May 2012

  • America’s 10 Top-Earning Public University Presidents

    Barry Lenson

    America’s 10 Top-Earning Public University Presidents With states from coast to coast cutting their budgets for education, you’d think that the presidents of public universities would be taking home pretty small paychecks, right? After all, they are public employees. In case that is what you have been thinking, take a gander at the salaries of America’s 10 most highly paid presidents of public institutions, recently reported in The Chronicle of Higher Education. (Geez, where do we apply?) 1. E. Gordon Gee Ohio State University (2007–Present) $1,992,221 2. Michael D. McKinney Texas A&M University system (2006–2011) $1,966,347 3. Graham B. Spanier Pennsylvania State University at University Park (1995–2011 ...

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  • University of Massachusetts Grad Asks to Return Her Degree for a Refund

    Barry Lenson

    University of Massachusetts Grad Asks to Return Her Degree for a Refund Haley Covertino graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell in 2010. But Covertino, who majored in psychology, quickly discovered that her new degree wasn’t doing much to help her land a job.  She went to hundreds of interviews, but ended up working on the front desk at Gold’s Gym. After facing those setbacks, Covertino did something unusual, according to a news report in MassLive.com. She sent a certified letter to U Mass’s Chancellor and asked if she could return her degree for a refund. According to the report, she has not gotten a reply from the university. I’d be surprised if the university did reply. After all, no college can guarantee ...

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  • Partner College Profile: SUNY Empire State College

    Barry Lenson

    Partner College Profile: SUNY Empire State College If you’ve been interested in attending a school that’s part of the SUNY system, we have some great news for you. SUNY Empire State College has just become a StraighterLine Partner College. That means that after you have completed coursework at StraighterLine, you will eligible to apply to SUNY Empire State College and transfer your StraighterLine credits.   What Makes SUNY Empire State College Unique? SUNY Empire State College was founded in 1971 to educate working adults who found it difficult to attend traditional colleges and universities.  Forty years later, more than 63,000 students have graduated. SUNY Empire State College also offers one of the most flexible wa ...

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  • Bad Boy Engineers You’d Like to Date

    Barry Lenson

    Bad Boy Engineers You’d Like to Date If you’re a guy and you’re thinking of majoring in engineering, chances are that you’re a bit worried about your ability to get a date. You’re probably thinking that once you declare your interest, you are a going to get classified as a nerd. Well, forget that kind of thinking, because there have actually been a lot of engineers over the years who positively oozed accomplishment and charisma.  Here are just a few that come to mind . . . Alan Turing – After this guy broke the German Enigma code during WWII and helped bring the Nazis to their knees, he went on to develop the binary structure of computer programming. That’s pretty sexy stuff. Robert Oppenheimer - He was trai ...

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  • Tuition Strike Ends the School Year Early for Many Quebec Students

    Barry Lenson

    Tuition Strike Ends the School Year Early for Many Quebec Students Student protestors in Quebec province have raised such a ruckus over tuition hikes that the provincial government just shut down many of the province’s French-speaking colleges and universities. You can read all about it in The New York Times or The Montreal Gazette. Here are the outlines of the story . . .  Student protests have been raging for more than three months. Students have blocked campus buildings and classrooms. On one occasion they shut down the Montreal subway system with smoke bombs. On another, they occupied a highway and brought traffic to a halt.    Quebec’s Minister of Education resigned on May 14 because she had been unable to ...

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