Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Links for 12/8/09

Todd Zywicki
I note in passing that almost two years have now gone by since the loyalist slate was elected. Since that time, the trustees have never for a single moment ever suggested that they intend to back off from the board-packing plan, either publicly or privately. It was, to put the matter gently, an unorthodox negotiating tactic for the newly-elected members of the AoA Ex Comm to immediately surrender its only bargaining chip (the right to sue to enforce parity). This was a curious negotiating strategy
Less than two years after announcing that it would waive tuition for third-year students who pledge to spend five years working for nonprofit organizations or for the government, Harvard Law School is suspending the program
Tim Ranzetta on the debt swap proposal.
If projected budget impacts of this legislation were calculated using risk-adjusted discount rates, it would cost about $700 million over the 2010–2019 period—a difference of almost $10 billion relative to the estimated savings of $9.2 billion
Peter Schmidt on the really strange goings on at NYU. Read it and count how many times you find yourself at a loss for words.

Rob Reuteman
Vocational educators cite many reasons for its current popularity: it’s far cheaper than four-year college; it usually takes two—not four –years of schooling; the quality of education has improved mightily; it fits easier into a work schedule because of the extensive use of online and distance learning ; and the resulting employment is viewed as being more secure.

“We are in a period in which students are focused on educational value, with a specific eye towards the applicability of academic programs.,” says Steven Roy Goodman

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