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Saving the Baby, Throwing Out the Bathwater

Oct 4, 2013
It was a head-scratching moment when I learned that our community colleges are scrambling to offer housing to students. In an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Kim Linduska, Executive VP at Des Moines Area Community College, defended her institution's effort to build...
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The Curious Case of Accreditation

Sep 20, 2013
I suppose everyone looks back on childhood thinking it was wondrous in some respect. For me, much of the wonder emanated from baseball. Growing up in Toronto with the expansion Blue Jays, I followed the team closely and remember being amazed at many things. For example, the fact the team played in a stadium built for Canadian...
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This One Goes to 11:
President Obama's College Tour

Sep 6, 2013
"At a time when a higher education has never been more important or more expensive, too many students are facing a choice that they should never have to make: Either they say no to college... or you do what it takes to go to college, but then you run the risk that you won't be able to pay it off because you've got so much...
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Wannabe

Aug 23, 2013
"The thing I'm insanely proud of right now is I think we've found the magic formula."
- Sebastian Thrun

What is the magic formula in online education? An interview with Sebastian Thrun, Founder and CEO of Udacity, released by InformationWeek on Tuesday yielded the following...
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IKEA

Aug 9, 2013
Where I went to school, the traditional post-graduation path was to find a job, move to New York City and live in a small space with a large number of people. And so I duly got the job, found the apartment - three renovated bedrooms, on...
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You Won

Jul 26, 2013
Besides screaming kids and standard drama, family reunions at my house frequently involve a debate about the future of higher education. Like me, my brother has made his career in higher education. With a doctorate from an Ivy League..
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Avoiding the Goat

Jul 12, 2013
Two years ago we published our first University Ventures Letter on "job jugglers" - underemployed recent graduates forced to take multiple part-time jobs in order to make ends meet. We discussed how starting salaries had declined in the recession and wondered whether...
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Help Wanted

Jun 28, 2013
Friday February 16, 2007 was the day I internalized the vital importance of management. My company, Wellspring, operated boarding schools and summer camps for treating childhood obesity. One of the schools, Wellspring Academy of California, was located...
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A Tale of Two Cities?

Jun 14, 2013
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times... in short, the period was... like the present period..."
- Charles Dickens
If you thought the only way in which the French Revolution was...
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Bad Judgment Magazine

May 31, 2013
There was a popular saying at one of my prior companies. Whenever someone came up with an idea that was less than grand we'd say that person was a candidate to appear on the cover of Bad Judgment Magazine.
The company was the leading organization of summer camps and...
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