atlantic Site Containing References

The Atlantic Monthly wrote a piece which I believe misses important details, and, thus, issues, about student debt.  I wrote a comment.  I then replied to someone else.  If you read my blog, you probably won’t find my comment so new, but if you look at my reply, you will see references to some very good […]

US Gov’t graded universities in 1910 – Pressure forced Taft to withhold publication

This is described on page 357 of “Higher Education in Transition” by John S. Brubacher and Willis Rudy.  In 1910 congress authorized an office in the US Bureau of Education to work with the American Association of Universities to examine records of graduate students and then classify undergraduate schools by how well prepared their graduates […]

A discussion of the value of MOOC’s (Online Courses)

There is an article in today’s NYTimes that discusses online courses.  This gave me an opportunity to comment on my experiences with both an MIT online course and what it demonstrated about how this particular material had not been taught well (in my opinion) in the past.  Here is the comment I posted. “It is […]

Addendum to Previous Post: Social Security Garnished for Some Scammed Graduate Students

Here is the link to that post: on Social Security Garnished for Some Scammed Graduate Students The Chronicle of Higher Education article (referenced in the post on Social Security Garnished for Some Scammed Graduate Students) mentions several people, one of whom is Joan Roberts.  I mention her in my post and she has a comment […]

How to teach or “transfer training” or “get others to be able to do it and know it, too”

I just came across a passage that does a good job of conveying the essence of how to teach.  It is in ‘Higher Education in Transition” 4th Ed. by John S. Brubacher and Willis Rudy. Since this passage essentially describes the basic philosophy that I use in teaching, and since I teach math, I will […]