Monthly Archives: November 2015

Tips for undergraduate students who are thinking about Law School

Tips for undergraduate students who are thinking about Law School

Many students who are currently in the process of obtaining their undergraduate degrees are considering law school. A lot of these students follow Suzzanne Uhland and other prominent attorneys on Twitter and feel inspired to pursue their own path in law. While law school can be a great plan for when you finish your undergraduate […] … learn more→

The value universities add to society

The value universities add to society

Some pointed questions have been asked of universities about what value they add to the society that funds them. Would society suffer from lower levels of public expenditure in universities – and what would make greater public expenditure worthwhile? To their credit, successive British governments have entertained a wide range of answers and strategies when […] … learn more→

Income-based repayment tops repayment plan choice for first time

Income-based repayment tops repayment plan choice for first time

The latest data from the U.S. Department of Education show that more student debt is now being repaid through the Income-Based Repayment Plan (also called the Pay as You Earn plan, or PAYE) than any other repayment plan. Nearly one in three dollars in repayment is enrolled, totaling $188 billion out of $586 billion in […] … learn more→

What is your campus’s approach to collegiality?

What is your campus’s approach to collegiality?

Another battle over collegiality is brewing: faculty in the four-campus Connecticut State University system involved in union contract negotiations are questioning, amongst other things, proposed collegiality rules. As I document in my online article in the current issue of Academe, “Grappling with Collegiality and Academic Freedom,” UW-Stout faculty were fortunate to be “on the same page” as […] … learn more→

Brain connections predict how well you can pay attention

Brain connections predict how well you can pay attention

During a 1959 television appearance, Jack Kerouac was asked how long it took him to write his novel On The Road. His response – three weeks – amazed the interviewer and ignited an enduring myth that the book was composed in a marathon of nonstop typing. Like the Kerouac of legend, some people possess the […] … learn more→

Which countries punch above their weight in education rankings?

Which countries punch above their weight in education rankings?

Rankings of countries based on how well their students perform in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) always receive a great deal of attention from the media and politicians. But PISA rankings, produced by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, are limited when it comes to evaluating the quality of education systems and […] … learn more→

Failures of public school mirrored in Higher Ed

Failures of public school mirrored in Higher Ed

Everyone knows that the public schools have been failing, and failing hard, for years. Yes, there are exceptional schools, but we need only look to the children of the rich, or of the politicians (often the same people) to see that people with any choice in the matter don’t send their kids to public schools. […] … learn more→

Without Einstein it would have taken decades longer to understand gravity

Without Einstein it would have taken decades longer to understand gravity

It was 1905, and Albert Einstein had just turned theoretical physics on its head by publishing a paper on what later became known as special relativity. This showed that space and time could not be considered in absolute terms: time could speed up or slow down; standard lengths could contract; and masses could increase. And, […] … learn more→

On Campus at U.PE: The University of Practically Everywhere

On Campus at U.PE: The University of Practically Everywhere

In the fall of the year, as leaves turned red and gold on the campus of U.PE, an aging professor stood on the podium to give the welcoming address to the new class of freshmen. His hair was white, his mien one of resignation and cynicism. He looked as though he would rather be almost […] … learn more→

Only 9% of recent students with debt think College worth it

Only 9% of recent students with debt think College worth it

So, there’s celebration that more females than males have degrees from higher education…it’s natural to ask if degrees are worthy to have nowadays. We’re raised from a very young age to believe education is everything, that, always, the best, most important thing for a human being is school. Ok, we’re told “education” is everything, not […] … learn more→