Monthly Archives: January 2019

Amazon, Facebook and Google don’t need to spy on your conversations to know what you’re talking about

Amazon, Facebook and Google don’t need to spy on your conversations to know what you’re talking about

If you’ve ever wondered if your phone is spying on you, you’re not alone. One of the most hotly debated topics in technology today is the amount of data that firms surreptitiously gather about us online. You may well have shared the increasingly common experience of feeling creeped out by ads for something you recently discussed in […] … learn more→

Six and a half, already researchers!

Six and a half, already researchers!

As a PhD student in human genetics, I live in a real science bubble full of stimulating exchanges. Over the days, I experiment, I present my results to my supervisor, I share my observations with my colleagues, I exchange with members of neighboring laboratories, I submit my work to the peer review of other laboratories etc. This […] … learn more→

3 reasons to pay attention to the LA teacher strike

3 reasons to pay attention to the LA teacher strike

The first mass teacher labor action of 2019 is unfolding in California as the United Teachers Los Angeles walked out for the first time in 30 years. This strike, which began on Jan. 14, isn’t just important to people in Los Angeles. Here are three reasons the nation should pay attention. 1. The Los Angeles case […] … learn more→

Cheat sheet for VCs running universities in turbulent times

Cheat sheet for VCs running universities in turbulent times

At least once a month a headhunting firm calls me seeking advice on a search for a university vice-chancellor. They want to pick my brains because of what I’ve learnt, sometimes the hard way, over seven years as a vice-chancellor, 12 years as an academic dean and two years as an administrator of struggling universities. […] … learn more→

Idle thoughts while reading? it may be a light bulb moment

Idle thoughts while reading? it may be a light bulb moment

Does your mind wander while you’re reading? All the books to read for that pesky literature review and you just can’t focus … Sometimes the havering mind is “the worries”. Worries about how much reading there is and how hard some of it is. This is a moment when you need to soothe and reassure […] … learn more→

Columbia MFA students demand tuition refund

Columbia MFA students demand tuition refund

I know this is something of old news…but today’s topic just strikes me as a more important phenomenon for higher ed than anything in the “top 10” of last post. We now have nearly an entire class of students at a good school asking for refunds. When it comes to student loans, the most painful […] … learn more→

Why is there a truck driver shortage in the United States?

Why is there a truck driver shortage in the United States?

The trucking industry is an important component of business in the United States. Truck drivers spend continuous hours transporting products between different companies all throughout the country. However, within the past decade, there has been a shortage in truck drivers. For most students, they tend to follow what other people do rather than explore high […] … learn more→

Advantages of cell phone monitoring apps for parents

Advantages of cell phone monitoring apps for parents

Almost all teenage students are using the smartphone and other gadgets with all the latest apps. And being a parent, people worried about the excessive use of mobile and apps by their children like what are they doing in the mobile or is there any problem with them, etc.  But to remove all the tension […] … learn more→

The 10 most important events in Higher Ed of 2018

The 10 most important events in Higher Ed of 2018

I know, it’s a bit late for such considerations, but a recent article listed what are supposedly the 10 most important events of 2018…they’re off a bit, but allow me to clarify: 1. Purdue University Launched “Purdue Global” after Purchasing For-Profit Kaplan University The article indicates this “may signal a change” in online programs, but…no. […] … learn more→