How to handle criticism, via the Beatles

… as when a reporter in L.A. says, “In a recent article, Time magazine put down pop music. They referred to ‘Day Tripper’ as being about a prostitute and ‘Norwegian Wood’ as being about a lesbian. And I just wanted to know what your intent was when you wrote it, and what your feeling is…

The social justice mob is now censoring research

Hard to believe this is happening in the U.S., you’d expect this kind of stuff from totalitarian regimes like China or North Korea. The end result will be scientists censoring themselves, especially graduate students and junior faculty who do not have the luxury of tenure. That’s really the goal of the mob: intimidating faculty into…

The “chart of the century”?

A thought-provoking chart, but I’m not sure this is the single-best chart of the century so far: Various observations that have been made about the huge divergence in price patterns over the last several decades include: a. The greater (lower) the degree of government involvement in the provision of a good or service the greater…

10% of reviewers are responsible for 50% of peer reviews

Data from the Global State of Peer Review report for 2013–17 68.5 million hours spent reviewing globally each year 16.4 days is the median review time 5 hours is the median time spent writing each review 477 words is the average length of review reports 10% of reviewers are responsible for 50% of peer reviews…

Beware the algorithm

One of my doc students studied Aviso‘s predictive analytic system on his campus, and compared their predictions to actual academic outcomes for students: he found almost no relationship. I suspect most of the early-alert systems being peddled in higher ed also have low predictive ability. But they sound cool! Law enforcement’s eagerness to use an…

Colleges publicly offer to match tuition at rival schools

This has been going on for years in secret, as institutions track the pricing of their peers (when I was in IR, the most common question I heard was, “What are other schools doing?”) and by negotiating privately with admitted students. Now it’s finally in the open: Escalating the heated battle for students, some private…

ASHE has become a woke joke

A colleague sent this to me. They searched the latest Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) conference program for the following terms, to see how many sessions came up: qualitative = 74 identity = 69 diversity = 46 inclusion = 27 oppress = 23 critical race = 22 privilege = 21 quantitative =…

Gary Pike and Jenny Lee are incompetent and disingenuous

The Review of Higher Ed has taken the unprecedented decision to suspend consideration of manuscripts due to a backlog of accepted manuscripts that need to be published over the next couple of years. The supposed reason? They are having a hard time finding reviewers (see here and here). A simple thought experiment shows why this…

“Social justice is … snitch culture”

From “I Was the Mob Until the Mob Came for Me”: In my previous life, I was a self-righteous social justice crusader. I would use my mid-sized Twitter and Facebook platforms to signal my wokeness on topics such as LGBT rights, rape culture, and racial injustice. Many of the opinions I held then are still…