June 2013

  • Millionaire College Presidents: What the Highest Paid College Presidents Make

    Barry Lenson

    “What Public-College Presidents Make,” an article that The Chronicle of Higher Education just released, offers some eye-opening statistics like these . . . Graham B. Spanier of Penn State (you remember, the guy who resigned in shame after the football scandals there) earned $2,906,761 in year 2011-2012, thanks to a final payout. That’s not a typo, he made nearly three million bucks. Jay Gogue, president of Auburn University, earned a staggering $2,542,865. E. Gordon Gee of Ohio State University got $1,899,420. Alan G. Merten of George Mason University made $1,869,369. Those were the top four wage-earners. But as the Chronicle reports, lots of other college presidents are earning big bucks too. You can see a list of them h ...

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  • How to Complete Core Curriculum Courses and Save $$$

    Barry Lenson

    If you go to most colleges, you are going to have to take a certain number of required courses. If you attend Columbia University in New York, for example, here are core curriculum courses that you will be required to take . . . Contemporary Civilization Literature Humanities University Writing Art Humanities Music Humanities In addition to those courses that Columbia requires, you will also have to take courses in these areas . . . Science Requirement Global Core Requirement Foreign Language Requirement Physical Education Requirement What’s the Reasoning behind Required Courses? Basically, the purpose is to establish certain baseline requirements for what students are supposed to know before they graduate. ...

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  • Do You Yearn to Change the World? Your Journey Starts Today

    Barry Lenson

    Not too many years ago, entrepreneurs were people with big ideas who were interested in making a lot of money. Social activists were people who wanted to improve the world. Very different people, right? But that has changed. Today, we have social entrepreneurs. They are people who want to use their vision and business skills to make the world a better place. Many of them are doing it. If you want to see how, you’ll want to check out the Forbes Magazine Impact 30 list, a directory of 30 top social entrepreneurs who have been identified by the Forbes editors.  On that list, you’ll get to know social entrepreneurs like these . . . Jane Chen, the 32-year-old founder of an organization called Embrace. Jane helped to create the The ...

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  • Get the Calculus Help You Need

    Barry Lenson

    “The mere thought of having to take a required calculus course is enough to make legions of students break out in a cold sweat. Others who have no intention of ever studying the subject have this notion that calculus is impossibly difficult unless you happen to be a direct descendant of Einstein.” – From the Introduction to Calculus for Dummies by Mark Ryan (For Dummies Books, 2003; $19.99). Boy, did Mark Ryan get it right when he wrote those words in his preface to Calculus for Dummies. And then there’s the fact that his book was written personally for me, because I proved myself to be a dummy every time I took a math course during my school years. If you’re a math dummy like me (and I hope that the Gods of mathematics ...

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  • How to Win a Spelling Bee Using StraighterLine

    Barry Lenson

    As you probably know, 13-year-old Arvind V. Mahankali won the Scripps National Spelling Bee a few weeks ago by correctly spelling the word “knaidel.” It was a great moment. Arvind is obviously a smart young man, and dapper and charming too.  He’s a guy who is clearly going places. But what’s with “knaidel,” the word he spelled? It sounds like the name of a character in “Fiddler on the Roof,” right? One of the daughters of What’s-His-Name? Well, it turns out that it’s a Yiddish word that means “dumpling.” That word, “knaidel,” got us worrying.  We looked long and hard and scoured though all our StraighterLine courses looking for it. And we never found it anywhere – not in Business Statistics, not in Intr ...

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