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Looking at the Academic World
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cleveland : Minimum wage job no longer can cover the typical college bill: Numbers Behind the News

cleveland : Minimum wage job no longer can cover the typical college bill: Numbers Behind the News | Looking at the Academic World | Scoop.it

Shears sez: While I dispute the first sentence, the story is truth.

 

"Once upon a time -- not too long ago -- a minimum wage job was enough to pay the typical college bill.

Not any more.

It's not even close at Ohio’s public universities, once the cost of tuition, fees, room and board are totaled."

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The Moral Power of an Image: UC Davis Reactions

The Moral Power of an Image: UC Davis Reactions | Looking at the Academic World | Scoop.it

Shears sez: Image is SO important!

 

"The pepper spray showdown was a moral battle, and it was a rout..."

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UC Davis Chancellor Kotehi walk of shame to her car

Shears sez: I can't help but wonder if these (really smart) UC Davis students aren't bringing the Occupy movement to full maturity with their actions. Well done, folks!

 

"UC Davis Students came to the consensus that they give Kotehi a silent walk of shame to her car."

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Tips for Teachers on Facebook

Tips for Teachers on Facebook | Looking at the Academic World | Scoop.it
This week something great happened: two of my former students connected with me on Facebook...

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NCAA Has Authority to Give Penn State Death Penalty : Outkick The Coverage

NCAA Has Authority to Give Penn State Death Penalty : Outkick The Coverage | Looking at the Academic World | Scoop.it

"For those who doubt that power mattered in this case, let me ask you a question, does a Penn State chemistry professor get away with Sandusksy's crimes if a chemistry teaching assistant witnessed him raping a child in a chemistry lab and took it to his boss?

 

Yeah, didn't think so."

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Do Too Many or Too Few People Get Degrees? New Evidence. - Innovations - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Do Too Many or Too Few People Get Degrees? New Evidence. - Innovations - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Looking at the Academic World | Scoop.it

"Let me point out we are almost at 1,000 days since President Obama said (on February 24, 2009) about higher education that “…it is the responsibility of every citizen to participate in it.” Not a right, not an entitlement, but a responsibility. The idea is that college graduation is vital to being a major player in the world economy, and patriotic Americans therefore must go to college."

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Krzyzewski: Paterno a Great Man in Horrific Situation

Krzyzewski: Paterno a Great Man in Horrific Situation | Looking at the Academic World | Scoop.it

Shears says: If you needed another reason to despise Duke athletics....

 

"Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski said former Penn State Coach Joe Paterno is a great man who found himself in a horrific situation.:

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Essay on need for academics to move beyond journal articles | Inside Higher Ed

Essay on need for academics to move beyond journal articles | Inside Higher Ed | Looking at the Academic World | Scoop.it

Shears sez: I agree strongly with this.  Some of my most important work -- and in my case, I mean "important" to be that which affects the most change in the world -- doesn't make sense to publish in a closed journal with *maybe* 500 readers.  (Via @ProfessorRitter)

 

"The true currency for faculty members in higher education is still in many cases the research study, preferably published in a so-called "top tier" journal in one's discipline. I think I've done a pretty good job as a new faculty member with a 3/3 teaching load to establish a fledgling research agenda. But I have a problem, you see: I'm a bit addicted to activism and writing for nontraditional publications, such as my own blog At the Chalk Face, self-producing a weekly podcast on education reform of the same name, writing occasional articles for The Huffington Post and certainly what readers see here at Inside Higher Ed."

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Stowe Boyd — 56% Of Young Professionals Won’t Work At A Company That Bans Twitter And Facebook

Stowe Boyd — 56% Of Young Professionals Won’t Work At A Company That Bans Twitter And Facebook | Looking at the Academic World | Scoop.it

Shears sez: If we ever wondered why our students get irritated at banning phones in class.... Apparently these people are social media addicts (as I update one my curated feeds with a link I found somewhere on Twitter or Facebook or something).

 

"56% Of Young Professionals Won’t Work At A Company That Bans Twitter And Facebook http://www.mediabistro.com/alltwitter/social-media-at-work_b15549 “ Shea Bennett via AllTwitter Cisco surveyed 2,800..."

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Ask Slashdot: Crowdfunding For Science — Can It Succeed? - Slashdot

Ask Slashdot: Crowdfunding For Science — Can It Succeed? - Slashdot | Looking at the Academic World | Scoop.it

"Can crowdfunding work for science?"

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Unpaid Interns: Real World Work Or Just Free Labor? : NPR

Unpaid Interns: Real World Work Or Just Free Labor? : NPR | Looking at the Academic World | Scoop.it
Over 1 million Americans a year work as interns. About half of them are unpaid. Alex Footman was among them, working for the film Black Swan. "This really just seemed like I was just working and wasn't getting paid for it," Footman says.
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Bootstrapping My Way Into the Ivory Tower - Advice - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Bootstrapping My Way Into the Ivory Tower - Advice - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Looking at the Academic World | Scoop.it

"Critics of higher education love to suggest that we professors are living it up. But I'm not. I have less than $100 in my checking account. I've been ignoring a recurring robo-call from a company trying to collect a $50 payment that is overdue. The gutters on my house are falling off. My electric bill is late, and I can't drive my car because the check-engine light is on."

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Why I No Longer Teach Online - Online Learning - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Why I No Longer Teach Online - Online Learning - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Looking at the Academic World | Scoop.it

As people like those honest souls at the Madison conference keep evaluating technology's impact, perhaps they will eventually find a way to invest its processes with the sense of shared humanity that binds together students and teachers in successful classes. Until that moment arrives, I'll leave online teaching to others.

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The Turning Point: The Moral Example of UC Davis Students | Psychology Today

The Turning Point: The Moral Example of UC Davis Students | Psychology Today | Looking at the Academic World | Scoop.it

Shears sez: There is so much geography (especially in regards to public space and rights to protest) in this UC Davis torture.

 

"If America needs a moral turning point, this is it."

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The Top 10 Most Popular Study Abroad Cities

The Top 10 Most Popular Study Abroad Cities | Looking at the Academic World | Scoop.it

"Want to study abroad? It might be fun to study in cities popular with college students."

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Teaching Good Sex

Teaching Good Sex | Looking at the Academic World | Scoop.it

Shears sez: Why are we expected to be such puritans in the classroom?  Are we not human?  This approach makes a lot of sense!

 

"Introducing pleasure to the peril of sex education."

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QR Codes in the Classroom | QR Verts

QR Codes in the Classroom | QR Verts | Looking at the Academic World | Scoop.it

Shears sez: I've done *some* QR code stuff, but nothing too exciting.  It's mixed how useful it is.  Only about 40% or so of students have smartphones.  Those that do, some don't know what to do with QRs.  Of course, you have to make sure the QR goes to a site that's mobile friendly and has some purpose for taking visitors there.

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Penn State's Patriarchal Pastimes | The Nation

Penn State's Patriarchal Pastimes | The Nation | Looking at the Academic World | Scoop.it

Shears sez: As far as I'm concerned, Penn State athletics should get the death penalty.  I think it's the only way to eliminate this kind of culture.

 

"There is a message here about masculine privilege: the deification of a powerful old man, an all-male hierarchy protecting itself, and a truly astonishing lack of concern about sexual violence."

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From Ohio to Wisconsin: The Stage Is Set for Scott Walker's Recall | The Nation

From Ohio to Wisconsin: The Stage Is Set for Scott Walker's Recall | The Nation | Looking at the Academic World | Scoop.it

Shears sez: Let's get him GONE.

 

"Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker claims that Ohio’s overwhelming rejection of anti-labor legislation modeled on the measures he developed and promoted in the Badger State will have no bearing on the debate about whether he should remain in office.  The governor is in full spin mode."

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Can the Fed Prevent the Next Crisis by Eliminating Interest on Student Loan Debt? | Truthout

Can the Fed Prevent the Next Crisis by Eliminating Interest on Student Loan Debt? | Truthout | Looking at the Academic World | Scoop.it

This would NEVER HAPPEN, but it sure makes a lot of sense.  Whomever would trumpet this policy would energize countless millions of (drowning) voters.

 

"Among the demands of the Wall Street protesters is student debt forgiveness - a debt "jubilee." Occupy Philly has a "Student Loan Jubilee Working Group," and other groups are studying the issue. Commentators say debt forgiveness is impossible. Who would foot the bill? But there is one deep pocket that could pull it off - the Federal Reserve."

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On College Campuses, Athletes Often Get Off Easy

On College Campuses, Athletes Often Get Off Easy | Looking at the Academic World | Scoop.it

Shears sez: Campus cops, almost 100% of the time, blow.  If you're an athlete, administrator, or golden child to the university, you get off scott free.  Everyone else is subject to increased, moustache-enhanced power-trip scrutiny. Disband all campus police!"

 

"The Penn State scandal is emblematic of a parallel judicial universe favoring college athletes."

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Is the U.S. at Risk of Having Too Many College Graduates? - Education - GOOD

Is the U.S. at Risk of Having Too Many College Graduates? - Education - GOOD | Looking at the Academic World | Scoop.it

"South Korea has so many college grads for so few jobs that the president is discouraging students from seeking higher education." 

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One for the books: Anoka-Hennepin teachers write online textbook

One for the books: Anoka-Hennepin teachers write online textbook | Looking at the Academic World | Scoop.it
MINNEAPOLIS - The new textbooks in Michael Engelhaupt's statistics class at Blaine High School are kind of cheap and won't last long, but he doesn't mind...
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More Than 10 Percent of College Papers Plagiarize Wikipedia - Education - GOOD

More Than 10 Percent of College Papers Plagiarize Wikipedia - Education - GOOD | Looking at the Academic World | Scoop.it
Even though paper mills and cheat sites are popular sources of copied work, the encyclopedia site reigns supreme.
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Law signed letting UND drop Fighting Sioux name

Law signed letting UND drop Fighting Sioux name | Looking at the Academic World | Scoop.it
Like many of her classmates and University of North Dakota students who came before her, senior Annie Hessinger says it doesn't matter that the school is shedding its 81-year-old nickname after a drawn-out dispute with the NCAA.
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