College House and Academic Services’ Marty Redman talks about students who request single rooms in college houses. Undergraduates Antoinette Radcliffe and David Glanzman comment on their experiences.
Penn Daily News Service | Oct 1, 2014
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Peter Cappelli of the Wharton School discusses online application systems and employers’ creative ways to hire and train employees.
Richard Schwab of the Perelman School of Medicine says, “Tongue size is one of the physical features that should be evaluated by a physician when screening obese patients to determine their risk for obstructive sleep apnea.”
Danielle Bassett of the School of Engineering and Applied Science is interviewed.
Penn Medicine is highlighted for developing apps, such as Connexus, that assist doctors and nurses with patient data.
Laura Perna of the Graduate School of Education comments on supporting students while they use online learning tools.
Noteworthy in Higher Education
With elite colleges under growing pressure to enroll more low-income students, the University of Chicago is taking a series of rare steps to make applying faster, simpler and cheaper, and to make studying there more affordable. The package of measures, to be announced Wednesday, includes several that are highly unusual, like eliminating the expectation that low- and middle-income students take jobs during the academic year, guaranteeing them paid summer internships after their first year in college and providing them career counseling beginning in that first year.
MOOC fever is cooling, at least among campus information-technology administrators, according to the 2014 edition of the Campus Computing Survey, an annual report on technology in higher education. While a little more than half of last year’s respondents thought MOOCs “offer a viable model for the effective delivery of online instruction,” just 38 percent of this year’s participants agreed with that statement. And only 19 percent of respondents in 2014 said MOOCs could generate new revenue for colleges, down from 29 percent last fall.
Elizabeth Garrett, the provost of the University of Southern California, will become the next president of Cornell University, the first woman to hold that position, Cornell announced on Tuesday. Ms. Garrett, 51, will succeed David J. Skorton, who had previously announced that he planned to step down at the end of June to lead the Smithsonian Institution. Announcing Ms. Garrett’s appointment, Robert S. Harrison, chairman of the Cornell board of trustees, said, “I could not be more certain that we have found the perfect person in Beth Garrett.”
As she marks her first anniversary as UC system president, Janet Napolitano on Tuesday said she wants to tackle the controversial issue of whether some of the nine undergraduate UC campuses are enrolling too many students from other states and countries. Napolitano said she and the campus chancellors in the next few months would study “what is the right balance of out-of-state and international enrollment.” The numbers of non-Californians at UCLA and UC Berkeley, in particular, “may be at about as maximum as they can be,” she said in an interview with The Times. But she said it was premature to discuss specific ceilings on such enrollments until the study was finished.
Last September, Wellesley College found itself embroiled in a debate about academic freedom in China. Led by Thomas Cushman, a sociologist at the college, a group of faculty members rallied support for a Peking University professor who said he was under fire for his political views. Mr. Cushman and others argued that the high-profile case raised questions about Wellesley’s work in China and challenged the administration to reconsider a nascent partnership with Peking.
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