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Organizing Undergrad 101?

I need a class on how to be organized before I start my degree this Fall! Sadly, no one actually teaches organizing undergrad 101 so I'm relying on Metafilter for all your best tips and tricks! [more inside]
posted by Liger on Jun 14, 2015 - 15 answers

How can I tell teachers in Ontario (Canada) about a cool program?

I want a cheap/free way to do outreach to high school teachers in Ontario. I want to promote an alternative university program where they can steer students with potential but not great grades. [more inside]
posted by Frenchy67 on May 27, 2015 - 3 answers

Movies with studying montages for end-of-term blues

Hey, my spring term is almost over, and its been kind of brutal! But I rewatched Real Genius last night and am feeling pretty okay about things again. What are some similar movies I can stockpile for future terms? Setting should be university, or maybe something post-university with a research/impossible-thing-to-build-but-hey-they-build-it-anyway angle.
posted by curious nu on May 23, 2015 - 8 answers

Dual Citizenship Dilemma

My Mom was born in Portugal. I was born in Canada. I can get my Portuguese Citizenship. But will that keep me from getting a job in Astronomy? [more inside]
posted by Liger on May 16, 2015 - 8 answers

Present for someone into festivals, food, comics, drama and hospitality

My lovely brother is graduating from university in southern California, and I'd like to get him something special, reasonably-priced, and memorable...that matches his interests...that I can order online or take home from Hong Kong, where I live. [more inside]
posted by mdonley on May 2, 2015 - 5 answers

Feeling ambivilant about my PhD program. Should I apply for this job?

I'm finishing up the second year of my PhD program. This is a particularly stressful time in the program--I'm finishing my coursework and should be ABD in a couple of months. I am planning on making a decision at the end of next month whether or not I want to keep on. But I just found out about a great job opportunity with a nonprofit organization I like and have a relationship with and I am really really qualified for. So now I'm wondering...would it hurt to apply? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 29, 2015 - 12 answers

Name That Story part 4928

Trying to remember the name of a short story I read some years ago. It involved a university class and criticism of Walt Whitman... [more inside]
posted by mippy on Apr 28, 2015 - 1 answer

Choosing the right fit for undergraduate ethnomusicology

I'm an older student transferring from community college to a four-year to study ethno/musicology. I've been admitted, and now it's time to make the final decision. Do I go for a pretty attractive program at a good school (UCSB), or for a potentially less attractive program at one of the top schools in the country (Berkeley)? [more inside]
posted by teponaztli on Apr 26, 2015 - 13 answers

I've screwed up. Help me keep my job?

Ever really, really mess up without meaning to? I'm there now. [more inside]
posted by terrierhead on Apr 24, 2015 - 17 answers

how to deal with deceptive students?

I administer an online learning platform for a university in Massachusetts. Whenever a semester ends, I always get several reports from students claiming to have completed work that the system has no record of. In a recent case, I checked everywhere I could and even contacted the vendor, but I didn't find a shred of evidence to support this student's version of events. Yet he still insists he completed the work and won't back off. What can I say to him, and other students like him, without seeming like an asshole who won't help?
posted by Ain on Apr 23, 2015 - 32 answers

Can a sabbatical cure work misery?

I'm a newly-tenured faculty member in a very toxic department in a US university. I'm pretty miserable at my workplace, but it's difficult to find a job in my field. I am also interested in taking a sabbatical for the 2016-2017 academic year, or perhaps later, but that would commit me to staying at my university for another year past that. Is it possible a sabbatical would make things much better for me at work? Or should I go ahead and focus on finding a new job? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 13, 2015 - 12 answers

"I'm desperate" is probably not the right answer.

Only a few graduate programs have invited me to interviews. One of the programs isn't highly ranked or well-known and isn't in the greatest location (let's just say it would be unusual for someone from my state to go...where? THERE?), but I need to think of a compelling explanation for why I would choose their program over others during the interview. To be frank, they'll probably develop as good a reputation as any other, but there's nothing special about their program that would make people rush halfway across the country. Still, how do I avoid sounding desperate or contrived during the interview?
posted by Seeking Direction on Apr 11, 2015 - 15 answers

Professional Development

How do I find free online professional development resources? [more inside]
posted by koinonia on Mar 17, 2015 - 8 answers

Not intelligent enough to become a social researcher?

Lately, I have seem to have doubts about my intelligence; particularly with the notion of becoming a social researcher. I have always wanted to explore the field of social research. I have a penchant for learning new knowledge and theories; my curiosity never seems to wane. However, I have little confidence that I'm able to obtain a Master's Degree in Critical Sociology. I need to build my confidence and reassure myself that I have the capability, passion, devotion, and worth ethic to learn and strive towards this career goal. I would be most appreciated for some scope of advice, tips, and encouragement. [more inside]
posted by RearWindow on Feb 16, 2015 - 11 answers

Best research universities for behavioral economics and applied psych

I'm looking for universities that have strong research in behavioral economics, decision science, political psychology, organizational psychology—basically, applying psychology to understand systems and society. Any universities come to mind? [more inside]
posted by markbao on Feb 13, 2015 - 5 answers

What to do after Tenure?

Recently Tenured Prof - Now what? Research limp, teaching meh, admin not thrilling. What did you do? Nonstandard (social-justice?) career/activity arcs for PUI Science faculty? Dealing with midlife-minicrisis? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 9, 2015 - 15 answers

Help me teach my undergraduate students postmodernism?

Please help me with texts, videos or visual guides to postmodernism - something my theatre students struggle to grasp every year. [more inside]
posted by Augenblick on Jan 28, 2015 - 9 answers

How do I spend my leave of absence from university?

I can finally put my mind away from school for about 8 months, but I feel like these 8 months will be the critical period and my last chance to gain a sense of what I want to do. [more inside]
posted by JYuanZ on Dec 14, 2014 - 9 answers

Give your best visual guess about a job candidate's ethnicity

As part of my friend's job, she was asked to give a visual guess of a job candidate's ethnicity. She felt uncomfortable doing so, and has questions about it. [more inside]
posted by msbrauer on Dec 1, 2014 - 8 answers

how do I report cheating/bribery if it hasn't happened yet?

I go to a large public university in Canada and it has come to my attention that people are bribing their way into the university and/or paying people to write their personal statements. There's also rampant cheating - people paying to have their essays written or having people sit in on tests for them. Most of these are international students and they are a valuable resource at my school so I do not know if anyone will listen to me or who I should even tell. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 22, 2014 - 34 answers

Seeking fellow victims...

Reading the news articles about the accusations of rape made against Bill Cosby has suddenly made me resolutely certain of the fact that my rapist has had other victims. My question is, how does one "find" those other victims... without going to court or being super public about having been raped? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 18, 2014 - 10 answers

Online listings for academic education technology jobs in North America

A UK colleague, who has worked for about a decade at various management and director levels in the UK academic sector (Education technology projects and services) is starting to consider moving abroad, but continuing the same line of work. His contact network in the education/academic sector outside of the UK is weak, and he doesn't know where to start looking online for positions in USA or Canadian Universities, Colleges, and Education Technology services and businesses that serve academia. Which are the good websites, and online listings, for these kinds of positions?
posted by Wordshore on Nov 14, 2014 - 5 answers

How can I be a better teacher to international students?

I am an American university professor in a social science at a research 1 university. In the past decade or so, at my university (and all universities that I've worked at) there has been a huge influx of international students, especially from Asia. My current undergrad classes are between 50-75% "English language learners." There are a lot of challenges in teaching these students and I'm looking for some concrete advice. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 9, 2014 - 26 answers

How to contact someone from Mars One without sounding like a spammer

I am a researcher at a university and I have an exciting idea for a research project that the Mars One project offers a unique opportunity to carry out, without requiring the mission to carry any extra equipment and that could run during the training stage, on earth, so it isn't a good fit for their "university challenge" competition. Rather I would like to contact someone from the team to discuss it. They say on the website they welcome contact from universities and scientists, but there is no information about how to contact them. [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Oct 29, 2014 - 9 answers

How to go about getting a college degree part-time as a hobby

Could an adult will a full time career, but a few hours a week to dedicate to the purpose, pursue getting an undergraduate degree from a university just for the fun of it? And if so how? [more inside]
posted by Long Way To Go on Oct 27, 2014 - 23 answers

What % of your reading do you need to remember at post-grad level?

I'm interested in doing a Chinese Studies MA but I don't know how much of my reading I need to remember. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by Musashi Daryl on Oct 23, 2014 - 7 answers

Going to university and becoming a talking therapist

I have made the decision that I want to change careers to become a counsellor (talking therapist) and I'd additionally like to specialise my therapy (but not exclusively) in gender and sexual identity issues. What study paths should I follow to turn this ambition into a specific plan? I never went to university after leaving school - so I would like to go back into academic education and get a degree while working towards this career rather than just doing a vocational course. Difficulty level: UK. [more inside]
posted by winterhill on Oct 23, 2014 - 4 answers

Video games about universities and academic life

I'm looking for example of digital or video games - either online, free, commercial, or bought from a shop, on a PC, mac or games console - which simulate the experience of being a student, academic, lecturer or professor from an academic, social, or economic perspective. For example, the Sims 3 University Life expansion pack gives a (relatively shallow) social perspective on academic life as a student. Are there any others, especially ones with more depth or accuracy?
posted by Wordshore on Oct 21, 2014 - 10 answers

How do you go to university when you're older?

If you didn't go to university when you were "supposed to," and you've found yourself at nearly-30 with a job, career, house, obligations, how do you then start to study once you think you might have found your calling, the field you really want to delve deeply into? I'm thinking mainly about the financial and logistical concerns - but also, personal stories of doing so. [more inside]
posted by winterhill on Oct 9, 2014 - 26 answers

Moving to Maryland to go to college

I was born in Maryland and moved to Virginia for high school. I did two years worth of math/computer science courses at NVCC. I've been working 9 to 5 in DC as a programmer for the past several years, and I make $65k a year, of which I save about $15k. As far as I can tell, the only viable path to finishing a computer science degree in the area would be to use what savings I have (let's say $60k) to be a full time student at the University of Maryland for two years. This is only practical if I pay in-state tuition. The university explicitly bars those who "reside in Maryland primarily for a purpose other than that of attending an educational institution in Maryland". If I move to Maryland, do I have any chance of being considered an in-state student after a few years? I want to be both pragmatically and ethically in the clear here. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 4, 2014 - 13 answers

Can I get students to sit closer to the front of a large lecture hall?

I often teach in university lecture halls that have many more seats than there are students. Invariably, the students will fill the rows farthest from me, the professor. I think it sets up a very weird and distanced dynamic between us, but I don't know how or if I can fix it. [more inside]
posted by stinker on Oct 1, 2014 - 27 answers

Fastest way to finish Bachelor's degree while working full time

Went to U of Utah for undergrad (1992-1998) and ended up leaving before finishing my Bachelor's to pursue a job opportunity. I did horribly in school (2.3 GPA) and had about 108 semester units. Now, I'm older (40 yrs) and arguably wiser and want to get my Bachelor's degree to possibly go after an MBA. I live in Santa Clara, CA now (Bay area) and work full time. I'm trying to figure out the fastest/easiest way to get a Bachelor's degree from an accredited school that also looks good on a resume and that I can use to pursue a higher degree. [more inside]
posted by n0stress4me on Sep 30, 2014 - 11 answers

Nontraditional. Returning? Student?

Broke and in default on old student loans. Is it possible to go back to school? [more inside]
posted by Because on Sep 29, 2014 - 10 answers

What are the pros and cons of supervising others at work?

What are the pros and cons of supervising others at work? I have never supervised others in my entire working career. Given my story beneath the fold, should I consider doing so? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 26, 2014 - 13 answers

How far from land were prison hulks placed?

I teach a course on corrections and while going over a brief history of the evolution of prisons I mentioned how decommissioned sailing vessels were used to hold prisoners. A student asked me how far from land might they be placed and I didn't know the answer. Does anyone know? [more inside]
posted by DorothySmith on Sep 17, 2014 - 9 answers

How should I respond to a classmate regarding racial bias?

I'm an Asian female attending a University. I wanted to run for a leadership position in an organization that consists of 70% Asians. A Caucasian classmate of mine who wants to run for the same position thinks that I'll get elected over him because of the group's demographic. I found out from a mutual friend that he might withdraw from the election. How should I go about addressing this issue with him? I really want to make it a fair competition and convince him that the group demographic should not benefit me in anyway because I have the same amount of interactions with them as he does. I also want him to know that I have other skills and attributes that would make me fit the officer role, and not my race. Thank you for your advice!
posted by missybitsy on Sep 11, 2014 - 20 answers

Strategies for reading in college

What are the best strategies for reading in college, and actually comprehending what you're reading to make connections? How do people read hundreds of pages a week and comprehend it all?
posted by markbao on Sep 11, 2014 - 18 answers

Job search confusion abounds....

Hey Mefites, I need help in getting an out-of-state job. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by strelitzia on Sep 4, 2014 - 9 answers

Reputation of Masters Programmes in Europe

I am saving to go to Europe to do a masters degree. I am interested in International Relations, International Law, Human Rights, and European Affairs (history and institutions of the EU, European Law). I'm Australian but I also have UK dual nationality. I am starting to investigate programmes but am finding it hard to narrow down the options and find the best one for me. My question is: how do I work out which master's programmes have the best/ worst reputation?
posted by EatMyHat on Aug 30, 2014 - 11 answers

Eyeing a career change from Engineering: Am I being reckless?

I recently graduated and I've been working as a Jr. Engineer for a few months now. I realize now that this is not a career/field I want to be in and have been strongly thinking about going back to school to get a Computer Science degree. The problem is that I have 35k in loans from my previous degree and I need to make a decision soon. Am I being reckless for wanting to do a career change so soon? [more inside]
posted by This Is Reality on Aug 29, 2014 - 16 answers

Constitutional Law and Higher Education

I am currently interested in a legal counsel position at a large state university. While I am qualified for many aspects of the job, my one weakness is a requirement of having a good working knowledge of current Constitutional law and how it currently is applicable to higher education and similar institutions. I am looking for any good online (preferred) or even recently published resources that will provide that thorough knowledge that I seek. Can you help me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 28, 2014 - 6 answers

How to be admitted to an open enrollment university without transcripts?

I am trying to take courses at the local branch of a larger University in Ohio. The more rual branches have an open enrollment policy, however still request transcripts from previous schools attended. There was a very clustered situation, involving the retroactive removal of my financial aid package, at a previous school, too crazy to fix but it left me with a $15,000 bill that I am not realistically going to pay off making the minimum wage I happen to be earning, right now. I don't want to wait any longer to finish my degree, so remaining out of school until I come up with $15,000 is not a path I am pursuing. I would like to get advice from those out there with some knowledge, how can I gain admission to a university without this very expensive transcript?
posted by cheetahchick on Aug 23, 2014 - 16 answers

how can I kindly reject PhD students?

I have just begun as an assistant professor in the humanities at a prestigious university, and I am getting more emails from prospective PhD candidates than I can handle, gracefully or otherwise. I am presently a total n00b (read: incompetent at my job) and can't realistically take more than one a year. But I have no idea how to deal with these emails. Any suggestions on how to handle them, from anyone in similar but wiser positions? Agonized details below. [more inside]
posted by starcrust on Jun 30, 2014 - 21 answers

academic library access for the independent academic?

I live in the West Midlands, home to a few good university libraries. Unfortunately, none of these libraries offer memberships to community members. My own alma mater, Birmingham City University, does not have an alumni library membership. It's very annoying. I would really like access to SagePub and T&F for journal articles. Can you recommend a university or college in the UK, Europe, or anywhere that offers remote access to their library's databases and where I could buy an annual membership?
posted by parmanparman on Jun 27, 2014 - 15 answers

What to expect at a university comms/marketing position?

I've been hired to be the Director of Marketing for a humanities faculty at a small but prestigious North American university. I've spent the last nine years at a mid-sized national ad agency. I start in two weeks. What should I expect in my new position? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Jun 16, 2014 - 22 answers

Four Years in our Nation's Capitol!!! What to do?!! What to do?!!

What should be my nephew check out while he's going to school in Washington, D.C.? [more inside]
posted by Hanuman1960 on Jun 13, 2014 - 12 answers

Master in Bioengineering at EPFL vs Biomedical Eng. at Imperial College

I summarize this dilema below: I have been accepted at EPFL (Switzerland) for the master in bioengineering with an EPFL Excellence Fellowship and also at the MsS in Biomedical Engineering at Imperial College London. Both Universities are very well ranked in these areas, as you can see in this bioengineering rank. In most rankings, Imperial College is a few places above EPFL and London is a great city but I would have a really good scholarship if I go to EPFL (18000$ per year) and the tuition is much lower (about 1000$ vs 13000$ at Imperial). [more inside]
posted by tsuwal on Jun 10, 2014 - 9 answers

Posthumous PhD

Do you know of anyone who received a posthumous PhD? How was the graduation ceremony handled? Who accepted the degree on their behalf? And, where were they in terms of their dissertation -- already filed, soon to file with a few revisions, etc.? [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on May 20, 2014 - 11 answers

Restaurant Gift Certificate Recommendations at University of Indiana

Our nephew will be attending the Kelley (sp?) Business School of the University of Indiana at Bloomington. He will not have a car, and will be living in the dorms. Mrs. W and I would like to get him some gift certificates to nice eateries within walking distance. What restaurants do you recommend?
posted by wittgenstein on May 17, 2014 - 8 answers

Should I take an extra (extra) year?

Please help me navigate the final stretch of undergrad. Mountain of details (for a relatively small decision) inside. [more inside]
posted by btfreek on May 16, 2014 - 12 answers

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