On the October 5, 2010 edition of #CollegeChat at 6 pm Pacific/9 pm Eastern we will be discussing three hot topics in higher education right now:
1. Should College Athletics be on the Chopping Block?
With UC Berekely being just the latest school to announce cuts to their athletic program, the question is does “Athletics” have a place in college today? Background reading >“the New York Times Cal-Berkeley Cuts 5 Athletic Programs” and Newsweek’s “The Case Against College Athletic Recruiting”.
2. Should Legacy Admissions be Stopped?
According to Richard D. Kahlenberg in his recent commentary in The Chronicle of Higher Education titled “10 Myths About Legacy Preferences in College Admissions” :
Legacy preferences, which provide a leg up in college admissions to applicants who are the offspring of alumni, are employed at almost three-quarters of selective research universities and virtually all elite liberal-arts colleges. Yet legacy preferences have received relatively little public attention, especially when compared with race-based affirmative-action programs, which have given rise to hundreds of books and law-review articles, numerous court decisions, and several state initiatives to ban the practice.
3. Is it time for 3 year Degrees? What are the Pros and Cons?
Background reading> “UMass will Offer 3 Year Degree Plan”
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