Archive for June, 2018

Who’s on President Trump’s List of Supreme Court Candidates?

This piece from The Washington Post provides the answer; the Free Law Project also supplies relevant information.

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Does Central New Jersey Exist?

Find out what some luminaries think about this topic; you might also want to check out this article from nj.com.

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How Did the Great Recession Affect Higher Education Enrollment?

This new Census Bureau report – Postsecondary Enrollment Before, During, and Since the Great Recession – presents some statistical data that may surprise some people. Herewith are some observations:

  • The recession saw a 33 percent increase in enrollment in two-year colleges from 2006 to 2011. In 2010, 29 percent of all students enrolled were in two-year colleges. By 2015, this share had fallen to 25 percent, below the prerecession average level of 26 percent. However, the number of students enrolled in two-year colleges was still 10 percent above the level in 2006.
  • Compared to the prerecession period (2000 to 2007), male undergraduate enrollment was 18 percent higher postrecession (2012 to 2015). Female enrollment also grew, but only by 14 percent.
  • Hispanic college enrollment experienced growth through the recession and beyond. The number of Hispanics enrolled in college increased by 1.5 million — an approximate doubling (184.0 percent) of the prerecession level. Before the recession, 13.2 percent of Hispanics ages 15 to 34 enrolled in undergraduate college, while 20.2 percent of Hispanics enrolled in college after the recession. (Tipsheet)

Tables and figures, some with data back to 2000, add to the utility of this brief document.

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How New Humanities Ph.D.s Fare in Their Careers

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences has just released a handful of reports detailing how newly-minted humanities doctorates are managing their careers, and how they feel about them. Indicators include job satisfaction, occupations, earnings, and job status.

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National Academies Press

The NAP is the publishing arm of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine, and the National Academy of Engineering – all are among the most prestigious STEM organizations in the world and as such produces highly regarded monographs, reports, briefings, and consensus documents on a whole host of topics from agriculture to national security. Well over 9,000 volumes are freely available online, sorted into specific topic areas. If one listens to the news, one will inevitably hear about a report issued by the NAP; the latest one to inform the general public dealt with The Public Health Consequences of E-Cigarettes. One can always look at the latest releases section to see what new reports have been generated; more than 200 are published every year. And you can stay in touch with the NAP via various media platforms as well

 

 

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Online Primary Sources: Illinois

This multi-volume collection – Illinois Historical Collections – ranges from 1672 through the late 19th century. Explore original records of French explorers to the region, read the papers of George Rogers Clark, peruse texts pertaining to the British presence in the area, consult early election results, and so much more. There are 38 volumes in this collection; thirty-two are currently available online.

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Jersey City’s Amazon HQ2 Proposal

Although Jersey City did not make the final cut as one of the cities to house HQ2, you can still read its proposal and find out what the city stated that it would do to accommodate Amazon, and why Amazon should have considered Jersey City.

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