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June 17, 1987 | Jack Smith
A college art professor's despairing acknowledgement that his students misspelled Gauguin as Gogan, Van Gogh as Van Gouge, Salvador Dali as Stevedore Dooley and Pablo Picasso as Pablum Picasso, has raised a question of whether art ought to be taught at all.
April 18, 2012 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
An investigation has found that Claremont McKenna College's former vice president for admission and financial aid acted alone in exaggerating freshmen SAT scores and other statistics, which boosted the school's national rankings, according to a report released Tuesday. The probe, conducted by the O'Melveny & Myers law firm for the college, reported that no individual student's record was altered — only aggregate scores and other data were changed. It also showed that not only were test scores manipulated, as was previously announced, but that class ranking statistics and other information also appeared to have been altered in ways to make the college look better than it was. The former vice president, Richard Vos, contended that he acted in response to intense pressure from Claremont McKenna President Pamela Gann to become a more selective college, the report said.
February 4, 2012
Jonathan Zimmerman's Jan. 31 Op-Ed article on colleges' inability to measure student learning prompted Viggo P. Hansen, a professor emeritus at Cal State Northridge, to write: "The question should not be whether students are learning but rather what they are learning. "Any dedicated student who has struggled and passed calculus, biology or computer engineering has achieved something highly demonstrative and measurable by all standards, including better heart transplants and more efficient machines: They have learned.
March 18, 1986 | LEONARD BERNSTEIN, Times Staff Writer
The "publish or perish" dilemma is taking its toll on the nation's college faculty members, most of whom prefer to spend their time teaching but feel compelled to conduct research to earn promotions and tenure, according to a survey by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The two-year survey of 5,000 college and university teachers showed that 69% of public school faculty members and 73% of those in private schools said that their "interests lie toward teaching, not research."
November 20, 2012 | Dalina Castellanos
A Southern California liberal arts college announced Monday that it has created the Robert Redford Conservancy for Southern California Sustainability, emulating the actor's penchant for combining art, media and environmental science to educate students about policymaking. Pitzer College, one of the first to launch an environmental studies program, teamed up with the actor and devoted preservationist known for his consistent and effective advocacy. The program will combine the school's core values of conservation and sustainability and blend it with its liberal arts and media curriculum.
May 31, 2003
Re "Adding a Dose of Fine Arts," May 24: It appears that medical school deans are deluding themselves that, somehow, art courses will turn medical students into better doctors. Medical school is all about great technical training. But becoming a good doctor depends on what you know besides medicine. A medical student, especially one who cuts his or her undergraduate career by two years by joining a so-called honors program, mentored by a physician who knows only diseases, drugs and baseball statistics, lacks maturity and breadth of education, something an art course will not improve.
July 3, 2011 | By Susan Salter Reynolds, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Ten Thousand Saints A Novel Eleanor Henderson Ecco: 400 pp., $26.99 "Ten Thousand Saints" is a whirling dervish of a first novel — a planet, a universe, a trip. As wild as that may sound, wonder of wonders, the book is also carefully and lovingly created, taking the reader far into the lives and souls of its characters and bringing them back out again, blinking in the bright light. It helps if you know the territory — New York's East Village and small-town Vermont, 1987 to 2006, but anyone can recognize the disorientation of the generation raised by hippies.
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