Academy strikes back: the fight for ‘useless’ knowledge starts here

Posted in Life on October 1st, 2009 by steve

UK“When I spoke recently on a panel organised for the new group of American Fulbright Scholars, I warned them not to mention their official title in public. In the UK, being a scholar is considered ‘a bit dodgy’; expect to be derided as outmoded, aloof, irrelevant. Politicians belittle bumbling boffins and self-indulgent bluestockings ensconced in libraries, surrounded by dusty books on the Ming dynasty or trilobites: what a waste of public money. Forget being a ‘curiosity-driven’ scholar; become a thoroughly modern ‘impact’ researcher, contributing to the economic and social wellbeing of the nation. Was I caricaturing British academic life? …” (more)

[Claire Fox, Times Higher Education, 1 October]


Estimating the Social Value of Higher Education

Posted in Life on May 13th, 2009 by steve

USAEstimating the Social Value of Higher Education: Willingness to Pay for Community and Technical Colleges by Glenn C. Blomquist, Paul A. Coomes, Christopher Jepsen, Brandon C. Koford, Kenneth Troske (March 2009). Abstract: Much is known about private returns to education in the form of higher earnings. Less is known about social value, over and above the private, market value. Associations between education and socially-desirable outcomes are strong, but disentangling the effect of education from other causal factors is challenging. The purpose of this paper is to estimate the social value of one form of higher education …” (more)

[Liam Delaney, Geary Behavioural Economics Blog, 12 May]