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Coming Soon: The Theranos of Higher Education

Sep 21, 2018
I'm not alone in becoming numb to (and rather bored by) the bad behavior of our 45th President. But I may be alone in believing that the most outrageous development of the current political season is failed New York Gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon walking...
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Try Before You Buy

Sep 7, 2018
Those of us who attended college in the Paleolithic, pre-Internet, pre-smartphone era will recall that there was a way to contact other students: call the landline phone in the dorm room. At my school, every other student was five digits away...
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It's The Journey, Not The Destination

Aug 24, 2018
According to a Welsh professor who was once honored by Queen Elizabeth, the Queen never listens to what people say to her while dispensing annual honors like knighthoods. So when it was his turn and the Queen asked him what he did to earn the honor, he replied...
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How Free College Could Make America College-Free

Aug 10, 2018
Last week, New Jersey's new Governor Phil Murphy became the latest Democrat to announce a plan for free college. By my count, Murphy is the fifth Democratic governor to do so, following Oregon, New York, Rhode Island, and Minnesota. Numerous Democrats running for governor have...
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Fantasy Island

Jul 27, 2018
Colleges and universities are the Mr. Roarke and Tattoo of human capital development.
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Work Backwards: A Design Thinking Approach to Higher Education

Jul 13, 2018
In my copious spare time, I enjoy compiling a list of bad ideas for universities.
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A Nation at Risk

Jun 29, 2018
Students come from abroad to attend an American university. They do well in school and find jobs that allowed them to stay in the U.S. They wind their way to building innovative, market-leading companies, creating tens of thousands of jobs and meaningful economic advantage for their adopted country. The story has been told time and time again. As of two years ago, approximately...
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The Dangerous Trades

Jun 15, 2018
Few readers of the UV Letter live with danger on a daily basis. I can count on one hand the number of times I've faced danger. Growing up in peaceable Canada, the only danger I can remember is one time when I forgot to don a jockstrap for a hockey game. (I played goalie.) I never heard a gunshot or saw a gun until...
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The Real Open University

Jun 1, 2018
It's now clear that the 12-year-old boy living in my house is either my son, or has been reading the UV Letter. Last weekend Leo tried to convince me to let him buy a new Playstation game called Detroit: Become Human about androids and the future of Detroit, because...
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Artificial Intelligence: Hero Or Villain For Higher Education?

May 18, 2018
Before there was artificial intelligence, there was natural intelligence. And in the world of comedy, no natural intelligence shone as bright as Doug Kenney's. In the 1970s, Kenney was the comic genius...
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