Posts Tagged ‘education’

Scratch – Imagine, Program, Share

January 31, 2015

Leon Botstein and the Future of Bard College

October 24, 2014

Pictures from an Institution Interesting fact on #Bard College: Leon Botstein became president decades ago at 23

Leon Botstein made Bard College what it is, but can he insure that it
outlasts him?Profiles SEPTEMBER 29, 2014 ISSUE

Botstein graduated from high school at sixteen and went to the
University of Chicago, where he majored in history and founded the
school’s chamber orchestra. He began Ph.D. studies at Harvard,
focussing on the social history of modernist music in Vienna. In
Cambridge, he met his first wife, with whom he had two daughters. (He
has two more children from his second marriage.) In 1970, having left
Harvard to be a special assistant to the president of the New York
City Board of Education, Botstein took a job as president of Franconia
College, a small, now defunct institution in New Hampshire, run out of
a former resort hotel. At twenty-three, he was the youngest college
president that America had ever had. A 1971 profile that ran in
Playboy described him as “a bespectacled, long-haired youth” and
included a photo of him, in a rumpled shirt and a paisley tie, next to
an office door marked “President” in a curiously Tolkienesque font.

December, 2013, after a three-month review, Moody’s Investors Service
downgraded Bard’s bond rating three notches and revised its outlook to
“negative.” The Moody’s report cited Bard’s “exceedingly thin
liquidity with full draw on operating lines of credit,” “weak
documentation and transparency,” “willingness to fund operations and
projects prior to payment on pledges,” and “growing dependence on cash
gifts.” (The report found that in 2012 and 2013 more than forty per
cent of annual operating revenues came from gifts. Among other small
private colleges, about seven per cent is typical.) Six months
earlier, Bard had had monthly liquidity of $7.1 million—equal to just
two weeks’ worth of operating costs. Bard is highly leveraged,
carrying a hundred and sixty million dollars of debt, which is close
to its operating budget of a hundred and eighty-five million. The
undergraduate endowment (eighty million dollars) is a tenth that of
Vassar, a school that is comparable to Bard in both size and age and
is one Amtrak stop to the south.


Rebecca Mead: A Chicken Club at Avenues : The New Yorker

January 18, 2014



JANUARY 6, 2014

New venture for ex-Yale president: Chicken Club at Avenues HT @colinbmurphy #education

MOOC on bioinformatics

September 30, 2013

Pavel Pevzner is starting a MOOC on Bioinformatics in Coursera ( and 23 & me is starting a MOOC on genomics in udacity

The college class that could reveal your real father –

September 18, 2013

Stuart Kim’s #Personalgenomics class @Stanford: The college class that could reveal your real father via @lindaavey


August 24, 2013

URLs for a couple of courses recommended on Coursera:

Parallel Programming – especially with GPUs (Wenmei Hwu, UIUC):

Machine Learning (Andrew Ng, Stanford):

Historians Seek a Delay in Posting Dissertations –

July 30, 2013

Debate rages over availability of history dissertations in NYT: Does a 6-year embargo make sense? via @ivanoransky

Universities Offer Courses in a Hot New Field – Data Science –

July 28, 2013

MT @KromerBigData: #DataScience in @nytimes McKinsey says ~60% more in field needed for ~500K new jobs in 5yrs

QT:”As an academic field, it cuts across disciplines, with courses in statistics, analytics, computer science and math, coupled with the specialty a student wants to analyze, from patterns in marine life to historical texts.”

QT:”Universities can hardly turn out data scientists fast enough. To meet demand from employers, the United States will need to increase the number of graduates with skills handling large amounts of data by as much as 60 percent, according to a report by McKinsey Global Institute. There will be almost half a million jobs in five years, and a shortage of up to 190,000 qualified data scientists, plus a need for 1.5 million executives and support staff who have an understanding of data.”

Should Colleges Consider Legacies in the Admissions Process? –

July 5, 2012

Should Tenure for College Professors Be Abolished? –

July 1, 2012