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UHP Student Advisor – Adam Weiner

22 Mar

Adam Weiner, CCAS '11

Adam Weiner
Adam_w@gwmail.gwu.edu
CCAS’11 –  Political Science major, Religion minor
Arlington Heights, IL

Hello, my name is Adam Weiner and I’m a senior in Columbian majoring in Political Science and minoring in Religion. I’m from a Chicago suburb but because of family connections and travel I support sports teams from Green Bay, New York, Chicago, DC and Marseille, France (where I spent my junior year). In addition to sports, I’m a devoted lover of movies, geography, The Economist, cities, Sporcle, rankings and lists. My favorite parts of the Honors program are the small, discussion-based classes, professors who both know me and care about my learning experience and the bonds I’ve formed with other Honors students. Free food is pretty nice, too.

Advising areas: Political science/religion academic interests, study abroad, finding/performing/balancing internships (campaigns, non-profits, government), study habits

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Will US Universities Go the Way of US Car Companies? [Good Article]

17 Sep

Is that Franny Dee?!

Yikes!  This article in the Economist suggests some disturbing trends in the American university scene might be indicators of an unsustainable academic path.  The argument: too much spending and too little academic rigor will be the death of the American university.  They even call out GWU by name!

From the article:

The big problem is that high-status institutions such as universities tend to compete with each other on academic reputation (which is enhanced by star professors) and bling (luxurious dormitories and fancy sports stadiums) rather than value for money. This starts at the top: Yale would never dream of competing with Harvard on price. But it also extends to second-division universities: George Washington University has made itself fashionable by charging students more and spending lavishly on its facilities.

It’s no secret that GW has amazing dorms and some pretty nice facilities — but I don’t think these things come at the expense of quality education or professor interest in student welfare.  The article goes on to say:

As costs soar, diligence is tumbling. In 1961 full-time students in four-year colleges spent 24 hours a week studying; that has fallen to 14, estimates the AEI. Drop-out and deferment rates are also hair-curling: only 40% of students graduate in four years.

The most plausible explanation is that professors are not particularly interested in students’ welfare. Promotion and tenure depend on published research, not good teaching. Professors strike an implicit bargain with their students: we will give you light workloads and inflated grades so long as you leave us alone to do our research.

Do you think this is true?  Sure, UHPers are a special class of student, and our professors are top-notch.  But are we just the privileged few?

Read the full article here.

And for a little perspective, GW’s efforts with the Innovation Task Force could save the University up to $11.5 million.

(H/T to Sean for the article)

What if countries could move like people?

21 May

The Economist

Check out The Economist to see an animated/narrated map of Europe being rearranged.

See it all here!