Notes in the Margins: Philosophy, cost-cutting and social media in sports

When Philosophy Meets Psychiatry With its battered desks, fluorescent lights and interactive whiteboard, this could be a class in any university philosophy department. But this is a class with a difference. (The New York Times)

Coaches seek balance on team social media policies  Many athletic departments have implemented social policies to avoid embarrassing situations. While most advise students to keep their accounts private, some schools have gone as far as to ban Twitter. (USA Today)

Ways to Cut the Cost of College  U.S. President Barack Obama announced a new push last month to curb the rising cost of college. Thankfully, state governments, which helped cause the problem, are experimenting with ways to fix it. The federal government can help. (Bloomberg via NAICU)

Mass. ties community college funding to results  State will establish goals for students at schools (The Boston Globe via University Business)

The Educational Pipeline: Improving the Transition to College Experience tells me that two of the most difficult issues for first-generation, Pell-eligible students are: a lack of belief in their own capacities (both intellectual and psycho-social) and the absence of parental and other adult role models who can encourage success throughout the educational pipeline. (The Huffington Post)