Today in Academia: Monmouth University will be a Boss mecca, double-checking college cost calculators, M.B.A. applicants keep dwindling, Cornell and Stanford duel in New York, and Princeton names Steve Carell as its commencement speaker.
- Springsteen scholars across the U.S. will soon have a college campus to convene. Monmouth University announced via press release that it will soon be home to what seems like a authoritative collection of Bruce Springsteen memorabilia, which comprises "nearly 14,900 documents from 44 countries, reflecting the enduring international interest in Springsteen’s music and career." The Special Collection website says it includes "books, song books, tourbooks, magazines, fanzines, Internet articles, academic journals and papers, comic books, selected printed items, and newspaper articles." Academic journals? [Monmouth University, New York Times, Springsteen Special Collection]
- M.B.A. applications are down, down, down. "This year, application volume was down at 21 of the top 30 full-time MBA programs, according to data collected by Bloomberg Businessweek. The decline in applications is a trend that appears to be accelerating, with eight additional schools reporting declines in application volume this year over 2010." This is less surprising after considering this trend: a lot of companies that used to hire M.B.A. graduates are now settling for just-as-smart candidates with bachelors degrees because they're cheaper. [Bloomberg Businessweek via Inside Higher Ed]
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