University Diaries

University Diaries

A professor of English describes American university life.

June 6, 2007 - 11:03am
Everyone focuses on neurasthenic high school juniors desperate to get into good colleges, but let's shift for a moment to the professors awaiting them. Today's New York Times features exactly the sort of student I want to see in my classrooms at George Washington University. He's independent, odd, intellectually curious, and living a somewhat difficult life. I'm thrilled that our admissions committee saw what there was to see in him.
June 3, 2007 - 6:23pm
How stupid are American university students, professors, and sports boosters willing to be? Very, Selena Roberts points out in today's New York Times. They'll spend all their money on coaches who'll stay a few months and then get massive buyouts. They'll lie there while sports directors send ticket prices up the wazoo.
May 31, 2007 - 6:37pm
When a high-profile, well-compensated professor who’s also his university’s assistant vice president of government relations is convicted of a serious crime, you know he’ll find the right words to convey his regret, the enormity of the event, etc.There it is, up there, in my headline.I mentioned in my last post the AP article summarizing the just-ended academic year as having been primarily about theft and greed and dishonesty. Here’s a sample story.
May 29, 2007 - 2:41pm
It’s the end of the academic year, and so far the Associated Press and The Washington Post have featured articles offering broad generalizations about what just happened in higher ed. For the AP writer, the year on campus has been all about dishonesty: we’ve had nine months of plagiarism, conflict of interest, and similar modes of malfeasance at our colleges and universities. The Washington Post, noting some local static involving university presidents, says it’s above all been the year of the burnt-out chief executive officer.

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