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January, 2011  // Posts published in January, 2011

24 Jan Posted by in Academics, Guidelines | Comments

Adrift?

Adrift?

The recent study, widely publicized, on the apparent failure of college education to effect much improvement in the capacities of many students has created an understandable stir. There is certainly reason to worry about students who may slide through without much effort and without much gain. A historian might note of course that the problem […]

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20 Jan Posted by in Academics, Observations | Comments

Academic Integrity

Academic Integrity

It’s too bad of course to add some comments about cheating and other academic misconduct to the greetings associated with an opening of a new semester. But the fact is we need to pay more nuanced attention to the issues involved than many of us are accustomed to. It’s really unfortunate, and sometimes really annoying, […]

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College and Careers

College and Careers

In his speech at our fall convocation, Jim Trefil told a great story about two college roommates meeting in reunion in Chicago not too long ago. One had a distinguished career in science and science policy, the other was head of a major literature department. As they greeted and congratulated each other, they also noted […]

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04 Jan Posted by in Observations | Comments

Conversations to Consider

Conversations to Consider

...I was stimulated during the hiatus to think about some conversations that academic institutions like George Mason might carry forward during the new year and beyond. There's nothing terribly original about any of them, but I do have a sense that all three topics are somewhat underplayed or incompletely digested, and a further and fuller exploration would be interesting and, from a policy standpoint, highly desirable.

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