Barbara Kahn of the Wharton School says, “Cards that don’t make sense for someone’s life won’t be bought in today’s world, so looking for an underserved segment is a terrific growth opportunity.”
Penn Daily News Service | Apr 29, 2016
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Research about college affordability led by the Institute for Research on Higher Education in the Graduate School of Education is cited.
John Zhang of the Wharton School comments on plummeting Apple iPhone sales in China.
Undergraduate Alfredo Muniz is featured as one of the 2016 President’s Innovation Prize winners.
Noteworthy in Higher Education
Pennsylvania State University is rethinking how it trains future faculty members after doctoral students flocked to a crash course in online teaching. The university had hoped its free, noncredit certificate program, which launched in September, would attract about 30 students interested in developing their online teaching skills. Instead, the program beat that target by a factor of ten. The university is now planning to change its existing professional development program to fit the new course’s mold, emphasizing skills-based education over seat time. Laurence B. Boggess, director of faculty development for Penn State World Campus, the institution’s online degree and certificate division, said the interest in the program suggests this generation of graduate students sees online teaching experience as a core skill as they enter the job market.
Yale University’s decision Wednesday to keep the name of John C. Calhoun, a vocal supporter of slavery, on a residential college touched off a widespread, passionate reaction on a campus that has been roiled by racial tension for much of the academic year. Most of the response from students on social media seemed negative. But a diversity of views had emerged during a series of forums designed to solicit student feedback on the controversial name, said Kimberly M. Goff-Crews, secretary and vice president for student life, in an interview with The Chronicle.
In death, the late Antonin G. Scalia has sparked the sort of controversy that annoyed him while he was alive, a campus backlash against the perceived influence of conservatives on a public university. By agreeing to rename its law school after the U.S. Supreme Court justice at the behest of an anonymous donor of $20 million, George Mason University has inadvertently provided a flash point uniting several groups on campus with varying agendas. They include student activists who have been critical of their institution’s involvement with the Charles Koch Foundation, which provided an additional $10 million to the law school, as well as faculty members who accuse administrators there of giving big donors too much sway and others who have objected to Justice Scalia’s stands on social issues.
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