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QUIS CUSTODIET IPSOS CUSTODES?

April 10 2010
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In Plato’s ideology, only philosophers were fit to be rulers. He called them the guardians, but the Roman poet Juvenal raised the question, “Sure, but who will guard the guardians?” In other words, for those of you who know only Latin but not English, “Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?” It is a great question and I…

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CHEATERS ALWAYS LOSE

March 28 2010
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From The Epoch Times…………Academic Dishonesty Triples Likelihood of Course Failure Taking a quick peek at a neighbor’s test paper without getting caught may seem like a harmless attempt to achieve a higher mark, yet new research has shown that prevalent academic dishonesty contributes greatly to course failure, especially nowadays. The online quizzes and courses of…

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COLLEGE? WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY

September 16 2009
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According to this weekend’s edition of the Washington Post, good deals are available for those who know how to shop for financial aid. It seems you don’t have to be a genius or poor to get solid low cost loans. I’ve got a much better idea. DON’T GO! There is not a damn college on…

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ALBERTO GONZALES GETS A “JOB”

September 1 2009
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The following is an excerpt from an article in the NY Times written by Randy Cohen. For the complete story of this sordid mess, CLICK HERE. ************************* It’s back to school for former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. Texas Tech University is paying him $100,000 to teach a single undergraduate political-science course, Contemporary Issues in the…

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START YOUR SUNDAY OFF RIGHT

May 31 2009
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What better way to begin a Sunday morning than by laughing your head off? You will find here a link to a “learned” discussion of the state of university education by a certain Professor Andrew Delbanco of Columbia University. Andy takes going to college very seriously. I imagine that nothing I have written on the…

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BLOCKHEADS VS. EGGHEADS

April 20 2009
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After almost 100 years of struggling for academic respectability, Georgia State has switched gears and wants to start a football program. It has hired a famous coach with NFl and major college experience. The college president says this is the way to “build community”. It already has 28,000 students but too many of them are…

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SALARIES OF THE PROS

April 14 2009
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According to the latest figures released by the American Association of University Professors the median salary for all full professors across the spectrum is $123,785 and tacking on benefits it comes to $155,543. For associate professors, the amounts are (rounded) $83,000 and $107,000. Assistant professors: $71,000 and $91,000. For professors in New England, we have…

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WHERE OH WHERE HAS THE TRIBUNE BEEN?

March 17 2009
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In a hopelessly ridiculous article, the International Herald Tribune ponders the fate of the American university. It begs all the obvious questions by assuming that once upon a time American colleges had ambitions and purposes. Of course, colleges have never been anything but storage bins for people who refuse to find honest work. It also…

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GOING TO COLLEGE, ARE YOU?

March 2 2009
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BBC has an article about what you can do if you don’t get admitted to the college of your choice. I didn’t read it because i know the answer: Go out and celebrate. There isn’t a damn college on the planet that is worth going to. After celebrating, organize a movement calling for abolition of…

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THE EVIL HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETES DO

August 30 2008
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August 30, 2008 Just imagine. Some high school athletes want agents to represent them in contract negotiations! Can you guess what the next step will be? Probably they will want letters from the NCAA admitting they are human beings. Where will it end? God knows. In 2006, the Minnesota Twins drafted Andrew Oliver after his…

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STUDENT ACTIVISM

August 20 2008
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August 21, 2008 Below are the results of a survey conducted by Mother Jones. The result is ambiguous because it does not distinguish between how people regard certain causes and how much they participate in them. Nor are we told the age group of the nonstudents. Nevertheless, it has a certain interest and gives us…

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THE LEGITIMATE RACKETS

June 29 2008
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June 29, 2008 Remember Al Capone? Among other credentials, paid for and self-granted, Al was philosopher/king of Chicago. It was Al who gave us the important distinction between illegimate rackets and legitimate rackets. The difference is simple: Some rackets are controlled by the people running the world and they decide what is legitimate and what…

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UNIVERSITY ENDOWMENTS

May 26 2008
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May 26, 2008 Having defaulted from the education business, the question is what do universities do? The answer is they are in the business of business. In other words, they make money for the sole purpose of making money. And they are good at it. Public universities are expected to spend at least 5% of…

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IS EDUCATION POSSIBLE AT THE UNIVERSITY LEVEL?

May 16 2008
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May 16, 2008 On its face, or, as they also say, at first blush, it does not seem possible for education to take place at the university level. But this hard core realism is flawed. The American Association of University Professors [AAUP] is in the forefront of an aggressive effort to turn the situation around.…

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FOOTBALL COACH OR COLLEGE PROFESSOR?

April 25 2008
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April 25, 2008 The American Association of University Professors just released its annual report on salaries for all colleges in America with these very unsurprising results. First is coach salary for Division 1 A followed by Full professor salary Atlantic Coast Conference $1,363,000…..125,044 Big East Conference $1,184,000…………110, 263 Big Ten Conference 1,504,000……………118,800 Big Twelve Conference…

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BAD NEWS TRAVELS FAST

April 10 2008
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April 10, 2008 NY Times…………”In a New Generation of College Students, Many Opt for the Life Examined” by Winnie Hu. NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — When a fellow student at Rutgers University urged Didi Onejeme to try Philosophy 101 two years ago, Ms. Onejeme, who was a pre-med sophomore, dismissed it as “frou-frou.” “People sitting under…

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COLLEGE CRIME SCENE

March 12 2008
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March 12, 2008 Reader’s Digest ranked America’s top colleges and universities from lower to higher reported crime rates. It used a database compiled by Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE), examined reported crime per student at the main campuses of 285 colleges and universities for 2004 and 2005 (the latest years available). The IRE data provides…

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HAIL COLUMBIA

March 12 2008
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March 12, 2008 This school refuses to go away. When it is not doing something wrong, it is trying. Columbia U. officials are still seething over Harvard, Princeton and Yale’s giving big financial breaks to the poor. They correctly surmise that if the Big 3 does that then they may go out of business. We…

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DID THE PROFESSOR PLAGIARIZE?

February 25 2008
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February 25, 2008 Teachers College, Columbia University has issued a sanction to one of its professors for plagiarism. The text of the sanction can be read here. The following is a letter from Professor Madonna G. Constantine of Columbia University. We reprint it in its entirety. ********************************** Dear Teachers College Community: I am outraged by…

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MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING/COLUMBIA U., THAT IS

February 20 2008
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February 20, 2008 Once upon a time, Barnard College was a nice place – a sanctuary for girls aged 17-22 who were waiting around to get married to Columbia lads after they got good jobs. A few decades ago, something went wrong, and Barnard girls began taking “education” seriously. Thus, they went down the same…

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THE COST OF GOING TO COLLEGE

January 25 2008
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In 1969, the cost of tuition at University of Michigan was $480 per year. It may have been twice that at elite private colleges. When I went to college, starting in 1951, tuition was zero per four years but I had to pay a fee each semester of $5. Used texts cost about $30 per…

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WAR!

December 20 2007
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It is all-out war. If you think poaching in sports is big time, consider the following and WEEP. More than two dozen heart-rhythm researchers at the State University of New York Upstate Medical University are leaving to go work at the University of Michigan. The University of Michigan Medical School recruited a large proportion of…

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ROB CITINO – PROFESSOR EXTRAORDINAIRE

November 10 2007
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I am proud to say that Rob Citino, a history professor at Eastern Michigan University, my friend and colleague, has been selected as the best teacher in America by a substantial poll of college students. He has gotten much publicity and recently a British website has pondered why he is the best. The answer is…

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INNOCENT AS CHARGED

October 26 2007
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The sensational murder case at Eastern Michigan University is over. The victim of the campus murder last December had been found half-clothed with a pillow over her head and the accused’s semen was on her thighs. Cameras caught him breaking into the dormitory. He admitted to having sex with the victim but said he thought…

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