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What’s the Economic Value of an Arts Education?

While it’s not perfectly tangible, the financial value of a degree in the humanities certainly exists.


Artificial Intelligence Will Have to Figure Out Which Triangles Are the ‘Trianglest’

Understand that human thinking is fuzzy around the edges, which is totally different from how computers compute.


There Are Jobs in Social Science. ‘Nuff Said

A new report says that in Britain social science majors find more employment than science and technical grads. While that seems a little too grand, it is good news that sociologists and geographers will find good work.


What Makes You So Smart, Brent Beshore?

Noah Davis talks to the founder of about being smart, being dumb, and which one it takes to nearly get killed by a lion.


Unbundling Academia—It’s Not Just for Cable Anymore

So-called “open access” academic publishing saves money and has political backing. But is it a good idea?


The Macroeconomics 101 of Cheating

This is why you cheat on an exam you really don’t need to cheat on.


Playing With the Truth: When Alternate Reality Gets Real

In Chicago, high school students went searching for an imaginary girl’s father. After a while, they started looking for the real one.


Breaking Away: Why Several Top Public Universities Are Going Private

Many are worried that as public universities gain freedom, they will end up sidelining broader goals such as access and affordability.


Have Pencil, Will Take Your SAT for $200

When a standardized test plays such a big role in determining who gets into what college, it’s hard to tell who’s being cheated.


A Journalism Program That Offers Students Internships With Prestige, But No Paycheck

Colleges have used internships as a way to prepare their students for the professional world, but they’re also collecting tuition for unpaid programs.


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