Notes in the Margins: Craft brewing, Japanese women and Massive Open Online Administrations

The Brilliant Plan That Could Save Colleges Millions A Johns Hopkins University professor has announced plans for MOOA (massive open online administrations). Dr. Benjamin Ginsberg says that many colleges and universities face the same administrative issues every day. By having one experienced group of administrators make decisions for hundreds of campuses simultaneously, MOOA would help address these problems expeditiously and economically. Since MOOA would allow colleges to dispense with most of their own administrators, it would generate substantial cost savings in higher education. (The Fiscal Times via University Business)

Japan’s ‘Science Women’ Seek an Identity Universities in Japan are pushing to increase female enrollment in science and technology, despite a culture that pushes most women toward the humanities. (The New York Times)

Report: Humanities, social science education needed for innovation along with STEM A workforce lacking robust a humanities and social science education could be just as detrimental to the country’s future economic competitiveness as one deficient in science and technological expertise, according to an American Academy of Arts and Sciences report. (The Washington Post)

Why the NCTQ teacher prep ratings are nonsense The National Council on Teacher Quality, an organization that is funded by organizations that promote a corporate-influenced school reform agenda, just issued ratings of teacher preparation programs that is getting a lot of attention in the ed world. The ratings are seriously flawed. Explaining how in this post is teacher education expert Linda Darling-Hammond, chair of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and the Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education at Stanford University. (The Washington Post)

Craft brewing renaissance hits college campuses A boom in the craft beer industry combined with an increase in food science programs means that more students are graduating college with a different kind of alcohol education. (USA Today)