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How to Raise a University’s Profile: Pricing and Packaging - NYTimes.com
"Instead of focusing on undergraduate learning, numerous colleges have been engaged in the kind of building spree I saw at George Washington. Recreation centers with world-class workout facilities and lazy rivers rise out of construction pits even as students and parents are handed staggeringly large tuition bills. Colleges compete to hire famous professors even as undergraduates wander through academic programs that often lack rigor or coherence. Campuses vie to become the next Harvard — or at least the next George Washington — while ignoring the growing cost and suspect quality of undergraduate education."
education  highered  highereducation  corporatism  georgewashingtonuniversity  amentities  2015  tuition  undergraduate  colleges  universities  via:mattthomas 
february 2015 by robertogreco
How to Choose a College - NYTimes.com
"I use the word “claim” deliberately and urge skepticism with rankings."

"SO dig as deeply as you can into what the statistics that colleges showcase do and don’t assure. And treat your undergraduate education as a rare license, before you’re confined by the burdens of full-fledged adulthood and before the costs of experimentation rise, to be tugged outside your comfort zone. To be yanked, preferably."

" The world is in constant flux, life is a sequence of surprises, and I can think of no better talents to pick up in college than fearlessness, nimbleness and the ability to roll with change, adapt to newness and improvise."
2013  education  frankbruni  learning  comfortzone  challenge  diversity  colleges  universities  admissions  advice  rankings  undergraduate 
january 2013 by robertogreco
Quest University Canada
"At Quest, we started from scratch to build a university centered on you. Your classes are all seminars with fewer than twenty students. You take one class at a time - a new intellectual adventure each month. You sample many realms of knowledge, and then build your own major. Our spectacular natural environment is an extension of our classrooms. You question everything."

"Quest University Canada is Canada's first independent, not-for-profit, nonsectarian university of the liberal arts and sciences. Quest offers only one degree, a Bachelors of Arts and Sciences, and focuses entirely on excellence in undergraduate education.

Overview

Founded in 2002 by former University of British Columbia president Dr. David Strangway

Opened with a 74-student inaugural class on September 3, 2007"
education  universities  canada  britishcolumbia  questuniversity  blockplan  undergraduate  colleges  squamish  quest  experientiallearning  bc 
september 2011 by robertogreco
Off-Topic | Randall Szott : Bad at Sports
"I went to several art schools…but found them all incapable of or unwilling to answer some fundamental questions about art practice – Why is it important? Who is it important to? & how does it fit into history, not art history?…schools seemed prepared to teach how to make art, but not why making art mattered to anyone beyond campus. In fact, most evidence I encountered seemed to imply very few people felt type of art being made in art schools in early to mid 90s mattered at all. For a discipline that prides itself on capacity for self-reflection & critique, it seemed strange to me that asking what seemed like such obvious questions would be met w/ such incredulity & would brand me as testy crank. Maybe I was destined for kitchen work all along given notorious tempers of cooks/chefs. Maybe art types are the temperamental ones, especially when asked to provide some semblance of proof that what they’re doing matters to anyone beyond their circle of like minded art enthusiasts…"
art  culture  teaching  food  pedagogy  undergraduate  randallszott  artworld  why  thewhy  reflection  self-reflection  artschool  2010  artschools 
may 2011 by robertogreco
Bob Samuels: Why Tuition Always Goes Up at American Universities
"perverse incentive system at research unis also trickles down to other schools, & 1 of reasons for this application of research priorities at non-research institutions is that so many of professors & administrators are trained at doctoral research universities...once research becomes the priority at a college/university, the cost of administration & facilities skyrockets & this increase in bureaucracy & buildings is paid by undergraduate student tuition & state & fed taxes. Undergraduate students & parents are therefore paying for replacement of teaching w/ research & admin & what makes this situation even more appalling is that these institutions still claim that they are providing a public good & mission is to serve community. However, point here is not to say parents & tax payers should not support university research or that university research is not important; rather, people should know what they are paying for & false statistics allow for a lot of hiding & mismanagement."
colleges  universities  costs  money  education  highereducation  undergraduate  2010  inflation  research  administration  us  broken 
february 2010 by robertogreco
College of Creative Studies, UC Santa Barbara
"A former student once described the CCS as "a graduate school for undergraduates." This is an apt description, not in the sense that we expect freshmen to enter CCS with a disciplinary knowledge base equal to that of a graduate student, but we do expect the same level of passion and commitment to the discipline. ...
ccs  ucsb  ccsucsb  colleges  universities  gradschool  academics  undergraduate  education  learning  progressive  alternative  art  altgdp 
july 2009 by robertogreco

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