2013 February

Marketplace Education APM

The SAT gets a makeover: Sociology professor Joseph Soares, author of “SAT Wars,” was interviewed on Marketplace after an announcement by the College Board of a planned overhaul of the SAT test. “Thirty-eight percent of all four-year degree granting institutions in the United States are test optional,” says Soares. “The SAT conveys no additional useful information over and above what the high school transcript tells us,” he adds.

A driving force behind the movement to rethink college admissions and adopt test-optional admissions policies, Soares’ research shows that high school rank is the best predictor of college success.

The Street

How to Find a Mentor Who’s Right for You: Allison McWilliams, director of Wake Forest University’s Mentoring Resource Center, says quantity as well as quality is key for professionals and students looking for career guidance. “A mentoring network can help you across many areas of your life,” McWilliams says. “It’s not uncommon to have a mentor for different aspects of your professional life, and for your physical or spiritual life too.”

Mentors can help by asking useful, probing questions, providing quality feedback and helping you meet your goals.

“Mentors push us to explore our personal values and beliefs,” McWilliams says. “They help us discover who we are and how we find meaning.”

Who are your mentors? “If there is someone whose advice you seek for difficult decisions or whose guidance you always trust, chances are these people are your informal mentors.”


The Triad Business Journal

Wake Forest receives $1M gift from young alumnus: Wade Murphy, the executive vice president of Marmik Oil in Arkansas, has become the only person younger than 35 to make a seven-figure donation to Wake Forest University. Murphy, who graduated in 2000 from Wake Forest with a major in history, pledged $1 million to support the school’s Humanities Institute with the intention of extending the reach and impact of humanities and liberal arts. “Wade’s generous support underscores the critical role that the humanities play in the education and preparation of today’s students,” said Mary Foskett, a professor of religion and director of the Humanities Institute. “The humanities are rooted in intellectual traditions that empower students to engage the world. Today’s graduates must be prepared to interpret complex information, understand diverse cultures and create solutions that serve the common good.”

Huffington Post Sports

Crossing the Lines: Fans Chants of Cruelty: An op-ed written by Associate Professor of Communication John Llewellyn published in the Huffington Post  addresses what it means when reprehensible behavior comes to revered college basketball arenas. Llewellyn writes: “A story recapping the men’s basketball game between Duke and N.C. State has an eerie sidebar. Duke won the game, 98-85, but along the way civility and sportsmanship took a beating. Newspaper accounts in the Charlotte Observer confirm that a segment of the Duke student body chanted, “How’s your grandma?” while N.C. State guard Tyler Lewis was shooting free throws at 13:47 in the second half. Lewis’ grandmother had died on February 1st. Lewis’ father, Rick, heard the chants. …

Charlotte Observer

Liberal arts majors or not, students need more career guidance: Colleges and universities need to invest more, not less, in their career development resources, writes Andy Chan, vice president of personal and career development at Wake Forest, in an op-ed appearing in the Charlotte Observer. The piece was written in response to Gov. Pat McCrory’s statement on national radio about the disconnect between skills taught in North Carolina’s public universities and what businesses want from college graduates.

“The governor is partially correct. But the disconnect is not due to course of study; the problem is that most colleges and universities do not effectively provide student career development programs required for successful short and long-term employment. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, rather than investing in students, colleges are cutting career development resources by an average of 16 percent this year.…”

The Christian Science Monitor

Alabama hostage rescue: why some secrets will remain in the bunker: Communication professor and crisis negotiations expert Randall Rogan was interviewed following the resolution of the hostage situation in Alabama during which a five-year-old boy was kidnapped and held in an underground bunker. After the announcement that America’s most expert paramilitary counter-terrorism units collaborated with US special operations forces for the rescue, Rogan said: “This all rings of a unique covert operation. It is atypical, quite honestly, for … what, after all, is not a significant terrorist event. There may be some general overview and general description of what happened, but there won’t be full, complete disclosure.”


USA Today

Pressure builds for schools to help grads get jobs: This high-tech place in which Flynn finds herself so often is the Office of Career and Professional Development at Wake Forest University, where she’s a junior majoring in classical studies and German. The career center has moved upstairs from the basement of a building in the center of the campus into a new 7,000-square-foot space, and its staff has grown from seven to 30 with the help of $8.5 million raised from parents and alumni. “If we’re going to justify the value of a higher education, we’re going to have to provide students with the skills they need to compete in the economy,” says Andrew Chan, Wake Forest’s head of career services. Two years after beefing up its career office, Wake Forest can tell prospective applicants that barely 5% of its students are unemployed within six months of graduating.

CNN Money

Should the U.S. kill the penney? Canada dropped the use of its penny on February 4, 2013. And some economists believe the United States should  also. Economics professor Robert Whaples has done his own study showing that consumers as a group would break even if stores rounded to the nearest nickel. He said many pennies fall out of circulation each year because consumers don’t see them as valuable, raising both the costs to the Mint as well as the economy as a whole. “The main argument against the penny is that it wastes our time,” he said. “We’re clearly losing money on the penny.” Even so, Whaples said the vast majority of people want to keep the penny for sentimental reasons.