Archive for 25 July 2010

Academics with real jobs

Posted in Life with tags on 25 July 2010 by Steve

“I have been to quite a few academic conferences this month and was shocked to see the conditions under which some of us work. On the surface it all looks perfect. Dr So-and-so from such and such a university giving a paper on his recent research on x, y and z. Their affiliation is perfectly inconspicuous. And then during the break over coffee or lunch, or in the evening at the bar, the truth comes out …” (more)

[The History Woman’s Blog, 25 July]

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Are points fair?

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 25 July 2010 by Steve

“Over the past few days there has been a little debate in the pages of the Irish Independent about the CAO points system …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 25 July]

Once a Leader, US Lags in College Degrees

Posted in teaching with tags on 25 July 2010 by Steve

“Adding to a drumbeat of concern about the nation’s dismal college-completion rates, the College Board warned Thursday that the growing gap between the United States and other countries threatens to undermine American economic competitiveness …” (more)

[Tamar Lewin, New York Times, 23 July]