Monthly Archives: March 2011

Reforming Higher Ed #2: Demand Rigor

Mathematics Lecture

Mathematics Lecture

In a previous post, “Adrift without a Paddle,” I noted “an ever deeper descent into an anti-intellectualistic, narcissistic culture in which students pursue pre-employment, technical training with single-minded purpose while, nevertheless, they expect to be rewarded with high grades and degrees apart from real achievement.” This phenomenon of empty degrees worries government officials, business and community leaders, and the general public. What should be done to restore real achievement on the part of college students generally? Continue reading

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Reforming Higher Ed #1: Stop Bribing Politicians?

For years, colleges and universities have pandered to politicians and government officials. Honorary degrees, named facilities, and administrators’ flattering remarks on public occasions provide the usual currency. Sweetheart employment contracts to family members and other benefits are sometimes conferred to assure access to and support from political officials. Occasionally, benefits are provided to an official directly. One such case came to light recently concerning Brevard Community College’s (BCC) concluding a lucrative book deal with Florida State Senator, Mike Haridopolos.

Mike Haridopolos

Sen. Mike Haridopolos

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Top Ten Ways to Avoid Being Noticed on the Web

In light of the glut of truly atrocious websites on the internet, it seems that many people are working much too hard to avoid being noticed. To save everyone some time and effort, I’ve decided to help by listing the top ten ways to fly under the radar in cyberspace. Here they are:

#10. Put nothing but flash video on your opening page.

#9. Never seek assistance from a copywriter or communications professional.

#8. Pay no attention to search engine optimization (SEO) techniques.

#7. Never engage the services of a professional web designer.

#6. Avoid proofreading your content for spelling or grammar; just slap it up there!

#5. Simply publish someone else’s stuff on your site.

#4. Put all your content on one page and then leave it untouched.

#3. Never publish anything that people might want or need to know.

#2. Never tell anyone about your website, especially via social media.

#1.  Here it is! The number-one way to avoid being noticed on the web:

Never create or publish your own website!

Let’s go for 20! Based on what you see on the web, add your own suggestions.