And he's giving hell to the electric company, too.
. . . "hot" college professors have gone viral. But here's one of the few articles that has pictures.
(Sigh. In yet another sign of my advancing age, "hot" just doesn't seem to be what it used to be.)
You may ask, what's next? Ranking colleges based on how attractive the students are? Done.
I am so glad my kids are done with school.
I've read a lot of nice things about the recent Hyundai cars, and my younger daughter likes hers, but I agree with this piece: $60,000 sounds too high.
The former president of my alma mater, George Washington Univ., asserts that the demand facing G.W. is (kinda) upward-sloping:
What Trachtenberg understood was that perception is reality in higher education—and perception can be bought. “You can get a Timex or a Casio for $65 or you can get a Rolex or a Patek Philippe for $10,000. It’s the same thing,” Trachtenberg says. The former president gambled that students who couldn’t quite get into the nation’s most exclusive colleges—and who would otherwise overlook a workmanlike school like the old GW—would flock to a university that at least had a price tag and a swank campus like those of the Ivy Leagues. “It serves as a trophy, a symbol,” he says. “It’s a sort of token of who they think they are.”
What’s amazing is that this strategy worked. During Trachtenberg’s tenure, applications for undergraduate admission increased from 6,000 to 20,000 a year, GW students’ average SAT scores increased by 200 points, the endowment increased to almost $1 billion—still quite low for GW’s size, but higher than the $200 million nest egg Trachtenberg inherited—and the university created five new schools.
Welcome to today’s increasingly elite higher education system, where lavish campuses, high tuition, and huge undergraduate debt loads have become the norm.
Also see "Colleges: Where the money goes".
Another reason why my older daughter chooses to teach math.
I'm not a historian of the Middle East--I'm not a historian of any type--but Sol Stern's argument seems convincing.
Review of Hawking and Mlodinow's candidate for the Theory of Everything.