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March 25, 2008 - 11:16pm
Every election year, we start to get proposals for various national service programs as ways to pay for college. The basic idea, though the details always vary, is that graduating high school seniors will work for the government for a year or two in a sort of domestic peace corps arrangement, doing fine and worthy things while accruing voucher credits to be used for college tuition.
March 25, 2008 - 11:12pm
First the announcement: the RSS feed is fixed. Those of you who aren't into RSS don't care, but some of the rest may find their life now easier (or at least more automatic). Now the accounting: The Chronicle has published a searchable database of this year's Congressional earmarks to colleges and universities. Their accompanying article speaks of 2300+projects, 920 institutions, and $2.25 billion.
March 24, 2008 - 10:21pm
An alert reader sent me a link to this article in the Louisville Courier-Journal. Apparently, Kentucky passed some 'reforms' about ten years ago to increase the number of students who transfer from community colleges to the state's four-year schools, hoping to increase the education level of the workforce relatively cheaply.
March 23, 2008 - 10:20pm
As an academic on a national job search, I read Richard Florida's latest, Who's Your City?, with mixed emotions.
AOL
March 21, 2008 - 4:13pm
I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by access, craving hysterical naked dragging themselves through wired rooms at dawn looking at an angry prof, webheaded hipsters surfing for the ancient heavenly connection to slutty dynamos in the machin- ery of screens who student loans and ramen soup and high sat up clicking in the supernatural darkness of powerpoints floating across the tops of heads contemplating tits and ass,
March 21, 2008 - 3:34pm
We’re finishing our spring break with a couple of days at the Hyatt on the Chicago River, and this view out our window yesterday made me think of the second half of Sandburg’s “The Harbor”:
March 21, 2008 - 2:47pm
More emails go by, some asking whether schools have disallowed first-year students from bringing cars, and what the results have been. (Yes, and mixed.) Other items announce the construction of new campus housing, much of it aimed at older undergraduates — mostly low-rise, apartment-style. (Particularly appropriate given the trend towards older undergraduates nationwide.)
March 20, 2008 - 9:17pm
A young correspondent writes:
March 20, 2008 - 3:58pm
According to emails that have come across my screen, students from Seattle, WA to Cambridge, MA are organizing to ban bottled water from their campuses. The idea of going back to tap water bucks a major social trend in the US (and a number of mega-dollar marketing campaigns), so it’s not likely of complete success the first time it’s introduced on a particular campus.
March 19, 2008 - 9:26pm
Scott Jaschik, at Inside Higher Ed, will be moderating a panel at the AACC meeting in Philadelphia entitled "Community Colleges: Who Should Judge Them and How?" The blurb in the program reads:

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