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How to write like an academic. We tried it and came up with this: "The reification of post-capitalist hegemony opens a space for the historicization of the gendered body."
Default: The Student Loan Documentary is a 27 minute film chronicling the stories of borrowers from different backgrounds affected by the student lending industry and their struggles to change the system. No matter when their loans were taken, many borrowers now find themselves in a paralyzing predicament of repaying two, three or multiple times the original amount borrowed, with no bankruptcy protection, no cap on fees and penalties and no recourse under the law. The consequences are dire, with stories of borrowers in financial and emotional ruin.
Provocative thinking and the American university seem never to have got on well together -- V. L. Parrington
A university is what a college becomes when the faculty loses interest in students. - John Ciardi
LA Times - People with a bachelor's degree make 84% more over a lifetime than high school graduates. In 1999, the premium was 75. . . On average, a doctoral degree-holder will earn $3.3 million over a lifetime, compared to $2.3 million for a college graduate and $1.3 million for those with a high school diploma. People with less education in high-paying occupations can out-earn their counterparts with advanced degrees. But within the same industry, workers with more schooling usually land better paychecks.
29% of adults under the age of 35 are living with their parents
The number of non-academic administrative and professional employees at U.S. colleges and universities has more than doubled in the last 25 years, vastly outpacing the growth in the number of students or faculty
Center for Economic & Police Research - In the 27 years from 1986 to 2013, Pew found that the median wage for full-time workers between the ages of 25-32 with college degrees increased from $44,770 in 1986 to $45,500 in 2013, a rise of 1.6 percent. This comes to an increase of 0.06 percent a year. By comparison, productivity rose 72.5 percent over this period, an average of 2.0 percent over this period.
It is also worth noting that the unemployment rate for college educated workers of all ages was 3.7 percent in 2013. This is higher than for any year prior to the recession since this series was started in 1992.
Today, just 20% of adults ages 18 to 29 are married, compared with 59% in 1960. Over the course of the past 50 years, the median age at first marriage has risen by about six years for both men and women.
Pew Research: One third of Millennials are black or latino as opposed to only 15% in the Silent Generation
7%% have a profile on social media as opposed to 50% for Gen X, 30% for Boomers and 6% for Silent Generation.
Millennials are a little more Democratic than other age groups.
80% of Millennials have turned on their cell phone or placed it next to their bed while sleeping. Only 50% of Boomers have.
22% of Mills say living together without marriage is a bad thing for society as opposed to 55% of Silents.
41% of Mills are satisfied with the way things are going in our society as opposed to 26% of those over 30.
By the time they reached 28, 75% of Mills were still single while only 43% of Silents
41% of Mills have only a cellphone as opposed to 5% of Silents.
64% of Mills have sent or received a text message while driving as opposed to 1% of Silents.
All age groups rely first on television for news. 59% of Mills use the Internet second as opposed to Boomers and Silents who prefer newspapers as their second choice.
While 82% of Silents had watched TV in the past 24 hours, only 57% of Mills had.
Those under 30 working full time has dropped from 50% in 2006 to 41% in 2010.
36% of Mills rely on family financial assistance
38% of Mills have a tattoo while only 15% of Boomers do.
23% of Mills have body piercing while only 1% of Boomers do
Environmentally sound practices like buying organic food and recycling is fairly steady across generations.
91% of Silents say that always, or almost always, vote but only 69% of Mills do.
About a third of Mills, Gen X and Boomers have boycotted something in the past 12 months.
33% of those under 30 attend church weekly, 53% of those over 65 do.
Half aged 18-29 never watch TV news
Ohio State buys armored truck to defend itself agains its students
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Harpers Index: Percentage of college professors teaching online courses who do not believe students should receive credit for them : 72
76 percent of American university faculty are adjunct professors - an all-time high. Unlike tenured faculty, whose annual salaries can top $160,000, adjunct professors make an average of $2,700 per course and receive no health care or other benefits.
As recently as 2004 law school applications numbered nearly 100,000, and three years ago the figure stood around the mid-80s. Now its plunged to a projected 53,000-54,000, with an especially sharp recent dropoff among the most sought-after students with the highest scores. - Overlawyered
@Harpers: % increase since 2000 in the compensation of full professors at the 50 wealthiest private US universities: 14 . .. . . In the compensation of the presidents of those universities: 75
Average SAT score (out of 2400) of students from households with an income below $20,000: 1322 . . . From households with an income above $200,000: 1722 - @Harpers
UC Berkeley gets ready for new class of freshmen
Four of every five dissertations examined contained examples of word-for-word plagiarism. the researcher found no difference between religious and secular schools. When she used a more stringent criterion five or more copied words the incidence of unacknowledged borrowing hit 100 percent.
Chris Hedges, Truthdig - The multiple failures that beset the country, from our mismanaged economy to our shredded constitutional rights to our lack of universal health care to our imperial debacles in the Middle East, can be laid at the feet of our elite universities. Harvard, Yale, Princeton and Stanford, along with most other elite schools, do a poor job educating students to think. They focus instead, through the filter of standardized tests, enrichment activities, advanced-placement classes, high-priced tutors, swanky private schools and blind deference to all authority, on creating hordes of competent systems managers. The collapse of the country runs in a direct line from the manicured quadrangles and halls in places like Cambridge, Mass., Princeton, N.J., and New Haven, Conn., to the financial and political centers of power.
The nation's elite universities disdain honest intellectual inquiry, which is by its nature distrustful of authority, fiercely independent and often subversive. They organize learning around minutely specialized disciplines, narrow answers and rigid structures that are designed to produce certain answers. The established corporate hierarchies these institutions service -- economic, political and social -- come with clear parameters, such as the primacy of an unfettered free market, and with a highly specialized vocabulary. This vocabulary, a sign of the "specialist" and of course the elitist, thwarts universal understanding. It keeps the uninitiated from asking unpleasant questions. It destroys the search for the common good. It dices disciplines, faculty, students and, finally, experts into tiny, specialized fragments. It allows students and faculty to retreat into these self-imposed fiefdoms and neglect the most-pressing moral, political and cultural questions. Those who defy the system -- people like Ralph Nader -- are branded as irrational and irrelevant. These elite universities have banished self-criticism. They refuse to question a self-justifying system. Organization, technology, self-advancement and information systems are the only things that matter. . .
I sat a few months ago with a former classmate from Harvard Divinity School who is now a theology professor. When I asked her what she was teaching, she unleashed a torrent of obscure academic code words. I did not understand, even with three years of seminary, what she was talking about. You can see this absurd retreat into specialized, impenetrable verbal enclaves in every graduate department across the country. The more these universities churn out these stunted men and women, the more we are flooded with a peculiar breed of specialist. This specialist blindly services tiny parts of a corporate power structure he or she has never been taught to question and looks down on the rest of us with thinly veiled contempt. . .
Barack Obama is a product of this elitist system. So are his degree-laden cabinet members. They come out of Harvard, Yale, Wellesley and Princeton. Their friends and classmates made huge fortunes on Wall Street and in powerful law firms. They go to the same class reunions. They belong to the same clubs. They speak the same easy language of privilege and comfort and entitlement. They are endowed with an unbridled self-confidence and blind belief in a decaying political and financial system that has nurtured and empowered them.
These elites, and the corporate system they serve, have ruined the country. These elite cannot solve our problems. They have been trained to find "solutions," such as the trillion-dollar bailout of banks and financial firms, that sustain the system. They will feed the beast until it dies. Don't expect them to save us. They don't know how. And when it all collapses, when our rotten financial system with its trillions in worthless assets implodes, and our imperial wars end in humiliation and defeat, they will be exposed as being as helpless, and as stupid, as the rest of us.
Patricia Cohen, NY Times - Three sets of researchers recently concluded that professors have virtually no impact on the political views and ideology of their students. If there has been a conspiracy among liberal faculty members to influence students, "they've done a pretty bad job," said A. Lee Fritschler, a professor of public policy at George Mason University and an author of the new book "Closed Minds? Politics and Ideology in American Universities."
A study of nearly 7,000 students at 38 institutions published in the current PS: Political Science and Politics, the journal of the American Political Science Association, as well as a second study that has been accepted by the journal to run in April 2009, both reach similar conclusions. "There is no evidence that an instructor's views instigate political change among students," Matthew Woessner and April Kelly-Woessner, a husband-and-wife team of political scientists who have frequently conducted research on politics in higher education, write in that second study. Their work is often cited by people on both sides of the debate, not least because Mr. Woessner describes himself as politically conservative.