Thursday, July 3, 2014

Dirks: "You know, the tradition at Columbia is that you read Aristotle and then you go to Goldman Sachs," he said. "And the dream at Berkeley is to do social work and then go work for Google or Facebook." --and: Only 60 English Majors at Stanford?

The Atlantic: UC Berkeley's Chancellor on the Career Paths of Elite Collegians

"You know, the tradition at Columbia is that you read Aristotle and then you go to Goldman Sachs," he said. "And the dream at Berkeley is to do social work and then go work for Google or Facebook."

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He also noted the decline in English majors at his rival institution:

At Berkeley we often compare ourselves, or at least we look across the bay, at Stanford... and it turns out that this year, there are only 60 English majors at Stanford.


the panel he was on description: There has been a lively debate about the purposes of a higher education and the degree to which it is about acquiring skills for employment, versus meeting personal and societal objectives for fulfillment and civic participation. This panel will explore the issue from the point of view of whether and how the humanities in the undergraduate curriculum contribute to both goals, and how well today's institutions of higher learning are prepared to fulfill the humanities' promise.

Featuring:
Christina Paxson
Nicholas Dirks
David Brooks
Carol Quillen

and here's brief video clips-


and


they did not post the full talk - but if they do -- will add it below.


also:
Duncan on Higher Ed- he talks about CA Higher Ed and CA teachers (esp. at the 43:00 mark) too.


then see Changing Universities on the presentation here- which adds in the Larry Summers, Lepore-Christensen elements in this post: Arne Duncan, Larry Summers, and the Higher Education Myth



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that '60 English majors at Stanford' factoid was a surprise to some...
btw US Senator Harkin mentions his shock to find out recently that US military academies do not fall under Clery or Title IX - it comes up repeatedly in the Title IX video - it's the video at the top of this post available here.
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PS and this kind of quiet update: Whistle-blower in University of North Carolina paper class case files lawsuit

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