Demand for H1-B Skilled-Worker Visas Forces Agency Into Lottery – WSJ

U.S. demand for foreign skilled-worker visas surpassed the entire year’s mandated supply within five days, prompting the government to say it will award them through a lottery. Source: Demand for H1-B Skilled-Worker Visas Forces Agency Into Lottery – WSJ I wrote… To paraphrase, “It’s the flood of certification, and paucity of education, stupid.”  In other […]

Evidence That Schools That Educate Graduate Students Who Are in Big Demand

Uber…put up a billboard outside Carnegie Mellon’s computer-sciences building that said: “We are looking for the best software engineers in Pittsburgh.” Graduate students are being approached to work at the company. Source: Carnegie Mellon Reels After Uber Lures Away Researchers – WSJ This is a story about one of the top schools in computer science […]

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 […]

Rip Van Skillsgap on Paul Krugman’s Blog Is Wrong

Rip Van Skillsgap – “Please, Prof. Krugman, you are too important a voice not to pay attention to data that screams that there is a gigantic gap between what you think is an education, and what “customers” (once quaintly known as “students”) are actually getting – even in many so-called “elite” schools. There is […]

Mistaken Acceptance Letters Could Be Avoided

Johns Hopkins Mistaken Acceptance Letters: Part of a Long Tradition. I found this, after I saw the news that Carnegie Mellon had mistakenly sent acceptance letters for the CS M.S. program. I talked to an expert (who didn’t want to be identified).  That expert told me that “It isn’t a matter of money.  It doesn’t […]

Colleges’ Use of Adjunct Instructors Comes Under Pressure – WSJ

Colleges’ Use of Adjunct Instructors Comes Under Pressure – WSJ. I commented. “What matters is not whether a university uses adjuncts;  what matters is how a university sees its students and what goals the administrators have for themselves.   If the university sees students as naïve consumers; and the administrators’ goals are self-aggrandizement (from rankings and money), then the university will fit David Riesman’s  description,   […]

Buildings? How to Truly Build A Great Univeristy

This is from Richard Cyert’s  1973 inaugural address as President of Carnegie Mellon University.  He served until 1990.  He certainly helped build a great university. “…Some people associate a quality education with fine, new buildings.  Yet every new building increases the operating budget…and the university may end up with fewer funds for its  educational…budget…it is far better […]

Focus on Administrative Attitudes: Carnegie Mellon Contrasted With Washington Univ. in St. Louis

I received a comment from someone who taught at Carnegie in the 90’s.  I will compare it – only with respect to administrative attitudes –  to my experience at Washington Univ. in St. Louis.  I believe that, though both of these observations are somewhat anecdotal, there is enough substance (and observation) in both cases to illuminate these serious and important […]

Grade Inflation Pays But So Does Rolling Back the Odometer – Or Overrating a Bond

But, eventually, the piper gets paid.  Unearned grades means unlearned material. I just read the following article, Correspondence Bias in Performance Evaluation: Why Grade Inflation Works by Don A. Moore, Samuel A. Swift, Zachariah S. Sharek and Francesca Gino of Carnegie Mellon University. After hypothesizing (and later demonstrating) that graduate schools don’t pay attention to any particular […]