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• Here’s an exhibit I found interesting at the Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art.
It’s called “Glorious to View,” and features art pieces that celebrate the history of the campus.
They focus on Spooner Hall, Fraser Hall, Old North College and Potter Lake.
Since I’m assuming you all are hard-core KU history folks, I’m betting you know what all those are.
Just in case you aren’t, here’s a bit of a primer on the odd building on that list, Old North College, the first building on the campus.
The Spencer Art Museum’s exhibit will be displayed until Dec. 31, and will feature material from both the museum and the Kenneth Spencer Research Library.
• The KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park has provided some photos of the ongoing construction of the new Business, Engineering, Science and Technology building there on its Facebook page.
The building, lovingly referred to as the BEST building, is scheduled to be completed in January, and will house two 15-seat seminar rooms, two 40-seat classrooms, eight 45-seat classrooms, four 65-seat lecture halls and one 100-seat lecture hall.
That’s to go along with 36 faculty and administrative support offices and five computer labs. A bachelor’s of business administration is already being offered, and some of these new programs will likely join that program soon.
The building is paid for with funds from a sales tax generated in Johnson County.
• Whenever I get bored, it’s easy for me to find something interesting if I poke around KU’s Office of Institutional Research and Planning long enough.
For instance, here’s a study of grade point averages for juniors and seniors from fall 1984 to fall 2004.
The study basically finds that over that 20-year time period, the average GPA at KU increased by 0.20 points. However, the study goes through great pains to point out that it was not studying grade inflation, because it didn’t compare course level grades for specific groups of students.
“Explicit grade inflation specifically refers to the situation in which students with comparable backgrounds and performance received higher grades than their counterparts in previous cohorts from faculty with similar backgrounds,” the study said.
So, without knowing officially whether grade inflation was occurring, the study did cite one reason that the GPA at KU went up during that time.
The GPA rose at that time at a proportional rate with an increasing number of women enrolling at KU.
And women, the study points out, have higher GPA’s on average than their male counterparts. So there’s some ammo for that next argument you’re having with your boyfriend.
But — whatever the reason — there’s no doubt that grades went up during that time. In 1984, KU awarded slightly more B’s than A’s, but by 2004, A’s accounted for 45 percent of all grades awarded on the Lawrence campus, while B’s were 34 percent.
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