Monday, November 16, 2009

Links for 11/16/09

Bryan Caplan on the signaling theory of education.
Look at what people learn in the classroom. Look at what people do on the job. How much of a connection do you see?
Engineering schools across the country report students are showing an enthusiasm for hands-on work that hasn't been seen in years.

Is law school a good investment?

Not according to a new research paper entitled, “Mamas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be…Lawyers.”
Jennifer Gonzalez
for-profit colleges… say their sector must play a key role if President Obama is to meet his goal of having the world's highest number of college graduates by 2020.
The institutions are still viewed with skepticism by some consumers and policy makers, but for-profit colleges have grown steadily…

"For-profits are highly focused on completion," he says. "Completion is the main way they have to attract future students."
Tim Mann
generally absent from cost containment and revenue sustainability decisions are cost reallocation decisions regarding the relevance and viability of the academic portfolio…

are the traditions, political forces, mission arguments and ideological posturing within the academy trumping the ability to restructure the academic portfolio, and the decision making and resource allocation structures that currently exist?...

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