Archives for April 2015

What Was Intro PolSci Like in 1972 at U. of Houston?

U of H was mainly a commuter school back then.  I was working full time and took courses.  Two semesters of political science were required.  From my perspective, the first semester was fairly easy.  The second wasn’t so easy.  Keep that in mind.   Here are the required readings and a few of the assignments.  (The first page is there […]

The Headline is Correct; But For the Wrong Reason

Why getting a four-year bachelor’s degree brings large benefits to those seen as marginal. Source: College for the Masses – Here is my comment. “Back then, a high school education was the new ticket to the middle class. Today, a college education is.” This is patently not true. Study after study contradict this – […]

FedEx Closing in on Stanford

Earning season is upon us, so I compared FedEx’s yearly income to Stanford’s “change in net assets” (They are a non-profit, so they only have to count how much more they are worth.) In the most recent fiscal year, Stanford’s change in net assets was $3.5 Billion. FedEx’s profit was $2.1 Billion. Here are the links […]

Is This an Invitation For Professors to Pass Everyone?

“…students will not have to pay until they pass the courses…” from Promising Full College Credit, Arizona State University Offers Online Freshman Program – How about not paying till there is evidence of learning? like getting a good job? or, getting into grad school? or doing well on some standardized test in the subject?… […]

If US News Rankings Effect Fundraising From Alumni, What Does That Mean?

I don’t know. Does it mean that schools will recruit wealthy students to increase their alumni giving ratio?  (or will it?) Once everyone knows that giving to their alma mater increases the school’s ranking, does that discount that measure? This is from US News, “…Alumni giving rate (5 percent): …is an indirect measure of student satisfaction. […]

Mr. Bruni, Don’t Be Surprised When You Don’t FInd “Academic Virtues” in Academe

Hollywood Trumps Harvard – Professors Gates and Oz are just doing what hordes [of] professors and administrators do regularly – act in their own interests, letting us praise “academic virtues”, not them. I’m a former math professor. After over twenty years inside the tower, I have seen how easy it is to prey on […]

The Upwardly Mobile Barista – The Atlantic

The Upwardly Mobile Barista – The Atlantic. I commented. “I’m a former math professor. (I last taught at Wash. U. in St. Louis.) This article describes a wonderful and laudable effort by Starbucks’s Howard Schultz. But it never asks the question: What’s between the buns? Is there really any beef wrapped up in those degrees? […]

College Counsel for the Poor – WSJ

College Counsel for the Poor – WSJ. I suggest this excellent article.  I commented. “In their insightful book, Paying for the Party – How College Maintains Inequality, Elizabeth Armstrong and Laura Hamilton, show that a major reason why many students need outside counseling is not just the students’ background.  It is also the fact that […]

NY Times Column on Value of a Liberal Education

Starving for Wisdom – I also recommend this fine article or the short version. When I was a Freshman at Carnegie Tech (Now Carnegie-Mellon), we had to take a course in composition, followed by a course in literature.  I don’t remember everything we read in the composition course, but here is the best I can […]