Students were loaned iPads for the semester to use how they see fit (although they didn’t know about that perk when they signed up for the class, it was a nice surprise this summer) and Professor Angst is blogging about the experience. Interest in the class has come from local media (warning: the video won’t…um.. play on an iPad because it’s Flash-based) and a fewblogs.
The topic is especially on my mind because our staff of admissions counselors will be traveling this fall with iPads and we’re configuring them now. Look for us at your high school and I’m sure we’ll be posting more about our experiences this fall.
For the study, PayScale analyzed 1.4 million reports on U.S. college graduates taking into consideration the institution’s cost of attendance, average number of years needed to graduate and projected a return on investment over the next 30 years.
Notre Dame is certainly proud to be identified as a school that gives our graduates an excellent return on their investment, but I think this BloombergBusinessweek article points to some important caveats:
The study looked only at graduates with a bachelor’s degree; those who have gone on to earn advanced degrees are not included. I understand that it standardizes the comparison, but leaving out all those doctors, lawyers and those with an MBA (among many others) doesn’t tell the whole story for any university.
Financial aid is also not taken into consideration, if it were, all schools would show a better return on investment.
And finally, I think most would argue that the value of a college education goes beyond a simple measurement of dollars and cents.
That said, it is reassuring to know that the large financial commitment a student and family makes to a school like Notre Dame will pay dividends during the alumnus’ working life. One conclusion from the study is pretty remarkable:
Over the past 30 years, the S&P 500 Index averaged about 11 percent a year. Only 88 schools out of the 554 in the study had a better return than the S&P. Everywhere else, students would have been better off—financially, at least—if they invested the money they spent on their college educations and never set foot in a classroom.
It serves as the new home of the College of Engineering, featuring “clean room” laboratories, flexible classrooms, study lounges and breakout rooms and a chapel.
Even when the foundation was just being poured in the winter of 2008, the interim dean of the college, James Merz, wrote “I believe that there is no better time to be an engineer…I believe that there is also no better place at this time to study engineering than at Notre Dame.” The 142,000 total square footage cost $69.4 million to build and was underwritten by more than 400 donors. GE donated $500,000 worth of solar panels to be placed on the roof of Stinson-Remick which will produce an estimated 55,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity each year. And from Notre Dame Magazine:
The close proximity of pathbreaking research to the McCourtney Learning Center, located on the building’s first and second floors, may be what most excites Peter Kilpatrick, the McCloskey dean of the College of Engineering.
“What we anticipate is that undergraduate students will frequently be bumping into the best researchers — both faculty and graduate students — in the college. And that’s exciting. We want undergraduates to be intrigued by, curious about and motivated to do research,” he says.
“It’s important that we begin to view sustainability and other ethical issues not just in terms of morality, but how to truly bring the power of business to bear on the issues impacting the human community.”
Starting in July, professors, graduate students and undergraduates will work in Madison Center’s former specialty services building on Hill Street near South Bend Avenue. It will be renamed the Notre Dame Department of Psychology’s Clinical Sciences Building.
“The partnership between Notre Dame Psychology and the Madison Center represents a true win-win by combining resources and expertise from the University and the community. The result is better faculty research and better training for our students, which combine to help produce better treatment for Madison Center patients.”
Five outstanding scholars joined the department this past fall, to be followed by four more by the start of the 2010–11 academic year.
“There are two things remarkable about this recent recruitment,” says Daniel Lapsley, the department’s chair. “First, we have hired both the most prominent senior and most promising junior faculty. Second, the sheer number of hires is having a transformative effect on the department.”
At least two of their names—David Watson and Lee Anna Clark—should be familiar to just about everyone in the field.
“David and Lee Anna are arguably the most famous research psychologists in the world,” Lapsley says of his two newest endowed professors.
The Main Building (golden dome) at the University of Notre Dame
When you come to Notre Dame for the first time, you get welcomed. Often. You’ll be greeted as you check in for an information session, and welcomed to campus by an admissions counselor and a student tour guide. The front cover of our admissions packet boldly states “Welcome Home” and when you pull up behind your dorm to unload your belongings the first day of freshman orientation, you’ll be warmly greeted by a whole slew of upperclassmen wearing the matching t-shirts of your dorm.
So welcome to a new online experiment of the Undergraduate Admissions office. We hope to show prospective students, parents and guidance counselors a slice of life of Notre Dame each day.
Up the steps of the Main Building, just inside the front door, you'll find this message in mosaic tiles: a Latin greeting of welcome meaning 'good health'.