Higher ed news
Great to be back in the blogging world. I picked up two higher-education tips today in Phi Beta Cons, National Review Online's higher-education blog. The first is this item which reports that "Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) quietly has begun an investigation into six years of earmarks won by more than 100 colleges and universities, a sector that has collected billions in federal awards in recent years."
I wonder if UND and NDSU are on the senator's list, given all of the effort they've put into winning federal research grants? Efforts that I entirely support, by the way ... I think college towns are the growth centers for the 21st century in America, and that drawing research dollars is a smart strategy for economic development. As long as the efforts don't include what Coburn describes as "corruption (and) spending mismanagment," that is.
The second item points to this PDF document that claims a) that there is no shortage of engineers in the United States, and b) that reports of China and India's production of engineers have been greatly exaggerated. Interesting reading, if you're interested in curriculum issues facing UND and other schools with engineering programs.