Notes in the Margins: The Koch Bros., the G.I. Bill, and business use of SATs

The Koch brothers’ influence on college campus is spreading The billionaires’ proselytizing of government deregulation and pro-business civics is increasingly targeted not just at creatures of Capitol Hill, or couch sitters in swing states, but at the hearts and minds of American college students, as well. (The Washington Post)

College Football Labor Decision May Hurt Schools, Moody’s Says If student players are compensated, they may require subsidies from universities higher than what the institutions already spend on their programs. (BloombergBusinessweek via University Business)

The New G.I. Bill Is Sort of Not Working For years it was hard to tell how effective the program was, because no one knew the graduation rate of those attending college using New G.I. Bill funds. Now we’ve got answers: 52 percent is an F. (Washington Monthly)

How Businesses Use Your SATs The value of the SAT scores was called into question last year, when the biggest of the big-data companies said the test had proved “worthless” in predicting job performance. (The New York Times)

Coursera Names Former Yale President as Its New CEO The appointment signals a renewed bid for credibility and profitability by a sector of higher education known as massive open online courses, or MOOCs. The classes have been both widely heralded as the next great technological disruption in education and condemned for cannibalizing an industry already facing a steep decline in public funding. (The Wall Street Journal)

  • Joe

    I wonder if campuses have exclusivity contracts with Georgia-Pacific to supply waste paper similar to soda and bank exclusivity contracts at some institutions.

  • Joe

    Wait, you’re telling me a test that measures Scholastic Aptitude has no ability to predict job performance? It’s as if it’s measuring something else!