The LSU Top 5 #55

This is the 55th of our top 5 bits and pieces about education from around the internet.

(Linking doesn’t mean we necessarily agree with these articles!)

World’s top 100 universities for producing millionairesTimes Higher Education

Here’s a league table that cuts straight to the chase: which university creates the most millionaires?


Freshman Convocation – Epic Welcome SpeechGeorgia Tech, YouTube

There’s a lot to be learned here from this speech maker. It’s a bit more than a week old, but I like it too much not to post.


Lake teacher uses exercise balls to control squirming studentsOrlando Sentinal

An elementary teacher gave her students big bouncy exercise balls instead of chairs to keep them from squirming and to let them move around more easily. You’ve got to wonder what would happen if uni students had them too.

“They’re a lot more engaged,” teacher Stephanie Burnett said. “They’re a lot more focused, and it takes away the negative aspect of movement. A big push right now is, ‘Sit down. Be quiet. Let’s focus on your work.’ And this helps get their wiggles out.”

“We spend from first grade, to college and university looking at the back of someone’s head,” said John Kilbourne, a professor of movement science at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich. “A ball allows for much better range of motion with your neighbors.”


Switch for the Right Reasons: Helping Students Decide to Change College MajorsWoofound

Although it’s not a central responsibility for most of us who work in universities, we all see students who are struggling about study decisions. This article gives a nice rundown of what students should be thinking about when making big decisions about their studies.


Access to higher education must be a global priorityUniversity World News

This article calls for yet further widening of access to higher education, and, with this, a change in universities’ self perceptions.

Higher education has changed. This is the age of mass higher education. It will soon be the age of universal higher education, and universities must no longer act as if they are still inaccessible, ivory tower bastions of the elite and only the elite.


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