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July 17, 2011
Institutions around the world are pursuing recognition as “world class” universities. In many cases, establishing world-class universities has been incorporated into national development strategies. This week’s blog is part of an ongoing series addressing these initiatives and the errors and oversights often committed in the course of implementation.
July 17, 2011
Across the country, virtually every state is trying to control spending, and nationally we are also working hard to control spending. Who could argue? No one wants additional taxes, so raising revenue (absent a more robust economy) on the state level will be difficult while raising the deficit on the national is equally unpopular. We all demand, and rightly so, fiscal discipline from our leaders.
July 17, 2011
LinkedIn is a wonderful career networking site for people who have work experience. You can fill in your employment and educational histories and display professional recommendations. For a lot of students, LinkedIn has not been a useful venue because many do not have any previous jobs to list. Last Friday, in an effort to attract more student users, LinkedIn added new student-friendly profile sections.
July 17, 2011
Like many Brooklyn parents, I was shocked and deeply saddened by the recent abduction and murder of Leiby Kletzky, an eight-year-old boy who had just been given permission to walk 7 blocks by himself in a close-knit neighborhood that is considered one of the safest in New York City.
July 16, 2011
What’s New at University of Venus - Week Ending 16 July 2011University of Venus Around the Web:
July 15, 2011
One of the challenges that campuses will face if they seriously try to become models for future -- sustainable -- society is that nobody really knows what a sustainable developed society might look like. Oh, we know what it won't look like. And we, each of us, can call out characteristics we think it will exhibit, but there's certainly no consensus -- even among sustainability wonks --around a practicable vision of sustainable society.
July 14, 2011
When I opened the envelope that contained my tenure decision this past February, I wish I could say many incredibly deep thoughts went through my mind. But no, the only thought was, “I wonder if Starbucks is hiring.” Thank goodness I received tenure, because my local coffee shop had no need for another over educated, out of work barista that week.
July 14, 2011
Okay, this is really more Joshua Kim’s territory than mine, but a guy can dream. Some tech developments I’d love to see in the very short term:- A meaningful competitor for Comcast. Locally, my choices for home broadband are Comcast or DSL. Accordingly, Comcast acts like the monopolist that it basically is.
July 14, 2011
"The market for edtech information is broken -- and we'd like to glue the pieces together."This quote comes from the latest edSurge newsletter, a startup that describes itself as " a community watering hole and resource for those of us engaged in the emerging eco-system of education technology."You can (and should) sign-up for the the edSurge newsletter at edsurge.com.7 Reasons Why I'm Excited about edSurge:
July 14, 2011
Even though we all know that discrimination continues to exist in our economy, economists often say that discriminatory actions will lead to market opportunities for competitors, as those competitors hire qualified workers who are eliminated from the hiring pool based on factors unrelated to productivity. The same would apply to firms that refuse to sell products to whole groups of people, as such preferences are “purchased” at the high price of lost revenue.

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