“Student Loans and Defaults: The Facts – NYTimes.com” My View: Anyway you Slice it, or Dice it, It’s Too Commonly a Shakedown

“…Graduate students borrow a lot more than undergraduates…” Source: Student Loans and Defaults: The Facts – NYTimes.com I commented. A more descriptive statement than “…borrowing is highest among the minority of college students who go on for graduate study..” is:Borrowing is highest among two groups of students: those who realize that they were scammed and […]

Columbia Cancels High Visibility Concert – What Does This Really Mean?

Columbia Cancels Concert Amid Safety Concerns – NYTimes.com. I don’t know the answer to my own question.  But, given that the adminstrators and faculty at Columbia haven’t changed, I worry that this particular concert was cancelled simply because of its high visiblity (It got in the Times.), and not because of any serious change in […]

Is A Simpler Mortgage Application Good Or Bad, If The House Isn’t Inspected? More Ironic Than I Thought.

In my prevous post , I did’t comment on the fact that one of the authors is on the faculty of Columbia Teachers College.  I did now.  Here is the comment. One of the authors of this piece is from Columbia Teachers College. I didn’t notice that when I posted an earlier comment. That fact, […]

Ross Douthat Gets It!

Last week there was an article in the New York Times about Columbia’s reaction to a rape accusation. (See Assualt at Columbia) Today Ross Douthat published this excellent column. Rape and the College Brand – NYTimes.com.    

Sexual Assault Case at Columbia – Extremely Sad

This is in today’s NY Times.  Fight Against Sex Assaults Holds Colleges to Account – NYTimes.com.  I find the manner in which the young woman was apparently  treated in line with how an administration would try to silence anything harmful to the “brand”.  I don’t know if that is the case here, but I worry […]

Do Universities Care About Societal Issues? See “Getting Into the Ivies”

Getting Into the Ivies – NYTimes.com.   Here is what I wrote, “…the poor catch up with the rich to the extent that they achieve the same level of technological know-how, skill, and education…” (quoted from Piketty, Thomas (2014-03-10). Capital in the Twenty-First Century (Kindle Locations 1315-1316). Harvard University Press. Kindle Edition. ) It is […]

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 […]

More on Columbia University’s Report on Educational Quality

My view of Columbia’s teacher college went down even further as I read their report on teachinng quality and course rigor.  I added this comment to the Chronicle of Higher Education.  It points out some serious flaws – so serious that I’m a little shocked. “I want to add two more observations to what has […]

Columbia University Report Says “Academically Adrift” is Wrong. Right? No, Wrong.

You can read about the report from Columbia’s “College Educational Quality Project” here: http://chronicle.com/article/A-New-Kind-of-Study-Seeks-to/144621/#disqus_thread The report says it examined “educational rigor” and “teaching quality” to reach its conclusion, which you can read about in my comment below. I commented with what I thought about their conclusion: “The “College Educational Quality (CEQ) Project at Teachers College, […]