Notes toward the definition of a website

[I’m teaching a course in web content and management.  The major project is a building a website for a client, and this include a creative brief which lays out the plan for the site in terms of the clients needs and expectations.  I didn’t want to give them a template, but wanted them to create their own plan.  Unfortunately, the rough drafts were not adequate so I gave them some guidelines for revision.]
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Rethinking the liberal arts university in an age of uncertainty

While many have warned that higher education is a bubble about to burst, fewer have advocated specific, integrated steps to reinvent it.  The situation calls for drastic measures, however, particularly for private liberal arts institutions where public dollars are limited and expected to decline. Continue reading


The Root Cause of Market Failure In Higher Education

RealClearMarkets – The Root Cause of Market Failure In Higher Education.

College participation rates will have to go back down to historical norms. Slots will have to be reserved for students that can actually profit from them, restoring graduation rates to where they were before colleges were flooded with people who don’t belong there, including illiterate freeloaders. Selection will have to be based on merit, not social engineering. Loans will have to be restricted to majors that confer capacity to pay the loans back. Dead-end programs used to train the next generation of professors – whose only skill will be to teach more such dead-end programs – will have to be limited, funded not by taxpayers but by ideological philanthropists with a hankering for fineries like literary criticism and gender studies.

This may seem like common sense to most people, but it strikes horror into the hearts of the liberal professoriate. After years of feathering their nests so they can produce students trained only to bite the hand that feeds them, perhaps it’s time to serve up a few helpings of horror. We can no longer afford to take the snobbery of academics seriously. Taxpayers just don’t have the money to keep them or their young acolytes on the dole.

STUDENT DEBT: America’s Next Bubble?

Figures provided by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York show that since 1999, outstanding student loan debt has grown by more than 511 percent. Over that same period, all other household debt in America – the sum total of all credit card bills, all auto loans, even all mortgage debt assumed during the great housing boom and bust that triggered the financial crisis – grew by about 100 percent.

Rising by $100 billion a year, outstanding student loan debt now stands at about $930 billion, and is expected to reach $1 trillion by year’s end.

“Student loan debt has become a macroeconomic factor; it affects the economy,” said Mark Kantrowitz, publisher of the financial aid website “Students who graduate with excessive debt are more likely to delay buying a car, buying a house, getting married, having children, saving for their retirement….They’re spending less because they first have to tackle their student loan debt.”

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A Trojan Horse in “Higher” Education | Front Porch Republic

The life and health of the world—that one value of which Wendell Berry wrote long ago in “Discipline and Hope”—have not improved since the advent of standardized testing or the opening of universities to everyone with a pulse. And still every year hordes of credulous young people are told to part with good money, most of it borrowed, that for many of them could be better spent in other endeavors. In most cases the result of all that spending is not an educated person; it is a graduated person

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