"Think science always knows the whole truth? Errors are surprisingly common and many go undiscovered because they just aren’t seen as important enough, or because people take pains to hide them…"

"The comprehensive fee — generally defined as tuition, fees, room and board — is a complex combination of factors. The cost of labor can be as much as sixty percent of the college’s operating budget. Buildings, and the depreciation associated with them, add additional significant ongoing expense. And the discount applied to the largest fee — tuition — can be as much as 30-65 percent of the announced tuition sticker price. There are also payments on debt that can further diminish wiggle room."

"FEW would challenge the proposition that human capital is fundamental to economic growth. Yet much evidence suggests that during what is arguably the most important era of growth—the Industrial Revolution—human capital had little bearing on economic development. Primary school enrolment in Britain, the cradle of industrialisation, was a mere 11% as late as 1850. Scandinavia, in contrast, lagged behind economically for a long time in spite of having achieved close to full literacy at the beginning of the 19th century. In a new paper, Mara Squicciarini of Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and Nico Voigtländer of the University of California, Los Angeles, attempt to resolve this conundrum by dividing human capital into two categories, one that had an impact on the Industrial Revolution and one that did not."

"A strong knowledge “suprastructure” (human and intellectual capital) is a sine qua non for the Philippines (PH) to become globally competitive. The Aquino administration cannot attain its medium-term development goals of generating mass employment and substantially reducing the country’s nagging poverty problem without an adequate supply of technical experts and skilled workers to expand and enliven the manufacturing sector. They are called for to provide knowledge-based solutions to problems to help spur rapid, sustained and inclusive economic growth. This will signal to local and foreign investors that the country’s technological innovation capacity is broad and deep."

"Yet a recent multinational study of adult literacy and numeracy skills suggests that this view is wrong. America’s schools and colleges are actually far more alike than people believe — and not in a good way. The nation’s deep education problems, the data suggest, don’t magically disappear once students disappear behind ivy-covered walls."

"While I was watching Ivory Tower, a documentary about the state of college in America that appears in select theaters this month (the movie also airs on CNN this fall), it occurred to me that of the many problems with higher education these days, not the least concerns the way we talk about it. "Efficiency," "art-history majors," "kids who graduate with $100,000 in debt," "the college bubble," the whole rhetoric of crisis and collapse: The public discourse is dominated by sound bites, one-liners, hearsay, horror stories, and a very great deal of misinformation."

"Ambitious people will always want to go to the best universities to meet each other, and the digital economy tends to favour a few large operators. The big names will be able to sell their MOOCs around the world. But mediocre universities may suffer the fate of many newspapers. Were the market for higher education to perform in future as that for newspapers has done over the past decade or two, universities’ revenues would fall by more than half, employment in the industry would drop by nearly 30% and more than 700 institutions would shut their doors. The rest would need to reinvent themselves to survive."

"For ordinary graduates, the fact that the UP summa cum laude was a rare species gave their own diplomas added value and luster. The university’s stinginess in giving out honors meant surviving UP was a feat in itself."

"What will be left of general education courses in college when the Commission on Higher Education starts reducing the GE curriculum to 36 units in 2018?"

"Now is the time for teacher participation and governance. We shall steer the nation with our ideas, knowledge and wisdom, creativity, and boundless energy. The workshops on syllabi will expose the philosophy or lack, the foresight or narrowmindedness, the freedom from or adherence to, the remnants of colonial education among school administrators."

"Although a militant group, the Alliance of Concerned Teachers, has said that around 80,000 college and university teachers risked being affected when the two years are added to the high school curriculum beginning in 2016, Umali said this figure “appeared to be high.”"

"Does it matter if conservatives are scarce in the liberal arts faculty? Well, if we believe that monopoly power is bad in the economic marketplace for goods, why wouldn’t it also be bad for the academic marketplace of ideas? Of course, as serious students of antitrust will tell you, not all monopolies or oligopolies in markets are the result of nefarious behavior; there are lots of reasons they come about, and remedies for market concentration are not always simple or easy. But regardless of the cause, monopolies usually lead to stagnation. The left’s academic monopoly is the chief cause of the stagnation of the humanities and social sciences today."

"There are many distinct threads of liberal education in America that have been woven and rewoven over time in many different ways. As a result, nearly every college now existing can legitimately lay claim to a distinctive sort of liberal education. Generic descriptions simply cannot convey the variegated vitality of liberal education as it is lived on our many college campuses."

"…Regardless of the kind or duration of the computer use, the disconnected students performed better on a post-lecture quiz. The message of the study aligns pretty well with the evidence that multitasking degrades task performance across the board."