Monthly Archives: March 2015

Welcome to Ohio State, where everything is for sale

I’m excited to announce that my university has changed its motto. Out with the old and in with: “Omnia Venduntur!” Our old motto, “Disciplina In Civitatem,” or “Education for Citizenship,” just sounded so, you know, land-granty, so civic-minded. It certainly doesn’t capture our new ethos of entrepreneurial dynamism and financial chicanery. Besides, the state legislature […] … learn more→

Students pay extra for real skills

I’ll be the first to admit that higher education need not be about job skills, that learning, as an end, is a perfectly legitimate pursuit for a human being. But, I must qualify this: As soon as you take loan money for education, you MUST justify how that education will be used to pay back […] … learn more→

Why you should start an academic writing group

It might be a little weird, but I like to read about the process of writing. Sometimes this might be procrastination, but the more I have gotten the opportunity to speak to others about their writing practices the more I have gained confidence that reading about writing has done me some good. I want to […] … learn more→

How many Moses-es will it take to push back these waters?

Here is a link to a short but very pointed video on how rising ocean levels will affect the coastlines of southern and eastern Asia: I doubt that such forecasting or modeling will be appreciated by those who are ideologically opposed to any shift away from our ongoing dependence on fossil fuels. After all, […] … learn more→

The high cost of free College

Usually, the mainstream media has never met a tax or program it didn’t like. It’s never a question of whether we should have some new social program, instead the media presents the question that the reader should decide between “more” or “much more” government involvement. So I was a little surprised when a CBS article, […] … learn more→

When March madness leads to May malaise

Last weekend, college sports fans across the nation celebrated “Selection Sunday” – a day busily spent composing college basketball tournament brackets. Annual bragging rights and the coveted pool of money amassed by friends and coworkers lead to a particularly high level of fanaticism — March Madness. For some, however, the wager is far higher than […] … learn more→

Four more reasons people quit the Ph.D.

After reading (and commenting on) Dr. Mewburn’s recent fantastic article on Why People Quit the Ph.D., I wanted to add four more reasons to her list. As a writing productivity teacher and coach, I frequently see these among graduate students who are stuck. 1) Prior Harsh Rejection While rejection is endemic to work and life, […] … learn more→

To catch a cheat: More on the Pearson problem as our problem

“Cheating by test takers is becoming more common in the United States and throughout the world,” explains T.J. Bliss, adding: In the past year, multiple news agencies have reported several instances of cheating on high-stakes tests. Recently, news broke that doctors in a variety of specialties had cheated to pass certification exams (Zamost, Griffen, & […] … learn more→

Thesis know-how – go direct to the source

It’s not at all uncommon for thesis writers to use secondary sources. This term – using secondary sources – refers to the practice of reading about Text X that is relevant to your work in Text Y, and then referencing it. The reader knows that this has happened because the citation will refer to both […] … learn more→