Monthly Archives: March 2018

The student loan scam explained

The student loan scam explained

It’s been a while since I discussed the core issue which has done so much harm to higher education: the student loan scam (so long, in fact, that a reader asked me to explain what I meant by it, and so here we are). The Rise of the Jumbo Student Loan Most students with loan […] … learn more→

The Department of deregulation

The Department of deregulation

As reported in Politico’s Morning Education today, the Department of Education will be pursuing yet another regulatory agenda in the coming year, to include rewrite (or remove)  the state authorization rules, the credit hour rule, accreditation regulations, and the requirements for regular and substantive interaction with instructors in distance education programs.  This action comes while Congress is […] … learn more→

How Cambridge Analytica’s Facebook targeting model really worked – according to the person who built it

How Cambridge Analytica’s Facebook targeting model really worked – according to the person who built it

The researcher whose work is at the center of the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data analysis and political advertising uproar has revealed that his method worked much like the one Netflix uses to recommend movies. In an email to me, Cambridge University scholar Aleksandr Kogan explained how his statistical model processed Facebook data for Cambridge Analytica. The accuracy he claims […] … learn more→

Discovering the Iguazu Falls, a UNESCO World Heritage:

Discovering the Iguazu Falls, a UNESCO World Heritage:

Iguazu Falls, also known as Iguazú Falls, Iguassu Falls, or Iguaçu Falls, isn’t just a waterfall but up to 300 individual waterfalls that bridge the border between Argentina and Brazil making it the biggest waterfalls system in the world. The falls live inside protected national parks, Iguazú National Park (Argentina) and Iguaçu National Park (Brazil), […] … learn more→

Large crack in East African Rift is evidence of continent splitting in two

Large crack in East African Rift is evidence of continent splitting in two

A large crack, stretching several kilometres, made a sudden appearance recently in south-western Kenya. The tear, which continues to grow, caused part of the Nairobi-Narok highway to collapse and was accompanied by seismic activity in the area. The Earth is an ever-changing planet, even though in some respects change might be almost unnoticeable to us. […] … learn more→

Confessions of a fairy hunter

Confessions of a fairy hunter

I first came to fairies after a brush with mortality in my mid-thirties. I’d been trained as a medievalist, but under the strain of my treatment, the Monumenta Ger­maniae Historica lost their charms: the memory of their leather covers, their weight in my hand, their smell, still make me nauseous almost a decade later. I’d […] … learn more→

Students’ narcissism trumps their work ethic

Students’ narcissism trumps their work ethic

When teaching medical students at a famous university in London, one of us would initiate the first tutorial with a question: what is the essence of an education? If you are sitting next to someone at a dinner party, how do you decide how educated they are? Is it about where they studied and how […] … learn more→

Dying Evergreen College: More than 1 admin per 6 students

Dying Evergreen College: More than 1 admin per 6 students

(Alternate Title: Race Riots At Evergreen Cost 20% Of Student Base) One of the clearest signs of a school’s convergence, takeover by Social Justice Warriors (SJW), is the race riots. More accurately, it is the response to riots that gives the situation away. The normal response to student rioters is to eject the rioters from […] … learn more→

5 keys to making smart business decisions

5 keys to making smart business decisions

In the business world, you are either climbing to the top or you’re scrambling to stay afloat. To say that creating and maintaining a successful business is extremely competitive is an understatement! You have to be smart and be five steps ahead of the competition. The best business leaders understand this and they create processes […] … learn more→