Earlier Classes Mean Better Grades; Advice for Yalies

Plus: a for-profit college offers employers $2,000 to hire their graduates

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Today in academia: drug testing an entire campus, the thing about early morning classes, an enticing for profit college offer and expensive textbooks at Yale.

  • Ignore this if you'd like to keep sleeping in while in college. St. Lawrence University psychologists have sensibly shown in a study that students who take earlier classes may get better grades for the reason you probably thought of already: undergrads who sign up for courses later in the day party more, and that takes its toll on G.P.A. "The effects of later class-start times might include more sleep...But this might be offset by lower quality sleep, which in turn might affect students' ability to engage, intellectually, with their coursework," said lead author Pamela Thatcher. [St. Lawrence University via InsideHigherEd]
  • Imagine a public college that drug-tested every student. You don't need to, because one exists: two-year Linn State Technical College (which emphasized safety because its students are involved in machinery-heavy coursework) has just embarked on the requirement for students. Dean of Affairs Richard Pemberton put it bluntly: "They're going to be faced with this as they go into the drug-free workplace," he said. "We want them to be prepared." [St. Louis Post-Dispatch via Gawker]
  • For a limited time, this for-profit college will pay employers $2,000 to hire their graduates. This seems like a conspicuously great deal or a marketing gimmick or both. The two year, for-profit University of Antelope Valley in Lancaster, CA says its for real. Co-owners talked to the LA Times and said they wanted to kick start the local economy with the incentive. There looks like there's a lot of fine print to the matter, starting with the deal only being for this month. [The Los Angeles Times]
  • If you're scrimping this semester at Yale, maybe don't take "Environmental History of the Middle East," which is said to be the the most expensive textbook course: it requires buying 9 books at a cost of $479.40 if you purchased them in the bookstore. We know this because entrepreneurial undergrads spoke to the school's student paper and encouraged people to buy books from their start up, booksaver.com, for about $170 less. [Yale Daily News]
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