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Yale: White boys should be watched as enemies

Yale: White boys should be watched as enemies

As long as it’s in the news, let’s pick on Yale some more. One of the big problems on campus today is the lockdown to Progressive/Leftist/Cultural Marxist thinking…many departments, many fiefdoms, are filled exclusively with people who hold one particular set of beliefs and, more importantly, will not allow anyone who thinks differently to exist […] … learn more→

Student loans and ‘risk-sharing’ – the problem with penalizing colleges when graduates can’t pay

Student loans and ‘risk-sharing’ – the problem with penalizing colleges when graduates can’t pay

When a student borrows money from the government to go to college and then has serious trouble paying it back, should the college be on the hook to help pay back the government? That question lies at the heart of a proposed idea known as “risk-sharing.” The idea is currently being considered by President Donald Trump. […] … learn more→

Mind the gap

Mind the gap

What distinguishes a PhD from an airport novel, a corporate annual report, a parliamentary submission, a comic, or a racy Mills and Boon romance novel? They are all writing genres, but they are all very different. The defining requirement of a PhD is finding, articulating, and filling a research gap (hereafter, The Gap). Without this, the purported thesis […] … learn more→

How to improve the quality of private universities, where the majority of Indonesian students study

How to improve the quality of private universities, where the majority of Indonesian students study

Nearly 70 percent of Indonesian students study at private universities. However, the quality of private universities is still below state universities. Private universities in Asia, including Indonesia, face four problems according to Asian Development Bank research . These problems are (1) expanding access to private campuses (increasing the number of students, providing lectures for financially disadvantaged and disabled people), (2) […] … learn more→

Why meritocracy is a myth in college admissions

Why meritocracy is a myth in college admissions

The most damaging myth in American higher education is that college admissions is about merit, and that merit is about striving for – and earning – academic excellence. This myth is often used as a weapon against policies like affirmative action that offer minor admissions advantages to low-income students and racial and ethnic minorities. From […] … learn more→

College admission scandal grew out of a system that was ripe for corruption

College admission scandal grew out of a system that was ripe for corruption

As part of the “Operation Varsity Blues” case that federal prosecutors announced March 12, dozens of people – including Hollywood actresses and wealthy businessmen – stand accused of having bought their children’s way into elite colleges and universities. As a researcher who has studied how young athletes get admitted to college, I don’t see a major difference […] … learn more→

What is this ‘anti-PhD’ attitude about?

What is this ‘anti-PhD’ attitude about?

Lately, more and more students want a non-academic job when they finish their PhD. Anecdotally, some graduates seem to be experiencing the PhD as a barrier to employment, not an enabler. In fact, I’ve heard so much negative talk about how employers react to PhD holders over the years that it seemed important to start […] … learn more→