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  1. Well I am having to relocate across the country for work and lets just say that its a bit stressful. My job is fairly recession proof as a tenure track academic. Picked a location that has stable property values and essentially have to hope for the best. Best part is that the steadied drop in interest rates are helping some, but at some point it hits diminishing returns. Bigger concern is about paid movers... if we do go to some form of lockdown, how the fuck is that going to work?
  2. Well the first is born in Wisc and the second will be born in SD, so technically neither will be "from" Ohio.
  3. Looks like it is Slyvania... Loved everything about NW Ohio, but then again I am using SD as a comparative baseline. Will say property tax in both Slyvania and Ottawa Hills seems a bit high
  4. So China, then N Korea, then Iran... So far 2 of the scariest locations I was concerned about has happened, so next will be Syria/Afghanistan and somewhere on the east coast of Africa.
  5. So did anything happen with this? Or just some other 9.95 bs
  6. They need to come up with another response to help quell the anger from the population about not being to get this under control. So now instead of it just being a virus it is going to be a virus that we didn't think people could catch and the academics screwed up and so they go to the front of the firing line. Now I doubt that this is not the "real" reason either, but it will be much closer to the truth than the current BS story is.
  7. So now people are talking about the potential issues of this hitting Africa.... With the number of travelers from China per day that were going to and from Africa prior to the shutdown of air travel,I would have suspected greater global concern for the impact this could have on Africa. If there isn’t already large isolated outbreaks (say at distant mining or manufacturing hubs) I will be amazed. I would expect to see some news regarding South America next.
  8. So do we have some legit power this year at multiple spots in the lineup or is Rice throwing meatballs?
  9. Man this has been a shit show from the beginning and now has reached a point of embarrassment that I sorta feel bad for this idiot. Is it just me or does anyone else thing there is no way this idiot came up with this stunt on his own? It’s like Zoolander trying to pull off a major crime. Somebody had to have suggested something like this couple help his career, but I doubt the 2 functioning brain cells he has came up with the idea on his own.
  10. The scary part is that more than likely it is already taken hold in N Korea and could ravage 60-80% of their population due to their lack of legitimate medical facilities or supplies and the inability for China to provide them at the current time. Does Rocketman reach out to S Korea or the US for help and what chaos will ensue if the virus spreads to their ruling class or worse Rocketman himself.
  11. Would love to Alford get the max games played and still get to red shirt, just to get him time on the field.... preferably in blow outs or ST
  12. Spike in costs are tied to reduction in funding and a massive increase in operating expenses (including additional Admin expenses). Change in the number of administrators vs faculty is limited in the grand overview of costs per credit hour vs the cost changes tied to insurance, energy, funding reductions and the like. The funding gap isnt because they are hiring people to do roles to then potentially free up the faculty to teach more courses, the money coming in is not matching the raise in overall operating costs. I can provide multiple articles in The Chronicle of Higher Ed, or Higher Ed Accountability or the like that show the admin jump is not real as pronounced as people try to portray it. This is just a simple example out of J Higher Ed Accountability What is considered necessary additions to administrative costs vs superfluous fluff that is just making golden parachute retired walking around positions? At most we are looking at 5 admin per 1k students (to put that in context that is 5 positions for (3.6M - 4.8M in revenue per semester at 300 to 400 per CH for 12 hours enrollment). Many of those are to match many of the federal regulations that have changed since the good old days. Cleary Act reporting, Diversity and Inclusiveness officers, and the like all have to be there to be in compliance. Who pays for them? The University, how, raise tuition... The more interesting part is most of the admin roles are at the mid and lower levels to take roles previously filled with faculty that are not necessarily qualified to deal with many of these areas as university enrollments grow larger. Advising, student services, etc are the primary areas of growth. Change out the cost of each administrator at the low level roles such as advising in comparison to adding another course to faculty and see how these numbers could actually balance out. Admin bloat is a red herring at this point because it fails to address the modern student (especially those that require more IT infrastructure) needs more support staff to make the modern classroom go. Admin staff is going to happen as the learning environment changes. That other professional staff graph is extremely telling if you think about what the modern student needs, how technology has changed and how universities want to have faculty teaching more and doing less administrative duties.
  13. So Panda Bear knows that the economy is going to crater due to this and knows that if they font go back to work the domino effect may force him out of power much faster than an uprising due to everybody is dying with the WhuFlu?
  14. Well considering the overall funding from the state and federal resources has dwindled to the point that schools like UT can claim to be private schools if they wish, what do you expect is going to happen to those schools without the safety net (and even UT to an extent) of some of these larger well known schools? Public schools are getting hammered and Private schools have many of the same issues as well. Yes are administrative costs an issue, sure. But so is the fact that most local/state/and federal agencies have changed what they provide to universities is a part people tend to leave out. Funding cuts to education (at all levels from elementary through PhDs) have crippled budgets of schools that should be "doing fine". Lets do something easy that gets overlooked, like energy costs. There used to be a state rate charged that was fixed (or in some case none at all) provided by local or state agencies, those are gone now and the energy consumption for a large university is insane in scale. How do yo make up the revenue shortfall to stay open? Raise tuition. Insurance for your faculty and now mandated insurance coverage for you graduate students. Prices have tripled if not more and no one is providing any funding to offset these increase. How do you make up the revenue shortfall to stay open? Raise tuition. Construction costs have skyrocketed and the amount of funding provided to universities have rapidly declined and yet population continues to grow so old buildings need to be refurbished and new ones built but no new funds. How do you make up the revenue shortfall to stay open? Raise tuition. I can go on and on in ways how the system has changed from a local, state, and federally funded model to a consumer driven student paid model. The issue is that old funding system does not work and the new consumer driven model is at odds with the idea that everyone needs to go to college. I will not even get into the aspects of students loans and what students don't understand regarding student debt. I (mainly at the behest of several of my research students interested in the problem) have ran several studies with absolutely terrifying results regarding what students don't understand about their loans and how little they understand about personal finance and the job market in general. All of this really jsuit goes back to the absolutely simplest truism to tell students about student loans. If you take out more in loans that your starting salary will be in your entry level occupation you more than likely wont be able to afford anything else. If you are taking out 50k in loans, you better be making 50k when you get out. If not what it takes to pay it back leaves you to make some serious choices how you are going to live your life. It saddens me to see kids taking out 100k or more for an undergrad for a degree in elementary ed and then do not understand why they are living at home with theirs at 32 broke with what they consider a poor quality of life in comparison to their parents at that age. They don't understand the issues in front of them at the time when they sign their loan paper work and why it is so imperative to only take what you need vs. all you can get. Those decisions at 18 to 20 leads them to a very unpleasant realization from 25-35. The system is broken and loan forgiveness wont fix it. The underlying problems will still be there. Killing off federal backed student loans will fix some of the issues on the student side, but it will decrease student pool (and severely impact some areas vs others). Private banks will not just give out cash without much more stringent questions regarding future income potential and the ability to pay it back. The real issue is still the fact that operating costs are skyrocketing because the world is changing and until we take funding of education seriously again from a national, state, and local levels then schools only options are to increase tuition, even if we limit the ability to get federally backed student loans which will reduce overall enrollments nation wide. Sure, can we gut admin at every school to be more streamlined, damn right we can. But that is really a drop in the bucket to some of the other underlying issues at hand. Finding solutions for all of these other hidden costs is something else that has to be figured out as well. Until then schools will raise tuition knowing that students will sign off on their student loan paperwork and the cycle continues. Schools are now forced to be addicted to student loan money and students are brought up to be addicted to the idea that they all are going to college regardless of cost. Until something changes in these areas, all other changes will be superficial.
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