Learning About Universities Emotional Grip By Using Frank Bruni As an Example

A new report suggests that we’re on the cusp of important, necessary changes in the way colleges evaluate applicants. Source: Rethinking College Admissions – The New York Times I promised I would have another comment. Here it is. As a former professor (who is frightened out of my wits by what I know and the […]

Frank Bruni of The New York Times Was Getting It But Now He May Be Slipping

A new report suggests that we’re on the cusp of important, necessary changes in the way colleges evaluate applicants. Source: Rethinking College Admissions – The New York Times Above it the link to his recent column.  Here is what I wrote. (I will add another comment soon.) I’m a former math professor who has seen […]

An Admissions Surprise (Or a Marketing Ploy?)

Exclusive schools say they want more diversity. Will a new application process really get them there? Source: An Admissions Surprise From the Ivy League – The New York Times I commented. Since my comments use – as examples –  Washington University’s Chancellor Mark Wrighton and Provost Holden Thorp, here are links to closely related stories about […]

CORRECTION: Link to Article Referred to in the Post: A Prudent College Path

There’s a way to combine an intimate academic environment with a state school’s sweep and socioeconomic diversity. More students should consider it. Source: A Prudent College Path – The New York Times

The Education Assassins (Scary, Really)

There’s considerable animus for the Department of Education these days. Let’s not get carried away. Source: The Education Assassins – NYTimes.com I wrote. To see how scary it is, just go to my blog inside-higher-ed . Yes, the blog is about higher education, but it explains how higher education dumbs down all of education, doing […]

“Platinum Pay in Ivory Towers” Op-Ed Shows Frank Bruni is on to Something – That’s Good

The excessive salaries of some college presidents send a message at odds with higher education. Source: Platinum Pay in Ivory Towers – NYTimes.com I commented as follows. “..ostensible mission of academia..” Great word, “ostensible”. Here is how they get away with fooling us. “..advantage can..be taken of [students] by unscrupulous instructors and institutions..the student estate […]

Frank Bruni Thinks Learning LibArts Is Important? I Do Too, But Where Do You Go To Do That?

See From ‘Hamlet’ to Hillary – NYTimes.com  for Bruni’s article. My comment: “As a former professor – and observer of higher education – I think that in 2015 you would be hard put to find the type of courses that your examples took, not in 2015. I recently posted (on my blog inside-higher-ed) a syllabus from […]

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

Hollywood Trumps Harvard – NYTimes.com. 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 […]

College Admissons, Didn’t Get In? Maybe Celebrate!

How to Survive the College Admissions Madness – NYTimes.com. Here is my take. I taught math at one of those “elite” schools. (Wash. Univ. in St Louis) and my advice (in many cases) is not to “relax” if you didn’t get into some of them, but CELEBRATE. Celebrate because many schools are “elite” only in […]