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May 17, 1987 | NANCY RIVERA BROOKS, Times Staff Writer and
It goes with the cap and gown, that much-dreaded annual ritual called "the job hunt." But this year, the rules and rhythm of the job search game for new college graduates are ever-so-slightly changing. For starters, job-hungry liberal arts graduates who worry that they will wind up pumping gas are likely instead to find that demand is up for their talents.
November 20, 2010 | By Rick Rojas, Los Angeles Times
Sandwiched between a time of squirming under parental control and the tethers of a career, college often means freedom for young people to begin a search for who they are and what they believe. For some, that may be just a quest for the nearest party. Yet for many students, college is a time to develop spiritually in ways that can endure after they've finished school, a new long-term study has found. "It kind of opens the student's mind," Alexander Astin, one of the study's authors and a professor emeritus of higher education at UCLA, said of the college experience.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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