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Queries related to universities, as an institution of higher eduacation that grants academic degrees and provides both undergraduate education and postgraduate education.

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How to arrange courses to timetable?

I would like to ask if there is some algorithm how to arrange courses to timetable. I study at the university and we can choose a few different lesson times for each subject. The problem is how to ...
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Why are recommendation letters highly relied upon?

For any kind of academic application (from graduate admission to professor position), recommendation letters have a major impact on the outcome. The basic idea is understandable: discovering what ...
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Are student records accessible by university officials?

Application forms for graduate school usually contain some vague statements regarding the extents of usage of one's social security number. Some people believe that educational records at other ...
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How to get access to university resources after graduation?

I'll get a B.S. in math this December and (hopefully) go to graduate school next fall. In the coming spring semester, I will stay around my undergraduate institution (in the U.S.), auditing classes, ...
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How to be effective at desk research

I have just graduated from a masters degree in information systems, and I'm due to begin a role at a large IT consultancy firm in 6 months time. For the interim I have arranged a period of desk ...
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Undergraduate recitation/discussion session: when is it (not) counted as a credit hour?

I am a member of a curriculum committee where we want to improve our undergraduate physics program. One way of doing that is to include weekly discussion sessions with our courses. After looking at ...
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Any suggestions to create and maintain a good research atmosphere

I am starting my PhD in Computer Science next semester in a relatively small department (around 20 faculty members). I have been to the university a few times and I noted the collaboration among ...
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How much do patents impact an academic career?

Patents are not normally considered as publications in scholarly journals, as they are not subject to peer-review. They are actually new ideas, but patenting does not guarantee the impact and ...
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How to highlight the importance of past positions in CV?

When addressing the past positions in a resume, although titles somewhat describes the role, they cannot clarify the importance of positions. For example, listing a past position of department chair ...
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Why is headhunting uncommon for academic positions?

In scientific conferences, there are usually many headhunters who come to offer newly graduated scholars jobs in the industry sector. As a matter of fact, the recruitment in industry mostly works with ...
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Are there any downsides to receiving BSc, MSc, and PhD all from the same university?

Like the title says, are there any downsides to receiving BSc, MSc, and PhD all from the same university? My university is not very well known outside my home country. I did not enter the PhD ...
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Why a certain period of time is needed for promotion of qualified applicants?

The main criteria for academic promotion to associate/full professor includes, research projects, publications, grants, administrative services, and such things. These are achievements that one can ...
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How much is the teaching duty of university administrators?

Due to the time-consuming nature of administrative jobs, university administrators normally reduce their teaching duties. This reduction is normally proportional to the level of administrative job: ...
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How do people manage recommendation letters?

A good academic job normally needs excellent recommendation. Due to the rapid growth of higher education, there are too many vacancies (in new or expanding universities) and too many applicants (...
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How to get a research professor position?

Since universities do not normally pay the salary of a research professor, and salary along with research funding comes from external resources, this not a paid position. On the other hand, a few ...
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Self-endowed chair in the US and Europe

Endowed professorship is very common, but the financial endowment normally comes from external sources. Is it also common that a professor/research endow his/her position to establish a research group ...
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Does a student need official permission to publish an independent research article with university affiliation?

When a junior student is doing research independently (for example theoretical), does s/he need official permission to publish a research article? In the article, s/he needs to introduce his/her ...
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Showing research experience in graduate applications

As an undergraduate, I have heard this term a lot. I have not graduated but will graduate soon. When applying to graduate programs, research experience is what everyone tells. Research Experience is ...
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University Test Bank Website- Potential Liability Issues?

I have an idea for a website, which I'm afraid may land me in trouble. I want to create a website where students from the university I attend can submit exams that they took (with scores of 90% or ...
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Fiscal data of university budgets

When comparing different universities, various factors are common to be reported such as number of students (undergraduate, graduate), student-to-staff ratio, number of staff, physical spaces, etc. ...
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Can I recover after a really bad first year?

Going into college I had a great record, 3.65 GPA and a 30 on the ACT and about 18 AP and concurrent credits in statistics, calculus, literature, and Spanish. However, trying to balance religious ...
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Mention engagement for mentally disordered people in application?

Im not sure if I am right on academia so please forward this topic to another page if necessary. A friend of mine is writing her application for a job in research, e.g. studies about medications, ...
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How to engage students in oral presentations?

Paper-based exams are not fully representative of knowledge, and it is good to consider oral presentations of students as a factor for the final grade to some extent. This is somehow the case in ...
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What does it mean by a “research university”?

For example, University of Maryland, Baltimore County is said to be a research university. (Same thing for Rice University, for example.) Are there "non-research universities" also? What is the ...
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Identifying students' purposes and institutions' purposes

I don't necessarily consider it a hardship to teach calculus or the like to students whose preparation in prerequisites is weak, but but I am offended by the practice of making it a personal policy to ...
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Should I mention my reference's university role (administrative) when listing?

I have a list of references in my CV. One of them happens to be the Dean of the graduate school and the other a Vice Chancellor. Both of these roles are administrative and their primary position is ...
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What if I can make a profit for an assignment/project I did similar to “Google”? [duplicate]

This is kind of like the google story. We are currently doing an project individually. The idea I came up with can be used as a website that can make profit. My question is, let's say I was able to ...
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How can I get the rights to my final year project?

I live in the UK, study Computing and I'm about to start my final year. I have been told by friends that the University holds the right to my final year project. Is there a way of getting the rights ...
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Is it safer to carry on undergraduate research areas to gradschool or start from scratch in an unknown area?

This question is in spirit a very general one. When a person (say in CS) is choosing among multiple options for gradschool, which one would experience and prudence point towards? Along with research ...
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Is it ethical for a part-time professor to use his position for other interests?

There is a professor who works part-time at a university as a moderator of one of their student groups. He does not teach any actual classes but spends a hugely considerable amount of time with the ...
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Can post graduate students be forbidden to work in the institution they are studying?

I have seen some graduate (PhD and Masters) students in Turkey, Nigeria, Malaysia etc that can not work in the university they study. In fact I am one of them as I am about to finish Msc mathematics ...
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How do you make connections to faculty outside your department?

I feel like the answer to this question should be obvious, but it doesn't seem to be. Anyway, in my second year on the tenure track, I find myself more confined to my corner of the ivory tower than I ...
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How to balance application for a faculty position between exceptional and ordinary?

Following the opposite factors described in answers to the question What makes securing faculty positions difficult?, I came to conclusion that an application for an academic position should be ...
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“Telecommuting” in academia

In business (e.g. IT industry) remote work (aka "telecommuting") can be relatively common (see e.g. a recent StackOverflow blog post). It is exceedingly rare (or even nonexistent) in academia, even ...
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Contribution of gifts and hospital services to university revenue

This question is based on the pie-charts shown in this link, such as this one for the University of Michigan. In most of these charts, around 5% of the revenue comes from gifts. What are these ...
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Is doing a PhD just for the university requirement is a good idea?

I have an MSc degree and I work at university as a lecturer. However, the university has a policy where you should do your PhD within a given time frame. The problem is that I'm not interested in any ...
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How to deal with students who didn't attend the exams?

My course require students to take 2 mid-term exams and one final exam. What should I do if some students didn't attend the first mid-term exam or the second one. Should I mark them Zero or repeat the ...
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How do you get started organizing a class?

As an academic in the university, how do you organize your self from the beginning of a semester? For example: How do you take the absent students names? How do prepare your materials? How do you ...
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Are there any accredited universities in the world offering students the option of acquiring a BA/BSc in psychology completely online?

I travel a lot and I'm interested in getting a psychology degree but after researching online I still haven't been able to find a good university that offers the choice to complete a psych degree by ...
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what is RARE organisation in the context of hypertext systems?

I am digging "dead bodies" meaning that i analyse alternatives to the web system which were popular in early 90s and seems to be found the relevant report. The problem is author is ...
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Do university rankings matter for research? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: University rank/stature - How much does it affect one’s career post-Ph.D? Do rankings of universities matter while pursuing research or should I be more concerned about ...
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Research Information System

My employer is considering implementing Atira PURE to help manage grant applications and grant funding at the university level. Seems like it might have some benefits... but could also add a costly ...
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Can international graduate student take the free online courses offered in Coursera?

Is it necessary to notify to the graduate school when taking the free online courses?
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Is it possible for the international graduate student to take the exam of professional courses?

I would like to know whether the international graduate student can also take the exam of professional courses such as CPA,or CFA?Are there any legal restrictions?
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How essential is your GPA for admissions to PhD programs to US universities in Theoretical Physics?

I am a Physics undergrad aspiring to pursue mathematical physics(string theory etc) as a future career. How much importance is given to your GPA by grad schools in the US or Europe for admitting ...
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How do I go about publishing a paper without a university affiliation?

I graduated with a B.S. degree and I have been working in industry for a few years as a software engineer. I am very interested in reinforcement learning, a sub-field of machine learning, and I am ...
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How to interview a candidate for a university teaching position?

We are interviewing some candidates for a part-time teaching faculty position to teach 2 upper level undergraduate courses in mathematics. Since it is my first time to be in such committee and since ...
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How does the ranking of a university relate to a future career in mathematics?

Although I am an active user of SE, I have chosen to remain anonymous because of the nature of this question. I am currently a graduate student at a university that lands in the mid 70s among U.S. ...
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Coordination of a class taught by different professors: how to be fair to the students?

A typical freshman course on calculus has about 100 students every semester. If the course is divided into 4 sections, each has 25 students and a different instructor. Because the instructors are ...
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How common is faculty members changing jobs in the US?

Faculty members switch between universities for many reasons, but how often does this happen? Has there been any study/report on the frequency of job shifts and resignations in academia, especially in ...