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Nicholas Dirks What ‘Ivory Tower’ gets wrong

The documentary film Ivory Tower takes on national debates about higher education and renders them as compelling dramas, stories, and scenes. Andrew Rossi, the film’s talented director, previously used similar techniques to raise probing questions about the future of print journalism in an age of digitalization in his film Page One. Now … More >

Brad DeLong Thoughts on Robert Skidelsky’s Rant Against the Current Economics Curriculum

Over at Equitable Growth: The extremely wise Robert Skidelsky has an excellent rant against Anglo-Saxon economics departments:

Robert Skidesky: Knocking the scientific halo off mainstream economists’ teaching and research: “The growing discontent of economics students…

…with the university curriculum…. Students at the University of Manchester advocated an approach ‘that begins with economic … More >

John Douglass Seeking an alternative to the World Class University model

The concept of the World Class University is cited across the world, but it represents a paradigm that is not achievable or useful for many countries. There is a need for another paradigm – the Flagship University – a model that does not ignore international standards of excellence focused largely … More >

Brad DeLong Well, it’s the end of Nicholas Dirks’s first semester as Berkeley Chancellor, so why not offer him some unsolicited advice?

So how is new UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks doing, anyway?

As you may or may not remember, I think that the historic tasks of a UC Berkeley Chancellor today are three: two financial (with concomitant implications for the deployment of Berkeley’s resources) and the third technological. The financial tasks are:

to … More >

Rosemary Joyce A Supreme Ruling: more than 41,000 winners

Yesterday, the US Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal of a California judge’s ruling last year on a California state policy that treats graduates of California high schools as residents for the purposes of tuition, regardless of their immigration status.

The immediate beneficiaries of their order dismissing the appeal, according … More >

Claude Fischer Women graduating

It’s the season of graduation in America and, increasingly, that means it’s the season of women, too. This year, about 3 women will get their B.A. degrees for every 2 men who do. About 50 years ago, the ratio was about 2 men to every 1 woman. In a society … More >

Robert Reich The real economic lesson China could teach us

Highlighting the summit between Chinese President Hu Jintao and President Obama is China’s agreement to buy $45 billion of American exports. The President says this will create more American jobs. That’s not exactly right. It will create more profits for American companies but relatively few new … More >

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