"What Happens to Rejected Papers?"

Well, the study is of papers submitted to Clinical Otolaryngology--ear, nose, and throat medicine--but this is still interesting:

A minority of the rejected papers went on to appear in higher-impact journals, though. These 'ugly ducklings' even included 18 manuscripts (that's 2% of all rejects) which the editors of Clinical Otolaryngology had rejected without even sending them out for peer review. 


"Study Reveals The Billions Of Dollars U.S. Consumers And The Economy Lose To Occupational Licensing"

Another issue for conservatives to campaign on.

Now, thanks to a new report from the Institute for Justice, University of Minnesota economics professor Dr. Morris Kleiner and economist Dr. Evgeny Vorotnikov, those costs have been quantified both nationally and in 36 separate states.

In the 1950s, only about 1 in 20 Americans needed a license to legally work. The new report shows that this rate has climbed to nearly 1 in 5. In Minnesota, the music therapists wanted to add themselves to the 22 percent of workers in their state who have to be licensed.

Related: "Costs of occupational licensing fall heaviest on vulnerable Tennesseans."

"A Tale of Two Propositions"

William Voegeli on the politics of affirmative action in California:

But it does suggest that as America’s demography becomes more like California’s, affirmative action’s political position will become increasingly precarious. Contrary to expectations, the coalition of the ascendant appears to be coalescing around the idea that it is neither fair nor feasible to apportion rights and opportunities in a vast, dynamic, diverse society by calibrating each group’s demographic representation and historical grievances.

"Incentivizing Quality Education: UNC System Proposes New Funding Strategy"

What they don't seem to understand is what will happen to the definition of "quality". Wanna bet it gets grossly distorted from what is contemplated in the "new funding strategy"?

The new appropriations formula will be multiplying the change in performance-weighted student credit hours by the appropriation per credit hour (which is based on national data). Performance‐weighted student credit hours will be calculated for the institutions based on the individual goals for each institution as approved by the BOG.