Archive for Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Heard on the Hill: Dissertation research mentioned on NPR’s ‘Political Junkie’; KU to graduate a higher number of education students next year; Missouri to offer Pitt State license plates (but not KU)

May 9, 2012


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• Whitney Court, a KU political science doctoral graduate, probably had a pretty nice day recently after her dissertation research got a mention in National Public Radio Political Junkie Ken Rudin’s column. (It’s no Heard on the Hill, but it’s still pretty spiffy).

Rudin, like Court, was talking about vice presidential nominees.

"In her dissertation, she argues, ‘McCain actually got more conservatives to come out and vote because of Palin. He lost by less than he would have without Palin,’" Rudin wrote. “And what about that disastrous interview with Katie Couric? ‘Although she ran into trouble in news interviews about her knowledge of foreign policy,’ Court says, ‘social conservatives liked that she stayed true to her convictions and walked the walk.’”

• The University Daily Kansan reports that the shift from a five-year to a four-year program in the School of Education will soon result in a bit of a glut of education graduates in the marketplace.

The final five-year folks and the first four-year folks will all graduate next year, the Kansan reports. Each of those elementary education programs will have 60 students graduating next year, for a total of 120.

A normal year has about 75 KU students graduating in the program.

"We're going to have extra students, there's no question about it," Sally Roberts, associate education dean for teacher education and undergraduate programs, told the Kansan. "But students just have to be creative. They're going to have to be willing to take positions or apply for positions in districts other than Olathe, Shawnee Mission and Blue Valley. There are jobs around."

• I spotted this Joplin Globe story that said Missouri was going to begin issuing Pittsburg State University license plates.

After all, the story notes, Pittsburg State is pretty close to the border, and more than 30,000 Pitt State alumni live in Missouri.

Now, while I don’t know for certain how many KU alumni who live in the state of Missouri, but I’ve got a feeling it’s more than 30,000. Bill Self says there are more than 57,000 in the Kansas City area alone, and far be it from Heard on the Hill to question Bill Self.

So, Missouri, when do we get those KU license plates?

• Heck, forget KU license plates, I hope they start peddling Heard on the Hill plates in Missouri. Then I bet I’d really get some interesting tips sent to


Paul R Getto 5 years, 11 months ago

"...will soon result in a bit of a glut of education graduates in the marketplace" === Perhaps, but we have a large number of teachers retiring or getting ready to retire and new blood is needed all across the state. As was pointed out, there are many places to serve and students need to consider the joys of small town schools and relaxed living. Teachers may want to move to larger districts later, but there is no better place to get experience than a family environment that allows all children the attention they deserve. School research suggests that bigger is not always better.

Elaine Elliott 5 years, 11 months ago

Except if you have a partner that needs to be able to find work in that area as well. Then the small town living may cause problems.

Paul R Getto 5 years, 11 months ago

I agree; jobs are tight all over. Sometimes being creative helps; many small towns are within commuting distance of a larger community or another small town where an opportunity may present itself. As you pointed out, in most cases it takes two incomes to keep a family afloat.

Betty Bartholomew 5 years, 11 months ago

Those tips probably wouldn't be publishable without a lot of asterisks.

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