Subversion is at the heart of the academy

Subversion is at the heart of the academy

“A university,” wrote Robert Maynard Hutchins, “must stand for something, and that must be something other than what a vocal minority, or majority, demand at the moment.” As president of the University of Chicago, Hutchins was pretty sure of what his university should not stand for. A prime example was big-time intercollegiate sports. In axeing […] … learn more→

Spelling mistakes on the resume ... more than just mistakes

Spelling mistakes on the resume … more than just mistakes

Spelling, a problem limited to the school sphere? The question of spelling has for a long time remained exclusively a matter of the educational system alone, with the ministry setting objectives to be achieved per cycle and periodically evaluating the level of students. Several studies agree on the regular and consistent decline in the level […] … learn more→

When college tuition goes up, campus diversity goes down

When college tuition goes up, campus diversity goes down

As college tuition continues to rise at a staggering rate, people tend to worry about how much harder it becomes for students and families to pay for college. As researchers who focus on higher education, we found a different reason to worry. We examined tuition hikes at public four-year colleges and universities over a 14-year period. We wanted to see if […] … learn more→

Women in tech suffer because of American myth of meritocracy

Women in tech suffer because of American myth of meritocracy

The American dream is built on the notion that the U.S. is a meritocracy. Americans believe success in life and business can be earned by anyone willing to put in the hard work necessary to achieve it, or so they say. Thus, Americans commonly believe that those who are successful deserve to be so and those who […] … learn more→

Kids of color get kicked out of school at higher rates – here’s how to stop it

Kids of color get kicked out of school at higher rates – here’s how to stop it

When two black men were arrested at a Philadelphia Starbucks where they had been waiting for a business meeting on April 12, the incident called renewed attention to the bias that racial minorities face in American society. A few days later, a similar incident unfolded at an LA Fitness in New Jersey. While these two incidents involved adults at […] … learn more→

Moocs are a solution in search of a problem

Moocs are a solution in search of a problem

A common question to start-up founders is: “What problem does this solve?” Massive open online courses (Moocs) are a solution in want of a problem. That’s not surprising because they did not emerge from a problem. Instead, they arose from the boredom of Stanford University computer science professors fed up with teaching the same lectures […] … learn more→

States are favoring school choice at a steep cost to public education

States are favoring school choice at a steep cost to public education

Teacher strikes are generating a healthy focus on how far public education funding has fallen over the past decade. The full explanation, however, goes beyond basic funding cuts. It involves systematic advantages in terms of funding, students and teachers for charter schools and voucher programs as compared to traditional public schools. Increasing public teacher salaries may end the current […] … learn more→

Students must lead the fight for fewer guns on US campuses

Students must lead the fight for fewer guns on US campuses

The United States Bill of Rights grants American citizens numerous freedoms such as those of association, religion and protest. US leaders have notably honoured and guarded James Madison’s prescriptions for this great experiment in democracy. Our courts and representatives have also systematically adjusted the scope of these freedoms to craft a safer and more equitable […] … learn more→

Are the robots coming for our (research) jobs?

Are the robots coming for our (research) jobs?

As a researcher, it can be tempting to ignore the current hysteria about automation. I’ve had a bit of a “not my circus, not my monkeys” attitude myself. Perhaps whole industries will disappear, our taxis will become self driving and our fast food outlets staffed by robots, but research work? I like to think research […] … learn more→

10 clichéd and mind-numbing phrases to chop off your resume

10 clichéd and mind-numbing phrases to chop off your resume

Technology is redefining the global business outlook by reshaping the marketing industry. Scores of thousands of websites go up each day – adding to the number of enterprises that need the services of marketing and ad agencies to weather competition. Consequently, marketing agencies are jostling for a slice of the lucrative opportunities in the industry […] … learn more→