One Thought To Start Your Day
It’s the end of the year for us at HESA Towers today (at least as far as blogging goes). I know in the Scottish tradition, you’re supposed to use the end of the year for memories, but I kind of prefer the Japanese tradition of Bonenkai, or “forget-the-year”: basically, wipe out as many brain cells with alcohol and start the new year fresh.
So, with that in mind, let’s look forward to 2018. What should we expect?
Well, I think … [ Read More ]
All the really interesting news about tuition these days is happening south of the equator–let’s catch up.
Chile. When last we checked in on things in Santiago, we noted how President Bachelet’s gratuidad program had kind of foundered on the rocks of reality. Having brought in free fees for the students in the bottom six income deciles at a cost of 607 billion pesos (roughly $1.25B Canadian), it turned out that the additional cost to make education free for the top four deciles … [ Read More ]
The first budget of the rather short-lived Paul Martin administration introduced a fairly cool idea to Canadian policy: the Canada Learning Bond (CLB). The idea built on some the then-trendy work of American sociologist Michael Sherraden (among others) around asset-based solutions to poverty. Basically, the idea was that one of the reasons middle-class people act middle-class is that that they have a specific set of time-preferences; on the whole, working-class individuals tend to have shorter time-preferences and hence are less … [ Read More ]
I am getting pretty sick of AI hype. It’s not that I think AI is without value or a mirage or anything, but I think people are getting weirdly reluctant to challenge even the most obviously nonsensical claims about the industry. But, since apparently others don’t seem to want to play skeptic on this, I guess I’m “it”. So here goes:
My critique of current AI-mania is basically three-fold.
The Term Artificial Intelligence is Being Stretched Beyond Meaningful Use
This … [ Read More ]
Last week, I wrote a piece about how the professoriate is aging and how these aging professors are taking up an increasing fraction of university budgets. My back of the envelope calculation suggested that for the extra $1.15 billion we are spending on this group compared to 15 years ago, we might be able to hire as many as 10,000 new, younger profs and thus help renew the professoriate.
(To be clear this would not mean 10,000 extra professors, it would mean a little … [ Read More ]