Day: November 4, 2013

More Diversity Shenanigans from Justice Dept.

In Fisher v. University of Texas the Supreme Court held that the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals had given too much deference to the university’s conclusion that the nature and extent of its racial discrimination in admissions was essential to promote sufficient “diversity,” and it  returned  the case to that court for further review. The brief just filed by the Department […]

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Is the MOOC Moment Now?

As Georgia Tech gears up for its new MOOC-like master’s degree program slated to launch this spring, the Wall Street Journal reports that applications from would-be students are dramatically outpacing fall ’13 applications to Georgia Tech’s residential program. Offered jointly by the Georgia Institute of Technology and Udacity, with financial support and “advice” from AT&T, […]

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What the Times Didn’t Say About the Humanities

“As Interest Fades in the Humanities, Colleges Worry,” said the headline in the New York Times. True enough. But the long front-page story described only half of the problem–that the rise of the computer culture and the recession have turned many students away from the traditional curriculum. On his blog, Via Meadia, Walter Russell Mead […]

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