19 avril 2014

Reflections on Heartbleed

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/law.jpg?itok=7sode5LvBy Tracy Mitrano. Fascinating how this vulnerability grabbed headlines. Understandable, given that it is about the SSL connection for e-commerce, that it caught attention. Intriguing because it caused users to change passwords. It is notable that the net loss of personally identifiable information was, in fact, only fractional.  Very few, if any, users are likely to have fraud committed as a result of this vulnerability. It hardly rates when compared to full-blown breaches that almost surely have each and every one of our social security numbers for sale on the black market. Read more...

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Cosmos: Experimentation, Disruption, and Innovation

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/large/public/student_affairs_and_technology_blog_header.jpgBy Eric Stoller. Cosmos is a subversive television show...and I love it. The host of Cosmos is astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. He dares us to learn, question assumptions, and think critically. It's a radical show. Scientific discoveries from the past are presented with amazing clarity. Subversive ideas from centuries ago are brought to light in an exceptionally educational manner. Read more...

Posté par pcassuto à 22:44 - - Permalien [#]

Who Should Advise?

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/large/public/confessions_of_a_community_college_dean_blog_header.jpgBy Matt Reed. Jeff Selingo asked in the New York Times this weekend whether it’s better to have faculty to academic advising, as opposed to full-time advisers. I was disappointed in what the discussion left out.
Quick quiz: what’s the single greatest argument in favor of professional advisers?
Anyone? Bueller? Anyone?
Summer.

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Policy Levers

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/large/public/confessions_of_a_community_college_dean_blog_header.jpgBy Matt Reed. Most college faculty don’t consider themselves policy levers. Until you understand that, you’ll have a hard time understanding why so many policy proposals come to grief, or angst and unintended consequences, on the ground. For example, take the following proposal: “Four-year public colleges and universities should accept community college graduates as transfer students with full junior standing.”  It’s a popular view, and it it has much to be said for it from a state’s perspective. Read more...

Posté par pcassuto à 22:41 - - Permalien [#]

Outrunning the Bear

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/large/public/confessions_of_a_community_college_dean_blog_header.jpgBy Matt Reed. There’s an old joke about two campers who run across an angry bear. The campers start running away, and as the bear gains on them, the first camper yells to the second “this is crazy!  We’ll never outrun the bear!” The second yells back “I don’t have to outrun the bear!  I just have to outrun you!”
I was reminded of that in reading a recent piece in Bloomberg about Dowling College, and the predictably counterintuitive followup piece in Slate. Read more...

Posté par pcassuto à 22:40 - - Permalien [#]

Preparing Presentations With PowerPoint

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/Screen%20Shot%202011-12-12%20at%2012.29.48%20PM.png?itok=ITDqfJNPBy Erin Bedford. Love it or hate it, PowerPoint is everywhere. “Preparing a presentation” has become synonymous to “preparing a PowerPoint presentation,” but is this really a good attitude when it comes to communicating research? PowerPoint is a tool, and as with any tool, its true power comes not from the tool itself but from the one who holds it. Read more...

Posté par pcassuto à 22:38 - - Permalien [#]

Grad School Will Kill You

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/Screen%20Shot%202011-12-12%20at%2012.29.48%20PM.png?itok=ITDqfJNPBy Emily Contois. William Buchan’s eighteenth-century health advice rings as true today as it did nearly 250 years ago, especially for those of us who often find ourselves seated squarely on our rears for what feels like endless amounts of time—which may quite literally be killing us. Read more...

Posté par pcassuto à 22:36 - - Permalien [#]

Personal Finance in Grad School

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/Screen%20Shot%202011-12-12%20at%2012.29.48%20PM.png?itok=ITDqfJNPBy Ashley Sanders. Living on a grad student stipend is tough, but we often make it harder on ourselves if we don’t know where the money is going. By tracking our spending habits, we can get a better sense of what we value, our motivations for spending, and areas where we can save a few dollars or even a few hundred dollars. Although our schedules our tight, making time to track spending and create a practical budget will pay huge dividends in the long run. Read on for budgeting and money-saving tips. Read more...

Posté par pcassuto à 22:34 - - Permalien [#]

The Anxiety Crisis

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/JustVisitingLogo_white.jpg?itok=K5uvzo_-By John Warner. We have an anxiety problem. It may even be a crisis. Directors of counseling centers report increases in students seeking mental health counseling services, with anxiety leading the way. Students’ self-reported levels of emotional health are at record lows. A full one-third of students say they were “overwhelmed by all they had to do” as high school seniors. This appears to only get worse in college. Read more...

Posté par pcassuto à 22:25 - - Permalien [#]

10 things I wish all associate professors knew

USCBy . I got my PhD in 1984.  During that time I’ve done research on students, faculty, and administrators.  I’ve seen different individuals and groups as “research subjects” as students, colleagues, and as friends.  I’ve developed some thoughts I’d like to share based on my research, my observations, and common sense.  By no means is this everything someone should know.  Think about what else should be added and let me know. More...

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