Archive for October, 2009

Higher Education on Facebook

October 23rd, 2009

Stalking is ok if its on facebook

When talking about Facebook, Tracy Mitrano,  The IT Director of Cornell had this to say in her facebook 2.0 viewpoints;

“Let’s “face” it: Facebook has built the site, and students use it; we in higher education should come to recognize that this universal commercial site is here to stay. We should use it for advertising and for communications—and certainly for emergency messaging.”

She wrote this post in 2008, and started to have the idea in 2006, and she hit the nail on the head.  Facebook is  definitely here to stay. 

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Parents Uncomfortable with Math and Science

October 22nd, 2009

If you don’t talk to your kids about math or science, then who will?

A September survey found that eventhough more than 50% of parents consider math or science as the subjects most important to their children’s success, they report being uncomfortable talking to their children about these subjects. In fact, nearly a 25% of parents, who admit to being less involved in their child’s math and science education than they would like, say that a main reason for this is because they, themselves,  have troubles understanding these subjects.

American schools are falling far short of parents’ expectations, with nearly 9 in 10 parents saying they believe the U.S. lags behind other countries in math and science, even though 98% of parents say these subjects are critical to America’s future.

Read more on the findings of the survey here.

University President Resigns because Job is not Fun

October 15th, 2009

Joseph Chapman stated on Wednesday he will be resigning from his position as North Dakota

Im tired of playing with bunnies

Im tired of playing with bunnies

State University President after ten years, claiming that his job is no longer “fun.”

The president states that his resignation will take effect on January 2, 2010, and that he may start doing consulting or write a book following.

The Board of Higher Education says it will likely ask for a spending audit for the president’s house, which originally was estimated to cost $900,000 and be paid for with private money. The price increased to more than $2 million, forcing foundation members to agree to cover most of the extra costs.

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No Cookies for Harvard

October 12th, 2009
Wow he looks Mad

Wow he looks Mad

Leaner times mean loss of cookies and bacon at Harvard University.

This article states that much ado is being stirred up among the students as they are realizing that the world’s richest university is not immune from hardship. Some of the cuts that are being made are hot breakfasts, free sweatsuits for varsity teams, no cookies at faculty meetings, a library on the Quad,  and athletic practice spaces. 250 members of faculty have been laid off this past summer, and news as to further job cuts is still too soon to be heard of. In an attempt to justify and utilize the university costs, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences began an online suggestion box where students can submit savings ideas.

Education is Key to Proper Retirement

October 7th, 2009
This is not a good source of education

This is not a good source of education

and 75% of all adults retired say they will work as long as they can during, both because they want to and because they need the income.

Populations around the nation now expect to delay retirement due to the financial crisis, doing so 1 to 5 years later than they planned. Education is an important factor here, as 44% of people with a high school education or less say they will not ever be able to retire because of the state of finances.

Of those already retired, more than half of them say they wished they had saved more money before leaving their occupations. Some current retirees solely depend on Social Security for their income, which is most common among those with a high school education or less. Few of those with a college degree rely on Social Security. 40% of people without a college education under thirty years old have not yet set up retirement accounts or have started a strategy for saving money for retirement.

With things being what they are with the economy and financial status, it is a good idea to plan ahead for your future expenses, either by saving up as much as possible, or getting as much education as you can. This will grease the wheels of the retirement process, and will help allow you to spend your retirement as it is meant to be spent.