Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

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Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

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TECH IS CHANGING UNIVERSITIES, BUT NO ONE QUITE KNOWS HOW

It's such fun to jump onto each new tech bandwagon as it passes by. Most of us like nothing more than to try the newest thing. But new things don't last as long as they used to. The rage over MOOCS seems to have calmed down considerably: elite universities are not talking so much about how many thousands of students their elite professors reach through massive online lectures, once the world found out they wouldn't be getting credit from those elite institutions for taking their courses on line. Similarly e-books are not taking over print: they have found a niche as texts one reads, but won't keep like textbooks and cheap "bathtub novels" that women of a "certain age" used to absorb during a long soak. Then there is Facebook. Students seem to be increasingly wary about the time spent posting messages on a public bulletin board that could haunt them the rest of their lives. Some professors report they rarely tell students to turn off Facebook during class anymore since many students no longer use it! "We all know technology is going to change the look and conduct of the future university," said former Indiana governor and now president of Purdue University Mitch Daniels at several meetings on higher education in Washington D.C., in March. "We just don't quite know how."

ONLY ONE LATIN AMERICAN COUNTRY GETS VISA WAIVERS

If you are a citizen of one of the 38 officially recognized visa waiver countries, you don't need a visa to come in, stay, work, study or reside for 10 years in the United States. Right? Quite NOT right. But at recent congressional hearings, even senators and congressmen had to get up to speed on what a visa waiver is. The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) allows a citizen of that country to come to a U.S. port of entry without having a consular interview before hand IF they intend to visit for 90 days or less. But once there, VWPers are interviewed by the Customs and Border Patrol like everyone else and given a physical "permit" that states exactly for what and how long they can stay. Only one Latin American country has been cleared for the VWP. Can you guess? Kinda rhymes with "hilly" and starts with a C.

WHO IS AN AMERICAN?

This question is sometimes posed in politically correct forums as if it is a deep inquiry. It's not. "American" is the only universally recognized word for a U.S. citizen. We don't call ourselves United Statians or any other some such term. …

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