Posts Tagged ‘college’

A Modest Proposal: 2.1

From the genius of David Burge comes an enhancement to my modest proposal for gently deflating the higher education bubble: In the name of Consumer Protection, recent college graduates should have the ability to return the diploma and not make any reference to receiving education from the college in exchange for a 100% refund of […]

Essential Graphics #1

The Lack of Insight Edition In 1949, John Gurden received the following biology report card from his professor at Eton College: “His other work has been equally bad, and several times he has been in trouble, because he will not listen, but will insist on doing his work in his own way.” He was 15, […]

A Modest Proposal: 2.0

Earlier I proposed the idea of repossessing credentials for students who default on student loans. This past week, an improvement to this proposal has come to light. The idea is described by  Michael Simkovi in an excellent Social Science Research Network paper titled “Risk Based Student Loans.” Without risk-based pricing of student loans, there may […]

What, More Gruel?!?

A question came up in conversation yesterday whether or not universities and colleges “should” provide a broad based liberal education and mandate certain courses. The libertarian (lower case “L”) part of my conscience hollered “No!” It implies students are incapable of determining their own futures and deciding for themselves what is of interest. Establishing class […]

Designer Degrees

College students, their parents, and the economy are mixing in a way that is causing an important realization to emerge. And that is, there is no one type of post high school educational program that will work for a broad population of students and situations. Different needs, different interests, and different financial resources are generating […]

Of Diamonds, Lamborghinis, and Liberal Arts Degrees

I’ve been thinking about how a broad based liberal education might be viewed in the future – basically, as a luxury. Knowledge stability in many professions, particularly those based on technology, change faster and faster every year. In the past 25 years worth of computer experience, I’ve learned and forgotten a couple dozen computer programming […]

A Liberal Arts Education and Asperger’s Syndrome

In a conversation focused on the value of a liberal arts education in today’s economic and social climate, a classmate took the following position: The problem lies in the social aspect of non-traditional schools and an example of this would be the Colorado School of Mines. Mines is a very tough engineering school that focuses […]

Forward to the Past

Medieval university, from Wikipedia: Initially medieval universities did not have a campus. Classes were taught wherever space was available, such as churches and homes. A university was not a physical space but a collection of individuals banded together as an universitas. Virtual Universities – the new midieval. Who knew? Related PostsWhat It Takes to Complete […]

A Modest Proposal: Credential Repossession

“Ignorance of a law is no excuse,” a judge might admonish, “for having broken a law.” But apparently, ignorance of the contractual agreements one signs is an excuse for not fulfilling the terms of the contract. For those of us paying taxes, the various financial bailouts of the past several years have left us paying […]

Hurdle Cleared

Looks like I made it. From the unofficial transcript: This means a 4.0 for the program. According to my academic adviser, today is my official graduation date. The graduation ceremony is in April, 2012.