23 août 2014

Local Boy Makes Word?

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/linguafranca-45.pngBy . Idea for a sitcom: The Big Lang. Theory. Premise is that a bunch of language nerds sit around and talk about their observations, obsessions, and pet peeves. Let’s say their names are Geoffrey, Lucy, Allan, and Ben, and that they’ve got some wacky neighbors, Bill, Anne, Ilan, and Rose. For the pilot episode,  one of the gang, scouring the databases and corpora, thinks she has found a use of a word published prior to the earliest citation in the Oxford English Dictionary. But it turns out to come from a book that Google Books gave an incorrect date to. Hilarity ensues. More...

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An Unexpected English Lesson

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/linguafranca-45.pngBy . So I walk into the little dry cleaners near my office and these are the first words I hear:
“Where were you?  In bed with your—Polack!”
For a split second I’m stopped in my tracks. More...

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Mills College Adopts New Admissions Policy for Transgender Students

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/Ticker%20revised%20round%2045.gifBy . Mills College, a liberal-arts institution for women, has approved a policy that clarifies its approach to admitting transgender applicants, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Applicants who are “not assigned to the female sex at birth” but who identify as female will be considered for enrollment. Applicants who say they “do not fit into the gender binary” will be welcome to apply if they were identified as female at birth. More...

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After Years of Going Up and Up, Graduate-School Offers to Chinese Students Flatten

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/Ticker%20revised%20round%2045.gifBy . Report: “Findings from the 2014 CGS International Graduate Admissions Survey Phase II: Final Applications and Initial Offers of Admission”
Author: Jeff Allum, director of research and policy analysis, Council of Graduate Schools
Organization: Council of Graduate Schools
Summary: After nearly a decade of double-digit increases, American graduate schools probably will not have a record number of students from China in this fall’s incoming class. Graduate programs reported no rise in offers of admission to Chinese students, the first time in eight years with no growth. More...

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How Streaming Media Could Threaten the Mission of Libraries

By . Digital music has made it easier to buy and share recordings. But try telling that to librarians. In March 2011, the University of Washington’s library tried to get a copy of a new recording of the Los Angeles Philharmonic playing a piece by Gustavo Dudamel, a popular composer, that the library could lend to students. But the recording was available only as a digital download, and Amazon and iTunes forbid renting out digital files. Read more...

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Why Students Should Own Their Educational Data

By Jeffrey R. Young. Designing a textbook or lecture with the average student in mind may sound logical. But L. Todd Rose, who teaches educational neuroscience at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, argues that doing so means that the lesson is designed for nobody. Read more...

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Collaborative That Once Criticized Software Companies Becomes One

By Jeffrey R. Young. Ten years ago, a group of universities started a collaborative software project touted as an alternative to commercial software companies, which were criticized as too costly. On Friday the project’s leaders made a surprising announcement: that it would become a commercial entity. The software at issue, called Kuali, does the boring but important work of managing accounting, billing, e-commerce, budgeting, and other campus functions. Read more...

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What Ails Elite Education? Debating Deresiewicz’s ‘Excellent Sheep’

subscribe todayEven before it was published this week, William Deresiewicz’s Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life (Free Press) was stirring controversy. (It helped that an excerpt appeared on the cover of The New Republic under the headline "Don’t Send Your Kid to the Ivy League.") Deresiewicz, a former English professor at Yale University, is not optimistic about elite colleges—or the students they educate.
The Chronicle Review asked Harry R. Lewis, a professor of computer science at Harvard University, former dean of Harvard College, and the author of Excellence Without a Soul (PublicAffairs, 2007), and Deresiewicz to discuss Excellent Sheep. More...

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Why do 1 in 4 graduates quit within a year of starting work?

http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQPxnNUZkzq1IINmqwJMRe0Mx9jmcJPvZ89WaflkoXFnHo0R2jfVuceEAwwBy . Employers' desire to hire only the cream of the crop contributes to a quarter of graduates taking up the wrong job and leaving within a year of starting. Graduates are rushing into the wrong roles for fear of having a hole in their CV after university, with the result that a quarter of them expect to quit their first job within a year of starting it. Read more...

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Companies failing to crack down on graduate 'CV fraud'

http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQPxnNUZkzq1IINmqwJMRe0Mx9jmcJPvZ89WaflkoXFnHo0R2jfVuceEAwwBy . A study finds that a third of employers are failing to check up on applicants' qualifications despite concerns that many graduates may be lying on their CVs. Read more...

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