February 14, 2008

Mail inadequacy

  • I should not have left the checkbook at home: I've finished an article manuscript I'm pleased with, but I need to send in a small check for submission processing. So the manuscript copies will sit on my desk until tomorrow morning.
  • Someone wanting to be admitted to USF must have found the faculty union website, confused the union with the university, and wrote my cell phone and the union office # on an envelope.  So this morning I received my very first application to be admitted into the engineering program. I'd like to know more about engineering, but I think I'm not the right recipient. After a bit of thought on my part and on the part of a department staff member, the envelope is now on its way to the graduate studies office.
  • After some grumbling and the persuasion of her advisor in the fall, my daughter took a "practice PSAT" (which stands for practice practice SAT), and she is now receiving envelopes from colleges around the country that want her to apply. This is driven in part by the U.S. News & World Report ranking, partly derived from selectivity; so if you can attract a lot of applicants and reject more, your rankings rise (or fall less). (The same dynamic is true with the American Educational Research Association's divisions and special-interest groups.) She's amused by this, for the most part. Thus far, she has not received any brochure with an awful pun, the way a friend and I did many years ago from the University of Puget Sound, whose brochure title was How Does Puget Sound?
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Posted in The academic life on February 14, 2008 9:56 AM |