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May 2012 Blog Posts (14)

Public higher education needs federal partner

Source: www.sfgate.com

By: George Blumenthal - Chancellor of UC Santa Cruz

Date: 5/31/12

China is opening new universities so quickly that administrators can't keep up. When I noted the cost during a recent visit, my host said simply: "Money is not an issue." If only we could say the same in this country.

Like many nations, China's financial commitment to higher …


Added by Jon Berk on May 31, 2012 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Microsoft Makes $300M Investment In New Barnes & Noble Subsidiary To Battle With Amazon And Apple In E-books

Source: www.techcrunch.com

Date: 5/30/12

By: Ingrid Lunden

Barnes & Noble has found a new, major partner in its fight to get an edge over Amazon and Apple in the market for e-books and the devices being used to consume them: it is teaming up with Microsoft in what the two are calling a strategic partnership, name yet to be determined.

It will come in the form of a new subsidiary of B&N that will…


Added by Innovation Director on May 30, 2012 at 10:15pm — No Comments

Both Parties Have a Wall Street Problem

Nothing better illustrates the core critique of the Occupy Wall Street movement against the financial sector's dominance of our political institutions than the spectacle of high-profile Democrats, like former Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell and Newark Mayor Cory Booker, fretting over the tone of the Obama campaign's advertisements targeting Mitt Romney's days as a vulture capitalist at Bain Capital.  

The only political outcome of this internal bickering coming from Democrats who…


Added by Joseph A. Palermo on May 24, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Khairy: Pakatan’s Buku Jingga, free education pledge will bankrupt Malaysia

Source: www.themalaysianinsider.com

By: Clara Chooi

Date: 5/23/12

SHAH ALAM, May 23 — Abolishing the national higher education loan scheme and implementing all of Pakatan Rakyat’s (PR) Buku Jingga policies will bleed RM188 billion annually from federal coffers and bankrupt the country, Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin has said.

The Rembau MP, speaking during last night’s lively…


Added by Jon Berk on May 22, 2012 at 11:19pm — No Comments

The Commencement Address That Won't Be Given - By Robert Reich, Former US Secretary of Labor.

By: Robert Reich, Former US Secreatary of Labor and Professor of Public Policy at UC Berkeley.

Source: www.huffingtonpost.com

Date: 5/20/12

Members of the Class of 2012,

As a former secretary of labor and current professor, I feel I owe it to you to tell you the truth about the pieces of parchment you're picking up today.

You're f*cked.

Well, not exactly. But you won't have it easy.



Added by Faculty Row Alerts on May 20, 2012 at 1:38pm — No Comments

Chile: Students Protest Education System

Source: www.upi.com

Date: 5/17/12

SANTIAGO, Chile, May 17 (UPI) -- Activists say some 100,000 students and supporters took to the streets of Santiago to protest Chile's class-based education system.

The march, organized by the Confederation of University Students of Chile, was the second of its kind this year.

Thousands of protests were held last year by high school and college students…


Added by Innovation Director on May 17, 2012 at 4:04pm — No Comments

Professor Fools Wikipedia, But Gets Caught by Reddit

Source: www.theatlantic.com

By: Yoni Appelbaum

Date: 5/15/12

T. Mills Kelly encourages his students to deceive thousands of people on the Web. This has angered many, but the experiment helps reveal the shifting nature of the truth on the Internet. 

A woman opens an old steamer trunk and discovers tantalizing clues that a long-dead relative may actually have been a serial killer, stalking…


Added by Paul Geller on May 15, 2012 at 3:45pm — No Comments

Former Professor Now Earns 40 Dollars A Week

Source: www.reuters.com

By: Susan Heavey

Date: 5/15/12

(Reuters) - Jean Coyle, 67, has a new kind of ministry.

The former professor had just begun a career as a Presbyterian minister in Virginia when the economic downturn forced her church to let her go in 2007. After that, she found only temporary work.

She relied on savings while job hunting, but at 64, had to dip into her Social Security benefits. She…


Added by Innovation Director on May 15, 2012 at 12:49am — No Comments

Ivy League school janitor graduates with honors - Good Will Hunting

Source: AP.org - Associated Press

By: Verena Dobnik

Date 5/14/12

NEW YORK (AP) -- For years, Gac Filipaj mopped floors, cleaned toilets and took out trash at Columbia University.

A refugee from war-torn Yugoslavia, he eked out a living working for the Ivy League school. But Sunday was payback time: The 52-year-old janitor…


Added by Faculty Row Alerts on May 14, 2012 at 11:17am — No Comments

Super Professor Joseph Palermo - "Jamie Dimon's Loss Could Be America's Gain"

Since the financial train wreck of September 2008, Jamie Dimon, the CEO of JP Morgan Chase, has fought tooth and nail against any new federal regulations of Wall Street. Now with his bank’s recent loss of $2 billion (and counting) involving the same credit…


Added by Joseph A. Palermo on May 13, 2012 at 2:39pm — No Comments

Control Reckless For-Profit Colleges

Source: www.nytimes.com

By: Jose Cruz

Date: 5/12/ 12


The for-profit college industry is booming, and getting as much as 90 percent of its revenue from federal student financial-aid programs. They do this by aggressively recruiting low-income students who will qualify for aid. The odds of earning a bachelor’s degree from one of these companies (about 1 in 5, within six years) are worse than the odds of defaulting on the loans…


Added by Paul Geller on May 12, 2012 at 10:22pm — No Comments

BREAKING NEWS: Three Boston U. students killed, five injured in van crash in New Zealand

Source: www.boston.com

By: Amanda Cedrone

Date: 5/11/12

Three Boston University students studying abroad in New Zealand were killed and five other students from the school were injured outside the town of Taupo when a van they were riding in swerved off the road and crashed, officials said.

The accident occurred outside the town of Taupo on Friday…


Added by Innovation Director on May 11, 2012 at 11:59pm — No Comments

Political Dog Tales: Fala, Checkers, Freckles, and Seamus

The most famous dog story in American politics came from then vice-presidential candidate Richard Milhous Nixon (who was also the Republican Senator from the great state of California). Known ever since simply as the "Checkers speech," the dog yarn that Nixon deployed on national TV that evening in the heat of the 1952 campaign was a desperate attempt to rescue his candidacy from an insipient corruption scandal. (Who…


Added by Joseph A. Palermo on May 8, 2012 at 4:46pm — No Comments

Protesting Students, Striking Faculty

As the student loan debt in the United States surpasses $1 trillion for the first time in the nation's history thirteen courageous students from six California State University campuses will be engaging in civil disobedience in the form of a hunger strike until university leaders agree to freeze tuition, roll back excessive executive salaries, and make a genuine effort to ensure the quality of education. Students for Quality Education (SQE),…


Added by Joseph A. Palermo on May 2, 2012 at 4:00pm — No Comments

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