Day: August 25, 2009

R.I.P. Penn State Dormitory Landlines

Last Spring, Penn State Director of Housing Conal Carr announced the decision to disconnect Penn State dormitory landlines beginning fall 2009. Although Penn State paid approximately $800,000 annually to maintain the landlines, Penn State Live reported that approximately 72% of students used their landlines less than 20 times in the 2007-2008 school year. Mr. Carr […]

Where Are The Foreign Grad Students?

In 2009, international admits to graduate schools have declined, a first in five years, according to a Businessweek article published earlier this week. Though the report found a 4% increase in international applications, the total number of international applications received this year is still below 2003 application levels at many of the 253 schools that […]

Fieldnotes and Photographs from the Involvement Fair

We visited the Involvement Fair in its final hours this afternoon. Alumni Hall was crowded, but the event itself struck me as an inadequate to introduce 45,000 undergrads to the multitude of clubs on this campus. Student Activities has a database that is unfortunately not very conducive to browsing and signing up for list-servs. There […]

Online Instruction Bests In-Class in DOE Report?

A report sponsored by the US Department of Education recently found that students who received instruction online performed better than their peers who went to normal classes. Over the 12-year span, the report found 99 studies in which there were quantitative comparisons of online and classroom performance for the same courses. The analysis for the […]

Interested in Writing for Onward State?

Onward State is looking to bring on a handful of new writers… are you interested? If so, send me an email at [email protected]. Writers should be prepared to handle on average one post per day. The traits we admire most are a good grasp of the English language and a healthy dose of snark, but […]