Last week, Los Angeles Times reporters Teresa Watanabe and Colleen Shalby co-authored an article indicating that more than 65,000 fake students applied to community colleges in California over the past few months.
Institutions of higher education are often compared and judged based on their graduation rates, but it often provides an incomplete picture of institutional success. In this podcast, Dr. Bjorn Mercer and I discuss various metrics used to compare institutions and the many variables that affect those metrics.
In an August 30, 2021, Wall Street Journal opinion piece, Aaron Klein writes that America’s public universities have been engaged in a “student swap.” More specifically, the highest rated public universities in each state (also known as flagship universities) have increased their enrollment of students from other states in terms of percentages and raw numbers, despite their primary mission of providing an education to their respective states’ residents.
Last week, I read an EdSurge article about some colleges providing free textbooks to students. EdSurge reporter Nadia Tamez-Robledo wrote that undergrads spent an average of $1,240 for textbooks during the 2020-2021 school year. The number was $220 higher for students attending two-year colleges.
Shortly after moving to Austin, I joined the local neighborhood association. Our neighborhood group is not a homeowners’ association (HOA) with governance over architectural design or modifications, and it is not mandatory to join it. My reason for joining the HOA was to meet new neighbors and stay current with local events, ranging from zoning issues and parking restrictions to neighborhood art walks and new building permits.
The August 7th issue of "The Economist" has an editorial and a feature article about the advances of open-source intelligence capabilities once reserved for superpowers. Open-source intelligence, also known as OSINT, is not a recent development. However, advances in technology have increased the opportunities for citizens not employed by an intelligence agency to find and disclose information that governments might want to remain classified.
Financial Times writer Richard Waters has reported recently announced changes to Google’s search engine. Google says that its multitask unified model (MUM) is a tool powered by artificial intelligence (AI) and designed to better answer context-related questions. Pandu Nayak, the Google researcher in charge of MUM, explained in an interview that the targeted outcome of using the tool is to meet “fuzzy information needs” by allowing users to input a single question, rather than a sequence of questions designed to narrow down the field of potential answers.
In this week’s edition of "The Job" (an Open Campus newsletter written by Paul Fain), I read about a very broad proposal to create an applied science to support working learners. The proposal was launched by Stanford University and the National Science Foundation (NSF).
I recently learned about the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Institutes established through funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and its partners. According to the National Science Foundation website, these Institutes are the only U.S. government-funded artificial intelligence initiatives outside of the Department of Defense.
A recent trip to a dentist generated a discussion about my blog and articles that I wrote about the high cost of medical school and law school. The dentist asked me if I had looked at the amount of debt that dentists incur for dental school. He said that the amounts that recent dental school graduates borrow are outrageous.