Notes in the Margins: Football, libraries and students wasting money

Students ‘grossly underutilize’ campus library resources  In a recent column for The Daily Trojan, USC’s campus newspaper, Gao argues libraries’ digital offerings and special collections are especially going to waste due to a mix of student apathy and poor publicity efforts by schools. The result: a Google-only approach to student research that casts aside “in-depth, credible, and thorough” sources for those that are free, easy to understand, and only a click away. (USA Today)

Ten Things College Students Waste Money On The days of lingering at college and wasting money are over.  Students today need to embrace the “starving student” mentality not just to help their parents pay for the COST of going to college—and thus reduce the amount of loans needed—but also to help themselves learn solid money lessons that will serve them well later in life. (Forbes)

Why We Need For-Profit Colleges  The schools most capable of meeting the country’s growing education needs are the for-profits. The for-profits can offer class times that are convenient for students, rather than for professors. They can offer online classes, which many traditional universities have been reluctant — or unable — to dive into. They pay professors to teach, not conduct research. A well-run for-profit college could teach its nonprofit counterparts a thing or two about efficiency and innovation. (The New York Times via University Business)

Get Smart About College Parents and students like to think they’re rational when it comes to picking a college and paying for it. They aren’t. (The Wall Street Journal)

Where Football and Higher Education Mix The University of Chicago, well known for Saul Bellow, Milton Friedman and its links to 85 Nobel Prizes, was once famous sea to shining sea for football. It boasted a legendary coach, a Heisman Trophy winner and a national championship. Then, in 1939, it did something extraordinary. It gave up the game to save its soul. And yet Chicago is quietly back on the field. “I’d say 25 percent of the students don’t even know we have a football team,” said Jake Longtin, a defensive lineman who is also a team captain. (The New York Times via University Business)