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 on: Today at 09:26:54 am 
Started by drsyn - Last post by alto_stratus
I just noticed there's no TGIF thread.

 on: Today at 09:04:06 am 
Started by acrimone - Last post by archaeo42
I just finished a Founder's Breakfast Stout.  I'm feeling very fuzzy.  And now the dog is staring at me for his walk.
I was sorry to see that you enjoyed that in the afternoon.  I was really hoping for morning.

Ha!  Not a work day.  Although if I had to pick a 'morning' beer, it would be Two Roads Espressway, a cold-brewed coffee stout.

 on: Today at 08:51:21 am 
Started by melba_frilkins - Last post by dr_alcott
Strategic Plan Excrement

 on: Today at 08:45:17 am 
Started by septemberequinox - Last post by dr_codex
It sounds to me that there may be some very productive dissertation defenses in your future. That's an ideal time to offer the kind of feedback that you are describing.

 on: Today at 08:39:33 am 
Started by heybeerman - Last post by marshwiggle

I am curious about data on this. I'm sure college graduates in middle Pennsylvania make less money than college graduates in Manhattan, but I wonder what they make compared to high school graduates in their area. Because everything I've read suggests that the people who are really struggling on average are people who don't start college or never finish it. That is its own issue and it does raise questions about the role of college in creating this divide, but I guess I want more than a few anecdotes about the dire state of college graduates who don't move to a big city.

I'd guess much of this is because of the signalling value of higher education; people who start and finish a degree which requires sustained effort and personal development have what it takes to succeed in other things. And as I've said before, people who manage to stand out from their peers exhibit even more grit.  When only a small portion of the population got degrees, "getting a degree" indicated someone who had a wealthy family, worked hard, or both. (In those days even the proportion who finished high school was much lower.) Now, as the proportion of the population with degrees gets higher, simply "getting a degree" means nothing.

As long as society keeps giving universal advice for success, we are standing on a mountain of sand.

"Get a degree and you'll be set!"
"Get a degree in X and you'll be set!"
"Get a graduate degree in X and you'll be set"
Geta PhD in X and you'll be set!"
an on and on ad nauseum.

 on: Today at 08:00:24 am 
Started by prytania3 - Last post by paddington_bear

*make/copy quiz
*record grades
*credit union
*Monday's class 1 prep
*grocery store

*grade 5 100b papers
*class 2 prep

*grade 5 100b papers
*class 3 prep
*start committee thing

semester goals
finish revisions to NP by mid-Dec
finish WH by mid-Dec
read for fun on weekends
reinforce puppy training
keep desktop windows to a minimum

 on: Today at 05:55:16 am 
Started by spork - Last post by spork
Regency Beauty Institute, a for-profit with 79 campuses, has closed.

La Salle (Philadelphia) has opted to abandon tuition discounting -- part of its new marketing strategy. It is abolishing six undergraduate majors in public administration, geology, Russian, French, Italian, and German, ten minors, and three graduate programs. It's deficit has supposedly been cut in half to $6 million.

 on: Today at 04:10:44 am 
Started by magnemite - Last post by pantani
Strategic plans - it's the WPA for more and more administrators.  It's a way for those faculty who want to go into administration to suck up to your structure or position themselves for a move.

The other game is redo the curriculum to get more folks into your courses.  Of course, sometimes a new curriculum can destroy your major if you are stupid enough to define your bread and butter courses out of the core curriculum in favor of some critical thinking, interdisciplinary pop flavor of the moment.

Now, I grant you financial planning and enrollment  are necessary evils. However, most 'strategic' planning is as useful as a North Korean parade of tanks. It's fun for the leader but the folks in the trenches  - pretty useless.

Yes, my school will reinvigorate STEM, the liberal arts, the Humanities, undergraduate education and the like! All hail!

Not to mention everyone who wants their name mentioned for every stupid initiative they can dream up.
  The best way to deal with this is to have a column entitled "person(s) responsible", along with a column in  which you list the groups that the responsible person will have to go through --curriculum committee, the finance officer,....once folks are made to see the complexities involved in completing the projects and that they'll be named, not as idea guy, but as responsible person, less pie-in-the-sky thinking

 on: Today at 04:06:23 am 
Started by ndis7305 - Last post by pantani
Another option is to perhaps have the graduate program send on the whole package for the student. Many graduate programs now do this. If you contact them with concern, it might raise more concerns about the letter on their end.

 on: Today at 03:58:09 am 
Started by ndis7305 - Last post by bacardiandlime
This issue has come up before here. The solution offered was to contact the search committee, not H.R., who may be unaware this is happening. If the SCC offers the option of recommenders emailing letters direct to them, then the applicant just uploads into the H.R. portal a page saying "letters emailed confidentially to Prof SCC".

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