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July 18, 2007 - 9:50am
Where Most Needed is a blog that follows what it calls "the charity industry." Its author, in a recent post, notices what UD and other observers have noticed - that more and more people are beginning to question the grotesque disparity between a few American universities endowed with billions and billions and billions of dollars, and most of the rest of the country's campuses, struggling with expenses.
July 18, 2007 - 6:41am
When they apply for admission at my cc, prospective students who haven't placed out already with SAT/ACT scores or AP credit have to take placement tests in math and English. The English exam includes a hand-graded essay. For simplicity, I'll just address the English.
July 17, 2007 - 6:40am
During the academic year, there's a pretty good degree of synchronization on campus. Most people are around frequently enough that it's not terribly hard to complete the usual bureaucratic errands, and getting in touch with folks is relatively easy. There's some stress around final exam time, when faculty are especially frazzled (and rightly so), but other than that, it isn't too bad. In the summer, though, even the simplest bureaucratic task falls victim to syncopated calendars.
July 16, 2007 - 6:46am
The Girl turned three last week. She's very different from her brother. With The Boy, you can see the man he will be. The adult is clearly visible in the child, and has been ever since he was just a wee sprout. With The Girl, it's harder to picture. She's more baby-ish than he was at this age, and also harder to read.
July 14, 2007 - 6:19am
Is this altogether a bad idea? Wisconsin's State Assembly has voted to end all funding for the law school at the University of Wisconsin. Enough lawyers already. The state only kicks in ten percent of the school's funding as it is. Increase tuition. It's very low. The governor calls it "a really bizarre thing that came out of nowhere," but it isn't. There are shortages of doctors, but there are clearly too many lawyers in this country. There are too many law schools. Wisconsin could be a pioneer in doing something about it.
July 13, 2007 - 6:44am
A new correspondent writes: Here at Way Up North CC, our little gym just died, and we're renovating it from top to bottom next year. During that year, no intercollegiate athletics...and no weightroom for me. I posted the following on our campus discussion board and wondered if you had any thoughts on small cc's (with live-in students) involvement with sports. Obviously, I'm far from disinterested.... Why do we have intercollegiate athletics at WUNCC? The traditional reasons:
July 11, 2007 - 11:10pm
Murray Sperber writes in Declining by Degrees that an “Academic Arms Race” began in the post-Sputnik boom-era for higher ed. Colleges aspired to be universities, and universities competed for prestige by building up their research programs and feeling “impelled to grant advanced degrees in almost all areas.” That is, they followed the federal money.

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