Day: February 27, 2014

In College Fundraising, the Rich Get Richer

College fundraising was up 9 percent last year, says the Council for Aid to Education, but there’s a worrisome statistic: 17 percent of the $34 billion raised went to ten already wealthy institutions. The poorest of the ten is NYU, which already has an endowment of about $3 billion, 28th richest among American colleges and universities. Inequality among […]

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I Go Deeper into the MOOC

Last week, in the first post of a series chronicling my experiences in the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign’s MOOC “Introduction to Sustainability,” I noted the Darwinian structure of the course. Now more than half-way through the class, I tweak that statement slightly. Survival of the fittest isn’t the right metaphor to describe the winnowing of […]

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Good News From Modesto Junior College

Free speech has finally returned to Modesto Junior College. One can only hope that other schools will follow suit. Last September, MJC students Robert Van Tuinen and Megan Rainwater attempted to hand out copies of the U.S. Constitution outside MJC’s student center. It was Constitution Day, after all, and Van Tuinen and Rainwater hoped to […]

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