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January 12, 2009

Professor Bonuses Based on Course Evaluations?

Forget a PhD - profs might do better with improv training and Botox (seriously, attractive professors - especially attractive men - get better evaluations!). Reported this morning in the Chronicle:The chancellor of the Texas A&M University system wants to give faculty members bonuses of up to $10,00...

November 18, 2008

Graduate School: The Video Game?

Calm down. All you have to do is write a thousand words and everything will be fine. And you have all day, except it's already noon.Jeremy Freese, a Northwestern sociologist who blogs at scatterplot, has dreamed up a very cute computer game called Violet. It is likely the only videogame ever to ha...

July 18, 2008

Cool People You Should Know: Marta Tienda

When I read about the University of California's proposed changes to their admissions standards, which would deemphasize test scores in favor of class rank (Hat tip: Education Optimists), I realized that proposal is a partial outgrowth of a decade of work on higher education access by Marta Tienda. ...

June 18, 2008

The Disadvantages of an Elite Education

William Deresiewicz, a Yale English prof for the last 10 years, has written a downright haunting essay in The American Scholar on the many ways that elite colleges fall short. He charges that elite colleges:1) "Teach students to believe that people who didn’t go to an Ivy League or equivalent sch...

May 20, 2008

Gender Bender: The AAUW's New Report on Gender Equity

The American Association of University Women released a 124 page report this morning debunking the myth of a "boy crisis" in education. Lots of long-term NAEP and ACT/SAT trend data to mull over.The real trend story, though, is not about test scores, but about how girls have overtaken boys in colle...

April 23, 2008

On Graduate Student Unions

I broke a few hearts with my take on graduate student unions. Mike Antonucci, who desperately wanted to out me as Randi Weingarten or Reg Weaver, probably won't be able to crawl out of bed tomorrow. (But Leo, this is what the Walmart-sponsored anti-union flag really looks like.) So let me say a fe...

March 21, 2008

The Male Professor as Open Book?

I didn't notice until a friend pointed it out, but there are no female profs quoted in this NYT article on professors' internet show-and-tell:Certainly, professors have embraced the Internet since its earliest days, using it as a scholarly avenue of communication, publication and debate. Now it is c...

March 18, 2008

March Madness: The Achievement Gap Edition

Following up on the Quick and the Ed's March Madness graduation rate post, check out the black-white grad rate gaps for players on this year's teams:* 61 percent (33 schools) of the men’s tournament teams graduated 70 percent or more of their white basketball student-athletes, while only 30 perce...

January 30, 2008

Professors Strike Back?

What's worse: evaluating college quality using standardized tests (Madame Secretary's pet project), or relying on Rate My Professors? At Rate My Professors, students rate their professors on "educational" qualities like their hotness, their easiness, their helpfulness, and their clarity. (Here's a ...

January 28, 2008

In Search of the Mother of All Excuses

Now that the spring semester is in full swing, I’ve concluded that excuse writing deserves its own genre. College-level excuses are a) painfully specific and b) include details better kept to oneself.Profgrrrrl’s recent post sparked a personal mission to track down the best excuse ever given. (...

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