A few quick links from out and about:
- Claremont McKenna ranks in the top twenty for placement with Teach for America. This, depending upon your point of view, is either great news or dreary. I'm convinced that Teach for America is actually quite bad (for students and for educational equity, not for the TFAers who seem to go to great careers notwithstanding) for reasons I explained in this essay.
- I share the sentiments that the Day $200 million gift will be the tail wags the liberal arts dog, but I salute the students and their average compensation package: $76,000 a year, not including bonus. Not bad for the first Master's class. Remember to be rich is to be glorious, at least, insofar as Pam Gann is concerned.
- Speaking of money, Insider Higher Ed featured a rather comprehensive article about how our school is ahead of the technological curve in soliciting donations from its alumni base. They erroneously refer to Lauren Wong (CMC '10) as Laura Wong, but hey, that's par for the course in today's online journalism. The Claremont Conservative certainly isn't immune from typos.
- The oh-so-authoritative Princeton Review tells us that the happiest students are at Brown, not at Claremont McKenna (as was true in years past). I'm not going to quibble with the methodology. No sir, not I. I will just point out that those Brown students are likely happier because 1) they have no real core and thus a poor man's liberal arts education 2) they got into the easiest Ivy and 3) they are in the "good" part of Providence. I could keep this going, but I'd like to retain the few friends I have at Brown.
- John David Alexander, former president of Pomona College, died the week past, according to The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin. Under his stewardship, Pomona's endowment increased from $24 million to $296 million, an increase of more than 10 times. He grew the faculty and built new buildings, too. (But President Gann, please take note: Says an associate, "He was very well informed and had an encyclopedic memory. He remembered details, facts and people." Mr. Alexander, RIP.