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    TA MUG iconThis LEDE is a new feature on THE Ave.  The lede in a newspaper is the paragraph that initially draws readers into a story. On THE-Ave.US, stories can be spread across  many posts so we will use ledes to draw your attention to stories about specific topics or to authors who write here on TA.

    For example, you can click here for stories about the UW or here for timely stories about the presidency under Mitt Romney.

  • SUNDAY REVELATIONS

    ST PAUL ICONEvery Sunday, THE Ave begins with a story about religion. Sometimes these are quotes from one of the bibles, other times they stories about how religious and anti religious people behave. Hopefully there is enough balance to please, offend, or stimulate folks who care about what is done in the name or names of deities. READMORE HERE.

  • SOUTH CAROLINA

    Some months BBQ SC ago I started writing about South Carolina.  In part I started because of the fight between that state and Washington state about jobs for Boeing.  What I have found is almost unbelievable.  The cradle of the confederacy, remains almost incredibly foreign to any place I have lived.  Teen births, gun abuse, anti union laws, racism, … I have relatives who chose to live there but I doubt I would ever want to visit their home. CLICK the BBQ guy to readmore.

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    mR sMITH GOES TO THE uwThe UW was and is the soil from which THE Ave developed.  This lede will take you to stories about the UW … the athletic department’s budget, the lack of free speech on campus, the achievements of the UW that do not get heralded, relations with the city and state, and more. Recent stories have dealt wit a very strange fight over the UW logo.

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    Roger RabbitRoger is our resident Chief Justice of the cabbage patch.  A former judge and a former journalist, this furry creature is cynical about most things, legalistic about law, and even .. at times … good at making fun.

  • LEGAL THUGS

    legal thuggeryLegal thugs …. they are a pestilence.  I found the lady here watching at the edge of a labor meeting in Seattle.  Who was she?  From her clothing, manicured nails and skeptical posture I took her for some corporate type, perhaps a corporate lawyer looking for an edge.   Lawyers working for corporations seem to be pretty good at that and pretty bad at any sense of ethics.  Indeed, I believe Law 101 teaches them that the first principle of the law is that “it is OK if you can get away with it.” This may be a caricature but I have been collecting stories about lawyers who use perjury as a device, extort money from targets afraid of the costs of law suits, hold forth while hiding under fictions that they are not acting as lawyers, and much more.   Read about this under the tag for legal thuggery.

Posts Tagged ‘WGU’

September 27th, 2014 - 9:42 am § in Academic Standards, America, Schools & Colleges

Shall We End Tenure?

AAUP cross postThe President of the UW AAUP, Rob Wood,  addressed the non tenure issues at UWB and UWT as a labor issue.  (see below) I suggest that he is missing the point. There are two critical questions :   1. Are UWB and UWT vocational schools or research campuses?  Despite the quality of faculty at[...]

September 14th, 2014 - 4:35 pm § in Misc.

A WGU Student Defends Her School

I have written much that is critical of WGU, a supposedly non profit on line school that eschews faculty and nourished its admins with very high salaries and other perks. My main concern is not with the money taken in by these people but with the harm done to students getting a poor education. A [&h[...]

April 23rd, 2014 - 3:56 am § in Academic Standards, Schools & Colleges, The Ave Scene

AAUP: Universal Scholarships?

Untitled-1Huskies husky diploma UWLast week, over n the AAUP listserv. Robert Wood referred to an NPR article describing a program in Michigan where philanthropists in Kalamazoo fund universal college tuition. Rob asked, “Imagine if we were able to set one of these funds up statewide in Washington? How much would it cost?  [...]

April 16th, 2014 - 3:24 am § in Misc.

How does WGU teach the nurses to give an online sitz bath?

NURSING DEGREES ON LINE YAY![...]

April 10th, 2014 - 9:53 am § in Misc.

What $10,000 Can Buy In A College Degree

Historically, academic degrees were created to recognize expertise in religion, law, and government.  The terms “Rabbi” and “Doctor” were both pathways to careers dependent on book learning.  Similar titles recognized elite expertise in Confucian, Islamic  and Buddhist cou[...]

March 6th, 2014 - 4:45 am § in Misc.

For-Profit College Chain Accused Of Creating Fake Jobs; WGU “Non Profit” Washington State School Does Not Disclose These Numbers

Why does Western Governors University NOT have to disclose  its profits or job rates? I do not understand the obsession with the words “non profit.”  Huff Post reports that  Corinthian Colleges Inc., has been inflating the numbers on how many of its grads get jobs.  Meanwhile, West[...]

February 5th, 2014 - 3:04 am § in Misc.

GOVERNORS UNIVERSITY GETS PRESTIGOUS AWARD

  WESTERN GOVERNORS UNIVERSITY GETS KOWSITALL AWARD! They certainly have been trying to earn this award for academic arrogance. After nearly two years I still can not get answers to questions from any source that supports Western Governors University about how WGU even qualifies as a university whi[...]

January 27th, 2014 - 4:30 am § in Academic Standards, Politics, Schools & Colleges, Washington State

UPDATE: A Response to OpEds on GWU

Public-University Group Offers Alternative to Obama’s College-Rating Plan                                          This article in The Chronicle raises the very important issue of standards.  Sadly, while this debate is being focused n universities tha[...]

January 25th, 2014 - 12:20 pm § in Misc.

Even Better than WGU

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January 22nd, 2014 - 3:26 am § in Academic Standards, Schools & Colleges

Are MOOCs a failure?

Academics to Udacity Founder: Told Ya In a magazine profile, Sebastian Thrun says MOOCs are a “lousy product” to use for educating under prepared college students. My own suspicion is that MOOCs, like textbooks or any other toll, work best with students who are able to study on their own. The da[...]