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June 5, 2011 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
The Secret Knowledge On the Dismantling of American Culture David Mamet Sentinel: 242 pp., $27.95 David Mamet's "The Secret Knowledge: On the Dismantling of American Culture" comes with a built-in get-out-of-jail-free card: Dispute it and you're part of the problem, a defender of the liberal orthodoxy. Such is the case, I suppose, with any polemic, but here the author is especially adamant. "The struggle of the Left to rationalize its positions is an intolerable, Sisyphean burden.
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.
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.
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.
April 23, 2010 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
Sharon L. Sievers, a history professor who helped pioneer women's studies at Cal State Long Beach in the early 1970s and with others later sued the university to preserve the program, has died. She was 71. Sievers, who also was a noted scholar of Japanese history, died April 5 at her Long Beach home after a long illness, said Nancy Quam-Wickham, who followed her as chairwoman of the university's history department. After joining Cal State Long Beach in 1968, Sievers spent her entire 40-year academic career there.
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.
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