Archive for April 11th, 2012

Remember the funky ABA basketball? … Well, Team Obama tops it.

April 11, 2012

The American Basketball Association (ABA) was a professional basketball league founded in 1967.

To compete with the NBA, the league copped some top players (think Pistol Pete and Dr. J.) and introduced some game innovations, including the 3-point line and and a red, white and blue basketball.

Note: The ABA became defunct when it  merged with the NBA in 1976.



Well, Team Obama has gone retro and “personalized: the ball.

When you play some hoops at the White House you get to play with an Obama ball.

And, I bet that for a statistically significant donation, you can bring one home for the kids.


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Re: the high cost of college … what if teachers taught more?

April 11, 2012

Chatted recently with a collegial friend on the high cost of colleges.

We honed in on the questions of whether faculty salaries were a large or small portion of a typical university’s cost structure and whether faculty teaching productivity (i.e. how many courses and students taught) had much of an effect on total educational costs.

Turns out that the issue was recently studied by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity  … with some blockbuster results:

“Recently released preliminary data from the University of Texas strongly suggest that the state of Texas could move towards making college more affordable by moderately increasing faculty emphasis on teaching.

Looking only at the UT Austin campus, if the 80 percent of the faculty with the lowest teaching loads were to teach just half as much as the 20 percent with the highest loads, and if the savings were dedicated to tuition reduction, tuition could be cut by more than half.

Moreover, other data suggest a strategy of reemphasizing the importance of the teaching function can be done without importantly reducing outside research funding or productivity.”                   

Hmmm … if teachers taught more, college costs would go down.

That’s a shocker …

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