March 13, 2013

Scott Jaschik on University Rankings

In the past two weeks, the two biggest university ranking surveys - from the Times Higher Education and the US News & World Report - were released. The news was mixed for the University of Illinois. The school finished #24 on the THE world poll, ahead of such heavyweights as the London School of Economics and Carnegie Mellon University. But the law school placed 47th in the US News ranking, a lowly spot for a school that was once finished consistently in the top twenty. These rankings cause a lot of consternation, since they can affect fundraising efforts, and attempts to recruit high-achieving new students. But according to Scott Jaschik, editor of Inside Higher Ed, both surveys have serious problems.

Music - The Beach Boys, "Be True to Your School"

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The Confucius Institute may be coming to the University of Illinois
February 08, 2013

The University of Illinois Teams up with China

The University of Illinois is proposing a joint venture with the Chinese Department of Education to set up a Confucius Institute, for the study of Chinese language and culture. There are institutes like this at colleges all over the Midwest, but they are also controversial. Some people are uncomfortable with working so closely with the Chinese government, while more conspiracy minded people believe the institutes are a covert form of spying. Wolfgang Schlör from the university joins us to discuss the proposal.

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