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July 13, 2010 - 7:10pm
My graduate department gave particularly brutal comprehensive exams. For our major field, we were expected to answer three questions in a 24-hour period. Our advisers claimed that it was never intended to be an all-night exam, but for hyper-competitive and insecure graduate students, the tradition was to prove your mettle by staying up all night, writing erudite, thoughtful and, by four in the morning, incomprehensible essays.
July 13, 2010 - 7:02pm
Greg Easterbrook is making two big arguments in Sonic Boom: Globalization at Mach Speed.Future Prosperity: Due to a combination of global trade, the spread of information technology, and the movement toward representative democracies, the 21st century will usher in unprecedented levels and diffusion of global prosperity.
July 13, 2010 - 6:16pm
I really don't know what to think about a news item which crossed my (virtual) desk this morning.
July 12, 2010 - 9:36pm
Joshua Kim’s piece yesterday reminded me of a basic, but widely ignored, truth.In most industries, new technology is adopted because it’s expected to lower costs and/or improve productivity (which lowers costs over time). It doesn’t always succeed, of course, and the usual vagaries of faddism are certainly there. But by and large, the point of adopting a new technology is to make the underlying business stronger.
July 12, 2010 - 9:24pm
Audible just launched it's new iPhone app. I'm so excited.I've played with the app a bit. Here's what it seems to do:1. You can see and download anything that is in your Audible library.2. Some advanced playback features.3. The ability to Tweet, Facebook, or e-mail what you are reading.4. A note taking tool.5. News and Events - including featured customer reviews, YouTube Audible links, Audible news and lists.What am I missing?
July 12, 2010 - 9:14pm
(My last blog post contained a spoiler alert—this one may need a “book nerd” alert, for I fear that its musings are only of interest to folks like me whose books threaten to take over their living spaces. Consider yourself warned.)
July 12, 2010 - 11:12am
Hardly a day passes when we don’t read about poor performance in higher education. This is true for those who follow the international scene and it’s true for those who follow mostly the US or virtually any other single country. The nearly relentless message is that we are not doing well in higher education. Modified, the message is at least that we are not doing nearly well enough.
July 11, 2010 - 10:01pm
Technology will be one of the essential factors if we hope to bend the educational cost curve. Like health care, but unlike other consumer goods and services, tuition in the past two-decades has risen much faster than either real wages or inflation.
July 11, 2010 - 9:15pm
University of Venus: a place for inspiration, change, and solutions.There is a crisis in higher education and we see this crisis as an opportunity for change.
July 11, 2010 - 9:10pm
Put down the flamethrowers, I’m not talking about money.In the summer, with fewer people on campus and some of the committees that usually fill my calendar on hold until September, I’ve discovered an unexpected bonus: time for wide-ranging, unstructured conversation.I don’t just mean shooting the breeze, either. I mean the kind of discussions in which people have the time and implied permission to go off-agenda and really explore a topic.


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