Posted by Arjendu on May 31, 2011
(a) ” a Georgetown University study of the class of 2010 at the country’s 193 most selective colleges [shows] … that [a]s entering freshmen, only 15 percent of students came from the bottom half of the income distribution. Sixty-seven percent came from the highest-earning fourth of the distribution. These statistics mean that on many campuses affluent students outnumber middle-class students.” More thoughts on this issue, and what Amherst with its giant endowment has done about it.
(b) “The economic value of a bachelor’s degree varies by college major. New data from the U.S. Census Bureau show that median earnings run from $29,000 for counseling-psychology majors to $120,000 for petroleum-engineering majors. “ An interactive graphic from the Chronicle.
(c) “But now all sorts of well-established, multiply confirmed findings have started to look increasingly uncertain. It’s as if our facts were losing their truth: claims that have been enshrined in textbooks are suddenly unprovable. This phenomenon doesn’t yet have an official name, but it’s occurring across a wide range of fields, from psychology to ecology.” Read more http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2010/12/13/101213fa_fact_lehrer