- Graduate Enrollment Dropping- Inside Higher Ed looks at why enrollment in graduate programs dropped 1.1% in 2010, according to the Council of Graduate Schools. While graduate school enrollment usually goes up during an economic downturn, this new data points to the fact that, since the economic downturn, some feel that master’s degrees may no longer pay off.
- The D.School- The Wall Street Journal examines the success of the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design—nicknamed the d.school—at Stanford University. David Kelley, founder of the design firm IDEO, started the non-degree program to teach his “design thinking” approach to problem solving. The d.school harnesses students’ creativity by giving them a “design challenge” and encouraging them to meet it through experimentation and comfort with the possibility of failure.
- Cornell and the Technion Form NYC Tech Campus- Cornell University and the Technion—Israel Institute of Technology announced that they will partner to create a new applied science and engineering campus in New York City on Roosevelt Island. The new campus will harness Cornell’s focus on entrepreneurship and connection to the city’s tech sector along with the Technion’s specialization in commercialization and technology transfer.
- Academia is a One Way Street- Inside Higher Ed looks at the limited possibilities open to new PhDs in the humanities. The article points out that, due to tenure, there are not enough academic positions open for graduating PhD’s. Therefore, graduate programs have to prepare their students for alternative job prospects, instead of looking at students who leave academia as failures or sellouts.
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