Notes in the Margins: Bathrooms, horrible essays and unpaid internships

The 7 Worst Types Of College Admission Essays For every tortured student, there’s a tortured admissions professional, sifting through an entire forest of paper, looking for an essay that doesn’t scream with gimmick. (The Huffington Post)

At Harvard, teachers get a lesson  Lectures, the dominant mode of instruction in classrooms, just do not work, no matter how smart your students are. (The Boston Globe, via University Business)

Colleges sell naming rights to bathrooms To raise funds, Dixie State offered naming rights to individual bathroom stalls in a musical theater company’s planned building. (USA Today)

Higher education’s $64,000 question “Are students learning?” To oversimplify a bit, students prioritize obtaining credentials over learning and social life over academics; faculty view scholarship — as opposed to (rigorous) teaching — as a source of rewards and advancement; and institutions have no incentive to compete with regard to learning outcomes as opposed to status and amenities. (The Washington Post)

Room for Debate: Do Unpaid Internships Exploit College Students? Should the government get tough to protect unpaid interns, or are internships a win-win? (The New York Times)