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August 29, 2010 - 4:12pm
“Clarissa” commented on last week’s post,
August 29, 2010 - 1:00pm
While I learned a lot from reading Jane Mayer's "Covert Operations" in The New Yorker, little of it shocked me. I'd known for some time about the Koch brothers, the leading financiers of libertarian thought, government- (particularly EPA-) bashing and -- more recently -- the unfocused anger (mostly, it seems, among older white folks) that calls itself the "Tea Party Movement".
August 27, 2010 - 4:58pm
Editors' note: today's guest entry has been kindly developed by Professor Dzulkifli Abdul Razak, Vice-Chancellor, Universiti Sains Malaysia, a position he has held since 2000.
August 26, 2010 - 9:30pm
As regular readers know, I’m kind of obsessed with questions of structure in American higher education. I’m working on a book on the subject now, and I keep bumping into a series of suspicions that I can neither prove nor disprove.I don’t know if anyone has done a serious study of this. If someone has, I’d love a reference. But if not, here’s an idea for an enterprising Ed.D. student looking for a dissertation topic...
August 26, 2010 - 9:15pm
Pretty busy this week, with all the usual opening activities. Still, I stumbled across a couple of interesting post-scripts to earlier rantings.
August 26, 2010 - 9:15pm
Before I say anything else, I want to praise you for responding so quickly to concerns raised by librarians about the new interface that was just rolled out. You folks grasped the issues, you didn't whitewash the problems, and you laid out a plan to solve them, providing a realistic assessment of how long it will take to make the necessary changes. Bravo.But ... honestly, what was that all about?
August 26, 2010 - 8:34pm
"Restrictions on enrollments at community colleges, particularly, are among the factors that have driven students to for-profit institutions, where tuitions are significantly higher." --from 3 Million and Counting, IHE 8/26/10Ideas to Increase Enrollments Without Significantly Driving Up Costs:
August 26, 2010 - 8:30pm
600 international ESL students. 3 levels of English. 3 academic tracks in 2 divisions: undergraduate and graduate. 4 or 5 classes per student. Classes cap at 20, 30, or 40. Classroom capacity ranges from 14 to 47. We have 27 classrooms and 65 (and counting) teachers. It sounds like one big multi-part GRE question with endless permutations. It is the reality of international education administration.
August 26, 2010 - 8:09pm
It is sometimes said that it would be good to find a “two handed economist”, as we are known for seeing both sides of issues, and summarizing our thoughts with “on the one hand, but on the other hand.” It was that ambiguity that I felt when I saw some ads in a local newspaper that reminded me of a discussion that has been going on in this space recently.
August 26, 2010 - 9:00am
I remember when I first saw the Verizon Wireless commercial featuring the Layar Reality Browser. It looked like something out of a science fiction movie. When my student web coordinator came in to the office with her iPhone, I asked her if she had ever heard of "Layar." She had not heard of it so we downloaded it from the App Store. I was amazed at how the app used the phone's camera, GPS and Internet access to create a virtual layer of information over the image being displayed by the phone.

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