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Mitchell Hamline School of Law[edit]

On December 9 two law schools Hamline University School of Law and William Mitchell College of Law merged . The cleanest way to complete this appears to be to merge both source schools into a brand new article, Mitchell Hamline School of Law. Your input or contribution would be appreciated. Tiggerjay (talk) 02:42, 23 December 2015 (UTC)

I agree a new article should be created with the relevant historical content from each college. It should also be explicitly noted in the lead for the new article that the Mitchell Hamline School of Law is the constituent law school of Hamline University. News source state that it is to be organized as a part of the university, rather than as a separate entity.Blanksamurai (talk) 18:47, 20 January 2016 (UTC)

Updated Carnegie Classifications[edit]

Our colleagues in Bloomington have released a "public review" version of the updated Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

1. This is essentially a preview period so we shouldn't change the classification of any institution in an article until the classifications are finalized. I doubt anything will change from this preview but we're not in a rush and we should get things right.

2. I recommend that we find a way to programmatically update as many articles as possible instead of going about this haphazardly. Off the top of my head, some options for including this important information in articles include (a) adding it to the university infobox using an existing parameter, (b) adding one or more new parameters to the university infobox, (c) copying the university infobox to create a new U.S.-version and then adding one or more new parameters, (d) creating a new infobox or template (similar to the approach taken for rankings of U.S. colleges and universities), or (e) creating stock language that would be inserted into each article.

Thoughts? ElKevbo (talk) 23:39, 1 January 2016 (UTC)

In addition to infoboxes, I'd love to make Carnegie Classifications available in Wikidata. I proposed this property and would love comments and support over at Wikidata. I've been working in university-related Wikidata items for a while, and we now have IPEDS identifiers on almost all US institutions. This means we can import IPEDS data (and any other data using IPEDS identifiers) directly into Wikidata and Wikipedia. This may also fulfull ElKevbo's desire for programatic updating. Runner1928 (talk) 18:09, 2 January 2016 (UTC)
Thanks! Does that mean that IPEDS information - enrollment, location, etc. - is already available or could easily be made available? Automatically importing that information and using it in infoboxes and articles is next is on my wishlist. ElKevbo (talk) 19:45, 2 January 2016 (UTC)
Location, inception date, website, country, and type of university are probably the most complete data on university Wikidata entities so far. None are fully complete. I'm close to getting student count into Wikidata and there's already a property to support it. Some types of universities (historically black, land-grant, tribal) have that instance-of type fully complete. Most just say "university" but I'm going to disambiguate for private v. public based on IPEDS data. Yes, this information is definitely easily made available: you can just get a dump of IPEDS data, write a short script to convert into quick statements syntax, and click one button. I haven't done any true bot work since quick statements is so easy. If you want my script I'll post to Github. Runner1928 (talk) 17:26, 4 January 2016 (UTC)
I'm not advanced enough to make use of any code. I was just wondering if there are any data elements that are complete or complete enough to consider for some sort of automated processes to add content to articles or templates e.g., the student headcount parameter in the university infobox. ElKevbo (talk) 21:22, 6 January 2016 (UTC)
Just some broad questions I had: Would editors leave the tag for Carnegie Classification blank if one currently doesn't exist? What data would you be seeking specifically to have automatically imported? How would you address discrepancies in the data? Blanksamurai (talk) 16:15, 6 January 2016 (UTC)
I can't answer for Runner1928 but I can interject that once the new classifications are imported then there should be very few Title IV-eligible institutions that don't have a complete set of classifications. That essentially covers all "legitimate" U.S. colleges and universities because there are very, very few legitimate institutions that don't receive federal financial aid. A more pressing concern will be that there isn't always a 1:1 mapping from IPEDS ID to Wikipedia article especially for institutions with multiple campuses. ElKevbo (talk) 21:22, 6 January 2016 (UTC)
I like the idea that you two have presented in terms of being able to keep some data consistent. I would propose the need to make an explicit policy so that users are aware of the change. I would think that constantly changing data like endowment and enrollment may be difficult to keep consistent as other sources may have published more recent data. In regards to the linking IPEDs ID, would the classification need to be extrapolated based on the 2008 or 2010 classifications? Or how could that issue be addressed? Blanksamurai (talk) 16:07, 7 January 2016 (UTC)

Naming of Universities from Countries that use languages other than English[edit]

Hello all. I was recently working through a list of misspellings (insitution > institution) and found myself editing an article on a Malaysian university Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, with not only what at first seemd a typo, but also a word order based on the original Malay. I thought this was an obvious candidate for moving (probably to "Tunku Abdul Rahman University"), and raised the query on my talk page, with inconclusive results from some experienced editors I pinged.

I did also take a look at WikiProject Malaysia but that seems inactive.

There seems to be about 20 university articles (most in Malaysia with 1 in Brunei) that include this "unusual" spelling. Because these articles are listed in the Template {{ASAIHL}}, a search for "universiti " gives over a thousand results, with many of them being universities that use the template.

A quick look at the first 500 university articles linked to this project only shows 4 articles that are not titled in English (Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Campinas, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, École Normale Supérieure and École nationale d'administration.

I think that, in general, that Wikipedia:Naming conventions (use English) should apply to the Malaysian universities (and also Universiti Brunei Darussalam), but I welcome your thoughts. Robevans123 (talk) 18:18, 8 January 2016 (UTC)

Proposed deletion of List of leadership studies programs[edit]

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The article List of leadership studies programs has been proposed for deletion because of the following concern:

Wikipedia is not a college admissions guide or directory of college programs and websites

While all constructive contributions to Wikipedia are appreciated, content or articles may be deleted for any of several reasons.

You may prevent the proposed deletion by removing the {{proposed deletion/dated}} notice, but please explain why in your edit summary or on the article's talk page.

Please consider improving the article to address the issues raised. Removing {{proposed deletion/dated}} will stop the proposed deletion process, but other deletion processes exist. In particular, the speedy deletion process can result in deletion without discussion, and articles for deletion allows discussion to reach consensus for deletion. ElKevbo (talk) 16:50, 10 January 2016 (UTC)


See: Talk:Mazhar_Imam#red-linked_universities.3F. Thanks in advance, Ottawahitech (talk) 23:17, 16 January 2016 (UTC)please ping me

Category:Presidents of the Association for Asian Studies[edit]

Category:Presidents of the Association for Asian Studies, which is within the scope of this WikiProject, has been nominated for another editor nominated purging and renaming to Category:Association for Asian Studies. If you would like to participate in the discussion, you are invited to add your comments at the category's entry on the Categories for discussion page. Thank you. RevelationDirect (talk) 12:42, 17 January 2016 (UTC)

"In popular culture" section of Pepperdine University article[edit]

A discussion is underway in the Talk page of Pepperdine University regarding the article's "In popular culture" section. Input from interested editors would be welcome. ElKevbo (talk) 01:46, 30 January 2016 (UTC)