What Does the Syllabus Really Tell You? And How to Find Out What is Really Taught.

A reader looked at this year’s syllabus for the course that I wrote about in A Tale Out of School. The reader commented that there was nothing wrong with what this year’s syllabus covers.  Let’s look deeper and ask what covers means. For those who have read A Tale Out of School,  you may have […]

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 […]

More Than 40% of Student Borrowers Aren’t Making Payments – WSJ

More than 40% of Americans who borrowed from the government’s main student-loan program aren’t making payments or are behind on more than $200 billion owed, raising worries that millions of them may never repay. Source: More Than 40% of Student Borrowers Aren’t Making Payments – WSJ I wrote… The $200 billion is a pittance compared […]

The Best in Alia Wong’s Atlantic Series

Student applicants are treated like consumers. Source: How the U.S. News Ranks Make Applying to College A Commercial Experience – The Atlantic Here is what I wrote. I’m a former math professor. I taught at an “elite” school – Washington University in St. Louis. From my perspective, this series – especially the final installment – […]

Donald Trump Isn’t Alone in Exploiting the Word ‘University’

Students have been taught to trust places called universities, even though few of them actually are. Source: Donald Trump Isn’t Alone in Exploiting the Word ‘University’ Mr. Carey has nailed it when it comes to how some institutions exploit the public trust, but he missed the most important institutions. Let me explain. I spent three […]

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. […]

USA Today Editorial Notes the Tip of the Iceberg

In their lavish facilities, schools show there isn’t much student in student-athlete. Source: College (Wretched Excess) Bowl: Our view I commented. College behavior is far worse than what is described here. I know. I am a former math professor who most recently taught at an “elite” school. Not only does the phrase “student-athlete” need to […]

Prof. Mankiw Has Not a Clue

There are three forces at work that are making college increasingly expensive. So what should we do about it? Source: Three Reasons for Those Hefty College Tuition Bills I posted two comments. I’m a former math professor (I taught at Wash. U. in St. Louis.) and am well aware of the flaw in arguing – […]

 “Meal Plan Costs Tick Upward as Students Pay for More Than Food” They Pay For More Than Education, Too!

Universities are embracing lucrative deals with dining contractors to help pay for campus improvements, but critics say students often pay for them in the rising costs of meal plans. Source: Meal Plan Costs Tick Upward as Students Pay for More Than Food – The New York Times I wrote. I’m a former professor. This is […]