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Friday, April 09, 2004

Hindsight is 20/20 

Here is a brilliant piece of hypothetical history from Gregg Easterbrook on what would have happened if the Bush administration had done what Richard Clarke and many Democrats claim, now, that it should have done when it took office.
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Trends in Grade Inflation 

I ran into this website thanks to a link at The Chronicle for Higher Education site. The trend is disturbing.



No wonder one school is fining professors for giving out too many As. Also, Princeton has put a cap on the number of As professors can give.

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Wednesday, April 07, 2004

More Advice about Econ Grad School 

Craig Newmark at Marginal Revolution has some more good advice for graduate school in economics.

You also may be interested in my guide to graduate school in economics.

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Sewanee in The Tennessean 

There is an interesting article in The Tennessean about Sewanee's image modification. I think the article is misleading. My impression is that the name change had NOTHING to do with the loosening our affiliation with misguided southern stereotypes. I sat in on several of the meetings where outside consultants encouraged us to play up our being in the South. It was the insiders who wanted to play down the southern image. The consultants responded that unless we plan to move up north there is no use in fighting that fight. Clearly, the writer is quoting from one of two reports on the issue, so he is not making it up. But this was not the one of the main reasons for the change.

Here is the deal. Our name is The University of the South. Most people in "the South" call us Sewanee. Even our letterhead says Sewanee. This is very confusing. So now we are using the name Sewanee: The University of the South. I don't understand why this is so upsetting to people. It is just formalizing and informal name of the school to help outsiders understand that Sewanee and The University of the South are one in the same.

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Friday, April 02, 2004

My How We've Grown 

Tyler links to an interesting post on changes in the US since 1904. This is particularly interesting to me since my grandfather was born during that year. The numbers are staggering, particularly the life-expectancy of 47. I think it is truly amazing how much the living conditions of my family have changed in just two generations. It makes me gasp at what my daughter's children will have in 2073 (when I will be 100).

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