College Uses Test Data to Show Value Cash-Conscious Families Clamor for Numbers on How Much Students Learn (The Wall Street Journal) Drawing Boundaries Around Internships Student internships have come in for criticism in Canada, as elsewhere, over the past year, drawing fire for putting pressure on students to work long hours for little or no pay. (The New Read more

Want to save America? Stop giving to Harvard, now If inequality is a problem, what justifies big tax subsidies for wealthy donors and their super-wealthy schools? (Bloomberg via Star Tribune) The Dark Power of Fraternities A yearlong investigation of Greek houses reveals their endemic, lurid, and sometimes tragic problems—and a sophisticated system for shifting the Read more

Colleges Respond to Growing Ranks of Learning Disabled Some colleges and universities are focusing more attention on getting reluctant learning-disabled students to disclose their conditions before they run into severe problems in the classroom- and bring down those schools’ increasingly important graduation rates. (Washington Monthly) Dead Poets Society Is a Terrible Defense of the Humanities The beloved film’s Read more

Remember “Scared Straight,” that late-1970s documentary in which prison inmates warned juvenile delinquents against turning to a life of crime? Watch Buzzfeed’s take for the college crowd: “Scared Straight: Liberal Arts Edition.” You can guess what happens: Down-and-out college grads with arts and humanities degrees get in the faces of a crop of liberal-arts students, yelling Read more

The Collapse of Big Law: A Cautionary Tale for Big Med Medicine lags behind the law by several decades, but it is now proceeding down the same path. Rankings are playing an increasing role in how medical schools and hospitals assess their performance. (The Atlantic) Occidental College bans investments in assault weapons companies In a move that Read more

Professors, We Need You! Some of the smartest thinkers on problems at home and around the world are university professors, but most of them just don’t matter in today’s great debates. (The New York Times) Making online teaching click Why a classroom veteran waited 17 years to join the digital pedagogues. (Times Higher Education) For Interns, All Read more