Comments for Reflections On Higher Education http://walterwendler.com Mon, 26 Mar 2018 13:43:27 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 Comment on Sticker Price by JS http://walterwendler.com/2018/03/sticker-price/#comment-213885 Mon, 26 Mar 2018 13:43:27 +0000 http://walterwendler.com/?p=2747#comment-213885 In a world where “it seems” every entrepreneur is obsessed with finding a way to increase revenue half-cents on the dollar, it is refreshing to know a leader who strives to help the consumer cut costs and create greater value of goods consumed.

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Comment on OJT by JS http://walterwendler.com/2018/03/ojt/#comment-213175 Mon, 12 Mar 2018 12:43:46 +0000 http://walterwendler.com/?p=2738#comment-213175 A return to a tried and tested , common sense approach to what has worked well. Faith isn’t just believing in things you can’t see, but sometimes is believing in things you have seen work effectively. Wonderful reminder of real “roll up your shirt sleeves” learning.

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Comment on Measures of Excellence  by PB http://walterwendler.com/2018/02/measures-of-excellence/#comment-212322 Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:01:59 +0000 http://walterwendler.com/?p=2709#comment-212322 Thank you, your example of the 2×4 reminded me of my father-in-law putting up siding on a shed years ago, he measured once and miss-cut, measured twice the next time and miss-cut again, measured three times and finally got it right…

I have to agree that while it is important to assess our work and progress using a variety of tools, many of the qualities that we should strive to hold on to in education and while interacting with our students, staff, and faculty are hard to quantify – kindness, understanding, honesty, integrity and a willingness to help.

Thanks for the insights, I have come to enjoy your posts.

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Comment on Small Communities, Big Dreams by JS http://walterwendler.com/2018/02/small-communities-big-dreams/#comment-212040 Mon, 19 Feb 2018 15:10:39 +0000 http://walterwendler.com/?p=2717#comment-212040 Astute examination of the benefits of the arts to rural America. This idea should energize our citizens as most already understand intrinsic benefits from arts and humanities. Once again Dr. Wendler you educate and inspire seamlessly, like an artist or a poet.
Jerry

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Comment on Small Communities, Big Dreams by BH http://walterwendler.com/2018/02/small-communities-big-dreams/#comment-211997 Mon, 19 Feb 2018 03:59:20 +0000 http://walterwendler.com/?p=2717#comment-211997 Like the loss of plant and animal species is symptomatic of narrow vision negatively impacting the greater society and the future of all people, ignoring the arts and humanities, especially in the heart of our beginnings – rural America – is symptomatic of narrow vision that also leads to decline in society with uncertain and likely large negative consequences.

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Comment on Student Debt:  Hard-Nosed Suggestions for Students by AO http://walterwendler.com/2018/01/student-debt-hard-nosed-suggestions-for-students/#comment-210487 Tue, 16 Jan 2018 18:13:58 +0000 http://walterwendler.com/?p=2684#comment-210487 I would also caution students to recognize that the prospects for any career can change with technological advances, and that the pace of these developments is constantly increasing. Just because the salary potential is there for someone entering the field this year, doesn’t mean it will be there even five years from now. Professional educations don’t guarantee continuous earnings the way they used to. Over the last thirty years, it’s not only been assembly line workers who have been automated out of jobs. Trained professionals, such as bookkeepers, draftsmen, paralegals, and more have found that entry level jobs in their professions evaporate as computers allow CPA’s, architects and lawyers to handle more of their clients’ needs at a keyboard at a lower cost than hiring an assistant. At the same time, increasing numbers of students seeking the perceived safety of terminal degrees and accreditations means that these fields are becoming ever more crowded, which puts downward pressure on income.

Recently, the president has hinted at removing the option for income based repayment. Add in the specter of multiple recessions over the course of one’s professional life, and the setbacks that accompany them, and the possibility that even seemingly reasonable decisions about debt may become crippling in the future becomes daunting, particularly since student debt cannot generally be discharged in bankruptcy.

Students are well-advised to make sure that they do not take out any more money than is absolutely required for their education, and to pay it off as aggressively as they can. If it takes until middle age to have a balance sheet free of student loans, they may lack the energy and time they need to realize the dreams that sent them to school in the first place.

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Comment on Student Debt:  Hard-Nosed Suggestions for Students by BRT http://walterwendler.com/2018/01/student-debt-hard-nosed-suggestions-for-students/#comment-210475 Mon, 15 Jan 2018 03:56:58 +0000 http://walterwendler.com/?p=2684#comment-210475 Great article! If a young person truly wants to build a career via education, he/she can do it. When I graduated from high school, my dad gave me the $300 he had saved for my college and a suitcase. I would work until I had some money, then I’d go to school until I ran out. Then I worked again. It took five years to complete a four year program. I studied a field of engineering that had a job waiting form me when I graduated. I did borrow fifty bucks one time to finish a semester, but that was the extent of my student debt.

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Comment on A Personal Reflection for the Season by JS http://walterwendler.com/2017/12/a-personal-reflection-for-the-season-3/#comment-209948 Sat, 23 Dec 2017 00:34:45 +0000 http://walterwendler.com/?p=2634#comment-209948 I appreciate your open heart and willingness to share those beliefs and how you understand their progressive effect on you. Your testimony first appeared in your’s and Mary’s warmth to the people here. I’ve enjoyed watching you and listening to you. Thank you especially for such an eleganty written and personal testament to your Christmas faith. Merry Christmas my friend.

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Comment on A Personal Reflection for the Season by MD http://walterwendler.com/2017/12/a-personal-reflection-for-the-season-3/#comment-209877 Wed, 20 Dec 2017 15:09:45 +0000 http://walterwendler.com/?p=2634#comment-209877 I am a Native Panhandle Texan who is so proud to have returned to this place that can be seen as beautiful through the eyes of her native sons and daughters. I am again proud to have returned to my alma mater, West Texas A&M University to work and give back even a small part of what this fine institution gave me as an undergraduate. Now, when I read the words of the man who leads us on to an ever more bright and promising future, Dr. Wendler, time and again I am awed at the goodness of our God who who has sent us such a brilliant and genuinely good man!

You see, my family and I returned to the Texas Panhandle after spending 16 years in northern Colorado, where people from other places have encroached upon the solid heartfelt beliefs of Native Coloradans who are good, kind and God-fearing people, and have overtaken the spirit, and yes even the laws, of that land until there is little left but the “I serve me” ideology. To return to “God’s Country” where folks mention His name daily and proclaim His importance in their personal lives, and to hear the President of my alma mater speak of his own personal relationship with Christ, who is the central figure of the Christmas story, fills my cup to overflowing.

As you have said before Dr. Wendler, may God bless WTAMU. To this I add, may God bless you, Dr. Wendler, and Mary, as you stand together to lead us by the light of Christ! Merry Christmas!

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Comment on The Core of Any College Curriculum by MK http://walterwendler.com/2017/12/the-core-of-any-college-curriculum/#comment-209802 Mon, 18 Dec 2017 19:50:19 +0000 http://walterwendler.com/?p=2624#comment-209802 “I have reflected on these two observations from that day until this. Helping students learn to think clearly and reflectively and gain skills that will sustain life intellectually and materially is first purpose.”
Right on the nose. Now solve the problem faced by faculty of several disciplines.
Which course of study gains the end you seek. Do we invent a course or allow the department to fight over the outcome. My entire approach to thinking has been the result of my training in debate, reasoning, etc. Is that what you are talking about?
SIU is about to enter a new world, as y ou probably know. What courses would you pick (or what direction ). You are writing well and having fun. I can tell.

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