Post Academic

“F” Is for “Fired”: No More Trump University?

Posted in Absurdities,Broke-Ass Schools by Caroline Roberts on April 18, 2010
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Image Source,Photobucket Uploader Firefox Extension Earlier, I recommended trying out for Donald Trump’s “The Apprentice” as a way to make a little money in a terrible job market. Mr. Trump, however, may want to try out for the show himself since he could use a few lessons on opening up a for-profit university. According to the NY Daily News,
“Trump University” just caught heat for using the word “university” even though Trump doesn’t hand out degrees:

In a strongly worded letter obtained by the Daily News, the state Education Department slammed the tycoon for calling the cyber-school a university and demanded he stop using the term.
“Use of the word ‘university’ by your corporation is misleading and violates New York Education Law and the Rules of the Board of Regents,” wrote Deputy Commissioner for Higher Education Joseph Frey.

Now that more students are turning toward online education programs and bricks-and-mortar universities have to compete, it’s nice to see the NY Education Department making sure that customers are informed about what is and isn’t a university. Sure, if you want to take a Trump-certified course, go ahead, but you should know that the school is unaccredited.

H/T Chronicle of Higher Ed

Last week on Post Academic (3/28-4/3)

Posted in Housekeeping by Arnold Pan on April 4, 2010
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Happy Easter!  If it’s as nice outside where you are as it is here in So Cal, you and your Peeps probably aren’t at your computer to read this.  But whether you’re brand new to the blog or haven’t been back in a while, here are some posts that might have been lost in the shuffle or cycled off the front page.

* We really explored the money side of academia and post-academia this past week.  Caroline warns about accruing too much in the way of student loans while you’re in grad school.  See if you can afford ’em by figuring out how much you’d make as a professor (or not) by checking out the salary comparison sites we’ve compiled here and here.

* And if you can’t afford the loans, Caroline suggests, with tongue-kinda-planted-in-cheek, that you might try out for The Apprentice.

* Arnold obsesses over what might be the vestiges of his career as an academic, psychoanalyzing his CV and mourning his account–which, by the way, still lives!

“Pink Marshmallow Peeps” by Jon Sullivan from Wikimedia Commons, public domain

Random Career Option for Post Academics: Reality TV

Posted in Absurdities,Transfer Your Skills by Caroline Roberts on March 28, 2010
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Image Source,Photobucket Uploader Firefox ExtensionNo, I’m not kidding. Over at, the writers are actively encouraging unemployed lawyers to apply for the latest season on “The Apprentice.”

You know the economy is bad when the last resource you can turn to is a reality show fronted by a guy with a bad rug. That said, if lawyers can be recruited for “The Apprentice,” why not PhDs? Based on Arnold’s post regarding MLA stats, your chances of winning a season of “The Apprentice” might be as good as your chances of landing a tenure-track job.

You laugh, and you think I’m being silly, but if a little part of you is curious about the fast-money culture of reality TV, feel free to look at the casting information after the jump:

Image of Donald Trump by Michelle Sandberg under a Creative Commons license, from Wikimedia Commons.