September 26, 2014

3:08 PM | Yes, Some Colleges Are Hurt by College Rankings. That's How It's Supposed to Work.
For the last year or so we’ve heard a great deal about President Barack Obama’s proposed college rating system, the basic outlines of which are, according to a 2013 piece in the New York Times: A plan to rate colleges…based on measures like tuition, graduation rates, debt and earnings of graduates, and the percentage of lower-income students who attend. The ratings would compare colleges against their peer institutions. If the plan can win Congressional approval, the idea is […]

September 25, 2014

2:29 AM | The Onion Predicts the Future
With so much discussion about what we’re going to do about university athletics, this piece of satire from the Onion a few years ago is rather refreshing: Bowing to pressure from alumni, students, and a majority of teaching professors of Florida State University, athletic director Dave Hart Jr. announced yesterday that FSU would completely phase out all academic operations by the end of the 2010 school year in order to make athletics the school's No. 1 priority. "It's been clear for a […]

September 23, 2014

2:44 PM | Myths and misconceptions in the UK science policy debate | Kieron Flanagan
A party conference fringe meeting provides the opportunity to think about myths and misconceptions in UK science and innovation policy thinkingThis morning I took part in a roundtable discussion on science and innovation policy issues organised by the UK national academies (the Royal Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the British Academy and the Academy of Medical Sciences) as part of the Labour Party Conference fringe. The attendees were an impressive mix of politicians, leading […]
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