A Sad Example, One of Many

After freshman year, grants and scholarships may disappear for any number of reasons — some justified, some not. Source: Why Upperclassmen Lose Financial Aid – The New York Times I commented. This young lady sounds depressingly like another example of what our corrupted system of higher education has been doing to young people – and […]

Why Else Would He Call It a “University”?

…hundreds of pages of legal documents, as well as interviews with former students and instructors, suggest the surveys themselves were a central component of a business model that, according to lawsuits and investigators, deceived consumers,,, Source: At Trump University, Students Recall Pressure to Give Positive Reviews. Here is my take. I’m a former math professor. […]

Is Princeton Proud of its Recommedation to Change Its Grading Policy?

I found this informative and quite humorous.  It’s by Angela Wang.  The complete article is here. “…The announcement [on Princeton’s new grading policy recommedation] came at a time when school is not in session and no press release was sent through the University’s usual channels announcing the report. A press release was sent later in the day […]

Princeton Grading Policy Change – Solving for the Winning Solution? And to What Problem?

There is a report in today’s New York Times.  It has links to the announcement by Princeton’s president, and to the faculty committee’s report. Princeton Is Proposing to End Limit on Giving A’s – NYTimes.com. The reason I ask if this is solving for the “winning solution” (See below for a definition) is that Princeton […]

Do Private Universities Face Financial Pressure? Certainly, Not All

Someone made this comment: “Private U[niversitities face a lot of pressure tor retain students, who then become alums and contribute to the school. A lot of pressure to retain tuition paying students” Here was my response:  (I should have qualified this statement by adding that some private schools do have financial problems.) “I don’t see […]

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 […]

How to Get a Job at Google [Really What to Do in College to Get a Good Job.], Part 2 – NYTimes.com

Great advice (not just about Google) from Laszlo Bock, the head of hiring at Google: How to Get a Job at Google, Part 2 – NYTimes.com. Here is the advice that I would add:  (I commented on the NYTimes site.) You need to make sure that your college or university is fullfilling the requirements Mr. Bock talks […]

Why Does Grade Inflation Work?

Don A. Moore, Samuel A. Swift, Zachariah S. Sharek and Francesca Gino, whose paper I cited in Grade Inflation Pays But So Does Rolling Back the Odometer – Or Overrating a Bond have a more recent paper, PLOS ONE: Inflated Applicants: Attribution Errors in Performance Evaluation by Professionals. There is a lot for to think about […]

Content Deflation III – Does Wash. U. Physics Prof. Adopt It With Zeal? And Does the University Boast About It? Read This

This is from my story ATaleOutofSchool  but it is self-contained.  I think it is helpful in understanding how much “content deflation” has entered the academy as a marketing tool that caters to student “wants”, while leaving students on their own to acquire their “needs”.  Of course, it is even worse that just leaving them on […]