Minggu, 15 Maret 2015

What Is really a Research University?

Inside my last blog post I complained that a lot of highschool students pick schools based primarily on size. And the majority of those students only want to seem at schools which are large.

Here is how I vented : Do You Know about the Difference Between A College and University?

What’s more important, I argued, is really a school’s mission. Today, I‘d like to understand more about a little exactly what the mission is perfect for large research institutions.

Research Universities 

The prime mission of personal and state flagship research universities usually is to generate research and produce graduate students. Schools like Yale, UCLA, MIT, University of Wisconsin and also the University of Texas attract professors who enjoy stellar credential with their areas of research.

Undergraduates foot much from the tab for the expensive graduate programs as well as for star professors who rarely ever teach. While producing graduate students is labor intensive, it’s much cheaper to show undergrads simply since they could be taught in large lecture halls.

And guess who ends up interacting with one of these undergrads the foremost? Graduate students. Particularly inside the sciences, grad students often get their degrees at no cost and in return they teach undergraduates.

Does that arrangement mean that students who attend large universities, particularly state institutions, will certainly be corralled into large lecture-style classes for four (or even more ) years? In some instances, that’s exactly what’s visiting happen, although not in others.

You are able to learn loads about universities by reading a book that I’ve been recommending plenty, The Thinking Student’s Guide to College, which I wrote about inside a previous blog post.

Getting Personal Attention with a Research University 

How will you get personal attention in case you attend an investigation university?

Pursuing a significant that isn’t impacted can also result in smaller classes. Honor colleges within state universities could be a different way to avoid some monster lecture-hall courses to the brightest students. Here is where one can discover honor colleges.

It‘s also wise to contact faculty with a university — email is perhaps your very best bet — and request what‘s the average class size for introductory classes and what‘s the average class size once you will get within your major. It‘s also wise to ask students who attend the university and / or recently graduated this. They Might do not have motivation to buffalo you.

Earlier in 2012, I met a recent UCLA graduate, who had earned an English degree.  Among the first items that I asked him was just how many students were in her English classes. As the young man said his professors were smart, he shared that he were frustrated since the class sizes were too large. Even his upper-division English classes had a minimum of 100 students in them. Consequently, he never got to understand his professors.

The UCLA English major did smile, however, when he recalled the one class that he truly loved. He took a senior English seminar class with just 15 students. He said he worked so difficult in which class and thoroughly enjoyed it due to the intimate setting.

Undergraduates at Harvard 

You shouldn’t assume that because you attend a personal research university that the professors will certainly be more accessible and you also can skip lecture-style learning. I begin my book, The College Solution, having a story that appeared in The New York Times that focused on the movement at Harvard to enhance the undergraduate education. Here’s an excerpt :

A curious story appeared in The New York Times someday in regards to the university that’s the academic equivalent from the Yankees.

The art captured the concerns of faculty, who worry the teaching happening at Harvard University isn’t meeting the school’s own vaunted standards. Actually, a professor lamented that some undergraduates, after spending four years at Harvard, don’t know one faculty member well sufficient to inquire about a letter of advice. (This is actually the link to the storyline : Harvard Task Force Involves New Concentrate on Teaching and Not Just Research. )


One student, who had been interviewed, suggested that undergraduates ought to understand that professors are too focused on research that will put much effort into what happens inside the classroom.

“You’d be stupid in case you came to Harvard to the teaching, ” a Harvard senior and also a Rhodes scholar told the Times’ reporter. “You go to some liberal arts college for teaching. You arrived at Harvard to become around many of the greatest minds on this planet. ”

And he‘d more to mention : “I think some people (at Harvard ) spend a good deal of their amount of in time large lecture classes, have little direct connection with professors, and therefore are frustrated by poorly trained teaching fellows. ”

Rabu, 02 Juni 2010

Photo Wednesday: A world of ice and crystal

Today we awoke to find a breathtakingly beautiful morning of ice and crystal. It had dropped below freezing overnight, and the ice fairies had been out to play.
My five year old son said the world has been made fresh and clean and new again for us, after last week's floods and rain.

He told me he loves the world when it is so sparkly and pretty. I can't help but agree with him!

A single, frozen red rose signals the end of warmth and the beginning of winter.
My garden is decorated with ice flowers.
Ferns in my garden are sugar-coated with ice droplets.
...And thick ice gives old man's beards to the bark chips on our driveway.

And the frozen racecourse, covered with thick frost, now warms in sunstrike. The frost will soon be gone, replaced with yet another clear, bright, chilly winter day!

--You've taken the time to drop by: I'd love to hear your thoughts as well! Comments are really appreciated! Thanks!

Sabtu, 08 Mei 2010

I'll pay my extra four cents! The Emissions Trading Scheme

"We all cause emissions – we should all take action to reduce them. And we all face the consequences if others don’t act." - Climate Change Information, NZ Government Website
Back "home" in Australia

With the advent of former Australian Of The Year Tim Flannery voicing his deep upset at the Australian Labor Government's decision to shelve the Australian Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), I thought I'd find out a little more about our own ETS here in New Zealand.

Is it that bad? Will it really trash New Zealand's economy? Would Australia be similarly "devastated" if they implemented an ETS?

Sure, our economies are apples and oranges, but it is worth thinking about.

As an ex-Aussie, I'm in full agreement with Tim Flannery. Flannery called for reforms to ban big corporations from buying MPs' support through political donations. He thinks the reason the Australian Government has shelved its ETS plans is because if is getting paid big bucks from big, dirty, polluting business.

I'm right with Flannery. Australia's politicians have belonged to industry instead of the Aussie voter for far too long.
Ironically, Australia is meeting its pitiful Kyoto target, largely thanks to a clause that gives it credit for reducing emissions from land clearing.
This has hidden large emission increases from other sectors, particularly from energy generation, up 43 per cent since 1990.
Where are Aussie emissions coming from?

Those McMansions are taking their toll on our world - as are the bigger cars, bigger gadgets (think widescreen TVs - do you have one?), and bigger waistlines from chomping down on masses of CO2-producing dairy products, meat and packaged, processed junk.

I'm not suggesting that the householder is entirely the source of increased emissions. Increased exports, particularly coal, play a huge role. We're exporting millions of tonnes of the stuff to China and elsewhere, to power the world's factories, churning out everything from Bratz dolls to widescreen TVs.

So if Aussies point the finger at the Chinese (which I've heard a lot of them do), ask yourself: where do all those coal exports go that are making Australia rich? Australia doesn't ride on the sheep's back anymore. Instead, it cruises on a sea of export coal and uranium. The truth is very, very dirty.
And who is buying all those plastic widgets "Made In China" that are increasing China's emissions daily?

You don't think every Chinese factory worker has an Ipod, a laptop, and a flat screen TV?
I guess I'm one Aussie girl who is no longer proud to call Australia home. I'm with Flannery, and I'm deeply ashamed.
Meanwhile, in New Zealand
So what's the story, here in New Zealand?
We trade ourselves on our "clean and green" image - but how true is that image?
We do have an ETS, and it is getting a lot of publicity in the papers at the moment, because no-one wants it, except a few die hard greenies who can see the point of not boiling the planet. Like me.
The real cost to the consumer? In petrol costs, a measly 4c a litre at the petrol pump (about 1c per gallon). And an increase in the price of electricity of about five per cent or so.

Now yes, these are real dollars. But what does that work out to in real expense?
Petrol: My car's tank is just over 40 litres. It will cost me $1.60 more to fill my car with the ETS in place.
Electricity: Our last electricity bill was about $50. With the ETS in place, it will cost us $52.50.

We're not talking huge dollars here. The Opposition is saying the ETS is going to financially devastate New Zealand.
I just can't see that happening on a few dollars a week.
Balancing the budget
In the end, all budgets are a balancing act. If we're going to be charged in one direction, people will simply spend less elsewhere.
Probably on Chinese imports made by Australian coal!
Whether it is the obvious cost-cutters of driving less or using less electricity, or foregoing the regular coffee at the local cafe, people will make changes and compensate if they need to.
I do agree that we have a lot of poor people who will be hurt by this - people who do not have a lot of leeway in their budgets.
But I figure that petrol is going to get more expensive anyway - it's just a matter of time and degree.
And the ETS will encourage our government to build more renewables, which is good for our air and water quality, for long term jobs, and for the planet.
Can Australia afford a similar scheme? My question is, can the world afford for it not to?
The way I see it, if other countries are doing our bit and putting ETSs in place, why should Australia continue polluting freely?
Other countries are going to start putting tarriffs in place against these big, dirty countries that seem to think it is their right to foul up our world, and not think twice.
Now, there's something I know a few New Zealanders would vote for!
So where is New Zealand headed? There is talk that our current National Government might shelve the ETS too, following Australia's bright and ambitious lead (can you pick my sarcasm?), although our Prime Minister denies this.
Let's hope the ETS is here to stay.
I'm not suggesting that the ETS is brilliant, but until people are willing to make voluntary cuts in their emissions, something like this is necessary.
--You've taken the time to drop by: I'd love to hear your thoughts as well! Comments are really appreciated! Thanks!

Senin, 18 Juni 2007

Have you noticed how bookshops have taken the place libraries used to hold?

It's true. These days, so many people I know go to the bookshop when they want to read something new. They don't even think of going to the library. It doesn't even occur to them. 

How has this happened? I really don't know. But it's just another branch of consumerism, and all those books that we read just once become clutter in our lives, collecting dust on shelves in our homes. And then we need bigger and bigger homes to store all those books in that we hardly read anyway, because we're all too busy earning the money to pay for the books that we hardly even bothered to read more than once. 

The logic is twisted.

So go join a library. When a new book comes out that you want to read, check online in the library catalogues before rushing to the bookshop for your own personal copy. You'll save a huge amount of money over the years.

And while you're at it, why not take along those books you hardly read any more, and donate them to the library, so others can read them as well!

Sabtu, 16 Juni 2007

TIP: The 'No Junk Mail' sticker

One of the best ways to cut the clutter is to stop buying stuff. And one of the fastest ways to cut down on buying stuff is to quit the junk mail habit.

If you don't have one already, now is the time to fix one of those 'No Junk Mail' stickers to your letterbox. Organizations like The Wilderness Society and Greenpeace sell these stickers very cheaply, and they will save you a lot of money by preventing you from buying spur-of-the-moment purchases.

CLEANING: Pots and pans

As part of the cluttercut, not having to buy new things is a BIG bonus. And when you can save old things that you thought were past repair, that's great for your wallet and the planet as well.

So CLUTTERCUT will feature a series on cleaning tips as well as clutter cutting tips.

Pots and pans:
Put a little baking soda in the bottom of the pot or pan to be salvaged, bring it to the boil, then let it soak overnight. The pan can then be cleaned back to its original condition.
This trick will save even the most 'past-it' pots and pans. Give it a try!

Senin, 11 Juni 2007

TIP: Swap kids clothes!

I have two small children. At the time of writing, my son is 2 1/2 and my daughter is four months old.
As most parents will know, kids clothes are very strongly gendered. Boys clothes are really, really boyish. They have trucks, cars and other male icons all over them. Girls clothes - well, they're just so pink. So as you can imagine, most of my son's clothes are unsuitable for wearing by my little girl. Which sucks.

At my local play group, some of the Mums have the same problem, reversed. They have an older daughter and a younger son.

So we've got smart. Every few weeks, we allocate a swap day, bring our kids outgrown clothes, and swap our stuff. Sometimes a little cash changes hands, but mostly its just item for item. Tax-free, easy, and no Ebay fees or postage.

It works beautifully. We all get to clear out those outgrown clothes that are no good to us, and come away with great clothes for our younger kids, most of which is still in excellent condition. Young kids very rarely wear stuff out - they are still growing so fast that the clothes are outgrown long before any wear and tear can take its toll.

So if you're a parent with fast-growing kids, why not approach the parents at your local play group, Church group or kinder, and do the same? We're not only clearing out all the outgrown clothes which would easily become clutter, we're saving a great deal of money by not having to buy new stuff for our kids. If your group needs a fundraiser, you can always create an 'exchange fee' of a few cents per item every time an item changes hands too. Much easier and healthier than selling chocolates!