Notes in the Margins: For-profits, Facebook and unnecessary degrees

Matthew Greenfield: Are For-Profit Colleges Evil? I now look in a different way at diplomas from for-profit institutions: Instead of seeing something that is not prestigious, I see something earned by the stubborn, disciplined, even heroic persistence of a working adult. (Huffington Post)

Bruininks talks football, light-rail lawsuit, goals for final year as University president One of the biggest challenges facing Bruininks before he steps down in June is the weakened economy and its impact on the University’s budget and funding. (

For Students, Breaking Up Digitally Is Hard to Do In a new book, an Indiana University professor explains how college students use Facebook and other new media to disconnect as well as connect. For example, should the dumper or the dumpee be the first to break the news on Facebook that it’s over? (

MPD investigating two weekend crimes at fraternity A woman was sexually assaulted and two men were robbed at an off-campus fraternity house last weekend. The fraternity’s name has not been disclosed at this time, but it is located in the 1700 block of University Avenue Southeast, according to police. Three fraternities in close proximity to the location of the alleged incidents are Alpha Delta Phi, Delta Tau Delta, and Delta Kappa Epsilon. (

Joel Shatzky: Must Everybody Have a College Degree to Get a Decent Job? Educational reforms, relying very heavily on fairly meaningless statistics, ignore a deeper systemic issue: Not only is college not for everyone, but high school graduation has not been for “everyone” over the last 40 years. (Huffington Post)

Bike-sharing programs spin across U.S. campuses Nearly 90 American universities offer some form of campus bike program. Fueling the demand are the public embrace of biking culture, new miles of bike lanes and the economic recession that has many tightening their spending. (USA Today)