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January 19, 2015

"Here’s How To See What College Admissions Officers Wrote About You"

Hoo boy, this could really shake things up. Watch Congress pass an amendment to FERPA in world-record time.

A group of Stanford students have discovered a way to access their own confidential admissions files — including comments by admissions officers, criticisms of their applications, and information about how their status as minorities, athletes, or legacies affected their applications.

January 14, 2015

"Wisconsin won’t admit it, but its new egalitarian policy leads to grading quotas"

Just when you think you've heard it all . . . 

"The future of management training is simulations"

I think this is true of more subjects than just management.

January 12, 2015

"The White House’s College Report Card Will Accomplish Nothing"

Ike Brannon, brief and absolutely correct: "It doesn’t take a Ph.D. to figure out that colleges will doubtless prove themselves as adept at gaming this system as they are at gaming the other college rankings."

"Private colleges are a waste of money for white, middle class kids"

Important qualification: if the student or his or her family has to pay the list price.

This is interesting:

The happiest people, in general, were the ones who developed a relationship with a mentor, participated in extracurricular activities or took on a major academic project -- all things you can do at any school.

January 11, 2015

"This Might Be the Most Accurate Thing Ever Written"

Excellent, but should be a longer list.

January 01, 2015

"2014 Top 100 Tools for Learning"

"A learning tool is defined as any software or online tool or service that you use either for your own personal or professional learning, for teaching or training, or for creating e-learning."

December 31, 2014

"If science could cross breed a jellyfish with a parrot, it could create academic administrators."

Thomas Sowell, of course.

December 30, 2014

"The Financial Engineer’s 2015 Master of Economics Rankings"

My former employer, NC State, ranks 19th (out of 157).

Related: "Top colleges for a major in economics". Duke ranks 1st.

December 22, 2014

"For Accomplished Students, Reaching a Good College Isn’t as Hard as It Seems"

Every high school student applying to one or more "selective" colleges should read this. (See also the qualification offered in "Do 80 Percent of Top Students Really Get Into an Elite College?")

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