Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Cerebral Afterburners

Tucson, Arizona. In an admittedly self-indulgent post, thought I'd share that this is the week: Comprehensive Final Exams for the Doctorate. Think thousands of pages involving hundreds of authors. The exam is four hours long and one needs every second. There are three questions only, each huge in scope. The test taker must self-organize a well crafted answer. Each question gets 80 minutes.

For example:

Explain the history of Higher Education Finance. How has policy shifted in the last several decades and explain the impact on the socio-economic stratification of society. You must cite all sources.

What are the three fundamental functions of higher education institutions and apply theories you consider relevant (e.g. institutional theory) to explain the development of academic capitalism. Justify your choice of theories. Then select an area within higher education and thoroughly discuss the implications of academic capitalism on that area. Cite all sources.

I like this stuff. It sure beats econometrics. Econometrics is the cerebral equivalent of lugging cement up a staircase. Preparing for this feels more like the cerebral equivalent of kicking in the afterburners of a jet.

FEC reports are coming in. Those interested can peruse the other blogs.

Friday morning, 8 AM sharp. In the afternoon I have a date with a fine cigar and a nice bottle.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good luck with comps...I know how hard that can will do wonderfully.

As a little present, I just saw on FEC that Giffords has now raised over $1.4 million and has over $1.3 million on hand now. I don't know the exact figure but she apparently raised close to $300 K in the final quarter. Close to, or more than, Bee did...again.

It doesn't appear that he is making up ground at all.

1/30/2008 10:33 PM  
Blogger Dustin said...

good luck x. I'm sure you'll do well.


Just out of curiosity, does it say where the money came from? I would be interested in knowing how much came from CD8 constituents.

1/31/2008 7:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am betting a majority of it came from within the district and a decent amount of district. There is a website that actually lists donors by zip code, by industry, etc. I think is Open Secrets. It probably doesnt' yet reflect this past quarter though.

As for whether this matter...I doubt it. It is an old political argument some like to make. For instance, incumbent X got 75% of their funds from the horrible!!!! Her challenger got 89% from his district. That is somehow much more tidy and in the interests of the people and district. It depends on where it come from in both cases.

Also challenger X may have not raised much money at all, would have taken it if they had that kind of appeal, and the fact that they raised very little is at least one important measure of the extent of their support.

I still haven't seen how much Tim and the GOP machine has raise for him. The last amount was less than Giffords did in the quarter, this past quarter should have been much larger given the attempt to "get him to run"...I bet he didn't raise more...or much more than she did in the 4th. That would be very very a measure of his ability to compete and about the GOP's faltering ability to raise funds.

1/31/2008 2:47 PM  
Anonymous The Navigator said...

Good Luck.

You demonstrate you are the real thing on a regular basis.

I think what you do is more terrifying than jumping from airplanes. For the sake of yourself and others, seriously consider getting back to the front of the room, even if as a guest speaker or co-teacher.

A smart university would fast track your tenure, but I don't know if they do that. Not to blow smoke or anything, but I think you were under utilized helping Tucson. Your work should go national or global.

Someone told me you're mastering NPSAS. Is that true?

1/31/2008 9:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I posted this at Sonoran...THINKRIGHT????? SPINZONE????

Not trying to be mean, but you have to admit I am right on this...


I just saw Bee’s total for 2007…and don’t give me this total hooey about it being an exploratory campaign…people were SERIOUSLY raising funds for him and guess what folks????

He has:

$285,694 raised in 2007.
$124,447 spent.
$161,246 ON HAND.

First of all he did NOT raise $300k as reported.

Second, he didnt even come close to raising as much as Giffords in the 4th quarter…with all the heavy hitters at bat and able to max him out.

Third, he fell BEHIND, not caught up.

Apologists like Thinkright will clearly dispute me and make some kind of excuse (sorry, I call it as I see it), but this is pretty seriously bad.

Good news for ya’ll. Shaddegg has over a Million, but we don’t yet know how much Lord has. He had $400K by the 3rd quarter, lets see if he stays afloat at all.

We also don’t yet know how much Kilpatrick and Hay have for District 1 (Renzi). That will be interesting.

2/01/2008 10:38 AM  
Blogger Liza said...

Does anyone know if they do interventions in the blogosphere?

Roger, for your own sake, stop thinking about this.

2/01/2008 11:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Liza:

We all have our own little blogosphere proclivities...don't we? (smile)

Not at all saying that I don't need intervention though.

2/01/2008 2:45 PM  
Blogger Liza said...

I had to look "proclivity" up in the dictionary. I swear I have never seen that word before.

Okay, Roger, what's mine? Hillary bashing?

2/01/2008 4:45 PM  

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